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August 17, 2012


Newsmaker Interview

Former California Governor Pete Wilson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talk with Belva Davis and San Francisco Chronicle political writer Carla Marinucci. Wilson is heading up the state's Republican delegation to the GOP convention in Tampa and Villaraigosa is chairman of the Democratic national convention in Charlotte. We'll get their thoughts on the presidential race and on issues of important to California voters.


News Panel: Deferred Deportation, Ross Mirkarimi, and more

On Wednesday, the federal government launched a controversial program which would allow more than one million undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. legally, for two years. The program is open to people between the ages of 15 and 31 and who meet certain requirements, including continuous residency in the U.S. for the past five years. An Ethics Commission met one last time at San Francisco City Hall to hear closing arguments in the case against Ross Mirkarimi who has been suspended since March from his job as sheriff after he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence-related charge against his wife. This is the first time that the five-member commission has been convened to determine if an elected official can be removed from office.


  • Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Matthai Kuruvila, San Francisco Chronicle

Undocumented Life

Karen, a young, undocumented woman who lives in San Francisco, shares her story.


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