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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 | Thursday, Nov 04, 2010, 8:50 AM

Proposition 26 Could Undercut AB 32?

On Tuesday, voters added several lines of new code to the software that governs public budgets in California. Proposition 26 will require a two-thirds vote at the state and local level to pass new fees. That's a daunting prospect for many programs that rely on fees to function. Prop. 26 could undercut the very climate change initiative voters protected at the polls.



Forum | Wednesday, Nov 03, 2010, 9:00 AM

Election Results

Our election coverage continues with a discussion of local and state results from Tuesday's balloting.



The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 9:00 PM

The California Report Election Special

In this two-and-a-half hour special program, host Scott Shafer checks in with reporters in the field, and gets analysis on California election results as they come in from Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers and Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo.



KQED News | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 8:28 PM

Prop. 19 Supported by Younger Voters, Exit Polls Suggest

Exit polls suggest younger voters are supporting Proposition 19, the state ballot measure to legalize and tax sales of marijuana for recreational use. KQED's Michael Montgomery is in Oakland at the headquarters for Oaksterdam University, a kind of craft school for medical marijuana whose founder has helped bankroll Prop. 19.



The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 8:20 PM

Statewide Election Update

We review the first California election returns, including early leads by Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. Host Scott Shafer talks with Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo, Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers and Los Angeles Bureau Chief Krissy Clark.



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 8:00 PM

News Panel for October 29, 2010

Tuesday is Election Day and the final push is on to win the hearts, minds and votes of Californians. The future of California's global warming laws will be decided with the outcome of Proposition 23, while Prop. 21 would provide additional funding for state parks. Housing foreclosures continue to plague California communities, and some homeowners are suing over faulty mortgage modifications. And the San Francisco Giants' amazing journey to the World Series brings happiness and hope to the Bay Area in the midst of the heated political battles and economic hard times.



KQED News | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 5:30 PM

Pension Reform Hits Nerve in SF

No proposition on the San Francisco ballot has generated so much anger and outrage as Proposition B, a measure requiring city workers to pay more for their pension and health benefits.



The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM

Prop. 19 and Addiction

The debate over Prop. 19 has focused heavily on economic and legal questions. But doctors and addiction experts say there's another side to the issue that warrants attention: the potential fallout on people's health should marijuana use become legal in California.



The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM

Prop. 26

Another budget measure, Prop. 26 would redefine many fees as taxes, requiring a two-thirds vote to pass them rather than a simple majority. The proposition is stirring up a hornet's nest, especially at the local level.



The California Report | Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 4:30 PM

Prop. 25

When voting ended in the Assembly and Senate on October 8th, so did the longest budget stalemate in state history. Backers of Prop. 25 say that's a perfect setup for voters to take action. The measure seeks to undo what voters put in place 77 years ago: the mandate of a supermajority budget vote in each house of the Legislature.



The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010, 8:50 AM

Prop. 19's Effectiveness

Supporters of Proposition 19 liken their cause to the lifting of prohibition on alcohol 80 years ago. Making pot legal and regulating it like alcohol, they say, could raise millions in tax revenues, and wipe out the black market and the social costs associated with it. But breaking the underground trade in marijuana might not be so easy.



KQED News | Monday, Oct 25, 2010, 7:05 AM

Prop 25 Leading, Would Make Passing Budget Easier

It seems California voters may be ready to change the way state lawmakers pass the budget. A new USC/Los Angeles Times poll shows solid support for Proposition 25. That item would allow the budget to pass with a simple majority, rather than a two-thirds vote. More than half of respondents support Prop 25, just over a quarter oppose it, and 13% remain undecided. The poll also shows strong opposition to Prop 23, which would suspend California's greenhouse gas emissions law depending on the state's employment level.



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Oct 22, 2010, 8:00 PM

ELECTION SPECIAL for October 22, 2010

The stakes for California are high in the November 2nd election, and the differences between the candidates and the directions they want take the state are many. This Week in Northern California's Election Special starts at the top of the ballot with tight races for Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senate and state Attorney General. We look at hotly contested local races from Stockton to Oakland and Richmond, explain key state and local ballot propositions, and assess new and critical influences on this election.



