Week in Politics
A Democratic “blue wave” has swept through California. This week, Democratic congressional candidate TJ Cox declared himself the winner over incumbent Republican David Valadao in a tight Central Valley race. Meanwhile, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, Eric Bauman, has resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Plus, a look at what’s ahead for presumed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and new Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Our politics panel weighs in on that, as well as the turmoil at the U.S.-Mexico border as Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom visited San Diego on Thursday and called it a “humanitarian crisis.”
- Lily Jamali, KQED’s The California Report co-host and correspondent
- Carla Marinucci, Politico senior writer
- Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution fellow
Rebuilding After the Camp Fire
Three weeks after wildfire swept through Paradise and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes, Butte County residents are still trying to pick up the pieces. The challenge now is finding new homes for the thousands of people who lost everything. Federal emergency officials are working to move mobile homes into the area. With extremely low vacancy rates in the nearby cities of Chico and Oroville, and hundreds of people still in shelters and staying with friends and relatives, reporters on the ground say frustration is growing.
- Polly Stryker, KQED’s The California Report assignment editor
- Andre Byik, Chico Enterprise-Record reporter
Photographer Janet Delaney’s Public Matters
In her new book of photography, Public Matters, Janet Delaney captures the spirit of protest and parade in San Francisco’s Mission District in the 1980s — a time marked by the AIDS crisis and increased migration from war-torn Central America. Delaney’s photos of colorful protests and public life offer a poignant perspective on how the storied Mission District has changed. Her images also show how that transformation reflects where we are today as a society. Photographs from Public Matters are on view at the Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco through Dec. 22.