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The Peninsula Press is a multimedia news site powered by Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism. Master’s students cover local news in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and other cities in the South Bay and southern part of the San Francisco Peninsula.

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Check out "The Undertold" — A collection of international stories by Stanford journalism students studying Foreign Corre...
06/26/2020
SPECIAL REPORT: The Undertold Archives - Peninsula Press

Check out "The Undertold" — A collection of international stories by Stanford journalism students studying Foreign Correspondence.

http://peninsulapress.com/category/world/foreign-correspondence-the-undertold/

A collection of international stories by Stanford journalism students studying Foreign Correspondence The explosion of the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how stories that originate far away can severely impact the United States. It is not clear that Americans will see international news as more....

Special Report: In Trinidad and Tobago, creatives are finding new means of income and unique avenues for innovation in t...
06/16/2020
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival industry harnesses creativity to weather pandemic - Peninsula Press

Special Report: In Trinidad and Tobago, creatives are finding new means of income and unique avenues for innovation in the entertainment industry.

http://peninsulapress.com/2020/06/05/trinidad-and-tobago-carnival-industry-harnesses-creativity-to-weather-pandemic/

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO — In Trinidad and Tobago, creatives are finding new means of income and unique avenues for innovation in the entertainment industry.

COVID-19 has universally disrupted the lives of these graduating college students around the world. Their backgrounds ar...
05/27/2020
Into the Unknown: How college students around the world are coping with COVID-19 - Peninsula Press

COVID-19 has universally disrupted the lives of these graduating college students around the world. Their backgrounds are wildly different. But their experiences coping with the pandemic are strikingly similar.

COVID-19 has universally disrupted the lives of these graduating college students around the world. Their backgrounds are wildly different. But their experiences coping with the pandemic are strikingly similar. A common theme we found throughout – from Uzbekistan to Trinidad and Tobago — was a p...

Special Report: The Tawjihi, also known as the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination, is still set to be a...
05/27/2020
Major Palestinian exam to be administered in-person amid coronavirus, equity concerns - Peninsula Press

Special Report: The Tawjihi, also known as the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination, is still set to be administered in person to over 75,000 Palestinian 12th graders, according to the most recent announcement from the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

The Tawjihi, also known as the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination, is still set to be administered in person to over 75,000 Palestinian 12th graders, according to the most recent announcement from the Palestinian Ministry of Education. The first of ten days of exams on a variety of....

LISTEN: Climate in the Coronaverse is a podcast exploring the powerful and puzzling connections between climate change a...
05/04/2020
Podcast: Exploring the powerful, puzzling connections between climate change and the coronavirus crisis - Peninsula Press

LISTEN: Climate in the Coronaverse is a podcast exploring the powerful and puzzling connections between climate change and the coronavirus crisis.

http://peninsulapress.com/2020/04/30/podcast-exploring-the-powerful-puzzling-connections-between-climate-change-and-the-coronavirus-crisis/

Climate in the Coronaverse is a podcast about these two global crises — climate change and the coronavirus pandemic — and the powerful, puzzling connections between them.

Author John Gierach, who is best know for writing about his fly fishing adventures, can easily tell fishing stories. But...
04/29/2020
For author John Gierach, the best fishing stories aren't really about fishing - Peninsula Press

Author John Gierach, who is best know for writing about his fly fishing adventures, can easily tell fishing stories. But his ability to capture the essence of a day on the water, the significance of the event from a greater perspective, is what separates him from other writers.

Author John Gierach, who is best know for writing about his fly fishing adventures, can easily tell fishing stories. But his ability to capture the essence of a day on the water, the significance of the event from a greater perspective, is what separates him from other writers.

How some Bay Area tech workers juggle jobs, advocacy work and public office:
02/07/2020
Pushing code and pulling communities together: how some Bay Area tech workers juggle jobs, advocacy work and public office - Peninsula Press

How some Bay Area tech workers juggle jobs, advocacy work and public office:

SUNNYVALE — While Silicon Valley has long drawn skilled workers hoping to “think different,” “disrupt,” and “make the world more open and connected,” in recent years the Bay Area’s new arrivals have been accused of enjoying lives of leisure at the expense of longtime residents and ag...