The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM

Would Prop. 19 Really Save Calif. Money?

If voters pass Proposition 19, it would become legal to possess less than an ounce of marijuana and grow up to a 25 square foot plot for personal use. The proposition's supporters say the initiative could free up prison beds and reduce law enforcement costs -- but those savings may be overstated.



Forum | Monday, Oct 18, 2010, 9:00 AM

Health Effects of Marijuana

As California voters consider whether or not to legalize marijuana, we join experts to discuss the health effects of recreational pot use.



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Oct 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

News Panel for October 15, 2010

Election campaign activity heats up with a spirited debate between the gubernatorial hopefuls, an onslaught of media ads and high-profile national politicians making appearances of support. Our examination of the ballot measures continues: Proposition 22 would prevent the state government from raiding local funds, while Prop. 24 would repeal recent corporate tax provisions that allow businesses to shift losses to prior tax years. And a federal judge rules the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay men and women in the military is unconstitutional.



The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010, 8:50 AM

Gauging Prop. 19's Effect on Border Drug Violence

Some supporters of Proposition 19, a measure on the November ballot to legalize marijuana, argue that regulating pot will end violence associated with Mexican cartels and the drug trade. But officials on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border have their doubts.



The California Report | Monday, Oct 11, 2010, 8:50 AM

Prop. 23: Suspending Attempt to Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Our election coverage continues with a look at Proposition 23, which would suspend AB 32, California's landmark effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Proponents say it would help protect jobs. Opponents point out that most of the funding for the campaign comes from three out-of-state oil refiners.



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Oct 01, 2010, 8:00 PM

News Panel for October 1, 2010

California voters were given a clear choice in the debates between Democratic and Republican candidates for governor and U.S Senator. Proposition 20 would expand the power of a Citizens Redistricting Commission in determining congressional districts, while Prop 27 would eliminate the CRC and return the task of redistricting to the Legislature. And executions in the updated death chamber at San Quentin Prison are on hold until next year.



Forum | Friday, Oct 01, 2010, 10:00 AM

Prop. 26

Our election coverage continues with a debate on Proposition 26, which would require that any new California state and local fees be approved by two-thirds vote. Currently, these are passed by majority vote.



Forum | Friday, Oct 01, 2010, 9:00 AM

Prop. 25

If approved by California voters in November, Proposition 25 would change the legislative vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority, which is 50 percent plus one. California is one of three states in the nation requiring its legislature to pass a budget by a two-thirds vote.



The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010, 8:50 AM

Prop. 20: Drawing Districts With an Eye to 'Communities of Interest'

California voters have been asked several times how best to draw political districts. This election day, voters will consider two more proposals.



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Sep 24, 2010, 8:00 PM

News Panel for September 24, 2010

Unemployment in California reached 12.4% this month, the 3rd highest in the nation. Ballot proposition 23 would repeal AB 32, the state's global warming law. Key provisions of the new national healthcare legislation went into effect this week. And ten candidates for mayor of Oakland debated a range of difficult issues facing the cash-strapped city.



Forum | Monday, Sep 20, 2010, 9:00 AM

Prop. 22

Proposition 22 seeks to prohibit the state of California from borrowing or taking funds used for transportation, redevelopment or local government projects and services. It's intended to prevent state politicians from raiding local funds. But critics say the measure would hurt schools, health care and other state services.



Forum | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 9:30 AM

Prop. 24

Our coverage of California's November 2010 election continues with a debate on Proposition 24, which seeks to repeal certain business tax breaks.



Forum | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 9:00 AM

Prop. 21

Proposition 21 on California's November ballot would establish an $18 annual vehicle license surcharge to help fund state parks and wildlife programs. We hear from both sides.



Forum | Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010, 9:00 AM

Prop. 19

Proposition 19 on the November ballot would make California the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. We hear from a proponent and an opponent of the proposition, known as the "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010."



Forum | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 9:00 AM

Proposition 23

As part of our continuing coverage of California ballot measures, we discuss Proposition 23 which would suspend implementation of California's air pollution control law (AB 32) until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent or less for a full year.



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