Stories From This Week's Episode
February 22, 2013
An epidemic of mass shootings, including the brutal killings of 20 children and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, has shaken the nation. But some urban communities live with the relentless reality of gun violence every day. Here in Northern California, in places like Oakland, San Jose, Richmond, Vallejo and Fresno, a recent violent crime surge has made residents anxious. We devote our full program this week to the topic of gun violence in our communities.
- Mina Kim, KQED California Report
- Eva Jefferson Paterson, President & Founder of Equal Justice Society
- Allison Briscoe-Smith, Director, Center for the Vulnerable Child, Children's Hospital Oakland
In the past five years, there were more than 550 homicides in Oakland, most in shootings. According to data compiled by the Urban Strategies Council, 143 Oakland residents age 17 and under were shot in 2011 -- six of them fatally. A group of committed demonstrators are pleading to be heard by the police, policymakers, and their own community. The group calls itself SAVE, an acronym for Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere.
An interview with Oakland's controversial new police consultant Bill Bratton, as he prepares to tackle the violence on the streets of one of the country's hardest hit communities.
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.