Stories From This Week's Episode
January 20, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown gives the annual State of the State address, taking his message to lawmakers and voters. He calls for higher taxes, more budget cuts, and increased spending on public works projects. Federal Judge Thelton Henderson tells California officials to prepare for the elimination of the prison receivership, citing it unnecessary as low level offenders are being shifted to county jails due to realignment. Embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleads not guilty to three misdemeanor charges related to domestic abuse allegations and refuses calls for him to step aside.
- John Myers, KQED Public Radio
- Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
- Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
Is it the end of the line for California's controversial High-Speed Rail project? Four years after voters approved a $10 billion bond measure to build a bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the project has been mired in controversy. This documentary report, produced in association with "Train Wars," profiles the Central Valley town of Hanford, caught in the cross fires in the debate over high speed rail.
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.