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September 14, 2012

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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.

Guests:

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

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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.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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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).

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"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.

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