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#blessed - Episode 30
California lurches toward rent control, but the housing crisis rages on; San Francisco is closing its juvenile detention facility, but justice is still elusive. The Beacon boys discuss the pros and cons of incremental progress and count the blessings buried in the quagmire of San Francisco politics.
Sam is Mad as Hell - Episode 29
Sam Moss joins the Beacon team to discuss proposals in state and local government to speed up affordable housing production. Why is it so expensive to build inexpensive housing, and why are the politics of permitting so thorny? Notorious YIMBY gadfly Sonja Trauss joins the podcast to discuss the potential for building municipal social housing in lieu of neoliberal workarounds. The issue is complex, but one thing is clear: everyone is mad.
Trauss Brings Down the House - Episode 28
The Beacon boys join Diego's former boss, housing activist gadfly Sonja Trauss, to discuss recent homeless shelter proposals and transit density legislation. Along the way, they bump into issues of environmental law, Beto's prog rock destiny, and lobsters.
Vision Zero, Show Me a Hero - Episode 27
The Fogcast team mourns slain cyclist Tess Rothstein and examine's the city's action (or inaction) on street safety improvements. Will San Francisco ever value human life over cars? Supervisor Matt Haney has taken the lead, but he's also thrown down the gauntlet on another issue: navigation centers. If the City opens its largest homeless shelter on the Embarcadero, Haney says another district should open one as well. Will the real City of Saint Francis ever step up?
Berkeley Bonus Dispatch - Episode 26
Diego joins student reporter Ariel Gans to interview Berkeley City Councilmembers Lori Droste and Rigel Robinson about their proposed "Missing Middle Initiative." With housing costs at an all-time high, the City may study how to reform its land-use policies to allow for more "gentle" density in residential neighborhoods. Nevertheless, the racist and classist history of how Berkeley became so segregated has already been studied extensively.
General Hospital, General Obligations - Episode 25
The Beacon team tackles one of the biggest blunders of the decade: SF General's ER bills. How did the Board of Supervisors sign off on this insane "balance billing" practice for so long, for a hospital that remains entirely out of network? It's not even the only embarrasment the City's government has yielded this month: the Supervisors also managed to turn a $185 million tax windfall into a shortfall of reserve funds. Could San Francisco even budget its way out of a wet paper bag?
Excellent banter about the obnoxious SF political landscape
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