Like so many, then-Campolindo High School ninth grader Jake Hammerman was at a loss when the pandemic shut down life as we knew it. But he understood that, suddenly, people everywhere needed help. “I wanted to find a way to help out and do something important,” said the 17-year-old Lafayette resident, now in his senior…
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Wildfires have been devastating for Bay Area communities in the last few years with tremendous loss of life, property and forests. Scientists, fire officials and local leaders worry that climate change and dry conditions are setting us up for another dangerous season. We track the trends and provide news you can use here.
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Lessons from Bay Area Police Reform; Looking at Past Practice, Future Potential in Vallejo
This series was reported by John Glidden, edited by Dan Rosenheim and funded by Solutions Journalism Network.
The San Francisco Bay Area is fertile ground to investigate the role of policing in diverse communities and police violence against Black and other people of color — and to learn what has worked to cut that violence while ensuring safety in these communities. With 8 million people, the Bay Area is a diverse region made up of separate jurisdictions that have different experiences with police reform efforts, some longer-standing (Oakland and Richmond), others more recent (San Francisco), and one just announced (Vallejo). With this as a backdrop, we applied a solutions journalism lens to evaluate four types of policing reforms that have been attempted, with mixed results, to achieve more public safety, more community trust, and less police violence in Vallejo.