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March 16, 2012

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News Panel: Mirkarimi plea deal, BART extension to San Jose, and more

Gov. Jerry Brown strikes a deal with backers of the so-called "millionaires" tax measure to combine efforts to put one tax initiative before voters on the November ballot. Speculation about San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's future continues after his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment and Mayor Ed Lee considers whether to file charges of official misconduct and remove Mirkarimi from office. The long awaited BART extension to San Jose is expected to open in 2016, with construction planned to begin next month. A $900 million federal funding agreement will provide two stations for the region's largest city.

Guests:

  • John Myers, KQED
  • Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Gary Richards, San Jose Mercury News
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Atty. General Kamala Harris in conversation with Belva Davis on her continuing efforts to help bring relief to struggling homeowners, a privacy policy for mobile devices, her views on criminal justice, same-sex marriage, and her role as co-chair of President Obama's re-election campaign.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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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).

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"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.

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