Stories From This Week's Episode
June 28, 2013
President Obama this week called for sweeping executive action to combat the effects of climate change before a cheering crowd of environmentalists in Washington, D.C. One major proposal is modeled after California's ambitious climate change goals and pushes for a national cap-and- trade bill. Other initiatives include eliminating tax loopholes for big oil and creating policies that address the impact of severe weather.
Members of BART's two largest unions have voted to authorize a strike which could result in transit chaos for thousands of commuters as early as next Monday. Fears are building that train operators, station agents and maintenance workers could walk off the job if a deal is not reached by Sunday. Negotiations between the union and BART management have broken down over wages, health and retirement benefits, and safety issues.
Same sex marriages have resumed in California after a federal appeals court Friday paved the way. It comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the invalidation of Proposition 8 and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Gay rights advocates, many congregated in San Francisco for Pride Week, have been celebrating. What do the court's decisions mean for gay and lesbian couples here in California and beyond? Also, how do the SCOTUS rulings on affirmative action and voting rights impact California?
- Vik Amar, U.C. Davis School of Law
- Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News
- Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle
Julie Dorf and Jenni Olson were among many same-sex marriage supporters celebrating in San Francisco this week after the Supreme Court's rulings on Proposition 8 and DOMA. The couple, who have two daughters, aged 14 and 10, married in Canada in 2005. The DOMA decision means their family will now be eligible for over 1,000 federal benefits previously denied same-sex couples.
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.