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
March 29, 2013 (Episode #2423H)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
BROKEN BOLTS ON BAY BRIDGE - The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will undergo repairs for more than thirty broken bolts. Caltrans says the span is still safe and the setback won't stall the scheduled Labor Day weekend opening. Also, the Golden Gate Bridge makes national news this week as the first bridge in California and the third in the country to have all electronic tolling.
STOCKTON BANKRUPTCY ON TRIAL - Wall Street creditors seeking to block the City of Stockton's filing for Chapter 9 protection took the city to court. At the center of the debate is whether Stockton's obligation to the California Public Employees' Retirement System should be protected. The judge is expected to rule on Monday.
DRAKE'S BAY OYSTER COMPANY FIGHTS BACK - The Drakes Bay Oyster Company is fighting to stay open in Point Reyes National Seashore despite an order by the US Interior Department to close up shop. The family-owned, Marin County company's cause has generated controversy, while attracting support from Louisiana to Washington, DC.
Guests: Tom Vacar, KTVU News; Scott Smith, The Record; and Robert Gammon, East Bay Express.
IS YOUR COUCH TOXIC? INTERVIEW WITH ARLENE BLUM - They're in just about all our homes - couches and chairs containing polyurethane foam which contain large quantities of chemical flame retardants, mandated by California law. But flame retardants have been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, learning problems and infertility, and state lawmakers are now considering whether to overhaul the law. The debate was started by Berkeley scientist Arlene Blum, who pioneered research showing the dangers of Chlorinated Tris in children's pajamas. She succeeded in getting it removed from clothing, in 1977. Now, decades later, she's back on the front lines battling flame retardants, this time, in our furniture.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
March 22, 2013 (Episode #2422H)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Scott Shafer
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEFORE THE US SUPREME COURT
Next Tuesday, more than 4 years after California voters approved Proposition 8, the state's ban on same sex marriage gets a full hearing before the US Supreme Court. The high court will also hear oral arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. This comes as recent polls show a significant jump in support for same-sex marriage. The political climate has also shifted. President Obama and some prominent Republicans have recently voiced support for gay marriage. We look back at the series of events leading to this historical moment.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom recalls his controversial decision as mayor of San Francisco to grant marriage licenses to gay couples in 2004. His actions helped to energize supporters of traditional marriage.
Attorney Andrew Pugno, General Counsel for ProtectMarriage.com - sponsors of Proposition 8 - talks about the legal defense he is helping to present to the US Supreme Court.
Plus, legal experts explain what issues are before the high court, and how the possible outcomes could have an impact in California and beyond.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
Atty. Andrew Pugno, ProtectMarriage.com
Vik Amar, UC Davis School of Law
Jane Schacter, Stanford Law School
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
March 15, 2013 (Episode #2421)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Scott Shafer.
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO STRUGGLES - Will City College of San Francisco make the grade and keep its accreditation? The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has recommended fourteen controversial changes which include layoffs, financial reform, and campus closures. Friday is the deadline for the embattled college to turn in its report showing how the suggested reforms have been and will be implemented.
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSICIANS STRIKE - SF Symphony musicians went on strike this week, putting an upcoming high profile tour to the East Coast in jeopardy. Without a contract since February, the union representing the performers says management's new proposals are not on par with comparable orchestras, like those in Los Angeles and Chicago.
BUDGET CUTS TO CALIFORNIA COURTS - California's top judge, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, made the case before state lawmakers this week to restore funding to the courts. More than $1 billion in cuts over the past five years has resulted in court closures, reduced hours and layoffs. Gov. Brown's budget this year would reduce court construction funds by $200 million.
Guests: Andrea Koskey, San Francisco Examiner; Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group; Cy Musiker, KQED News.
IRAQ WAR IN PICTURES - On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the American-led invasion of Iraq, an exhibit of photographs at the De Young Museum in San Francisco takes an intimate look at the impact of war on Iraqi citizens. From young boys rehearsing a play about martyrdom to men playing dominos at dusk, the images in "Eye Level in Iraq" offer a glimpse into everyday life as captured by photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson. The museum's chief curator Julian Cox talks about the role of art and journalism and what he hopes viewers will take away from the exhibition.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
March 8, 2013 (Episode #2420)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Joshua Johnson.
SANTA CRUZ POLICE OFFICERS - From across California, thousands mourned the murders of two Santa Cruz police officers killed during a routine investigation. The long and troubled criminal history of the killer raises questions about the criminal justice system.
DOW JONES HIGH - The Dow Jones hit a twelve-year record high this week. Is it a temporary uptick or does it suggest a broader economic recovery? With new data out on job growth, how are Bay Area companies doing?
DEVIL'S SLIDE - Commuters driving the coastal route between Santa Cruz and San Francisco can expect a different view next month. A dangerous stretch of Highway-1, known as Devil's Slide, will soon be re-routed away from the steep cliffs to new state-of-the-art mile-long tunnels.
Guests: Martha Mendoza, Associated Press; Tom Vacar, KTVU; Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News and KQED.
URBAN PLANNING: STUART COHEN - As we look to the future, Bay Area urban planners are scrambling for ideas on how to handle the projected increase in population. Over the last 40 years, California's sprawling growth and dependence on cars has taken its toll. According to a recent Census Bureau report, the region is home to the most "mega-commuters" in the country. These are people who spend at least 90 minutes and drive over 50 miles to get to work. Families, particularly those who can least afford it, are spending more and more of their time and income just getting where they need to go. Stuart Cohen, recipient of a 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, believes that smarter regional planning can reverse these trends. As a founder and executive director of the nonprofit TransForm, he is leading an effort to revitalize local communities into diverse, vibrant places where more people walk, bike and take world-class public transit.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
March 1, 2013 (Episode #2419)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
BUDGET SEQUESTRATION - With budget talks on Capitol Hill at an impasse, the nation braces itself for automatic federal spending cuts, also known as "the sequester," that will affect major programs from education to the military. How hard and where will California be hit?
BAY AREA HOUSING PRICES RISE - Bay Area real estate prices are on the rise. In almost every corner of the region, home-price appreciation is outpacing projected national growth. Whether low-end, high-end or somewhere in the middle, some analysts say there are too few houses for sale to meet buyer appetite.
PROP. 8 AND DOMA - The Obama administration urged the US Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. Silicon Valley companies, prominent Republicans and several state attorneys general have filed similar briefs in the past weeks as the high court prepares to consider the constitutionality of Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act later this month.
Guests: Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle; Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle; and Jolie O'Dell, VentureBeat.
AILEEN HERNANDEZ: A PIONEER FOR WOMEN AND CIVIL RIGHTS - Born in Brooklyn, New York to Jamaican parents, Aileen Clarke Hernandez experienced the insults and injuries of racism and sexism early in life and dedicated herself to combatting those forces. Graduate school and an internship with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union drew her to California. An early and passionate advocate for women's rights, Hernandez was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson as the only woman to serve on the newly established US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She went on to found and eventually become president of the National Organization for Women. Now in her 80s, she chairs the California Women's Agenda, a state alliance of over 600 organizations, and is the founder and coordinator of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Black Women Stirring the Waters discussion group. Hernandez was recently featured in "Makers", a sweeping PBS documentary that showcases the stories of some of America's most influential women.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 3, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 3, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 7:30 PM