News Panel: The latest on Republican primaries, Gov. Brown's budget, and the high-speed rail
Belva Davis and San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Carla Marinucci are in New Hampshire with a special report from the campaign trail. The Republican presidential candidates have hit the ground running for the January 10 first-in-the-nation primary, following Mitt Romney's narrow lead over Rick Santorum and Ron Paul in the Iowa caucuses.
- Belva Davis, KQED
- Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
- Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
- Amy Standen, KQED's QUEST
Chronicle senior political writer Carla Marinucci will be live blogging and covering candidates' events and debates from New Hampshire this week. Follow her on the Politics blog at SFGate.com, or on Twitter @cmarinucci
Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2012-13 fiscal year budget proposal ahead of schedule after the document was accidentally posted online. The budget was to be unveiled on Tuesday, the constitutional deadline. It includes more than $1 billion in cuts to welfare programs. Brown will also ask voters for $5 billion in education funding with a November tax measure.
It's another fork in the road for California's $99 billion high-speed rail project. A key independent review panel recommended that billions of dollars of voter approved bonds should not be approved by lawmakers. They say the funding isn't secure and the business plan has not been finalized.
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.