Stories From This Week's Episode
November 4, 2011
Wednesday's mostly peaceful day of rallies, speeches and marches, organized by Occupy Oakland, attracted thousands of people, but the violence that followed late at night captured the headlines. Now, what's ahead for the Occupy movement? California's high-speed rail plan, connecting Northern and Southern California, is under fire for running behind schedule -- and it is now projected to cost $100 billion. That's twice what voters were told in 2008 when they approved funding for the project.
- Mina Kim, KQED News
- Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle
- Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
The vast system that transports drinking water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to much of the Bay Area is undergoing a major retrofit. KQED's QUEST and This Week in Northern California join forces to report on this incredible engineering project.
In addition to the engineering marvels surrounding the retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water system, there is an ongoing debate between the city of San Francisco and some environmentalists who would like to tear down the O'Shaughnessy dam and restore the once majestic Hetch Hetchy valley. PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels and producer Catherine Wise produced this story about the debate in 2005.
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.