Stories From This Week's Episode
February 24, 2012
A conversation with the state Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro about the challenges facing the Republican Party as the annual spring convention kicks off in Burlingame. Republican registration is down in California, while one of the most hotly contested Republican presidential primaries is unfolding. Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is one of the scheduled speakers this weekend.
If sky high gas prices are driving you crazy already, you may be in for a long summer. This is the first time the price of gas has risen so early in the year to more than $4.00 per gallon. A strengthening economy, tightening global oil supply, increased demand, and the rising threat of conflict in Iran all contribute to the nationwide price hike. It's become a hot button political issue, providing fodder for Wednesday's Republican presidential debate and addressed by President Obama in his energy speech on Thursday.
Renowned water and climate-issues expert Peter Gleick admitted that he used a false identity to obtain confidential documents from the Heartland Institute, a pro-industry think tank known for minimizing the risks of global warming. Gleick, president of the Oakland non-profit Pacific Foundation, has sent shock waves throughout the national scientific community, which is concerned that his actions might damage the credibility of climate science.
- David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
- Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News
Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy, severe autism and mental retardation. Some 1,800 of California's most severely disabled are cared for at state-run facilities with around-the-clock supervision. But while the state spends about $300,000 a year on each patient, The Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered a pattern of abuse and neglect, sometimes leading to death, and a failure to hold staff and administrators accountable.
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.