For decades, San Francisco has failed to house the homeless. Will the pandemic change all that?

By Mark A. Bonta / March 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Additional writing by Josh Wilson Although San Francisco prides itself as “the City that Knows How,” it has also largely failed to provide housing for thousands of people and families living on its streets. But the coronavirus pandemic may be changing all that. Search for safe space San Francisco is an enormously wealthy town, and […]

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Life ain’t so sunny in Singapore these days

By Mark A. Bonta / February 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Life ain’t so sunny in Singapore these days

The island city-state of Singapore, held up by many as a near-perfect model of prosperity, is facing a set of challenges that is beginning to plunge it into decline. Immigration and cheap labor is at the heart of it, along with the new gig economy that replaces high-paying employment with temporary, low-earning piecework.  Unending growth […]

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Church leaders accused of enslaving homeless

By Mark A. Bonta / September 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Church leaders accused of enslaving homeless

Missionaries — or slavers? An extraordinary case of “involuntary servitude” targeting the homeless has come to light in southern California with the arrest of twelve Imperial Valley Ministries leaders. The organization styles itself as providing “missionaries to the drug addicts.” The so-called church’s method, officials says, was used across the American Southwest since 2013: Entice […]

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Social gastronomy: More than a food program

By Mark A. Bonta / November 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Social gastronomy: More than a food program

If you are homeless, you can eat haute cuisine at Refettorio Gastromotiva for free. The fancy Rio de Janeiro restaurant is at the forefront of an innovative movement to combat hunger and homelessness. As one patron says, “they don’t just socialize the homeless, they humanize us.” It’s all part of a growing “social gastronomy” movement […]

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