News Panel for March 9, 2012
Thousands of students and demonstrators made their voices heard on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento to protest steadily rising fees and increased cuts, while calling for support of a "millionaire's tax" on the November ballot. A lawsuit filed against Secretary of State Debra Bowen seeks to restore voting rights to the state's 85,000 jail inmates and released prisoners on probation who have been shifted from the state prison system to county jails and supervision under realignment. The national tsunami warning system may lose nearly half of its federal funding, just a year after the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused $58 million in damage to several harbors along the northern California coast which were struck by the surging waves.
- Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle
- Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
- Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News
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.