Sonia Narang | KALW

Sonia Narang

Elections Coverage Manager

Sonia Narang is managing KALW's coverage of the 2020 elections in the Bay Area.

On November 3, 2020, when polls closed on the West Coast at 8pm, KALW Elections Coverage Manager Sonia Narang and News Director Ben Trefny hosted three hours of live conversation, interspersed with national reports and analysis.

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What does Joe Biden's election as President of the United States mean for the San Francisco Bay Area? How does Kamala Harris' historic election to the executive office impact women, people of color, and Californians? Who will Governor Gavin Newsom appoint to the Senate seat she leaves behind?

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In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor this summer, the movement to reform police departments gained momentum across the country. Yesterday, Bay Area voters overwhelmingly approved a number of local police accountability measures.

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Over the past weeks, we've ramped up our voter outreach in five communities with historically lower voter turnout rates.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Oakland Measure RR asks voters to remove a $1,000 limit on fines received for violating ordinances. This includes rules against misdemeanors like illegal dumping, vandalism, and excessive noise.

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As Election Day approaches, we're focusing on communities with historically low voter turnout in five Bay Area counties. These 5 areas include West Oakland in Alameda County, Richmond’s Iron Triangle in Contra Costa County, Bayview-Hunter’s Point in San Francisco, East Palo Alto in San Mateo County, and Fairfield in Solano County. 

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Berkeley was an early adopter of citizen oversight of its police force. It established a Police Review Commission in 1973, well before Oakland and San Francisco.

But after nearly fifty years, proponents of Measure II say the commission is outdated, lacks power, and lags behind other progressive reforms found around the Bay Area.

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This is a 2-minute summary of what’s on the ballot. Click here to listen to them all.

Currently, San Francisco does not have a department solely dedicated to keeping its streets and public areas clean. Those responsibilities are currently part of the Public Works department. Measure B proposes splitting off some of public works’ responsibilities into a new department of sanitation and streets.