Bay Area

Oakland Protest Update: Businesses in Temescal Damaged Tuesday Night

Owners say it could have been worse, but some residents intervened to protect their shops.

Mexico’s 43 Missing Students Inspire Activism North of the Border

The disappearance and presumed murder of 43 student protesters in Guerrero has rocked Mexico.

Despite Bay Area Boom, a Widespread Need for Food Aid as Holidays Approach

With rents and other costs rising, hundreds of thousands of residents depend on food banks to get by.

Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

City-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions, but faces opposition from business sector.

Recently on KQED Public Radio

Forum With Michael Krasny

The Bay Area Reacts to Obama's Immigration Plan

We open the phone lines to get our audience's response to President Obama's executive action on immigration, which he is expected to announce Thursday night. We'll also check in with some local lawmakers and an immigrant whose status is likely to be affected by the plan.

Uber Executive's Remarks Spark Outrage

An executive of ride-sharing company Uber has suggested that the company consider hiring investigators to dig up dirt on journalists who are critical of the company. According to BuzzFeed News, Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael singled out journalist Sarah Lacy, who runs the website PandoDaily. Michael has since said the remarks don't reflect the views of Uber and that he regrets them. Sarah Lacy joins us to share her response.

UC Tuition Hike Proposal Upsets Students, Pits UC President Against Governor

The University of California Board of Regents is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent every year for the next five years. The proposal is angering students, and has put UC President Janet Napolitano at odds with Gov. Jerry Brown, who is resisting the increase and urging the UC to reduce spending instead.

Oakland's Next Mayor, Libby Schaaf

Oakland City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf won a decisive victory in Oakland's mayoral race Tuesday, defeating 14 other candidates. Schaaf is an Oakland native, currently serving her first term on the City Council. She was an aide to former mayor Jerry Brown, who gave her campaign a considerable bump when he endorsed her for the office. We'll talk with Libby Schaaf about the opportunities and challenges in Oakland, and her priorities as mayor.

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.