U.S. Women's Open - Preview Day 3
Eleven-year-old Lucy Li from Redwood Shores is the youngest golfer to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Li became serious about golf only four years ago when she set up shop in Miami to work with Jim McLean. Just two months ago, she won her age division in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at the Augusta National. And now she’s playing at Pinehurst No. 2. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

misson bay contractor
The Mission Bay fire that blazed on March 11 is the subject of more controversy. The subcontractor cited in connection with the five-alarm fire is disputing a fire department finding that its workers failed to keep a required watch in an area where they had been doing “hot work” — welding and grinding — before the blaze began. The company says that the fire department’s findings in the case arose from confusion or mistranslation when a Cantonese-speaking welder was interviewed by investigators the day after the blaze. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

Ellis Act rebuffed
A bill that would have allowed San Francisco to limit the mass eviction of tenants in rent-controlled properties failed by one vote in the Assembly Housing Committee on June 18.  SB1439 would have modified the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict all tenants in a building when they want to sell a property. Under the bill authored by Mark Leno, landlords in the city would have needed to own a building for at least five years before they could invoke the Ellis Act. Leno hopes the Housing Committee will reconsider the bill with some changes. (PeterLollo/KQED)

drivers test
California recently joined 10 other states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with a new law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license. As a result, an estimated 1.4 million state residents could be eligible to take their driver’s tests in January. But in the first week that undocumented immigrants started taking Nevada’s driver’s exam, 90 percent failed. California is eager to avoid a similar fate by offering driver’s ed through the Mexican Consulate. (Marcus Teply/KQED)

World Cup food
The excitement of cheering on a home country’s team in the World Cup has many San Franciscans nostalgic for an old, familiar menu. “It’s more than just a game, it’s sharing,” says restaurateur Marco Senghor. Senghor owns the Oakland West African restaurant Bissap Baobab and its San Francisco flagship. The two restaurants have become magnets for West Africans, especially during soccer matches. Senghor says food is an essential part of every gathering. (Stephanie Martin Taylor/KQED)


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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