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October 28, 2011

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News Panel: The latest on Occupy Oakland, the SF Mayor's Race, and more

Governor Brown proposes a sweeping pension reform plan, raising the retirement age and trimming benefits for many state workers. The police crackdown in Oakland gets national attention. In the aftermath, both sides ponder what's next for the Occupy movement. The San Francisco Mayor's Race grows heated amid allegations of voter fraud, questionable funding practices and discrimination.

Guests:

  • Mina Kim, KQED News
  • Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
  • Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
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Ranked Choice...Easy as 1, 2, 3?

San Francisco voters passed ranked choice or "instant runoff" voting in 2002. But this is the first time it will be put to the test in a competitive mayoral race. And, as KQED's Scott Shafer discovers, it's changing not only the way voters cast their ballots, but also how candidates campaign for their vote.

 

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The Most Important New California Laws of 2015

More than 900 new laws are hitting the books in 2015. Here's our annual list of the most important and/or interesting, as picked by KQED news, science, health, and politics and government editors.

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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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