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CA lake to go dry; Divestment from fossil fuels in CA’s pensions; New federal oil leases; SF exonerates a 32-year murder conviction; Plus, today’s elections in SF

Tule Lake in Northern California is likely to run dry as a result of the drought | Wikimedia

0:08 – The Biden Administration has reversed an explicit pledge to end the issuance of new oil and gas leases on federal lands, which are mostly in the Western US. We speak with Nicole Ghio (@nicoleghio), the Fossil Free Program Manager for Friends of the Earth, to discuss the first onshore oil and gas lease auction by the Department of the Interior under the Biden Administration, of 225 square miles of land.

0:34 – There is a bill moving through the California State Senate that would require the two largest public pension funds in the state to divest the nearly $800 billion they control from the most polluting companies involved in fossil fuel production. Youth Vs Apocalypse is one of the organizations working to make SB-1173 successful in the state system. We are joined by Youth Vs Apocalypse organizers Sofia Palau, a senior at Castro Valley High, as well as Zara, a sophomore at Skyline High School in Oakland.

0:49 – The Innocence Commission of the San Francisco District Attorney’s office yesterday secured its first conviction reversal. We are joined by Chesa Boudin (@chesaboudin), the District Attorney, to discuss the exoneration of Joaquin Ciria, who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1990 and will be released after thirty-two years of wrongful imprisonment.

1:08 – California’s Tule lake is expected to go entirely dry this summer for the first time. We speak with Alex Gonyaw, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Klamath Tribes, to discuss the impact of the lake going dry on fish populations and neighboring communities.

1:33 – Two candidates in San Francisco are up for a runoff election today in San Francisco’s Assembly District 17. We speak with both candidates, David Campos (@DavidCamposSF) and Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF), as votes are cast in the city.

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