THIS WEEK in Northern California
This KQED-produced series offers insightful, thought-provoking discussion and news analysis. Local reporters from diverse media throughout the region open their notebooks for an inside look at the stories behind the headlines.
THIS WEEK in Northern California Previous Broadcasts
July 27, 2012 (Episode #2338H)
KQED 9: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
DELTA PLAN MAKES WAVES - California's ongoing war over water continues with heavy opposition by some environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers to Gov. Brown's massive plan to build a $14 billion pair of tunnels to transport water from the North to the South, and restore Delta wetlands. Will Brown's push for spending on major infrastructure projects jeopardize passage of his November tax initiative?
CANDIDATES COLLECT CASH - President Barack Obama and GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney both visited the Bay Area this week to raise campaign funds. Each was silent on gun control in the aftermath of the tragic theater shootings in Colorado. Medical marijuana advocates protested against the Obama administration's federal crackdown on dispensaries.
HEALTH AND WELFARE OF CALIFORNIA CHILDREN - The 2012 Kids Count Report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that California, the state with the highest number of children, ranks only 41 out of 50 states in overall well-being of children. The state did fare better on healthcare, scoring 23rd, in large part due to good prenatal care and increasing numbers of children with health insurance.
Guests: Lauren Sommer, KQED Quest; Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group; Kathryn Baron, EdSource.
SODA TAX CONTROVERSY IN RICHMOND - Should sugary beverages be taxed like cigarettes? As a trend to limit or ban soft drinks consumption moves across the country, PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on efforts by the city of Richmond to tax soda. While health experts say it will help stem high obesity rates, others say it will unfairly target those who are least able to afford the penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
July 20, 2012 (Episode #2337H)
KQED 9: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
TRUVADA HIV DRUG - Just a week before the International AIDS Conference takes place in Washington, DC - the first time in 22 year that it will be held in the US - the drug Truvada has been approved for HIV prevention by the Food and Drug Administration. The news brings hope to those in high risk categories, but there are also concerns that it could lead to a return of risky behaviors.
CEO MARISSA MAYER - Can Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer balance running the high-profile tech company with being a new mother? Mayer has proven to be innovative as a former lead engineer and vice president at Google, but there's speculation over whether the 37-year-old Silicon Valley star can save the faltering Internet giant.
CHALLENGES FOR MAYOR ED LEE - As embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's misconduct trial continues this week with testimony from his wife, Eliana Lopez, Mayor Ed Lee himself is the subject of an investigation for possible perjury by the Ethics Commission. This comes as a vote on Lee's major development deal with the California Pacific Medical Center is put on hold for two weeks and he encounters a backlash by the Board of Supervisors and the public to his push for a stop-and-frisk policy.
Guests: Lisa Aliferis, KQED State of Health Blog; Jolie O'Dell, VentureBeat; and Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle.
CAROLYN HOUSE STEWART, INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT, ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. - Attorney Carolyn House Stewart is the leader of the world's oldest and largest sorority for college educated African American women. The group holds their conference in San Francisco next week for the first time since the 1950s.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 22, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 22, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 22, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
July 13, 2012 (Episode #2336H)
KQED 9: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
SF CITY COLLEGE TROUBLES - Will City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in California, be shut down? Interim Chancellor Pamela Fisher has tried to calm fears after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges granted CCSF 8 months to make tough financial and leadership decisions or lose its accreditation, and subsequently its public funding.
HIGH SPEED RAIL DEVELOPMENTS - Now that the first phase of funding for California's High Speed Rail plan has been approved by the state Legislature, what lies ahead for this ambitious and controversial project? Construction of a 130-mile stretch between Madera and Bakersfield in the Central Valley is scheduled to begin early next year, but the high speed rail authority must first fend off 5 law suits.
PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS - An East Bay doctor is the subject of a federal investigation for prescribing high doses of opioid pain pills, such as OxyContin, to his patients. The practice is drawing widespread attention throughout the state and the country as more patients die from overdoses of these highly addictive medications.
Guests: Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle; David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times; Christina Jewett, California Watch.
OCCUPY ART - Since its inception in September 2011, the Occupy movement has resonated with artists worldwide, resulting in a distinct visual aesthetic of imagery designed to inspire and mobilize support. "Occupy Bay Area" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a new exhibition showcasing the work of Bay Area artists who've played a significant role in giving voice to the 99%.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
June 29, 2012 (Episode #2335H)
KQED World: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
IMPACT OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ON CALIFORNIA - On Thursday, the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the constitutionality of the core of the Affordable Care Act. The historic ruling enables California to continue its expansion of the state's Medi-Cal program and create a health insurance exchange. An estimated 7 million uninsured residents will need to find insurance when the individual mandate is enacted. Guest: Diana Dooley, California Health and Human Services Secretary
Guests: Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group, and Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News
CALIFORNIA BUDGET PASSED - Governor Brown signed California's new $ 142.6 billion budget into law just hours before Wednesday's midnight deadline. Some of the most significant changes include the elimination of the Healthy Families program for poor children, a reduction in state welfare benefits and a 5% pay cut for state workers. Education funding for K-12 will remain intact unless the November tax initiative fails to pass, triggering automatic cuts of up to $5.6 billion.
STATE PARKS SAVED - With the July 1 closure deadline looming, California parks officials saved 65 of the 70 parks slated for closure, at least through the next fiscal year. In recent weeks officials scrambled to prevent the state parks from closing for the first time in their 110 year history, by forging partnerships with both public and private donors. Governor Brown partially vetoed a state parks bill on Thursday, reducing the amount approved by lawmakers from $41 million to $10 million.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 11:00 AM