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Project Editor, The California Report
Tyche Hendricks is the editor of Governing California, a project of The California Report, where she’s responsible for on air and on-line coverage of state governance.
Hendricks spent more than a dozen years at newspapers, most of them at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered immigration, demographics and immigrant communities. She has also reported on local government, transportation, urban planning, cops and courts and schools. She has worked at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury News and the Seattle Times.
Hendricks reported extensively on the U.S.-Mexico border and her book, "The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands," was published by the University of California Press in June 2010. She teaches at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Hendricks started her journalism career in radio, filing stories for Marketplace, Pacifica Network News and The California Report. Her work has won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Best of the West and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She was a Knight Digital Media Fellow in 2010.
She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Latin American Studies and an MJ in Journalism, both from UC Berkeley. She speaks fluent Spanish and passable French.
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No one knows exactly how much money it would take to avoid letting the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) slide into insolvency over the next 30 years. Some say $73 billion, others say $80 billion. Wednesday, state lawmakers pledged to do something this legislative session, even though this problem is not addressed in the governor's budget.
The board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine meets in Berkeley Wednesday. It's expected to vote to spend as much as $40 million on genomic research, the study of genes and their relationships. Scientists from across California and beyond have been vying for this major investment -- but a consortium from Stanford is considered the favorite. We talk with David Jensen, who writes the California Stem Cell Report.
On the UC Regents' agenda this week was a progress report on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The project, to be built in Hawaii, will be a partnership between UC and Caltech, as well as Canada, China, India and Japan. But as the University of California is committing to the TMT, it's divesting from a much smaller operation closer to home.
The latest boom in Silicon Valley has brought with it massive traffic jams, stratospheric housing costs and resentful blowback. Some now use the word "techie" as a pejorative in the San Francisco Bay Area, referring to someone presumably young, male, affluent and out-of-touch with his community. Like any stereotype, there are those who fit the bill, and a lot of people who don't.
If you're a fan of your local farmers market, you want to believe every farmer is on the up and up. Three years ago, investigative reporters discovered blatant cheating in Southern California. That led to a bill that would have boosted farmers market enforcement that failed in the legislature last year. David Karp of the LA Times joins us, and explains that local regulators in LA and San Diego aren't waiting around for the state to take action.