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How a Witness to Fatal S.F. Police Shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez Came Forward

A community worked behind the scenes to ensure prosecutors had the statements of two witnesses to the fatal police shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez before the district attorney's decision on whether to file criminal charges, which is expected any day.

Report: Marin Addiction Doctor Had Been Called In to Treat Prince

Minneapolis news report says Mill Valley specialist had been called to treat entertainer for opioid addiction immediately before he died.

S.F. State Students Go on Hunger Strike for Raise in Ethnic Studies Budget

Protesters demand substantial increase in funding to cure college's recent budget difficulties.

$2 Billion Bail Bond Industry Threatened by Lawsuit Against San Francisco

Next week, a federal judge in Oakland will hear arguments that money bail, as currently implemented in city's jails, violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

Forum on the Road: Winery Development in Sonoma County

The number of Sonoma County wineries has more than doubled since 2005 and the industry is the backbone of the region's economy. But some neighborhood groups say escalating winery tourism from tasting rooms and events brings unwanted traffic and noise and threatens their rural quality of life. In response, county supervisors and planning officials are working to establish new guidelines for winery events. We'll talk with industry experts, community activists and local officials about the high stakes of winery development in Sonoma County.

'Resilient San Francisco' Plan Details City Response to Emergency

San Francisco city officials released a comprehensive disaster plan on the 110th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. The report, "Resilient San Francisco: Stronger Today, Stronger Tomorrow," builds on a year-long collaboration among almost 100 organizations and details how the city will respond to a major disaster. We'll get the details from the city's Chief Resilience Officer, Patrick Otellini.

San Francisco Proposes Bailout for Over-Budget Transit Center

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced a proposal last week to provide $260 million in interim financing for the completion of the first phase of the Transbay Transit Center. The bailout deal followed the ouster of the Transit Center's executive director, who critics charge allowed years of construction delays and cost overruns. We discuss the future of the $2.4 billion project.

Fatal SFPD Shooting of Homeless Man Latest Incident in Police Use-of-Force Debate

On Thursday, San Francisco police shot and killed a homeless man wielding a knife in the city's Mission District. The shooting comes in the wake of proposals by Police Chief Greg Suhr and Mayor Ed Lee to reform SFPD's use-of- force policies. Those proposed changes came after another controversial police killing -- that of 26-year-old Mario Woods, who was also armed with a knife. The U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of SFPD in February. We get an update on SFPD's community relations and use-of-force in light of this latest shooting.

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.

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