The warehouse fire that killed three dozen people in Oakland put the effects of ballooning housing costs in the Bay Area on tragic display. This feature examined the often risky housing choices Bay Area artists make to live in Oakland and how government action to close down unsafe housing and workspaces can have unintended consequences that can make artists’ lives harder.
The only Republican mayor in any of the 10 largest cities in America, San Diego’s Kevin Faulconer thinks he has a plan for how the GOP can win in urban areas. This national feature on Faulconer’s strategy on engaging communities of color and other groups that don’t traditionally vote Republican shows how he’s trying to distinguish himself. But he also has yet to deliver on policies that would meaningfully effect the lives of people living in underserved communities.
The day Nash Habib turned 18 years old, he arrived in the United States as an Iraqi refugee. In the two decades since, Habib ran into lots of trouble with the law, got into some brutal fights, seemingly gone broke and yet managed to build a massive towing empire in San Diego. This investigative profile details his remarkable rise, history of misleading government agencies about his past and the big mystery at the center of his success.
This story, written for a national audience, identified a major disconnect between the national conversation about border and immigration issues and the experiences of people and politicians on the ground in the nation’s largest border city.