Stories From This Week's Episode
May 18, 2012
With the state's deficit now soaring beyond projections to $16 billion, Gov. Brown's May budget revision calls for deeper cuts to health and welfare programs and a 5 percent reduction in pay for state workers, with the threat of more cuts to come if voters do not approve his tax measure in November. Proposition 28 on the June ballot would loosen California's strict term limits, enacted in 1990, by reducing time in the state Legislature from 14 years to 12, but allowing the entire time to be served in one house rather than divided between the Assembly and Senate. California's Delta provides drinking water for more than 25 million people and irrigates millions of acres of farmland. But our reliance on the Delta has caused its ecosystem to collapse, harming the fishing industry and putting water supplies at risk. What solutions are being proposed to save it?
- Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
- Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
- Lauren Sommer, KQED's Quest
On Memorial Day weekend an unprecedented art exhibition honoring the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge will open at Fort Point. Scott Shafer gets a sneak preview with a visit to the studio of artist Anandamayi Arnold, who is making a vibrant series of dresses made almost entirely from crepe paper. The colorful creations pay homage to the Spanish-style dresses worn by the "Fiesta Queens" who helped kick off the Golden Gate Bridge's opening ceremonies in 1937.
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.