From Russia to Sacramento
We discuss this week’s big political news, including the latest on Donald Trump Jr.’s email scandal and developments around Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the GOP’s revised plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and infighting within the California Democratic Party.
- Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer
- Marisa Lagos, KQED politics and government reporter
- Carla Marinucci, Politico senior writer
New cannabis rules
Medical cannabis has been legal to use in California for more than 20 years. Last November, California voters approved legalizing it for recreational use, too. State officials now have less than six months to craft new rules for everything from the sale to distribution of recreational cannabis. We spoke with Lori Ajax, who is leading the state’s efforts to regulate the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry.
Fighting chronic homelessness
A local nonprofit, Tipping Point Community, has pledged to raise $100 million through private donations to cut San Francisco’s chronically homeless population in half in five years. But the city already spends more than $200 million annually on support services for the homeless. We talk to CEO Daniel Lurie about why he thinks this new public-private partnership will succeed in getting people off the streets.