San Francisco

After their families were evicted from the Fillmore district by eminent domain decades ago, seven people are close to coming back as an owner of a brand new, affordable luxury condo in the district’s newest high-density residential complex known as Fillmore Park. Set to open next spring, the...
When Gary Schwantes first heard Chinese music, he was mesmerized with the sound of the traditional instruments and saw potential for fusing it with jazz. Out of that was born the Ultra World X-tet, which he formed with guzheng player Winnie Wong. They both spoke to KALW's Martina Castro about their...
Over the past eight weeks, KALW News has been bringing you the sound of the new season – no, not football or prime time television – but politics. We’ve had extensive conversations with each of the 16 San Francisco mayoral candidates, and throughout these interviews, one name has come up over and...
There are 16 candidates in this year’s San Francisco mayoral race, including two city supervisors and a state senator. There’s an educator, an entrepreneur, and an entertainer. The city’s public defender, city attorney, and assessor recorder. A taxi cab driver, a former nightclub owner, a formerly...
In the 1960s, an immigrant from Bolivia landed in the Bay with big dreams. Cesar Ascarrunz attended UC Berkeley and USF before he decided to try his hand at owning a business. Soon, he was running three restaurants in North Beach and eight nightclubs around the city and, including Cesar's Latin...
San Franciscans are exactly three weeks away from choosing their next mayor, and they have 16 candidates vying for their vote. Many of the men and women running for mayor have had political experience, but only one can claim to have owned eight nightclubs and three restaurants. Cesar Ascarrunz is a...
It’s no secret that San Francisco is an expensive place to live. Take renting an apartment, for instance. On average, a San Francisco tenant pays more than $1,800 a month on rent, according to real estate research firm Reis, Incorporated. That’s more than what you would make in a month working 40-...
For former residents of San Francisco's Fillmore District, redevelopment of the neighborhood meant being pushed out of their homes in the '60s. And today, the famous jazz district is going through another round of revitalization, but this time, former homeowners are getting the chance to move back...
Sixteen people are vying for the position of San Francisco’s mayor, including the current interim mayor, the city’s assessor-recorder, and a taxi driver. Several mayoral candidates have held long-term positions in city government as district supervisors, including Michela Alioto-Pier. Alioto-Pier...
The mellow sounds you're hearing are by Release the Sunbird. This is a side project for Zach Rogue, of the Rogue Wave. If you missed him this summer at the Outside Lands Music Festival, you have another chance this week: Rogue, from Oakland, will be at Club Fox in Redwood City this Saturday,...
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