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A San Francisco Bay Area call-in show that covers local public affairs.

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City Visions: Special Coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections
November 5, 2018: While the 2018 Midterm Elections are widely seen as a referendum on President Trump, Bay Area voters have plenty to focus on right here at home. After a much-lauded second act, who will replace Governor Jerry Brown? Will Senator Dianne Feinstein be re-elected? With more cars than any other state will California repeal the gas tax? We explore the biggest decisions facing California voters.


City Visions Election Coverage: Barriers to the Ballot Box
The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. Yet across the country there are increasing barriers to the ballot box due to purges of voter rolls, strict identification requirements, cutbacks in early voting, and many other obstacles. Even here in California, there are many who are disenfranchised. Join Joseph Pace and guests and they examine infringements of the right to vote and the potential impacts on mid-term elections. GUESTS: LISA GARCÍA BEDOLLA , Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies and Chancellor’s Professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley; RAÚL MACÍAS , Voting Rights Project Manager and Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California; and MINDY ROMERO , Founder and Director of the California Civic Engagement Project. PRODUCED BY: ANNE HARPER


City Visions Election Coverage: Prop 10
"Is the rent too damn high?" Those in favor of the state ballot measure Proposition 10 have used that as a rallying cry in their effort to get the current rent control law repealed. Yet, economists on both the left and the right agree that rent control can limit the amount of affordable housing available. Millions of dollars are being spent on this campaign. What's the right solution?


City Visions Election Coverage: Should Californians repeal the gas tax increase?



City Visions: Who should pay for San Francisco’s homelessness crisis?
Should businesses be doing more to help with the housing shortage? Some San Francisco residents think so. Host Grace Won and guests explore the pros and cons of San Francisco’s Proposition C, a proposal to tax large businesses in order to fund housing and mental health services for the city’s most vulnerable.


City Visions: Course Correcting Climate Change, Part 3
September 24, 2018: In the final installment of our three-part series on course correcting climate change, we’re talking about green investing. What was once a moral dilemma has become a lucrative investment strategy.


City Visions: Course Correcting Climate Change, Part 2
On September 17, 2018: For Part 2 of our 3-Part Series on Course Correcting Climate Change, City Visions co-host Ethan Elkind reports on the highlights of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Among the major announcements were California's commitments to a 100% clean energy grid and to carbon neutrality by 2045. As the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in California, how will the transportation industry respond to the challenge to become fossil free? How will your commute change? Join the conversation with co-hosts Joseph Pace and Ethan Elkind and our panel of guests. Guests : Sam Arons , Director of Sustainability at Lyft Holly Gordon , Sustainability Group Manager at BART Ellen Greenberg , Deputy Director for Sustainability at Caltrans Jonathan Levy , VP of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo Produced by: Anne Harper


City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?
July 13, 2018: Restaurants are big business in San Francisco. The city boasts 55 Michelin starred restaurants and has more restaurants per resident than any other major metropolitan area in the United States. This town loves to eat out, and its chefs are often celebrities in their own right. But what are the challenges of running a restaurant in San Francisco? Guests: Gwyneth Borden, Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Charles Bililies, Founder and Owner, Souvla. Resources: www.ggra.org www.souvla.com


City Visions: Course Correcting Climate Change, Part 1
September 10, 2018: What will it take to course correct climate change? Nothing short of a worldwide commitment, which is why California Governor Jerry Brown co-chaired the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Summit highlighted achievements from around the world as policymakers, businesses leaders and grassroots organizations shared the ways they’re working together to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.


City Visions: Why teens don't get enough sleep
Research from local clinics and medical studies show that 87% of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep on the average night. What role do the internet and social media play in this wide-scale sleep deprivation? What are the effects that play out in the daily life of our youth? And how is this problem being addressed by parents, teachers, and schools? Producer: Max Solmssen, with assistance from Wendy Holcombe Guests: Dr. Jamie Mark Zeitzer - Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. Julia Russell Eells - Head of San Francisco University High School. Dr. Michael Tompkins - Author of the Insomnia Workbook for Teens . He is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


City Visions: Could universal basic income work in California?
What would you do with an extra $500 every month? Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the promise of universal basic income in California.


City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?
August 13, 2018: San Francisco is home to more restaurants per person than any other major U.S. city. The city boasts 55 Michelin-starred restaurants, and its chefs are often celebrities. What does it take to run a restaurant? Join us for a behind the scenes look at the joys and challenges of being a chef and restauranteur.


City Visions: California's poverty problem
July 30, 2018: With the 5th largest economy in the world and an unemployment rate near 4%, why are 40% of Californians living at or near the poverty level? Joseph Pace and our panel of experts explore this issue. GUESTS: SUZAN BATESON , Executive Director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank. CAROLINE DANIELSON , Policy Director and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. DAVID GRUSKY, Stanford University Professor, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and author of Inequality in the 21st Century. SA RA KIMBERLIN, Senior Policy Analyst with the California Budget and Policy Center. PRODUCED BY: ANNE HARPER


City Visions: Will the Hunters Point Shipyard ever be habitable?
Have residents of the Bayview been lied to about the remaining toxity of the Hunters Point Shipyard?


City Visions: How to travel ethically
July 16, 2018: Summer is a time to explore new places, but have you ever considered what it means to travel ethically? Global tourism is an $8.27 trillion business, and your traveling dollars can have a positive impact. Listen in as host Grace Won interviews Jeff Greenwald of Ethical Traveler to learn more about destinations that are working to make the world a better place. Guest: Jeff Greenwald, travel journalist and founder of Ethical Traveler. Resources: Ethical Traveler Ethical Traveler Podcast


City Visions: Will psychedelics transform mental health care?
Psychedelics are making a comeback. Is America ready? Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the history and new therapeutic applications of psychedelic drugs.


City Visions: Is recycling enough?
June 25, 2018: The Bay Area has been a nationwide leader in recycling, but is it a victim of its own success? Residents are doing a better job than ever at sorting their trash and separating their recyclables. Yet last month San Francisco announced it wouldn’t meet its goal of zero waste by 2020. How did we get off track, what will it take to hit our target – and what does China have to do with it?


City Visions: What to do about the teacher shortage?
How bad is the teacher shortage in Bay Area schools?


City Visions: Kelly Corrigan
On June 11, 2018 City Visions guest host Anne Harper interviews the hilarious and insightful best-selling author, Kelly Corrigan. Kelly talks about her latest book, Tell Me More , a collection of stories about the hardest, yet most important things people can say to one another. The right words at the right moment can change everything.


City Visions: Election eve special
So much of the political news has been focused on Washington, but tomorrow, California, which has the world's 6th largest economy, with a GDP of 2.5 trillion dollars, opens its polls. All statewide offices are up for grabs, five propositions are on the ballot, and the question many are asking is: As California goes, so will the nation? And here in San Francisco, much attention has been given to the mayor's race and the role of ranked choice voting. But there are other issues on the ballot and elected offices to be considered. On this show, we looked at the issues facing California and San Francisco as voters go to the polls. If all politics are local, what does this election mean for the Bay Area? Producer: Grace Won Guests: Jason McDaniel , Associate Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and an expert on urban politics and voting behavior. Joe Eskenazi , managing editor of Mission Local, and a former staff writer at the SF Examiner Sean Walsh , Principal of



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