Crowdsourcing diagnoses has gained traction in recent years as an unconventional approach to solving particularly tricky...
01/10/2020
In the Wild West of online medicine, crowdsourcing is the next frontier - Peninsula Press

Crowdsourcing diagnoses has gained traction in recent years as an unconventional approach to solving particularly tricky medical mysteries—especially when doctors struggle to resolve an illness.

SAN FRANCISCO — Crowdsourcing diagnoses has gained traction in recent years as an unconventional approach to solving particularly tricky medical mysteries—especially when doctors struggle to resolve an illness.

Learn why interpreters, journalists, pet sitters, independent contractors are worried about California's new gig economy...
01/06/2020
From interpreters and journalists to pet sitters, California’s gig economy law has independent contractors fretting - Peninsula Press

Learn why interpreters, journalists, pet sitters, independent contractors are worried about California's new gig economy law:

http://peninsulapress.com/2019/12/23/from-interpreters-and-journalists-to-pet-sitters-californias-gig-economy-law-has-independent-contractors-fretting/

AB 5, California’s “gig economy law,” was designed to protect workers from being misclassified as independent contractors. Instead, independent contractors in California are concerned that they might lose their jobs due to the law.

Over the coming year, up to 10,000 of e-scooters will join San Francisco's busy traffic-scape. http://peninsulapress.com...
12/12/2019
San Francisco launches new e-scooter program despite mounting injury concerns - Peninsula Press

Over the coming year, up to 10,000 of e-scooters will join San Francisco's busy traffic-scape.

http://peninsulapress.com/2019/12/11/san-francisco-launches-new-e-scooter-program-despite-mounting-injury-concerns/

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the coming year, up to 10,000 of e-scooters will join the city’s busy traffic-scape. More scooter riders will weave through the cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, bikes and all the other vehicles that uneasily share the city roadways.

Vacancies and turnover is a growing problem for mental health workers in Santa Clara County. In October, workers launche...
12/06/2019
Amid labor actions, mental health workers see high vacancies, turnover - Peninsula Press

Vacancies and turnover is a growing problem for mental health workers in Santa Clara County. In October, workers launched a labor strike to try and achieve better working conditions. The union has since entered into mediation with the county.

http://peninsulapress.com/2019/11/27/amid-labor-actions-mental-health-workers-see-high-vacancies-turnover/

SANTA CLARA COUNTY — Vacancies and turnover is a growing problem for mental health workers in Santa Clara County. In October, workers launched a labor strike to try and achieve better working conditions. The union has since entered into mediation with the county.

Some truck “owner-operators” – who invest in their own vehicles and work as independent contractors to other trucking fi...
12/06/2019
Truck owners protest against AB 5, a California "gig economy" law - Peninsula Press

Some truck “owner-operators” – who invest in their own vehicles and work as independent contractors to other trucking firms – say a new law taking effect on Jan. 1 will put them out of business. Supporters of the law say it will give protections to misclassified contract truck drivers.

http://peninsulapress.com/2019/11/27/truck-owners-protest-against-ab-5-a-california-gig-economy-law/?preview=true

Nov. 4 was a Monday, but a crowd of independent truck owners decided to ditch work that day. Instead, they gathered in front of State Assemblyman Ash Kalra’s office in San Jose, many of them holding signs that read “AB 5 ruins lives.” The demonstrators showed up as part of three days of grassr...

PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff events this fall highlighted critical gaps in communication infrastructure that local...
12/06/2019
PG&E shutoffs highlight the usefulness — and uselessness — of technology in emergencies - Peninsula Press

PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff events this fall highlighted critical gaps in communication infrastructure that local government agencies are now scrambling to address.

BAY AREA — PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff events left nearly one million customers across Northern California without power, and knocked out nearly 60% of cell towers in certain counties. It also highlighted critical gaps in communication infrastructure that local government agencies are now...

By the end of 2019, the Wright Solar Facility in Los Banos will come online, converting that light into renewable energy...
12/05/2019
San Mateo County will have completely green power by 2025, local agency says - Peninsula Press

By the end of 2019, the Wright Solar Facility in Los Banos will come online, converting that light into renewable energy for more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes. The facility is one local agency’s latest stride toward fulfilling an ambitious promise: supplying enough green power for all of San Mateo County within the next five years.

