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On Syria Strike, Local Lawmaker Has Serious Doubts

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi reaffirmed her support for military strikes on Syria today -- but other Bay Area lawmakers have strong reservations.

Rep. Lee Calls for Debate on Syria

East Bay Congresswoman Barbara Lee has written a letter to President Obama calling for debate on a possible military strike in Syria.

Thousands Gather in D.C. to Remember the March on Washington

Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Fire Near Yosemite Destroys Berkeley's Treasured Family Camp

The wildfire raging near Yosemite National Park has scorched 225 square miles and continues to threaten Tuolumne City and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

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Ask the Mayor: San Francisco's Ed Lee

In January, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee unveiled what he called his "affordability agenda," including a proposed hike in the minimum wage and construction of more low-cost housing. But he also urged San Franciscans not to take the city's economic recovery for granted. "There is not a city on the planet that would refuse to trade places with our robust economic condition right now," he said. Still, some critics say the mayor has been too slow to address the city's housing shortage and rapidly rising cost of living, and that he is too cozy with the tech industry. Mayor Lee joins us to discuss the economy, the future of MUNI, the city college accreditation crisis, State Senator Leland Yee's corruption case and other issues.

Chevron Tries Again to Revamp Richmond Refinery

Chevron wants to begin a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery after environmentalists sued to stop a similar plan a few years ago. The company points to the environmental impact report and says the new facility will be cleaner and safer, but community advocates worry the plan could increase pollution.

Balancing Life and Privacy in the Era of Google Glass

For the first time, Google is opening up the sale of its controversial Google Glass to the general public. The device resembles a pair of eyeglasses, and lets users surf the Internet and take photos and videos. As invasive technologies become more common, critics are raising privacy and safety concerns. How will an increased use of surreptitious technology shape our day-to-day lives and ethics?

Report: Gentrification Dramatically Changing the Face of Oakland

In 1990, 43 percent of Oakland residents were African-American. In 2011, black people made up only about a quarter of the city's population. A new report from tenant advocacy organization Causa Justa and the Alameda County Public Health Department traces the history of gentrification in Oakland and the health consequences of displacement. We discuss a changing Oakland and what it means for minority and low-income residents.

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Silicon Valley Comes to HBO

HBO's new eight-episode series, "Silicon Valley," premieres this weekend. It's inspired by the high tech Gold Rush, the world of algorithms and app developers co-created by actor and writer Mike Judge, who brought us "Beavis and Butthead."

Oakland's American Steel Studios an Industrial Haven for Artists

As the Bay Area tech boom pushes rents higher and higher, big industrial spaces are quickly becoming unaffordable for artists. That's what makes American Steel Studios in West Oakland so unusual. It's become a magnet for all types of artists: sculptors, wood workers and especially metal workers.

College Program Helps Salinas Farmworkers Learn to Code

Silicon Valley draws thousands of young programmers hoping to strike it rich in the tech industry. But it's a relatively exclusive club, favoring top-notch graduates from prestigious universities. A new program in the Salinas Valley is challenging that formula by helping the children of farmworker families become programmers and engineers -- in just three years. A lot is on the line for these students, and their families.

The Expanding Impact of California's Drought

Spring officially arrived this week, and with it a reminder that the rainy season -- such as it was -- is quickly coming to an end. The lack of rain was the focus of a very heated Congressional hearing in Fresno this week, and of policy changes from California's superintendent of schools. Host Scott Shafer talks about the drought and its expanding impact with KQED Science Editor Craig Miller.