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On the November 25th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with media scholar Robert McChesney about the political economy of the mass media and journalism in the US.

Your Call: California's Native American genocide

Nov 21, 2016

  On the November 21st edition of Your Call, hear Rose Aguilar's conversation with historian Benjamin Madley about his groundbreaking and heartbreaking book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

Your Call: Media coverage of white supremacy

Nov 18, 2016

On the November 18th edition  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Steve Bannon, former chief editor of the extreme right news and propaganda site, Breitbart.com -- and now Donald Trump's chief strategist.

Your Call: Women in public office cracking the glass ceiling

Nov 16, 2016

 

On the November 16th edition of Your Call, from nasty woman to pantsuit nation, how did gender play out in the 2016 elections?

Your Call: Hacking the Election

Nov 14, 2016

 

On the November 14th edition of Your Call, we look at how hacking affected the 2016 Presidential campaign  

Your Call: Hard lessons of 2016 election

Nov 10, 2016

 


On the November 10th edition of Your Call, we discuss lessons of 2016 for progressives in electoral politics.  

Your Call: Hate won, now what?

Nov 9, 2016
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On the November 11th edition of Your Call, what’s next after Election Day?

On the November 8th edition of  Your Call, it’s Election Day! We’ll have a conversation about the 2016 presidential race.

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Back in 1898, San Francisco and Vallejo were among the first cities in the nation to exercise direct democracy, where specific policy questions are put before voters. 


ELECTION BRIEFS: Measure RR - BART bonds

Nov 4, 2016

BART opened 44 years ago, in 1972. Now, the system is wearing out. Break-downs and delays have become more common, and as our population grows, the system has become overcrowded.

Prop V is known as "the soda tax" and "the grocery tax," but on the ballot it’s “the tax on distributing sugar-sweetened beverages.” Okay, so what’s a "sugar-sweetened beverage?"

ELECTION BRIEF: Prop T - Regulating lobbying

Nov 4, 2016

Prop T would set restrictions on lobbyists making financial contributions to elected officials.

Prop Q is about clarifying the city’s policy on homeless tent encampments. Right now, tents and other make-shift shelters often violate a few rules, like sit/lie or public nuisance ordinances and other rules against blocking sidewalks. Prop Q would make them specifically illegal.

Prop P is one of several super technical housing policy measures on the San Francisco ballot. It would change the way the city picks developers to build affordable housing on public land.

  On the November 4th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage the ongoing mass mobilization against the construction of $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline, which Native Americans say will destroy sacred sites and threaten their water supply.

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

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On the November 3rd edition of Your Call,  we’ll have a conversation about key down-ballot races.

Jeremy Dalmas

It’s election season. So of course, I’m at the bar El Rio in San Francisco doing what everyone loves to do over a beer -- chat about municipal bonds. I’m asking people:  Do you know what a bond is?

Proposition 54 is about making California’s legislative process more transparent.

Right now, when state lawmakers craft new legislation, they spend days or even weeks ironing out the details of a bill. And yet sometimes, right before the vote, drastic last minute changes get pushed through that make the bill very different from how it started. 

Do you think voting should only be the right of citizens? Prop N would give non-citizen families the right to vote in certain elections — San Francisco school board elections — as long as they have a kid in the public schools.

Prop G is about police accountability in San Francisco. Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report that said the San Francisco Police Department is biased against African-Americans and that officers lacked accountability.

Who should be responsible for maintaining the trees on San Francisco’s streets? That is the question Proposition E brings before voters.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop B - Tax dollars to CCSF

Oct 29, 2016

Proposition B would provide tax dollars to support City College of San Francisco until 2031.

It's no secret that the community college district has been through a lot recently: First a loss of major state funding, then the threat of losing its accreditation.  Enrollment dropped from 100,000 to 60,000 and staff salaries fell way below other districts.

ELECTION BRIEFS: SF Prop A - School bonds

Oct 29, 2016

Since 2003, San Francisco has approved almost 700 million dollars worth of bonds to pay for school improvements. Proposition A would issue bonds worth another 750 million dollars. Where would that money go?

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

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?

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