San Francisco Bay Area based public policy columnist Jayme Ackemann has a lot of opinions and according to one former employer is a bit “too aggressive” about sharing them.
Jayme got her start in journalism as a producer and reporter for a local news affiliate on California’s Central Coast. Her career took her to the Pacific Northwest before she transitioned into government relations and public policy work in Northern California’s Bay Area.
She and her husband raised their daughters in the Santa Cruz Mountains where this summer they were forced to evacuate when a massive wildfire came within 1000 feet of their San Lorenzo Valley home.
Jayme writes about transportation, housing, infrastructure and environmental issues. She assumes this will mean she needs to learn how to spell Mayor Pete’s last name. Spelling and punctuation aren’t necessarily her strong points but she loves it when readers email her about grammatical errors. She asks you send all requests for grammar corrections to [email protected]
Redlining, blockbusting, racial home-buying covenants - these are some of the well-known tactics that were used to create and maintain systemic racism in the United States. But in this typically liberal bubble known as the San Francisco Bay Area, people might be surprised to learn how segregationist attitudes and tools associated with the Jim Crow south played a role in the development of the Peninsula and where African-Americans could and couldn't buy a house.