Stories From This Week's Episode
April 12, 2013
Gov. Brown, along with nearly 100 business people from California, is on an historic trade mission in China this week. While there, he announced a deal with Chinese investors for a $1.5 billion waterfront development in Oakland, urged Chinese officials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and touted the virtues of high speed rail while riding a bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai. News10's John Myers is traveling with the governor and reports from Shanghai in the first of a two-part series.
Federal gun control legislation cleared the first procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate and now will be debated and likely voted upon. The bill includes federal background checks and stricter laws on illicit gun trafficking. President Obama and Democrats are pushing for stronger gun curbs in the wake of last year's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Legislation is also underway here in California, which already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, to ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and to mandate background checks for ammunition purchases.
The potential move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle has fans and public figures fighting to keep the beloved team in California's capital. Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All Star, has developed a plan to move the Kings into an updated arena and revitalize the city's downtown area in an attempt to match Seattle's $341 million offer. The NBA's board of governors has the ultimate say in whether the move will take place and is expected to make a decision at its next meeting on April 18th and 19th. Meanwhile, the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has given Sacramento until 5pm Friday to prove their deal can match Seattle's offer.
- John Myers, News10
- Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
- Chuck Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
For over 43 years, San Francisco's Exploratorium has tested the theory that hands-on learning is the best way to teach science. And by all accounts, its model is successful. The museum-slash-playground has a new $300 million solar-powered building with gorgeous views of the bay and displays that range from bay life forms to a giant "tinkering" clock. The Exploratorium's model of interactive science learning has inspired centers all over the world, including the Mission Science Workshop in San Francisco. Dan Sudran runs this small, community-based program on a shoestring budget, using mostly materials he gathered himself. He wants to reach poor and underserved kids -- like those who live in the Mission District -- who might never find their way to a big science center like the Exploratorium. At both Sudran's down-and-dirty workshop and its upscale cousin across town, the key question remains: what kind of science education do kids need and what really works?
Reported by PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels and produced by Monica Lam
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.