News Panel: SF City College Troubles, High Speed Rail Developments, and more
Will City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in California, be shut down? Interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher has tried to calm fears after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges granted CCSF eight months to make tough financial and leadership decisions or lose its accreditation, and subsequently its public funding. Now that the first phase of funding for California's High-Speed Rail plan has been approved by the state Legislature, what lies ahead for this ambitious and controversial project? Construction of a 130-mile stretch between Madera and Bakersfield in the Central Valley is scheduled to begin early next year, but the high speed rail authority must first fend off five law suits. An East Bay doctor is the subject of a federal investigation for prescribing high doses of opiate pain pills, such as OxyContin, to his patients. The practice is drawing widespread attention throughout the state and the country as more patients die from overdoses of these highly addictive medications.
- Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle
- David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
- Christina Jewett, California Watch
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.