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December 2, 2011

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News Panel: SF's homeless problem, safety concerns over the Bay Bridge, and more

Homeless families and advocates call on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to open vacant public housing units for an increasing number of homeless families. Nearly 2,200 of the city's public school students are homeless. A recent investigation by the Sacramento Bee into falsified Caltrans inspection reports raises questions over the safety of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Voters may get another chance to voice their support or opposition to California's three-strikes sentencing law, which puts offenders in prison for 25 years to life after their third felony violation.

Guests:

  • Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Tom Vacar, KTVU News
  • Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Grove" filmmaker interview

Director Andy Abrahams Wilson talks with Belva Davis about his film, "The Grove." The National AIDS Memorial Grove, a seven-acre sanctuary in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people in the United States who died from AIDS. The Grove has helped a community in crisis find healing and remembrance in nature, but the struggle to remember takes an unexpected turn when stakeholders of the memorial seek broader public recognition and a heated debate ensues about what constitutes an appropriate memorial to the AIDS epidemic. "The Grove" airs on KQED-9 on December 12 at 10pm.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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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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