KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM
Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.
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Sometimes it's hard to know when you're witnessing history until after the fact. But Friday morning there was no question that the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states was a landmark moment.
In 2012, Alameda County became the first county in the nation to make pharmaceutical companies pay for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Drug companies fought the law in court. But it survived a crucial test Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against it from major drug makers. That gives the green light to similar laws around the state.
In the past few months, we've reported on the growing number of inmates being released from state prisons. Today, we focus on one group of parolees who may spark stronger negative feelings than any other: sex offenders. There are about 6,000 sex offenders on parole in California. Their crimes range from rape to indecent exposure. Until recently, state law prevented all registered sex offenders from living within a half-mile of parks or schools where children gather. But the state Supreme Court found that blanket limitation on housing to be too restrictive. As a result, many sex offenders will soon be more integrated into neighborhoods. So how does the state keep track of registered sex offenders out in the community?
Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether states can ban gay marriages or refuse to recognize those that are performed in states where it's legal like California. Now, tech companies are speaking up in support of marriage equality.
It's really easy to see how this drought could turn into an ugly kind of us vs. them scuffle all over the state. Backing that up are numbers from the State Water Board showing that in the swankiest zip codes in California, conservation isn't so chic. Cities like Beverly Hills and Malibu just aren't doing their part to save water. And neither is a wealthy rural enclave in the heart of Silicon Valley: Woodside.