Katie Baker

Diversify, DIY, or die

CAREERS & ED: How to turn economic crisis into professional catharsis
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You never thought your innate talent for margarita mixing or jewelry design would get you very far, so you went to business school, or got into publishing. Soon, you were working your way up in a dependable industry, the sort guaranteed to provide you with a secure income.

Then the financial crisis hit.

This November alone, in the biggest one-month drop in US payrolls since 1974, employers cut 533,000 jobs. Read more »

Taxi merger

With big changes in store for taxicab regulation, drivers fear ulterior motives by city officials and industry executives
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A plan to merge the Taxi Commission with the Municipal Transportation Agency will be heard by the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 25. Most city officials and taxi industry bigwigs support the change, but some drivers fear it could signal the end of the semi-autonomous medallion system that has been in place for 30 years.Read more »

Holiday Guide 2008: Guilt-free gifts

A guide to supporting nonprofits, local businesses, and good causes
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It's that time of year again: stores are hanging up wreaths of holly, people are stringing Christmas lights and taking their menorahs out of storage, and you're scrambling around the city, without enough money or time, trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list and cursing mindless consumption. Before you renounce all things holiday themed and decide to hide under the covers until January, though, check out our ideas below, which include small local businesses, nonprofits, charities, and other organizations that give back to society. Read more »

On the Obama campaign trail

Far away from the liberal bubble -- but great fried chicken
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OPINION I live and have always lived in a bubble, isolated from most of America. I grew up in Los Angeles, where I attended a high school so liberal that almost the entire student population wore black the day after Bush won his second term. Now I attend UC Berkeley, a historically ultra-liberal university in one of the most progressive cities in the United States.

That's why I decided to join 30 of my fellow UC Berkeley students and go to North Carolina to campaign for Obama the final week before the election. Read more »

Housing for whom?

Newsom spins data on affordable home construction just as the issue comes before voters
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San Francisco is currently experiencing an unprecedented shortage of affordable housing, a reality that threatens to change the city's socioeconomic character. If city officials stay the course, building mostly market rate housing, even more lower and middle-class families will be forced to move elsewhere.

Proposition B would stabilize -- and probably increase -- affordable housing funds by setting aside 2.5 cents out of every $100 in property taxes, or about $30 million a year, in a specific affordable housing account. Prop. Read more »

Horror at home

Model refugee camp in the Marina lets San Franciscans experience the daily nightmare of millions
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According to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, 26 million people around the globe are currently seeking safety from conflicts within their own countries. Read more »