News Panel: Campaign Update, Propositions 34 and 36, and Mirkarimi
Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan takes on new significance with the race remaining a tight one following last week's debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney. Meanwhile former President Clinton was in California to stump for Democratic congressional candidates and President Obama made a fundraising stop in San Francisco.
For the first time in more than thirty years, Californians will decide whether to abolish the death penalty, replacing it with life imprisonment without parole. Proposition 34 advocates say repealing the penalty will save the state $100 million annually in the first few years. Proposition 36 would revise the state's harsh three strikes law to impose a life sentence only when a new felony conviction is serious or violent.
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi returned to work on Wednesday after a nearly nine-hour hearing Tuesday and a vote by four members of the Board of Supervisors to reinstate him. Mirkarimi was suspended without pay by Mayor Ed Lee for official misconduct after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment stemming from an altercation with his wife, Eliana Lopez. District Attorney George Gascon has called for the sheriff to forfeit oversight of issues related to domestic abuse in the department and efforts to recall him are already underway.
- Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
- Scott Shafer, KQED Public Radio
- Barbara Taylor, KCBS
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.