Stories From This Week's Episode
February 1, 2013
Comprehensive immigration reform is on the table in Washington, with proposals from President Obama and a bipartisan group of eight senators. What is the potential impact on California, home to about 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, from farmworkers in the Central Valley to high-tech engineers in Silicon Valley?
- Aarti Kohli, Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute, UC Berkeley
- Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Marcela Davison AvilÚs, San Jose Mexican Heritage Festival
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announces plans to implement a version of "Laura's Law," a California measure which allows for court-ordered treatment of potentially dangerous mentally ill patients. The law is named for Laura Wilcox, a Nevada County woman who was murdered by a schizophrenic man with a history of violence. Lawmakers around the country are calling for such measures in the wake of recent mass shootings. But as Spencer Michels of PBS NewsHour reports, implementation of Laura's Law remains a challenge.
Mark Purdy, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, reports from New Orleans, where the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens are warming up for the Super Bowl. It's the sixth time the 49ers are playing in the NFL championship, but the first time that both they and the opposing team will be coached by brothers -- Jim and John Harbaugh. With construction on a new stadium underway, steadily rising ticket prices, and a potential sixth trophy in the winning, it's an exciting time for the Bay Area team.
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.