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February 17, 2012

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News Panel: The latest on Obama's budget proposal, Ross Mirkarimi, and more

President Obama holds high-priced private events in San Francisco on his whirlwind campaign fundraising tour through the state. Meanwhile, critics say his $3.8 trillion budget proposal, released earlier in the week, doesn't do enough to reduce the national deficit. Senate Republicans in Congress block passage of the Violence Against Women Act, while a local advocacy group for victims of domestic abuse takes aim at embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with a billboard. Mirkarimi's trial for three misdemeanor charges related to domestic violence is set to start next week.

Guests:

  • Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
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Climate Watch: EPA's Pacific Southwest Region Administrator Jared Blumenfeld

Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller hears Jared Blumenfeld's take on the top climate change challenges for the Environmental Protection Agency in Northern California. Blumenfeld also discusses his recent visit to San Francisco's Mission Motors, an electric motorcycle company seen as a poster child for the Obama administration's focus on renewable energy and "green" jobs it creates.

This Is Us: Manzanar

February 19, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of a dark chapter in American history; the internment of more than 110,000 citizens of Japanese descent by the United States government. One of those detention centers, the Manzanar War Relocation Center, was designated a National Historic Site twenty years ago. In this profile, former Aptos resident Dr. Masako Miura shares vivid memories of her time as an internee and physician at Manzanar in 1942.

 

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