In Case You Missed It: Pink Floyd, a Volcano and Legal Weed

John Hemstreet stands by the sign at the entrance to Volcano, in front of the George Hotel.

John Hemstreet stands by the sign at the entrance to Volcano, in front of the George Hotel. (Carly Severn/KQED)

We know it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on in the world, the country and your community. So here are five stories from the past week that you may have missed but really shouldn’t.

1. Welcome to the dark side of the moon

David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason performing at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1970.
David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason performing at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1970. (KQED)

The most popular story on our site this week really rocks. It is unseen footage of Pink Floyd playing at the Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 1970. You have to check it out.

2. And the rest is (LGBT) history

Students at Franklin High School in Los Angeles study history. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

California is set to become the first state in the country to use LGBT-inclusive textbooks in elementary schools after the State Board of Education approved 10 LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms last week.

“The great things about these books is that they serve our students well,” says Tom Adams, deputy superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch of the California Department of Education.

“We know there are many students out there who are LGBT or whose parents are,” he says. “This is a reality that most of our students have in their schools and our instructional materials should reflect that reality.”

3. No volcano, but lots of history

A sign commemorates the California's first recorded astronomical observatory -- installed here in Volcano, California.
A sign commemorates the California’s first recorded astronomical observatory — installed here in Volcano, California. (Carly Severn/KQED)

You won’t find any volcanoes in Volcano, California. But you will find a fascinating history dating from the Gold Rush to the Great Comet to the Civil War. Plus, it’s got a pretty cool saloon.

4. Not all legal weed businesses are created equal

The Hood Incubator is an Oakland non-profit that trains people of color to enter the legal weed industry. The staff consists of Sumaria Love, Juell Stewart, Ebele Ifedigbo, Linda Grant, Lanese Martin, Biseat Horning, and Phillip Howard Jr. (left to right).
The Hood Incubator is an Oakland nonprofit that trains people of color to enter the legal weed industry. The staff consists of Sumaria Love, Juell Stewart, Ebele Ifedigbo, Linda Grant, Lanese Martin, Biseat Horning and Phillip Howard Jr. (left to right). (Nefertiti Asanti)

Come Jan. 1, 2018, it will be legal in California to sell cannabis for recreational use, and Oakland wants to make sure that the black entrepreneurs aren’t left behind in the new green economy.

“Certain communities have been policed for the same activities because we know that white people use drugs and sell drugs at approximately the same rate that black and brown people do, but they don’t get jailed at the same rate,” says Darlene Flynn of Oakland’s Department of Race and Equity.

So now the city is trying to right that wrong through the Equity Cannabis Permit Program, which started in May. Through the program, the city will give permits to weed entrepreneurs who want to enter Oakland’s legal weed economy when it becomes legal to sell recreational cannabis in California next year.

And it will give priority to people who have been arrested and convicted for cannabis within city limits after Nov. 5, 1996. (This is the date when medical marijuana became legalized in California.) It will also give priority to those who, like Grant, have lived in neighborhoods with the highest number of marijuana-related arrests.

And speaking of weed, these Palo Alto ladies would like to invite you to “high tea.”

5. Getting creative with climate change

A poster from one of the Resilient by Design teams envisions a new type of waterfront living: floating homes and offices.
A poster from one of the Resilient by Design teams envisions a new type of waterfront living: floating homes and offices. (Resilient by Design)

Scientists tell us we should expect sea levels in the Bay Area to rise several feet by the end of this century. Thankfully, 10 design teams are floating some outside-the-box ideas for how the region could be redesigned to match its changing environment.

Before you go…

Winter is coming. Make yourself an authentic San Francisco Irish coffee while you learn about how the drink and the city became forever linked.

In Case You Missed It: Pink Floyd, a Volcano and Legal Weed 30 November,2017Ryan Levi

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Ryan Levi

Ryan Levi is a reporter and producer at KQED News and the host of the weekly Q’ed Up podcast. Ryan started at KQED as an intern where he reported on-air and online for The California Report, The California Report Magazine and KQED’s daily newscasts. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Ryan was a general assignment reporter and producer at KBIA-FM, the NPR member station in Columbia, Missouri. Ryan reported on Columbia’s renewed fight against homelessness as well as coordinating the station’s coverage of the annual True/False Film Fest, one of the top documentary film festivals in the country. Ryan has also written about film, food, books, religion, theater and other topics for various publications. You can find Ryan on Twitter @ryan_levi.

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