It’s 7 a.m., 45°, and headed for a high of 57°. The sunny “warming” trend will continue through the weekend. Read details for the next 10 days here.

Socioeconomic disparity is in the limelight this week, with reactions to the Google bus protest on Monday sparking debate, the Board of Supervisors passing three measures intended to help struggling renters, and now this: a Bay Area tech CEO whose bald and rather shocking comments about “the lower part of society” have gone viral and really given the tech industry a bad rap. 

It was just a few short years ago — 2008, 2009 — that the U.S. was in the depths of a crippling depression, unemployment was at a quarter century high, and millions of people were losing their homes. Yet there was a real sense that it was affecting everyone. Not so these days. The L.A. Times reported this week that things are just getting worse for poor urban residents.

Here’s some holiday cheer: at its meeting this week, the San Francisco Board of Education traded a piece of land with the city, which will use the vacant lot to build 115 new units of affordable housing. Read more here.

In BART news, the unions and management are going to be spending more time together starting today as they attempt once again to hash out a contract.

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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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