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November 4, 2011


News Panel: The latest on Occupy Oakland, California's high-speed rail plan, and more

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 Hetch Hetchy retrofit

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.


Hetch Hetchy: To Restore or Not

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.


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