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 19, 2013 (Episode #2437H)
KQED 9: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
JANET NAPOLITANO - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been confirmed as president of the University of California, making her the first female to head the UC system in its 145-year history. Confirmation proceedings were marked by student protests at the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. Opponents are voicing concerns over Napolitano's lack of experience in academia and her immigration policies. Supporters defend the unusual pick, citing her ability to manage a complex system and to meet the political demands of the job.
PG&E PENALTY - Taking a tough stance on PG&E for the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, the Public Utilities Commission has proposed a hefty penalty to go toward pipeline safety improvements and a fine to be paid to the state. The utility company says the fine will limit its ability to pay for improvements to safety.
RICHMOND RAPE VERDICTS - Guilty verdicts for two of the men accused in the 2009 gang rape of a 16-year old girl outside a Richmond High School dance brings some closure for the brutal crime that drew national attention. How has the school and the community addressed the issue of violence and attempted to move forward?
Guests: Ana Tintocalis, KQED News; Jaxon Vanderbeken, San Francisco Chronicle; and Aimee Allison, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
EVA PATERSON ON RACIAL PROFILING AND THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE - The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has sparked strong reaction, from Florida to California. The verdict, which coincided with the opening of the feature film "Fruitvale Station" about the killing of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in 2009, struck a nerve in the Bay Area. It also cast a renewed spotlight on "stand your ground" laws, which allow people to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened. Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society, discusses the lasting impact of these cases.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
July 12, 2013 (Episode #2436H)
KQED 9: Fri, Jul 12, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
BAY BRIDGE OPENING IN QUESTION - Two days after transportation officials announced that the Bay Bridge opening would be delayed until December, an independent review panel proposed a surprise interim fix that would allow the span to open on Labor Day or sooner. The plan calls for installing steel plates - shims - in gaps between bearings to prevent them from swiveling.
ASIANA CRASH UPDATE - new revelations about the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport.
PRISONER HUNGER STRIKE - Gov. Brown has gone to the US Supreme Court to fight a lower court's order requiring the release of nearly 10,000 prisoners to ease overcrowding in California prisons. Meanwhile, thousands of inmates continue to refuse meals in the largest prison hunger strike in state history. Protestors are targeting prison conditions, especially for inmates held in long-term isolation in "Security Housing Units" around the state. Prior hunger strikes prompted some policy changes but many prisoners claim they haven't gone far enough.
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO BATTLE - Rising concerns about the possible closure next year of City College of San Francisco erupted in a protest this week by supporters of the embattled school. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges earlier this month said the college did not meet enough of the fourteen recommendations to maintain its accreditation. Without that license to operate, the college - one of the largest in the country - could receive no public funds and would have to close. This week state officials stripped the elected Board of Trustees of its authority and appointed a "special trustee" with unilateral powers.
HOUSING CONTROVERSY IN MARIN - After growing resistance by some Marin County residents to a regional plan for dense housing and transportation development in city cores, the board of supervisors withdrew two communities from so-called "Priority Development Areas." The long range development blueprint called Plan Bay Area includes affordable housing. Opposition by Marin residents has grown increasingly heated as some fear they'll succumb to "cookie-cutter" development patterns and lose local control.
Guests: Tom Vacar, KTVU News; Michael Montgomery, KQED News and Center for Investigative Reporting; Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle; Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal.
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 12:30 AM