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Prop 64 is all about pot. Specifically, legalizing it and taxing it. Right now, here in California, marijuana is only legal for medical use, though possession of an ounce or less is just an infraction — basically, like a speeding ticket.

Both supporters and opponents of capital punishment agree that California’s death penalty has major issues.

About one in five public school students in California is an English Language Learner. So, is it outdated to still believe that public schools should teach in English?

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 57 - Criminal sentencing

Oct 26, 2016

Proposition 57 is all about how people get in and out of California’s prisons. It can be broken down into two parts.

Prop 55 has to do with income tax. Specifically, income tax for people who make a lot of money. Four years ago we passed a tax rate increase for people making more than 250,000 dollars a year. That extra money — about 7 billion dollars — has gone to education and health care. The increase is set to expire in 2018--but not if a majority of Californians vote yes on Prop 55.

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Medical marijuana has been legal in California since the late 90’s, but this year, California voters will decide whether the drug will be legalized for recreational use.

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 52 - Private hospitals funding Medi-Cal

Oct 26, 2016


 

Proposition 52 has to do with how California funds Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is the state’s version of Medicaid, the low income health care program. In order for California to get federal Medicaid funding, it has to put up matching dollars.

ELECTION BRIEFS: Prop 51 - Bonds for schools

Oct 26, 2016

If Proposition 51 passes, the state would issue nine billion dollars in bonds for school construction — most of it going to K-12 schools and community colleges. The rest will be spent on charter schools and technical programs. The money could be used for anything, from building new schools to rooting out asbestos.

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On the October 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the rising cost of child care.

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If you’ve moved to California recently, you might not realize its one of 30 states with the death penalty—because, these days, no one’s being executed. This November, voters will decide if they want to speed up the death penalty appeals process...or get rid of the death penalty altogether. 

Daniel Mendoza is starting classes at U.C. Davis as a junior and sociology major this fall. But just a few years ago, he was looking at life in prison for a long list of charges—including murder. How Daniel got from there to U.C. Davis is connected to California's Proposition 57. 

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Garance Burke is a San Francisco-based reporter with the Associated Press who investigated Donald Trump, and his behind-the-scenes behavior on the long-running TV show The Apprentice. The program pitted contestants against one another in an effort to get hired — or not get fired — by Trump, who starred on the show between 2004 and 2015.

 

On October 17, 2016, the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts hosted a forum for candidates for San Francisco’s Board of Education, moderated by San Francisco Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker.  

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.

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When Ralph Medina’s family first moved into their two-bedroom apartment, the rent was around $2,000. Today, he’s pleading with the Alameda Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC) to slow down the constant increases.

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If you follow the politics of housing development in San Francisco you know it’s been a highly divisive year; long-time affordable housing activists havebeen sparring with pro-growth advocates. The city’s November ballot reflects that divide.

 

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California

 


On the October 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll break down the last Presidential debate before the November 8th election.

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Some homeless advocates in San Francisco are working to make the streets more hospitable for those who are forced to live on them. Proposition Q wants to nullify those efforts, by making encampments specifically illegal.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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San Francisco voters have a few more education-related ballot measures to consider. Others will help determine the fate of City College. The embattled school once served more students than any other community college in the country, but questions about how City College has been managed led to a massive drop in enrollment. 

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About 10 families are gathered near San Francisco’s Civic Center on a Tuesday night in September, nervously waiting for a board of education meeting to start. They’re frustrated, because many didn’t have the chance to vote for the elected officials they’ve come to see.

KALW's November 2016 election coverage

Oct 17, 2016

No matter where you live in California, your November ballot is packed with choices. Here is a page of resources to assist your pre-election research.

 Host Ethan Elkind and guests investigate the origins of San Francisco’s 25 local ballot measures.  Is direct democracy in San Francisco broken?  

On the October 14th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of gender, sexism, and abortion restrictions in the presidential election. 

Every Thursday through Election Day, Rose Aguilar will host a special second hour of Your Call at 11am focused on local and state elections, the voting system, and the democratic process in California. This week, we’ll have a conversation with State Senator Mark Leno, who is vacating his seat due to term limits. In his 17-year career in city and state governance, he authored 161 laws.

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!

 

 

Tucked away on the edge of Chinatown in Oakland is a small lab. Andre Shakti sits in a chair across from the phlebotomist waiting for her blood to be drawn. You can hear the hum of the centrifuge machines spinning blood samples in another room.  

Your Call: Reflections on the presidential debate

Oct 10, 2016

On the October 10th edition of Your Call, we'll break down the second Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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