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News Panel: Janet Napolitano, PG&E Penalty, and Richmond Rape Verdicts

Complete Episode: July 19, 2013 »

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been confirmed as president of the University of California, making her the first female to head the UC system in its 145 year history. Confirmation proceeding were marked by student protests at the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. Opponents are voicing concerns over Napolitano's lack of experience in academia and her immigration policies. Supporters defend the unusual pick, citing her ability to manage a complex system and to meet the political demands of the job.

Taking a tough stance on PG&E for the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, the Public Utilities Commission has proposed a hefty penalty to go toward pipeline safety improvements and a fine to be paid to the state. The utility company says the fine will limit its ability to pay for improvements to safety.

Guilty verdicts for two of the men accused in the 2009 gang rape of a 16-year old girl outside a Richmond High School dance brings some closure for the brutal crime that drew national attention. How has the school and the community addressed the issue of violence and attempted to move forward?

Guests:

  • Ana Tintocalis, KQED News
  • Jaxon Vanderbeken, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Aimee Allison, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
 

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