Stories From This Week's Episode
July 27, 2012
California's ongoing war over water continues with heavy opposition by some environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers to Gov. Brown's massive plan to build a $14 billion pair of tunnels to transport water from the North to the South, and restore Delta wetlands. Will Brown's push for spending on major infrastructure projects jeopardize passage of his November tax initiative? The recent discovery of more than $53 million of hidden funds within the Parks Department, which could have prevented the threat of closing 70 of California's state parks, has led to questions of accountability and oversight of other state agencies. The scandal is now under investigation by the attorney general and state finance officials. The 2012 Kids Count Report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that California, the state with the highest number of children, ranks only 41 out of 50 states in overall well?being of children. The state did fare better on healthcare, scoring 23rd, in large part due to good prenatal care and increasing numbers of children with health insurance.
- Lauren Sommer, KQED Quest
- Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
- Kathryn Baron, EdSource
Should sugary beverages be taxed like cigarettes? As a trend to limit or ban soft drinks consumption moves across the country, PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on efforts by the city of Richmond to tax soda. While health experts say it will help stem high obesity rates, others say it will unfairly target those who are least able to afford the penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks.
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.