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April 26, 2013

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News Panel: West Coast Oil Pipeline, Surveillance Cameras, and Education Funding

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to dramatically revamp how public school funding is distributed is encountering resistance. The governor's formula would funnel more resources to school districts with higher numbers of English-learners and students from low-income households. Calling it a "civil rights cause for the children of California," Mr. Brown has promised his opponents "the battle of their lives. But Senate Democrats have a competing plan to peg funding individually to disadvantaged students and schools.

As controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf Coast continues, a similar project is receiving little attention, but could hit closer to home for California residents. The Trans Mountain pipeline carrying oil from Canada's tar sands to the West Coast is looking to nearly triple its capacity, making it potentially bigger than Keystone. Canadian authorities have the final say over Trans Mountain's plans, but environmentalists say it bears watching.

San Francisco's Chinese New Year parade, its Bay-to-Breakers race and the Gay Pride parade all travel along Market Street. Now, Police Chief Greg Suhr wants to install surveillance monitors along the thoroughfare. The proposal comes in light of the role that security cameras played in the rapid arrest of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. Will the move increase safety or infringe upon civil liberties?

Guests:

  • Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle
  • David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
  • C. W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
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SF City Attorney Herrera on Lobbyists and Patient Dumping

A proposal to bring more sunshine into San Francisco's city hall is in the works in the form of an ethics ordinance introduced by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu this week. The legislation broadens the definition of who qualifies as a lobbyist and aims to increase transparency surrounding development and construction projects. Scott Shafer talks with City Attorney Herrera about the proposed law as well as recent inquiries into alleged "patient dumping" by a Nevada hospital.

 

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