Stories From This Week's Episode
May 4, 2012
Standard & Poor's warns that California's financial recovery could be threatened by lower than projected tax revenues and a court ruling that prevents the state controller from withholding lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a balanced budget by the June 15 deadline. Thousands of people flooded the streets of Oakland and San Francisco for what organizers billed as a May Day General Strike. Issues of protest included immigration, labor rights, and the Occupy movement's message of income inequality. Incidences of violence dominated the headlines, while the Oakland police toned down their response amid criticism and a court investigation into their previous tactics. Two new studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine recommend starting mammogram screenings for women in their 40's only if they have high risk factors, such as dense breast tissue or a close relative with breast cancer before the age of 50.
- Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
- David Bacon, New America Media
- Lisa Aliferis, KQED's "State of Health"
Threats posed by rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns are changing the way California's coastal communities plan for the future. Senior Climate Watch editor Craig Miller talks with National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Margaret Davidson about the impact of climate change on Bay Area shoreline, most visibly along San Francisco's Ocean Beach.
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.