SAN MATEO — By the end of 2019, the Wright Solar Facility in Los Banos will come online, converting that light into renewable energy for more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes. The facility is one local agency’s latest stride toward fulfilling an ambitious promise: supplying enough green power...

As training centers respond to a growing demand for skilled workers with more and larger classes, enrollment has not bee...
12/05/2019
Apprenticeships expand, struggle to make up years of dried-up pipeline - Peninsula Press

As training centers respond to a growing demand for skilled workers with more and larger classes, enrollment has not been able to make up for the talent gap created by the 2008 economic recession.

SAN JOSE — As training centers respond to a growing demand for skilled workers with more and larger classes, enrollment has not been able to make up for the talent gap created by the 2008 economic recession. At the Loyd E. Williams Pipe Trades Training Center, more than 500 apprentices train every...

Armies of trolls are bombarding Bay Area Filipino activists on Facebook through disinformation campaigns and online hara...
11/21/2019
In an attempt to stop trolls, Facebook leaves local activists perplexed - Peninsula Press

Armies of trolls are bombarding Bay Area Filipino activists on Facebook through disinformation campaigns and online harassment. But Facebook’s response to two attacks has left the activists feeling frustrated and confused.

BAY AREA — Armies of trolls are bombarding Bay Area Filipino activists on Facebook through disinformation campaigns and online harassment. But Facebook’s response to two attacks has left the activists feeling frustrated and confused.

Immigration and prison reform advocates across the state are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to stop California prisons...
11/15/2019
Activists petition Gov. Newsom to pardon prisoners facing deportation after serving their sentence - Peninsula Press

Immigration and prison reform advocates across the state are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to stop California prisons from collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

SACRAMENTO — Immigration and prison reform advocates across the state are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to stop California prisons from collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

East Palo Alto  launched the first round of a free mobile health screening clinic provided by Life Saving Images Inc. in...
11/15/2019
Free cancer screening services launched in East Palo Alto - Peninsula Press

East Palo Alto launched the first round of a free mobile health screening clinic provided by Life Saving Images Inc. in an effort to save lives through early detection of major diseases.

East Palo Alto and Life Saving Images Inc offer free health screening to residents in an effort to save lives through early detection of major diseases.

Mountain View has six mobile home parks and a total of 1,130 mobile home spaces. But both a newly passed state law and a...
11/08/2019
Despite existing rent control laws, mobile home residents in Mountain View lack protection - Peninsula Press

Mountain View has six mobile home parks and a total of 1,130 mobile home spaces. But both a newly passed state law and an existing city law that limit how much landlords can increase rent do not apply to mobile homes.

MOUNTAIN VIEW - Mobile homes, which refer to houses built in factories and transported to different sites, are affordable housing options in overpriced Mountain View. The city harbors six mobile home parks and a total of 1,130 mobile home spaces. But both a newly passed state law and an existing cit...

When the power goes out in Canada Cove, a Half Moon Bay neighborhood for seniors, dozens of residents are unable to use ...
11/05/2019
Half Moon Bay neighbors support the medically vulnerable during power shutoffs - Peninsula Press

When the power goes out in Canada Cove, a Half Moon Bay neighborhood for seniors, dozens of residents are unable to use vital medical devices. So neighbors are helping spread support and information, including how to get backup batteries.

HALF MOON BAY — When the power goes out in Canada Cove, a Half Moon Bay neighborhood for seniors, dozens of residents are unable to use vital medical devices. So neighbors are helping spread support and information, including how to get backup batteries.

Peninsula Press reporters covered the outbreak of wildfires and mass power shutoffs that hit Northern California last we...
11/05/2019
SPECIAL REPORT: Communities grapple with wildfires, power outages Archives - Peninsula Press

Peninsula Press reporters covered the outbreak of wildfires and mass power shutoffs that hit Northern California last week.

Read stories about how businesses and residents with disabilities were impacted by the power outages and how the state is investing on technology to facilitate wildfire detection and emergency decision-making.

http://peninsulapress.com/category/news/environment/pge-power-shutoffs-wildfires/

Peninsula Press reporters cover the outbreak of wildfires and mass power shutoffs that hit Northern California fall of 2019.

After finding that existing programs were not adequately serving adults with the most severe forms of mental illness, Sa...
11/01/2019
Santa Clara County will expand services for adults with severe forms of mental illnesses - Peninsula Press

After finding that existing programs were not adequately serving adults with the most severe forms of mental illness, Santa Clara County is expanding intensive mental health services for adults.

