California drought

Your Call: California's water heist

Jun 19, 2017
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / TED GESING

  

Who controls California’s water? We'll revisit our conversation about the documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist.”

Angela Johnston

If you stand on the edge of the Almaden Dam in San Jose right now, you can feel the ground violently shaking and vibrating beneath your feet. It’s the result of thousands of cubic feet of water rushing out of the reservoir, down into a creek, flowing into the bay. The water’s being released to keep the reservoir from overflowing.

Your Call: California's water heist

Mar 9, 2017
National Geographic / Ted Gesing

 

Who controls California’s water?

Angela Johnston

 

The California drought is now in it’s fifth year, and a recent study says it won’t be over for years to come. The study analyzed California’s mountain snowpack and found that we’d need almost four and a half more years of winter storms to escape drought conditions.  

Audrey Dilling

 


All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Illustration by Kyle Trefny

The Bridge is a new podcast featuring the best stories to come out of the KALW newsroom. Each week we'll bring you sound-rich, deeply reported stories about the Bay Area. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or Stitcher, add our RSS feed, or just search for "Bridge KALW" in your favorite podcast app. Our first episode is all about the drought.

Your Call: Looming global water shortage

Jun 1, 2016
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 On the June 1st edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the global water crisis. 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016
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SFPD unaccountable, uses ‘stop and frisk,’ D.A.’s panel says // SF Gate

Daily news roundup for Monday, January 11, 2016

Jan 11, 2016
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No winning Powerball tickets sold; jackpot hits $1.3 billion // Los Angeles Times 

"The Powerball lottery jackpot has risen to more than $1.38 billion, the largest amount in U.S. history. Lottery fever has gripped the country as people scramble to buy tickets before the next drawing Wednesday. 

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  On the November 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about how California is weathering the drought. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 2, 2015

Nov 2, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland awaiting new Raiders stadium plan // Bay Area News Group

"There’s a new proposal from Oakland’s newly hired stadium consultant to help build a $900 million facility for the Raiders that could include creating a special tax district for infrastructure improvements, developing land surrounding the Coliseum site as well as the city potentially issuing tax-exempt bonds."


  The Valley Fire in Lake County is one for the record books. While there have been larger fires in terms of size -- like the huge one now burning in Fresno County -- the Valley Fire now ranks as the third worst fire in state history, based on total structures burned. And at least four people have died.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sep 16, 2015
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SFMTA says it needs $21 billion for next 20 years // SF Examiner

"Money makes transit go ’round. And in San Francisco, a new number has been identified to do just that: $21 billion.

Daily news roundup for Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015
Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle

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California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test // The New York Times

"Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena."

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 20, 2015

Jul 20, 2015
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California drought: Here's the secret weapon to curb water hogs -- the flow restrictor // Mercury News
"It's a question that keeps coming up as California's drought drags on: What should cities and water agencies do about the most egregious water wasters?

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Another recreational ballot iniative announced… Drought becomes a campaign issue… Group calls on RICO Act to stop marijuana sales… Terry Gross hears about medical marijuana… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

  

On the July 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the meat and dairy industries, which make up 47 percent of California’s water footprint. 

Your Call: How are water prices set in California?

Jul 14, 2015

On the July 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on solution to the state’s water crisis by discussing the price of water.

On the July 13th edition of Your Call, we’ll kick of a weeklong series on solutions to California’s water crisis by exploring how the world's most water-efficient cities have reduced demand.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015
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Ominous new cracks found on Bay Bridge rods// SFGate

"Tiny cracks found on some of the rods on the new Bay Bridge tower potentially endanger the rest of the more than 400 remaining fasteners that secure the tower to the foundation in an earthquake, Caltrans officials said Tuesday.

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015
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Oakland Claims Record for Soul Train Line // Inside Bay Area
"OAKLAND -- We already know Oakland's got soul. Now, the city apparently has the distinction of holding the world record for a "Soul Train"-style dance line.

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015
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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015
S.F. Examiner / Mike Koozmin

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Plan to increase S.F. police staffing advances through committee  // SF Gate 

"A plan to increase San Francisco’s Police force is one step closer to being realized after passing a Board of Supervisors committee on Monday.  

Daily news roundup for Monday, June 1, 2015

Jun 1, 2015
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Caltrans downplays latest Bay Bridge rod failure // SF Gate

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 12th

May 12, 2015
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S.F. Mayor Lee, supervisor Avalos to unveil dueling housing bonds // SF Gate

On the May 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the efforts to tackle the state's historic drought.

On the May 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing the agriculture and its heavy reliance on water.

Your Call: Who are California’s water power brokers?

May 3, 2015

On the May 4th edition of Your Call, we’ll kick off a weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing the forces that are controlling access to water in California.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Apr 28, 2015
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Chinatown opera musicians seek solution to repeated citations // SF Examiner

The ongoing drama of Chinese opera singers and musicians performing without permits at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown might have a happy ending one day, if the group’s self-proclaimed guardian can drum up enough support for a new arrangement.

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Twice a week, the Heart of the City Farmers Market transforms San Francisco’s gritty United Nations Plaza with dozens of white canopies and truckloads of fresh produce. But on a recent sunny winter Wednesday, the abundance of sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables are contrasted by a gloomy point.

It didn’t rain once here last January. Not in this spot, nor in all of San Francisco.

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