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The Enduring Reign of El Daña, Drag King of the Central Valley
This pride month, we will meet Elsie Saldaña, known as El Daña, the oldest drag king still performing in the United States.

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Bay Area Ice Cream Shops Gear Up for Summer Heat Wave
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A Tribute to Willie Mays, the ‘Say Hey Kid’
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Press Freedom Groups Want Charges Dropped Against Stanford Student Journalist
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Sabrina Carpenter to Headline Outside Lands Instead of Tyler, the Creator
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California Board Approves Long-Awaited Heat Protections for Most Indoor Workers
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Housing Affordability

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These Cities Are Using a Controversial New Tactic to Sidestep California Housing Laws

A recent court ruling exempted five charter cities from a controversial housing law. That’s given anti-density advocates across California an idea, while legal experts are skeptical that the ruling will hold.

San Francisco Lawmakers Want Sober Housing to Be Part of Homelessness Plan

The proposed legislation would require the city to create more drug-free recovery housing in its push to provide permanent housing for the homeless population.
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6 Months After People’s Park Closure, Many Former Residents and Supporters Struggle to Adjust

Many of the park's former residents and supporters continue to mourn the loss of the park, where UC Berkeley has long sought to build student and low-income housing. Last week, the California Supreme Court said the school could proceed with its construction plans.
Row and after row of a suburban neighborhood lay in shambles. The homes are no longer intact. The plots are strewn about with debris and char from fire. Naked trees line each street.

California Shows Where Insurers Would Need to Boost Coverage in Fire-Prone Areas

New maps are part of California insurance regulators’ plan to address the ongoing crisis in the state’s home insurance market.

Immigration

What to Expect When Enrolling Your Child in Transitional Kindergarten

California is making transitional kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds. So what is it, and how do you know if it’s right for your child and your family?
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California Teacher Shortage Hinders Transitional Kindergarten and Bilingual Education Goals

It’s uncertain whether California will have enough teachers to meet its ambitious goals of providing transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds and increasing bilingual education for dual language learners.

Are Democrats Losing Their Edge With Latino Voters as Biden Closes the Border?

Newsom Faces Backlash for Plan to Cut In-Home Care for Undocumented Disabled Adults

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces criticism for proposing to cut a Medicaid benefit that provides in-home caregivers for some disabled immigrants. Advocates feel betrayed, but Newsom argues the budget requires difficult decisions.

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Bay Area Ice Cream Shops Gear Up for Summer Heat Wave

Bay Area ice cream shops are bracing for the summer's first heat wave this weekend, with triple digits in some inland areas.
A person wearing dark blue clothing stands in a field.

The Enduring Reign of El Daña, Drag King of the Central Valley

This pride month, we will meet Elsie Saldaña, known as El Daña, the oldest drag king still performing in the United States.
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A Tribute to Willie Mays, the ‘Say Hey Kid’

Today, KQED Morning Edition host Brian Watt brings us a tribute to the ‘Say Hey Kid’.

Press Freedom Groups Want Charges Dropped Against Stanford Student Journalist

Stanford Daily student journalist Dilan Gohill was arrested while covering a June 5 protest inside the university president’s office. An attorney said they were ready to sue Stanford and law enforcement over the treatment of Gohill.

Sabrina Carpenter to Headline Outside Lands Instead of Tyler, the Creator

The "Espresso" hitmaker joins The Killers and Sturgill Simpson at the San Francisco festival in August.

California Board Approves Long-Awaited Heat Protections for Most Indoor Workers

The rules, which were required by a state law passed in 2016, aim to protect millions of indoor workers from dangerous heat as hazards are expected to intensify due to climate change.

Outdated, Inaccurate Education Data in California Hamstrings Lawmakers and Public

The California Department of Education's data has been found to be outdated by years due to lack of staffing as legislators, researchers and journalists grapple with inaccurate information.

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