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Deadly Oakland Fire Tragic Symbol of Bay Area’s Identity Crisis

The massive Oakland fire that killed at least nine and perhaps dozens more people Friday night at a warehouse artists’ collective known as the “Ghost Ship” symbolizes the Bay Area’s internal struggle with its own success as a creative hub.

Oakland fire (Elijah Nouvelage / Getty)

Bernie Sanders Rallies Across Southern California

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is campaigning hard in Southern California this week, determined to fight to the finish and deny Hillary Clinton her crowning moment in the June 7 California primary, forcing a “contested convention” in Philadelphia in July.

Bernie Sanders marijuana (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty)

IMF: World Cost of Bribes up to $2 Trillion Annually

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report Wednesday finding that annual cost of bribes paid in both developing countries and advanced economies amounts to $1.5 to $2 trillion globally.

Money Laundering Network

UN: Israel Failing Disadvantaged Children

Israel has some of the widest gaps in wealthy nations between children from middle household income levels and those from lowest income levels, a new UN study found.

An ultra-orthodox man gives money to a Palestinian street beggar during the Pesach (Passover) holiday in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 6, 2015.

Blacks Left out of Liberal San Francisco’s Prosperity

San Francisco is enjoying the benefits of a new tech boom, but black residents are left behind–or leaving.
That’s the story told by new data on incomes, which show that white, Asian and Latino residents saw increases in 2014, but blacks saw their incomes fall by nearly 5 percent,

New Study Names San Francisco As Most Expensive To Buy A Home

Minimum Wage Inflation: Dems Want State Hike to $13 per Hour

The California State Senate voted on party lines Monday to raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2017–a 44% increase from where it stands today, at $9 per hour. Just two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that increased the minimum from $8 per hour in 2013 to $10 per hour by 2016. The new bill, introduced by State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) as a measure to reduce poverty and inequality, would amount to a staggering and unprecedented 62.5% increase in four years.

Minimum Wage protest, California (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty)

Critics: San Francisco’s Poor Pay for Their Own Eviction by Tech Cronies

With San Francisco offering massive tax incentives to redevelop 77 dilapidated warehouse buildings into a “Twitter Town” for the “digerati” venture capital crowd, the adjacent Mission District community is now in turmoil, as the city’s poor are being booted to make room for new buildings and Airbnb vacation rental conversions.

Twitter HQ (Adelle Nazarian / Breitbart News)

Study: Silicon Valley Could End Homelessness For Free

A new economic analysis finds that Santa Clara Country could completely end its homeless problem at zero net cost by providing public housing for every single person living on the street. The study, from the Knowledge for Greater Good Economic

Housing 1000 (Knowledge for Greater Good)

San Jose, Capital of Silicon Valley, Out of Money

San Jose, once viewed as a jewel, called “America’s safest big city” and known as the prime bedroom community of Silicon Valley, now has little money. Its libraries close some of the time, its potholes remain unfixed, and its police force goes understaffed.

San Jose (Michael / Wikimedia Commons)