Election Special Part II
As election returns continue to come in, some trends are emerging with California's statewide ballot measures.
Proposition 30, Gov. Brown's tax initiative, which promises to bring in billions in funding for schools, seems headed for victory. Other likely winners are Proposition 36 which would revise California's three strikes law by reducing sentences for second and third strike offenders and Proposition 35 which would increase penalties for human trafficking.
Likely headed for defeat are: Proposition 38, an alternative tax measure, funded by Molly Munger, which would increase funding to preschool and K-12 education; Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions and some corporations from contributing directly to candidates or political campaigns; Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods.
It's too soon to call several closely watched congressional and legislative races, but after 40 years in Congress, Rep. Pete Stark seems headed for defeat by a fellow Democrat, 31-year-old prosecutor Eric Swalwell. Recent redistricting and the state's new "top two" primary system have played major roles in this election. With Scott Shafer, KQED Public Radio, KQED Public Radio.
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.