On today’s show, stories from outside the box. We’re looking at the creative ways people in the Bay Area are approaching long-entrenched problems.

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Constance Johnson and her two kids have been homeless in the East Bay for three years, bouncing from their car to storefronts and homeless shelters in the East Bay. But they are getting ready to move into their new place. Not an apartment or a house, but a converted school bus. 

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In Richmond, CA, air pollution is a problem – and community members are getting involved in addressing it. But the path forward isn’t clear, and the Richmond Air Quality Steering Committee’s first-ever vote was contentious.

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This week’s show is all about changes happening right here in the Bay Area. We’ll wrestle with the good and bad of change, from one town’s quest to make showers
available to homeless people. To what adolescent life can look like with a chronic disease.

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This week on The Fix, out-of-the-box policy solutions from our own backyard: The Bay Area. Emnet Almedom investigates how equity, fines, and financial freedom are all inextricably linked in San Francisco and Oakland. Sam Goldman takes us to Richmond, where the city is experimenting with paying and mentoring young men involved in gun violence to reduce homicides. Anthony Rodriguez shows us how an Oakland barbershop can also be a health center. And Luis Hernandez describes creative Bay Area solutions to deal with Methane, one of the most powerful greenhouse gasses.

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For the past few months, the mayor of Richmond has been trying to track down the house where California’s “King of Acid,” Owsley Stanley, ran an LSD lab back in the sixties. In this final episode of a three-part series on the mayor’s search, reporter Cat Schuknecht catches up with an anonymous source, an antiques collector, and Owsley’s own son.

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