Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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6:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Democrat vs. Democrat in California's 15th District

Democrat Eric Swalwell is challenging Democrat incumbent Pete Stark in the race to represent California's 15th Congressional District.

For the past 39 years, the California’s 15th Congressional District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by 81-year-old Pete Stark. He has gone mostly unchallenged until this year.

Eric Swalwell – a member of the Dublin City council – is running against Stark. Swalwell is quite a contrast: he's 31 years old, a soccer coach and a prosecutor. He’s also a democrat, which makes this race Dem v. Dem. This is the first time that two candidates from the same party can run for the same seat, a reform made possible by voters in 2010.

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5:37pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Oakland’s District One candidates on cops, debt, and economic growth

Courtesy of maps.google.com

Three incumbents are leaving their city council seats in Oakland this year, including District One’s councilmember, Jane Brunner. District One is basically North Oakland, separated by the 24 freeway, which divides the more upscale neighborhoods of Temescal and Rockridge from the historically lower-income neighborhoods to the west. Both Oaklands come together at the corner of Alcatraz and San Pablo Avenue, just shy of the Berkeley border.

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5:33pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 30, 2012

The Korean-American vote, police funding and Oakland's District 1, how to become a write-in candidate, democrat vs. democrat in the election for California's 15th congressional distrcit, and local musicians Tokyo Raid.

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5:15pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Separation and psychosis

Credit California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

October 1, 2012

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1:54pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

What ending the death penalty means for inmates

California Proposition 34, on the ballot this November, would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. The Attorney Donald Heller originally wrote the ballot measure that reinstated the death penalty in California in 1978. Heller now supports Proposition 34.  

San Quentin inmate Troy Williams interviewed Heller by phone about his change of heart.

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