Thursday, October 30, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown Casts His Votes

Governor Jerry Brown cast his vote Thursday for the November 4th elections. He took the opportunity to urge yes votes on Propositions 1 and 2, but he kept mum on how he voted in other races, including the tight race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, as well as initiatives on health insurance rate regulation and medical malpractice lawsuits. Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Accreditation Lawsuit Claims Political Retaliation

The lawsuit over the City College of San Francisco’s accreditation moved into a new phase Wednesday, with the close of arguments by the City, and the opening of testimony on behalf of the accrediting agency that wants to strip the college of its accreditation. Wednesday’s hearing included final testimony from the accrediting commission’s president, who denied any retaliation against the college because of political differences. Christopher Martinez reports from San Francisco.

Berkeley Measure D

Eric Gorovitz, campaign volunteer for Yes on D, speaks on why a tax on beverages with added sugar is good for Berkeley, and responds to the no campaign's claims about the measure. Later, Rebecca Berner, Director of El Poder del Consumidor, talks about the effects of Mexico's soda tax passed in January.

Daniel Newmon on Money in Politics

Daniel Newman, President and Co-founder of Maplight, speaks on the way money affects campaigns today--and the role it plays in local and national elections.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Community College Accreditation Process On Trial in San Francisco

A trial over the fate of City College of San Francisco has moved into it’s second day in a Superior Court, with testimony from the president of the commission that is trying to strip the college of it’s accreditation. The testimony raised questions over possible conflict of interest by the accrediting agency, and changes in a draft report that removed complimentary descriptions of improvements at the college. Christopher Martinez reports from San Francisco.

California Prop 46 Debate

Proposition 46 would raise the cap on medical malpractice awards, require doctors to run patients through a state database when prescribing painkillers, and require mandatory and random drug testing of medical professionals. On the yes side is Bob Pack, the author of the proposition. Against the proposition is Natasha Minsker, Associate Director, ACLU of Northern CA.

California Prop 45 Debate

Proponents of Proposition 45 seek to put control over health insurance rate hikes into the hands of California's insurance commissioner. On the pro side of Prop 45 is Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. Against Prop 45 is Micah Weinberg, a senior policy adviser and the Bay Area Council.

California Prop 1 Debate

Proposition 1, a water bond that would use 7.12 billion dollars for various water projects in California. On the pro side is Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs and Policy for The Nature Conservancy, California. Against the proposition is Adam Scow, the California Campaigns Director at Food & Water Watch.

Jesse Moss on the Overnighters

Jesse Moss speaks on his new documentary "The Overnighters", a film about how the residents of North Dakota deal with the state's fracking boom.

Monday, October 27, 2014

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Signs into Law Short-Term Rental Regulations

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee signed into law today the controversial bill concerning short-term rentals that was approved earlier this month by the city board of supervisors. The new law, which has been in the works for two years, hopes to track and regulate short term rentals in which residents or owners rent out rooms or properties for less than thirty days. Scott Baba reports.