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
April 26, 2013 (Episode #2427H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Scott Shafer.
SCHOOL FUNDING DEBATED - Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to dramatically revamp how public school funding is distributed is encountering resistance. The governor's formula would funnel more resources to school districts with higher numbers of English-learners and students from low-income households. Calling it a "civil rights cause for the children of California," Mr. Brown has promised his opponents "the battle of their lives." But Senate Democrats have a competing plan to peg funding individually to disadvantaged students and schools.
WEST COAST OIL PIPELINE - As controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf Coast continues, a similar project is receiving little attention but could hit closer to home for California residents. The Trans Mountain pipeline carrying oil from Canada's tar sands to the West Coast is looking to nearly triple its capacity, making it potentially bigger than Keystone. Canadian authorities have the final say over Trans Mountain's plans, but environmentalists say it bears watching.
STEPPING UP SURVEILLANCE - San Francisco's Chinese New Year parade, its Bay-to-Breakers race and the Gay Pride parade all travel along Market Street. Now, Police Chief Greg Suhr wants to install surveillance monitors along the thoroughfare. The proposal comes in light of the role that security cameras played in the rapid arrest of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. Will the move increase safety or infringe upon civil liberties?
Guests: Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle; David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle; and C. W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle.
SAN FRANCISCO ETHICS REFORM: INTERVIEW WITH DENNIS HERRERA - A proposal to bring more sunshine into San Francisco's city hall is in the works - in the form of an ethics ordinance introduced by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu this week. The legislation broadens the definition of who qualifies as a lobbyist and aims to increase transparency surrounding development and construction projects. Scott Shafer talks with City Attorney Herrera about the proposed law as well as recent inquiries into alleged "patient dumping" by a Nevada hospital.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
April 19, 2013 (Episode #2426H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Joshua Johnson.
IMMIGRATION REFORM - As immigration reform legislation works its way through the US Senate, there's much at stake for two of California's leading industries - agriculture and technology. The bill, presented by a bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the "Gang of Eight," contains several controversial elements including a pathway to citizenship, new visa programs for low and high-skilled workers, changes to family-based visas and a greater emphasis on employment and education skills.
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT - CEQA may be in for an overhaul. The 43-year-old landmark law requires state and local agencies to identify and try to mitigate the environmental impacts of development and construction projects. Critics say the act has been abused by special interest groups, while supporters say environmental protections should not be watered down. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is leading the reform effort, while Gov. Brown continues to weigh the likelihood of changing CEQA this year.
CHEVRON REFINERY BLASTED - Chevron is under fire from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) for last summer's explosion at its Richmond refinery that left 15,000 residents and employees in need of medical care. The oil giant has been accused of negligence in its long-term plant maintenance, a problem seen at other refineries elsewhere. The results of the regulatory board's report will be presented at a public hearing in Richmond on April 19.
Guests: Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News; and Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle.
GOV. BROWN ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND CHINA - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling his trade mission to China a success, after a whirlwind eight-day visit to six cities. But it was more than just business deals that Brown was after. The Governor worked to enlist China as a partner in California's fight against climate change. "No one group can solve the problem," Brown said. "Not the United States. Not California. Not Japan. Not China. We all have to do it." KXTV political editor John Myers looks at why the governor is bullish on the country's efforts, in this special report for KQED.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
April 12, 2013 (Episode #2425H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Joshua Johnson.
News Panel topics:
GOV. BROWN IN CHINA - Gov. Brown, along with nearly 100 business people from California, is on an historic trade mission in China this week. While there, he announced a deal with Chinese investors for a $1.5 billion waterfront development in Oakland, urged Chinese officials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and touted the virtues of high speed rail while riding a bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai. News10's John Myers is traveling with the governor and reports from Shanghai in the first of a two-part series.
GUN LEGISLATION - Federal gun control legislation cleared the first hurdle with a 68-31 vote in the Senate. It includes federal background checks and stricter laws on illicit gun trafficking. President Obama and Democrats are pushing for stronger gun curbs in the wake of last year's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Legislation is also underway here in California, which already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, to ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and to mandate background checks for ammunition purchases.
SACRAMENTO KINGS - The potential move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle has fans and public figures fighting to keep the beloved team in California's capital. Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All Star, has developed a plan to move the Kings into an updated arena and revitalize the city's downtown area in an attempt to match Seattle's $341 million offer. The NBA's board of governors has the ultimate say in whether the move will take place and is expected to make a decision at its next meeting on April 18th and 19th. Meanwhile, the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has given Sacramento until 5pm Friday to prove their deal can match Seattle's offer.
Guests: John Myers, News10; Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group; and Chuck Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle.
EXPLORATORIUM OPENS NEW HOME - For over 43 years, San Francisco's Exploratorium has tested the theory that hands-on learning is the best way to teach science. And by all accounts, its model is successful. On April 17, the museum-slash-playground inaugurates a new $300 million, solar-powered building with gorgeous views of the bay and updated exhibits to further entice kids and parents into a love of science.
While the Exploratorium readies itself for an anticipated 1 million visitors this year, some educators say that big isn't always better. Dan Sudran runs the Mission Science Workshop in San Francisco on a shoestring budget, using mostly materials he gathered himself. He is focused on reaching poor and underserved kids who might never find their way to a big science center like the Exploratorium.
PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels visits both Sudran's down and dirty workshop and its upscale cousin across town to look at what kind of science education kids need and what works.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
April 5, 2013 (Episode #2424H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
PRESIDENT OBAMA IN BAY AREA - President Obama visited the Bay Area for the first time since his re-election to raise money for Democratic Party candidates and to gain support for returning Rep. Nancy Pelosi to the position of House Speaker. In San Francisco, the president was met by environmental activists protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Meanwhile in Silicon Valley, newcomer and fellow Democrat Ro Khanna says he will challenge six-term Congressman Mike Honda, going against the wishes of the president. The race is expected to be one of the most heated in the 2014 election.
BAY BRIDGE TANKER CRASH REPORT - The California Board of Pilot Commissioners has suspended the license of pilot Guy Kleess, who was found responsible for crashing an oil tanker into a western-span tower of the Bay Bridge this past January. Also, following the discovery of faulty steel rods on the new eastern span of the bridge, Caltrans investigators are still assessing what caused them to break and whether other parts produced by the same manufacturer may be at risk of malfunctioning. < br />TESLA MOTORS GEARS UP - Palo Alto-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has unveiled its first financing plan to make their nearly $70,000 Model S more accessible to consumers. With financing from Wells Fargo or US Bank, drivers would only need a 10% down payment. The ten-year old company also announced it is profitable for the first time. The news initially sent stock prices soaring, but Wall Street seems unconvinced that the new loan program will lead to a significant increase in consumer demand.
Guests: Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle; Tom Vacar, KTVU News; and David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
DANNY GLOVER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE HOUSE I LIVE IN - Actor and San Francisco native Danny Glover talks about The House I Live In, a new documentary he championed as executive producer. The film takes a critical look at the so-called war on drugs and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year. "It's really not a war on drugs, it's a war on people," Glover explains to KQED's Joshua Johnson.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 12:30 AM