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Does Fate of Independent Redistricting Lie in Anthony Kennedy’s Hands?

Supreme Court's native Californian may be deciding vote in Arizona case with relevance to Golden State.

Silicon Valley is Thinner Than San Francisco-Oakland, According to This …

According to data collected by a personal finance website, the South Bay has lower rates of obesity.

Bay Area Legislator Says Fight Outside Campaign Cash … By Taxing It

The proposal would impose a tax on money spent by 'independent expenditure' political committees.

Celebrating the Life of Artist and Curator Susan O’Malley (1976–2015)

Remembering the bright light and optimistic work of a beloved Bay Area leader in the arts, gone too soon.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

California Supreme Court Rejects Blanket Enforcement of Sex Offender Law

In a 7-0 decision on Monday, California's Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within 2,000 feet of a park or a school. The ruling says that this type of blanket enforcement of Jessica's Law infringes on parolees' liberty and does not actually protect children. The decision is expected to change enforcement of Jessica's Law throughout the state.

Trial Highlights Venture Capital Firm's Treatment of Women

A sex discrimination lawsuit brought by Ellen Pao, a former junior partner of the venture capital giant Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, went to trial in San Francisco this week. Pao, who is now the interim CEO of Reddit, alleges that the firm illegally passed her over for promotion, excluded her from key meetings and retaliated against her when she ended an affair with a colleague. The firm claims poor performance led to her failure to advance. We discuss the trial and gender politics in Silicon Valley.

Rise in Stranded Sea Lions Alarms Scientists

For the past three winters, starving California sea lion pups have been beaching themselves along the California coast. This year, the die-offs have occurred earlier and in higher numbers, increasing concerns about the impacts of rising ocean temperatures and a depleted fish population. We'll discuss the scope of the problem and the rescue efforts underway.

Why Nursing is One of America's Most Dangerous Jobs

Nurses get more back and arm injuries than construction workers, yet hospital officials have done little to reduce such injuries, despite knowing how to prevent them. That's according to an NPR investigation led by correspondent Daniel Zwerdling. He joins us to discuss his findings, how California hospitals are doing and why he calls nursing one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

The California Report

President Obama Grants Disaster Relief in Wake of Napa Quake

President Barack Obama has declared last month's South Napa Earthquake a major disaster. The declaration frees up emergency federal dollars for California. The White House didn't say how much, but Gov. Brown's office has identified an estimated $87 million worth of costs that could be reimbursed. Federal funds will go to reimburse state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, and repairs and replacement of public facilities.

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

As the drought wears on, Californians are looking for new ways to conserve water. In the hot suburbs east of San Francisco, one water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping. It's the first program of its kind in the nation.

Oakland School District to Hire Learning Specialist for Undocumented Minors

Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

Reunited by Crisis: Two Sisters From El Salvador Deal With Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.