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Hiding the condoms

Safeway's decision to move condoms into locked cabinets worries public health advocates

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"All Condoms primary location at Customer Service" reads a small sign surrounded by empty shelves that once held condoms, pregnancy tests, and other important sexual health products at the Safeway on Potrero Avenue.Read more »

Banking on misfortune

New debit cards for unemployment benefits funnel more fees and customers to Bank of America

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Unemployed San Franciscans are now receiving monthly benefit payments through a mandatory Bank of America debit card. While presented as a benefit to both recipients and the state, the initiative is the latest chapter in a long history of banks profiting off of the less fortunate.Read more »

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

"Gavin Newsom: The Man, The Issues and the State of California"

In a conversation with Scott Shafer, host of KQED's California Report, Gavin Newsom will discuss his work as Lieutenant Governor. Newsom, who recently moved from his mayoral post in San Francisco to Sacramento, will voice his positions on California's most prevalent issues and his methods of getting California back on track. A reception will follow the conversation.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31

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Fairer trade?

Local coffee houses bypass Fair Trade, working directly with growers to get them more money

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Many people will pay more for a cup of coffee if a significant amount of that money goes to the people who grew its beans, helping improve their lives and communities. That's the idea behind Fair Trade Certified coffee.

But Fair Trade may not be as lucrative for coffee farmers as people are led to believe, and uncertified San Francisco roasters such as Four Barrel, Ritual Roasters, and Blue Bottle appear to be making more significant impacts on the growers they buy from.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 3

District Attorney Debate

San Francisco district attorney candidates Sharmin Bock, David Onek and George Gascón will discuss civil rights and criminal justice reform in this public debate. Topics will include immigration, police misconduct, impact of justice system on communities of color, and alternatives to incarceration. Criminal justice evolution under AB 109, a bill that authorizes the relocation of state prisoners into local jails, will also be discussed.

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Chase bank appeal could impact neighborhoods

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An appeal hearing June 8 on a JP Morgan Chase branch on Divisadero and Fell could affect the future of small neighborhood retail in San Francisco.

The Planning Department gave Chase a permit to build a branch in a space protected by formula retail law. According to the department, the bank provides “financial services” -- which are not specifically mentioned in the Planning Code section limiting formula retail.Read more »