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Forum | Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 9:30 AM

Battles Over Government Access to Data Heats Up as Microsoft Sues DOJ

Microsoft has filed suit against the Department of Justice over requests for customer information, saying people have a right to know when the government gets a warrant to read their emails. Microsoft says it has received more than 5600 federal demands for data in the past 18 months, and in nearly half, the government forbade Microsoft from informing the customer. The suit comes as Congress wades into the issue with a bill that would require tech companies to provide access to data when served by a court order.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 12, 2010, 4:30 PM

The Future of Our State Parks

The fallout from the election continues to ripple through California -- and it's especially impacting our state parks. Voters turned down Proposition 21, an $18 fee on vehicle registration that would have generated $500 million or so for the 278 parks throughout California. So what happens now?



Forum | Friday, Nov 12, 2010, 9:00 AM

Preserving Our Parks

On Nov. 2, voters rejected Proposition 21 which would have raised California's vehicle license fees to fund state parks. Park officials, facing a major budget shortfall and more than $1 billion worth of needed repairs and maintenance, are now warning of possible closures and fee increases. We look at the future of California's state parks.



The California Report | Friday, Jan 07, 2011, 4:30 PM

Brown Takes Office

It was back to the future this week in Sacramento, where the 34th governor became California's 39th governor. Jerry Brown may be the oldest person ever to become governor in California, but he's ushered in a very new tone compared with his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.



The California Report | Monday, Jan 03, 2011, 8:50 AM

Jerry Brown Takes the Reins, Faces Fiscal Mess

A new governor takes the reins in Sacramento today -- and instantly, he'll be handed one of the state's biggest financial messes.



The California Report | Thursday, Dec 30, 2010, 8:50 AM

The Once and Future Governor

On January 6, 1975, gas was 44 cents a gallon, Elton John's version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was at the top of the charts, and Jerry Brown was inaugurated as Governor of California for the first time. Next week, nearly three decades after he left that office in 1983, Jerry Brown returns as the state's chief executive.



Forum | Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 9:30 AM

Battles Over Government Access to Data Heats Up as Microsoft Sues DOJ

Microsoft has filed suit against the Department of Justice over requests for customer information, saying people have a right to know when the government gets a warrant to read their emails. Microsoft says it has received more than 5600 federal demands for data in the past 18 months, and in nearly half, the government forbade Microsoft from informing the customer. The suit comes as Congress wades into the issue with a bill that would require tech companies to provide access to data when served by a court order.



Forum | Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016, 10:00 AM

Historian Looks at How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future

Historian Abby Smith Rumsey has spent much of her career looking back, but her newest book focuses on the future and questions around digital preservation: How can we ensure that future generations have access to today's information given rapid changes in technology? How much of our online lives are worth saving? Rumsey joins us to talk about these issues and her new book, "When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future."



The California Report | Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, 8:50 AM

No Deal on Prison Overcrowding Between State Officials, Inmate Lawyers

Federal judges say California corrections officials and inmates' lawyers have failed to reach a long-term agreement to deal with overcrowding in the state's prison system. The two sides were in talks over how to comply with the judges' order to reduce the headcount in the prisons. Now the two sides have until January 23 to submit competing proposals to bring the state into compliance by April 18.



Forum | Friday, Oct 16, 2015, 9:00 AM

San Francisco Residents to Vote on Housing Measures, Mayor in 2015 Election

San Francisco's housing crunch is a recurring theme on this November's ballot, which asks the city's voters to consider measures addressing affordable housing, building height limits and a development moratorium in the Mission district. We discuss the housing measures and preview the races for mayor and sheriff and the closely watched contest for District 3 supervisor.



Forum | Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 9:00 AM

Hardball Politics, Big Money Set Tone in East Bay Senate Race

On May 19, East Bay voters in California's 7th State Senate District will choose a new representative. Their candidates in this special election are Orinda Mayor Stephen Glazer and State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla -- two Democrats, whose political fate may lie in the hands of Republican voters. We'll cut through the hyperbole of this $7 million-plus race and get the candidates' takes on issues such as taxes, BART strikes and teacher tenure reform.



Forum | Friday, Nov 07, 2014, 9:30 AM

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.



Forum | Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 9:30 AM

Battles Over Government Access to Data Heats Up as Microsoft Sues DOJ

Microsoft has filed suit against the Department of Justice over requests for customer information, saying people have a right to know when the government gets a warrant to read their emails. Microsoft says it has received more than 5600 federal demands for data in the past 18 months, and in nearly half, the government forbade Microsoft from informing the customer. The suit comes as Congress wades into the issue with a bill that would require tech companies to provide access to data when served by a court order.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 19, 2010, 8:50 AM

Oakland's Come-From-Behind Mayor-Elect Jean Quan

Jean Quan made headlines when she won the Oakland Mayor's seat in an upset victory. She'll be the city's first female, first Asian-American mayor.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 12, 2010, 8:50 AM

And the Campaign Continues...

In politics there's supposed to be a "date certain." On Election Day, the campaign ends and there is a winner. But in this year's elections in California, observers say, there are an unprecedented number of high-profile races too close to call.



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