SAN FRANCISCO — When Chirag Bhakta saw a headline recently that said tech workers were fleeing San Francisco, he had a quick reaction: “Good riddance.”
Bhakta, a San Francisco native and tenant organizer for affordable housing nonprofit Mission Housing, is well-versed in the seismic impact that the growth of the tech industry has had on the city. As software companies expanded over the past decade, they drew thousands of well-off newcomers who bid up rents and remade the city’s economy and culture.
He said the sudden departure of many tech workers and executives — often to less expensive, rural areas where they can telecommute during the coronavirus pandemic — reveals that their relationship with San Francisco was “transactional” all along.
In a case filed by public access TV legend Deedee Halleck and poet Jesus Papaleto Melendez against NY’s public access chanel Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived a free speech lawsuit after a lower court had dismissed it.
The California Public Records Act is a crucial piece of legislation for journalists and activists. The 1968 law, modeled on the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) promoted maximum public disclosure based on the “The people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business” statement contained in the California State Constitution.
Cutting edge community arts space and Media Alliance’s wonderful new home, the Pacific Felt Factory, sprung into action after the tragic Ghost Ship Fire in December of 2016, to arm artists with fire safety tools to avoid tragedy in the living space challenges all low-income Bay Areans face.
Brava Theater for the Arts hosted a free anonymous fire safety workshop for Bay Area artists featuring a host of safety supplies and equipment and demonstrations and advice from the SF Fire Department, with an amnesty agreement that no one at the workshop needed to divulge where they were living in order to get their questions answered or to receive supplies.
The workshop got a huge amount of press attention including KRON , KPIX and KTVU.