In China it’s illegal to move without government permission. But this hasn’t stopped millions of migrants who move around the country, especially from rural areas to Beijing. These migrants cannot use public schools, hospitals or receive government aid. They regularly face police harassment and possible jail time. There I met Zhou who’s willing to risk all this just to make living digging through other people’s trash.
In January the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance went into affect. Now, all for-profit employers with more than 20 workers have to offer health insurance to their employees or pay a fee to the city.
This ordinance hit many city restaurants especially hard, since most hadn’t offered health insurance before. I spoke to customers, waitresses and managers to see how the ordinance has changed things.
The mortgage crisis is forcing renters and owners alike out of their homes. After almost a year, friends and family face can no longer house them, and so many people are turning to already overextended homeless shelters. I visited one of San Francisco’s largest shelters and service centers, Glide, to meet the people on the front lines of homelessness.
If you’re going to talk about shots, you might as well fire a couple. Vianna Davila and I created this two-part story for a show about “shots:. It explores our longtime fear of guns and why we decided to try shooting for the first time.
San Franciscans voted on a series of ballot initiatives this year, including on whether rename the award-winning Oceanside Sewage treatment Plant to the George W. Bush Memorial Plant. I sat down with the head of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco to talk about his proposition and government waste.
In many places, the mere mention of sex conjures images of things that are taboo. In San Francisco, where sexual freedom has been a long-standing tradition, even the most sexually-free have taboos. Lisa Pickoff-White visited the Folsom Street Fair to learn where the liberated draw their lines.