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View all of KALW's election coverage here, from Bay Area cities to the White House and beyond. 

Your Call: The role of media in the 2016 election

Nov 10, 2016

On the Nov 11th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a post mortem of the media’s role in Election 2016? Donald Trump’s victory has sent shock waves across the globe.

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.  

J.C. Howard

Many people in the heavily Democratic Bay Area awoke, as if from a bad dream, to a new political reality Wednesday morning. 

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

We enjoy many rights and privileges as citizens of a free and democratic society, and we we're asked to do is vote. Easy, right?

Your Call: Trump 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.

Photo by Jürgen Klemm

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.

Sarah Tan

In a fourth grade class at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission district, the school’s ten-year-olds are learning Common Core math. They’re practicing multiplying double-digit numbers. But it’s not in the way you’d think, because they’re learning it entirely in Spanish. This year, California voters will be able to decide if programs like this can be started elsewhere, with the passage of Proposition 58.

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Our music today is by Roy Zimmerman, who specializes in his own “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed.” Joni Mitchell has said, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.” 

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.

What Will California Voters Decide?

Nov 2, 2016

November 7, 2016: While the Presidential race has dominated the headlines, Bay Area ballots brim with 17 State propositions, in addition to the U.S. Senate, House and California State races. Host Joseph Pace and guests provide special coverage of the 2016 Election and explore the biggest decisions facing California voters on Election Day.

Guests

Mark DiCamillo, Director of The Field Poll

Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer

In most Bay Area grocery stores, you can’t get free plastic bags anymore. San Francisco, all of Alameda County, and many cities in Marin and Contra Costa County have all banned bags. To find a grocery store giving out plastic bags for free, I had to drive to a Lucky in San Ramon.

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. 

Starchild, star of the San Francisco Libertarian Party

Nov 1, 2016

It’s just about a week before the big election, and a small group of Libertarians have gathered on a corner in the Castro to canvas for presidential candidate Gary Johnson. Starchild is leading the group, banging a drum. 

Measure RR: BART asks voters to fund a major rebuild

Nov 1, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

Supporters of Measure RR like to say that BART is as old as Pong – the classic arcade game involving two rectangles playing tennis with a square.

“In 1972, Atari’s Pong was the state-of-the-art video game,” says BART director Robert Raburn. Nowadays, “you don't find an Atari Pong machine anywhere on the street.”

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?

Choreographer Nicole Klaymoon uses movement to honor the human stories often overlooked by mainstream media.  Through her company, Embodiment Project, she tries to enact social change through street dance, live song, theater, and spoken word. 

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

Park Elementary School in Hayward is a cheerful place. The halls are dotted with murals of tiny green handprints and scribbled-on schoolwork, and the principal makes her rounds through the halls helping kids tie their shoes.

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