Following the horrific stabbing of two young women at MacArthur BART Station this week that left an 18-year-old dead, riders are on edge. The transit system is also under fire for not immediately notifying the public about two other recent assaults that turned fatal. BART’s police department is understaffed and is also grappling with a concentration of homeless people and drug use at some stations. We interview BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced tough questions about Russia before the Senate this week. He also indicated that the denuclearization process with North Korea isn’t going as planned. Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter to rattle his rhetorical saber at Iran. For some perspective on the week’s international news, we check in with Leon Panetta, the former CIA director and secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama.
The Week’s Politics
Our expert panel discusses the deadline to reunite migrant families separated at the border, the effect of tariffs on California businesses, President Trump’s pattern of walking back major policy statements, and the question of who should be held liable for damage caused by wildfires.
- Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution fellow
- Marisa Lagos, KQED politics and government reporter
- Carla Marinucci, Politico’s California Playbook reporter