News Panel: California's prison realignment plan, SF's race for DA, and more
California's groundbreaking prison realignment plan takes effect Saturday, October 1st, and counties are frantically preparing for the influx of low-level offenders to be re-directed from the state's crowded prison system. San Francisco's race for district attorney heats up with calls for DA George Gascon to release confidential documents related to DNA analysis in the San Francisco Police crime lab. Parents, teachers and students protest the closure and consolidation of several Oakland elementary schools, which would relocate almost 1,000 kids and save the cash strapped district about $2 million.
- Scott Shafer, KQED Public Radio
- Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
- Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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).
"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.