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5:34pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Education

What does election season mean for Bay Area schools?

Flickr user Max Wolfe

California’s public education system is facing serious challenges. Continuing cuts to funding are fueling changes in many districts around the Bay, like school closures and arts and PE being cut. Two state tax initiatives on the November ballot would partially solve this public school funding crisis. So as we roll into a new school year, we’ve asked education reporter Jen Chien to talk to help us understand what’s happening.

Click the player above to listen to the full report.

4:25pm

Tue July 24, 2012
City Visions: July 30, 2012

California State Park System in Crisis

For budgetary reasons, 70 of California's 279 state parks were set to close to the public on July 1st. But thanks to partnerships with private businesses and advocacy groups, 68 of those parks remain open for the time being.  Even with this money and the recently discovered surplus in the Parks Department, Californians need to decide if funding our state park system is in our best interest, especially in an economically challenging climate. We talk about California’s State Park system, its history, its value, and what closing a state park might look like.

Guests:

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5:07pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Crosscurrents

How do you close a beach?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mon_oeil/1420748384

I’m standing on a beach smack dab in the middle of California. The breeze coming off the jetty is getting violent, and it’s really cold. Through the fog, I can only see a couple hundred feet of gray ocean. This is where I meet Mike French.

He’s standing on a windy bluff away from the water – reading the low waves and the bored surfers for signs of a good set. He’s a local.

French comes to the beach to read the waves several times throughout the week. “And it’s only good enough to go in once or twice a week, particularly at this time of year,” says French.

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1:37pm

Wed May 23, 2012
AFTERNOON NEWS ROUNDUP

Connecting the dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

((Huffington Post)) // Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is in town presenting a paper about transgender Health at San Francisco General Hospital. The 50-year-old sexologist at the Cuban National Center for Sex Education will also sit on a panel at the annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association happening in San Francisco this week…

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2:56pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Afternoon News Digest

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Monday, March 5, 2012

Thousands of protesters have marched to California’s State Capitol, today, to protest college tuition hikes. Demands range from supporting Governor Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax increase to Occupy’s Millionaire Tax and ReFund California plan...

In another approach to addressing education budget cuts, Bay Area School Districts are weighing the pros and cons of investing in iPads...

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