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Last Year’s Lake County Fires Not Expected to Affect Napa, Sonoma Vintages

Wine groups and experts dispute report in The Guardian that smoke from 2015 blazes damaged grapes in neighboring counties.

Warmer Winters Put Squeeze on California's Water Supply

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is crucial to the state’s water supply, and warmer winters are putting it at risk.

Levi’s Stadium Delivers on the Super Bowl 50 Hype

The only sour note on a beautiful day that saw Denver beat Carolina was the continuing problem with the stadium's turf.

Alicia Keys, Beyoncé’s Dancers Comment on Mario Woods Case During Super Bowl Gigs

December police shooting becomes part of the celebration surrounding the nation's biggest game.

Recently on KQED Public Radio

Forum With Michael Krasny

U.S. Justice Department Announces Review of San Francisco Police Department

On Monday the U.S. Department of Justice said it would launch a review of the San Francisco Police Department, two months after the controversial police killing of 26-year-old Mario Woods. The DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will conduct the review, at the request of Mayor Ed Lee. But the DOJ did not launch a civil rights investigation of the department, which some city officials and protesters had called for. We talk with Chief Greg Suhr and others about the review and the Board of Supervisors' unanimous approval of a "Mario Woods Remembrance Day."

San Francisco's New Homeless 'Czar' Tries to Tackle One of the City's Most Intractable Issues

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is asking city agencies to find a quick but humane way to eliminate homeless tent encampments, the number of which have grown in recent years. Homeless advocates say taking away tents robs the homeless of what little shelter they have. Forum talks with Sam Dodge, the newly appointed director the mayor's office of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE). We'll discuss what should be done to help the more than 6,500 homeless people in San Francisco.

Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Westbound Bay Bridge

On Monday, protesters from an offshoot of Black Lives Matter shut down traffic for about 30 minutes on the westbound Bay Bridge. Twenty-five people were arrested after they chained themselves to vehicles that blockaded the bridge. The action was organized by Black.Seed, which describes itself as a "Black, queer liberation collective." In a statement, the group said it shut down the bridge in solidarity with Martin Luther King Jr. and to take a stand against racism.

Progressive Aaron Peskin, Foe of Ed Lee, Returns to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors

In November, Aaron Peskin was once again elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which he served on from 2001 to 2009. Peskin, who represents North Beach and Chinatown, has already announced plans to try to expand the city's rent control law. A political foe of Mayor Ed Lee, Peskin is expected to continue in that role as a leader of the Board's new progressive majority. We'll talk to Peskin about the city's housing crisis, the controversial proposed Warriors arena and other big issues facing the city in 2016.

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.