News Panel for January 27, 2012
California's sweeping new auto emission regulations, requiring that 15 percent of new cars sold in the state by 2025 produce little or no smog, could reshape the entire American automobile industry. The city of Richmond wins the intense competition by half a dozen Bay Area cities to be the coveted site of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's second campus. The 49ers stadium project in Santa Clara hits another snag with a petition drive to put it back on the ballot before voters, a week after the team loses its chance to be in the Super Bowl.
- Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News
- Amy Standen, KQED's QUEST
- C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
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.