Economic Edge

More than two and half million people in California have filed for unemployment benefits this year. That’s an unprecedented number of claims--the highest in the nation--and it's more than twice as many claims as have been filed in the next highest state. The result is that the state’s...
ProPublica is out with more data on our crumbling unemployment systems.  California is not looking good.  Here's a link to that national story:   http://www.propublica.org/special/is-your-states-unemployment-system-in-... Today, Crosscurrents is reporting on the state system.  ...
A documentary tracking the evolution of San Francisco's Polk Gulch neighborhood over the past four decades, through the tragic story of one man. The piece was reported and produced by Joey Plaster.  It was edited and mixed by Ben Trefny.  It was made possible in part by a grant from the...
Two current car sales managers, a former sales associate and a former GM sales manager share their stories in KALW's audio documentary "The Death of a Car Salesman," reported and produced by KALW's Martina Castro.
Over the weekend, two pieces of proposed legislation landed on the desk of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his approval. The bills would make it illegal for anyone to charge upfront fees to modify a mortgage loan. The governor signed one of the bills, SB94. He vetoed the other one, AB764,...
San Francisco Unified School District has avoided the worst of the state budget cuts by drawing on the city’s Rainy Day fund. But as KALW’s Zoe Corneli reports, at one high school, lean times are already having an effect.  HOST: California’s budget crisis has been tough on...
Doesn't it feel like sometimes the ECONOMY and signs of the recession are all around you?   I know that I am just a little more sensitive to it, given my profession, but these days it seems like I'm hearing more stories of muggings and robberies, lay offs, and life changes, and then there are...
Helping people cultivate their own resourcefulness is what Ben Mangan is all about. He's the CEO and co-founder of EARN, which helps low income people save money to invest in education, businesses and homes. It’s part of the movement to bridge the wealth and asset gap by helping move folks...
Two members of KALW's Street Team share their experiences of having joined the new ranks of the so called "funemployed."
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