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Female Executives Disappointed, Surprised by Ellen Pao Verdict

At a dinner after the verdict was announced, entrepreneurs weighed the implications for women in tech.

Dolphin Club Members Brave the Cold to Swim in San Francisco Bay

Surge in new members at venerable institution is likely due to warmer water temperatures.

Long Commute to Silicon Valley Increasingly the Norm for Many

It's a six-hour round trip from Stockton to Stanford, but that's where the jobs are.

Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins: Jury Rejects Gender Discrimination Claims

Venture capital firm prevails in closely watched trial that focused on role of women in Silicon Valley.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

Supreme Court Hears Case on SFPD Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday over whether police must make accommodations in how they deal with a person who they know is mentally disabled. The case was prompted by the 2008 police shooting of a San Francisco woman with schizoaffective disorder. We'll discuss the case and the challenges around police interactions with mentally ill individuals.

A Setback for Redwood City Salt Pond Development

A developer's plan to construct 12,000 homes along the bay in Redwood City has been stalled. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will decide whether the Cargill Saltworks site falls under protection of the Clean Water Act, which would prohibit the development. We'll discuss what's at stake in the struggle to balance San Francisco Bay restoration efforts with a Bay Area housing shortage.

Are Tenderloin Tech Firms Being Good Neighbors?

The big technology firms in San Francisco's mid-Market Street area that receive payroll tax breaks from the city are required to develop plans outlining their contributions to neighborhood improvement. In this installment of KQED's Boomtown series, we'll check in with tech firms Twitter and Zendesk as well as with residents of the mid-Market neighborhood to find out how the agreements are working out.

Sunnyvale Gun Restrictions Upheld

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that Sunnyvale can enforce its ban on large-capacity gun magazines. The decision states that city officials did not violate the Second Amendment by adopting the ban, and further opens the door for other cities to pass similar regulations. Meanwhile, more handguns were sold in California in 2014 than during any other year on record, according to recently released figures from the state Department of Justice. We look at impact of the ruling and whether other communities may take Sunnyvale's lead.

The California Report

President Obama Grants Disaster Relief in Wake of Napa Quake

President Barack Obama has declared last month's South Napa Earthquake a major disaster. The declaration frees up emergency federal dollars for California. The White House didn't say how much, but Gov. Brown's office has identified an estimated $87 million worth of costs that could be reimbursed. Federal funds will go to reimburse state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, and repairs and replacement of public facilities.

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

As the drought wears on, Californians are looking for new ways to conserve water. In the hot suburbs east of San Francisco, one water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping. It's the first program of its kind in the nation.

Oakland School District to Hire Learning Specialist for Undocumented Minors

Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

Reunited by Crisis: Two Sisters From El Salvador Deal With Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.