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
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.