SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The summer issue of Alta Magazine launched today with an unusual cover girl: a coyote. The wild beasts are moving from rural habitats into cities and threatening pets and kids. Why are they becoming bolder about interacting with humans? Noted science and environmental writer Jason G. Goldman reports on the urban coyote phenomenon in Alta’s cover story.
- Trial by Fire: Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf is at the center of the sanctuary argument. Schaaf has presided over a revival of the city, but also has struggled with a host of problems, from the Ghost Ship fire to a police scandal to a municipal strike. She’s fighting with the Trump administration about immigration. And she’s likely to be reelected. By Laurie J. Flynn. Read more.
- The Gray Ceiling in Politics: Many of California’s rising political stars can only go so far before bumping up against older politicians stubbornly keeping their seats. When will aging icons like Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi step aside? By Dan Walters. Read more.
- Reinventing the Wheel: Can California’s Culture Survive with Cars? Driverless cars, ride-sharing services and new types of mass transit are transforming how cities are designed. What does this mean for the future of cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco? By David L. Ulin
- Drawing the Line with Mexico — and Trump: Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the border with Mexico. But some landowners along the dividing line have a message: Not on our land. An investigation into who owns the border. By Andrew Becker of Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting
- A Swing and a Miss: In the 1960s, star ballplayers like Orlando Cepeda, Felipe Alou and Juan Marichal made the San Francisco Giants pioneers in the use of Latinos in Major League Baseball. But prejudice kept the team from fulfilling its baseball destiny. By Tim Wendel
- Hunter S. Thompson Tribute: Warren Hinckle was a legend of San Francisco journalism, and now his final book pays tribute to Hunter S. Thompson — and so much more. We've got excerpts from the book. With an introduction by Terry McDonell
- Gathering Dirt: ‘Sticky Fingers,’ a new biography of Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine, gets the sordid details right but misses the big picture. Famed designer Roger Black, who was there and would definitely know, explains in his review. Read more.
- JOURNALS: Life on Two Wheels — San Francisco by GoBike • Vertical Farming — Plenty’s vision for sustainable agriculture • Abalone Obsession — The last dive for this seafood delicacy.
- REVIEWS: Taco Maria — Is it California’s best restaurant? • Jazz Bakery — Los Angeles’ moveable musical feast hopes for a permanent home • “The California Field Atlas” — A fresh view of the state and its natural beauty.
- FAN LETTER: The Eagles’ “Hotel California” — A rock icon that ended an era — and began several others
- APPRECIATION: Ruth Bancroft — Her public cactus and succulent garden was a labor of love and is a Walnut Creek landmark
- PROSPECTING: ‘Til Death Do Us Pot — If you’re saying, ‘High do,’ this story is for you. Get the 411 on cannabis-friendly weddings.
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Based in San Francisco and founded by William R. Hearst III, Alta is a celebration and examination of all things about California and its environs: the lifestyle, the history, the people, the environment, the arts, the culture, the politics. Trends start in California; Alta identifies those trends and brings them to light and into focus. Drawing on inspiration from magazines such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, Alta is smart, witty, literary, informative and newsy. Alta is a multimedia entity: a quarterly magazine, a daily website and social media, and a regular series of events featuring talks by interesting people. Above all, Alta treasures great journalism, great storytelling and beautiful images. For more information, go to altaonline.com.