SAN JOSE – After finding that existing programs were not adequately serving adults with the most severe forms of mental illness, Santa Clara County is expanding intensive mental health services for adults.

Redwood City officials approved an urgency ordinance capping rent increases and setting new requirements for just-cause ...
10/31/2019
Redwood City approves rent cap, just-cause eviction protections - Peninsula Press

Redwood City officials approved an urgency ordinance capping rent increases and setting new requirements for just-cause evictions, joining a small group of California cities to pass similar emergency measures as tenants wait for statewide protections that take effect in 2020.

http://peninsulapress.com/2019/10/31/redwood-city-city-council-approves-rent-cap-just-cause-eviction-protections/

REDWOOD CITY — Redwood City officials approved an urgency ordinance capping rent increases and setting new requirements for just-cause evictions, joining a small group of California cities to pass similar emergency measures as tenants wait for statewide protections that take effect in 2020.

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The world-famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, insisted that to be a valid scientific theory any hypothesis must be falsifiable. This includes the widely held conjecture of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. In short, a single set of scholarly findings that is not explained by the premise of man-made global warming which is attributable to the burning of fossil fuels can falsify this entire body of scientific speculation and this has recently occurred. Last summer the third of three peer-reviewed scientific papers that were conducted by three separate groups of expert investigators from three different universities and which have been published in eminent peer-reviewed scholarly journals have found no evidence to support the assertion regarding human-induced climate change. Instead, all three groups independently found that the warming that has happened was almost entirely attributable to galactic cosmic rays that affect the quantity of the Earth's low hanging clouds. These expert investigators call this canopy or blanket the "umbrella effect". The bottom line is that the entire climate change hysteria has now been falsified and is untrue. These three experimental results have conclusively shown that the IPCC and its computer simulation models (GCMs) are not valid.
The entire nation is currently infuriated that immigrant families crossing the border are being torn apart, of children are being put through the trauma of the American child welfare system. Except, it isn’t only immigrant children that are enduring this trauma. This same trauma of unnecessary removals and separation happens every day to American families. Many parents suffering the loss of children through either child protective services or family court are guilty of far lesser “crimes” than that of immigrant parents crossing the border. Children often experience the permanent loss of fit and loving parents because a child may have witnessed domestic violence or because a parent reported abuse. Special needs children are also often removed from parental custody because their parents and relatives did not have the tools or ability to control their behavior issues. And, in some cases, children were removed from homes because the families were experiencing trauma or crisis- however, these family crises were in no way more significant than a family attempting to cross the border into a country in which they do not have citizenship. Our government and courts intervene at far higher rates than necessary and effectively hurt far more children than they are helping. What the general public is not aware of is that federal funding incentivizes CPS and the courts. Each year billions and billions of taxpayer money is funneled through the California Department of Social Services to county budgets. Although there is state ad federal law intended to safeguard children and to protect American taxpayers from fraud, there is no enforcement of these laws and the majority of children in the system do not lawfully belong there. On June 28, Parents Against CPS Corruption will protest in support of family preservation and the best interests of American Children. We are demanding greater transparency and accountability of our child welfare system and courts, and we will not stop until there is reform. The march is from 1-2, and there will be an informal rally from 11-1. We will meet at 245 N Court Street, in Martinez, California. On that day we will be filing recall petitions against three Contra Costa judges that we believe to be corrupt and in collusion with Children and Family Services: Judges Rebecca Hardie, Lois Haight, and Jill Fannin. Here is the backstory to the March for Family Rights: http://sfbayview.com/2018/06/bay-area-protests-against- cps-and-family-court-injustice/ Please contact us at 415-815-9415 or [email protected] or visit ParentsAgainstCPSCorruption.com for more information on the event and on our cause.
Sister Shivani is a great motivational speaker, a well known TV personality and Awardee of “Women of the Decade”. She is going to be in Silicon Valley in person on the 2nd in Santa Clara Convention Center and in San Ramon on 3rd of June - #BKShivanisv Please take this opportunity to register for her free event. Seats are limited and filling up fast. Registration can be done using the link below: http://svbrahmakumaris.org/BKShivanisv/