News Panel: Election Results, Pension Reform, and Stockton Update
Voter turnout was low but Tuesday's primary, which put California's newly drawn districts and the top two primary system to the test for the first time, produced some surprising results in candidate races throughout the state. Voters also overwhelmingly approved new term limits for state lawmakers while Proposition 29, a cigarette tax, appears to be headed for defeat. There are already legal challenges to the pension reform measures that passed by wide margins in San Jose and San Diego, sending a signal to Gov. Brown and the Legislature to take similar action for the state and other struggling local governments. In Stockton, financially strapped from having the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country, the City Council has authorized the city manager to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection if an agreement can't be reached with its creditors through mediation by June 25.
- Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
- Dan Walter, Sacramento Bee
- Scott Smith, Stockton Record
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.