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May 27, 2011


News Panel: California's prison population reduction, pension reform, and more

The U.S. Supreme Court says California must reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates in the next two years, saying existing conditions meet the constitutional definition of cruel and unusual punishment. Mayors of both San Francisco and San Jose push for pension reform to curb rising costs for public employee contracts and retirees in their cities. PG&E plans to charge residential customers who use the least amount of energy the highest rates.


  • Julie Small, Reporter, KPCC, Southern California Public Radio
  • Rachel Gordon, City Hall Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Tom Vacar, Consumer Editor, KTVU News

AIDS: Thirty Years Later

San Francisco General Hospital was the first hospital in the world to opens its doors to AIDS patients and continues to lead the way today. Belva Davis speaks with Diane Jones, RN and Brad Hare, MD, both with San Francisco General Hospital's legendary Ward 86, about advancements in medical treatment in the last 30 years and yet to come.


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Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).

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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

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