Domestic Violence Programs Caught in Budget Squeeze
Tough financial times add stress to families, and that can lead to domestic violence affecting children and spouses. But California's domestic violence shelters are facing higher demand just as funding for them dwindles. Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger signed off on $80 million in cuts to programs that fight domestic violence and child abuse. [Correction: In the original broadcast of this story, and in the version available here in this online archive, we mischaracterized the size of the cuts to domestic violence and child abuse programs relative to other reductions in the budget. We meant to say these cuts were the result of Governor Schwarzenegger's line-item vetoes, and among those, the largest single line-item veto hit funding that fights domestic violence and child abuse.]
Rethinking California's Budget Process
The way the state budget cuts were made is part of a process that many people would like to see changed -- including the group California Forward. We talk with California Forward's co-chair, former Assembly speaker Bob Hertzberg.
Playing with Lead -- Part I
Enter almost any toy store in California, and you could find products with dangerously high levels of lead. That's especially true if it's a discount chain store. Despite a new federal law to reduce lead levels, leaded toys and other kids' items are still found on some store shelves.
CD Review: Denise Perrier
Jazz music critic Andrew Gilbert reviews "The Second Time Around," the new CD by Bay Area musician Denise Perrier.
Senior Hockey Players Take to the Ice
Every summer, more than 800 ice hockey players from all over the world descend upon Santa Rosa for a chance to compete for the gold. But this is not your typical hockey tournament. There are no bench-clearing brawls, body checks, or players under the age of 40.