ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 65 & 67 - Grocery bags

Oct 21, 2016

Proposition 65 is about reusable bags. Namely, the paper bags and thick plastic bags that grocery stores and other stores sell to you and me. It would direct the profits from selling those bags to a new Environmental Protection and Enhancement Fund. So when you buy one of those bags, some of your money will go to wildlife conservation, drought mitigation, and beach clean-up.


ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 60 - Condoms in Porn

Oct 21, 2016

This measure is about porn, condoms, freedom of speech, and worker safety. In the Adult Entertainment Industry — the pornography business — performers are currently not required to use condoms. Proposition 60 would make condom use mandatory on porn sets in California.

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 61 - Drug Price Relief

Oct 12, 2016

Prop 61 is about drug prices, so you can bet it’s a hot button issue. There’s more money being spent on it than any other ballot measure this year — and by Election Day, it could be the most spent on any measure in California history!


California’s Proposition 63 is about gun and ammunition control. Most of the attention is focused on how Prop 63 requires a background check to buy ammunition and bans high-capacity ammunition magazines.

This measure is all about revenue bonds. Bonds are the state’s way of borrowing money for projects that are too big to pay for all at once: big construction projects like dams, highways or bridges. Right now, the state doesn’t need voter approval to sell revenue bonds; they can just sell them to investors, regardless of the amount.

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 56 - Raising the tobacco tax

Oct 5, 2016

Proposition 56 is about raising the tobacco tax in California by two dollars per package. Only 12 percent of adults in California smoke — second lowest only to Utah. However, California is also the state with the most smokers overall, because it's the most populous state. And in the last couple of years, e-cigarettes have become more and more popular.


Proposition 59 is about overturning Citizens United. This measure would direct California’s elected officials to try to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed corporations and other organizations to spend without restriction on political campaigns. It's the ruling that said “corporations are people.” If you see nothing wrong with that ruling, then you'll vote no on 59. But if you think the Citizens United ruling was a bad idea, then you'll want to know more about this proposition.

Photo by CC Flickr user Ron Cruz, resized and recropped

To a smoker, a single cigarette means a five minute break. It also means 20 milligrams of nicotine, 7,000 chemicals, and about 30 cents. But if Proposition 56 passes, one thing will change: a single cigarette will cost about 40 cents in California.

Prop 63 takes aim at ammo sales

Sep 21, 2016
Photo by Lucy Kang


Boxes of ammunition are stacked on the shelves of Coyote Point Armory, a gun store in Burlingame. Owner John Parkin has been in business here for two years. On a Friday afternoon, a steady stream of customers comes in to look at handguns under the glass counters.


On the next Your Call, we’ll discuss key down ballot races.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news: 

Sharp concerns over crowded ballot // Capitol Weekly

"California’s clogged, high-stakes November ballot is riveting voters’ attention – and raising fears among those who have to count the votes.

  On the April 14th edition of Your Call, Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice, joins us to discuss his new book, “The Fight to Vote.” 

On the January 29, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

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On the January 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the differences between leading Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. 

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

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On the October 28th edition of Your Call, we’re talking about what’s at stake for San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in the upcoming election. 

Last election’s voter turnout hit a record low in California, and national turnout was the lowest it’s been since 1942. What’s keeping people away from the polls -- even in the politically active Bay Area -- and to what extent does voter disengagement threaten our democracy


- Supervisor Katy Tang, representing San Francisco’s District 4

- Jason McDaniel, Assistant Professor of political science, San Francisco State University

- Melissa Breach, Executive Director, League of Women Voters California 



Election victories from sea to shining sea… What passage of Prop 47 could mean… Unique regs in Mendocino… Halloween scare just a fantasy… and more.


New poll: Majority of Americans support legalization – barely// Gallup.com   New numbers show 51% supporting legal cannabis, down from 58% a year ago.


Today on Crosscurrents, we hear from the retired Charles Ray Williams, an ex Navy man who completed four tours in Vietnam. Williams has spent a lot of time on the road and overseas, and it's his worldliness and street education that he sees as setting him apart from other candidates. He has never held public office.

The issues Williams feels strongest about are city safety, the Oakland budget, services for the homeless, making school uniforms mandatory, and creating more afterschool programs for kids. 

Absentee voter

Nov 7, 2012

Why do American elections matter to the world when barely 50 percent of Americans show up at the polling booth? Sandip Roy votes absentee... from India.

The Bay Area Muslim community includes at least 100, 000 people. There's a large Afghan community in the East Bay, a sizable South Asian population in the South Bay, and the Peninsula is home to large Arab American and Iranian American groups.

Historically, the Muslim community has voted Republican – until 2008 when they voted for President Obama. However, many say they are now disappointed by his presidency, especially in terms of issues like closing Guantanamo Bay, renewing the Patriot Act, and the continuing drone attacks in Pakistan.

We continue the joint series with our friends at New America Media discussing the issues that various Bay Area ethnic communities care about this election year, and where they stand on local issues. Every Tuesday until election day, we’ll be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the role of unions in the presidential elections. Unions are spending more than $400M to help reelect President Obama. How are unions using their political dollars?  And what is it getting them? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What role should unions play  in electoral politics? It’s Your, with Rose Aguilar and you.


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Supreme Court’s ruling, which allows corporations and citizens to spend unlimited amounts of money backing candidates. With the proliferation of so-called Super PACs and with so much cash flowing to both parties, how has politics been influenced by big money? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What will it take to remove money from politics? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy is for People Campaign

Downsizing California's postal system could affect last-minute voters, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen. While the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing up to 11 processing centers across the state, that could delay thousands of mail-in ballots and compromise the integrity of the November election...