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September 14, 2012


News Panel: Pension Reform, "Amazon Tax," and more

As the legislative session winds down, Gov. Jerry Brown has been sent hundreds of bills, approving an overhaul of the state's underfunded pension system by changing retirement benefits for new employees. Gov. Brown is also making his case to voters for approval of his tax measure on the November ballot. On September 15, the so-called Amazon tax kicks in, requiring hundreds of online retailers to charge sales tax to California consumers. It is estimated to boost tax revenue in the state by as much as $300 million annually, and may set the stage for federal legislation.


  • Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
  • Michelle Quinn, Politico

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joins Belva Davis to discuss his first year in office along with November ballot measures and his role in President Obama's re-election campaign.


Afghan Culture in Little Kabul

In the three decades since the 1979 Soviet invasion, several waves of refugees from war-torn Afghanistan have sought a new life in the United States. Northern California is home to the largest population of Afghans in the country, thousands of whom have settled in the Bay Area. As Scott Shafer discovers, the area of Fremont known as "Little Kabul" has become a cultural haven for a growing number of Afghan artists and musicians.


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