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Environmentalists and Plastic Bag Industry Face Off Over Propositions 65 and 67

In 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban single-use plastic bags. California Governor Jerry Brown later followed suit, signing a statewide ban in 2014. But the ban never officially went into effect: the plastics industry stalled it by gathering enough signatures for a referendum to be placed on the November 2016 ballot - Proposition 67 - that could overturn the law by popular vote. Proposition 65, another measure brought forth by the plastic bag industry, proposes using the fees that grocery stores charge for bags to fund environmental programs. Currently, retailers keep the bag fees. Environmental groups claim that the dual propositions are an industry ploy to undermine the ban and confuse voters, while proponents of Prop. 67 say they are fighting to protect bag makers' jobs. We check in on the issue.

Environmentalists and Plastic Bag Industry Face Off Over Propositions 65 and 67

Measure RR Asks Bay Area Voters to Approve $3.5 Billion for BART Improvements

Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties' Measure RR would create $3.5 billion in bonds for BART

Measure RR Asks Bay Area Voters to Approve $3.5 Billion for BART Improvements

Proposition 55 Would Extend Prop 30 Income Taxes to Fund Schools, Health Care

Proposition 55 would extend the Prop 30 income tax increases for another 12 years.

Proposition 55 Would Extend Prop 30 Income Taxes to Fund Schools, Health Care

California Voters to Weigh Tobacco Tax Hike with Proposition 56

Under Proposition 56 the tax on a pack of cigarettes would go from 87 cents to $2.87.

Bombs Fall in Aleppo as U.S. Considers Role in Ending Crisis

The World Health Organization is urgently calling for safe routes to evacuate the many sick and wounded in the city of Aleppo, which has seen the worst fighting in years after a cease-fire collapsed last week. Tuesday, the U.S. pledged $364 million in humanitarian aid to Syria. As the conflict intensifies and the refugee crisis grows, debate continues over what America's role should be in ending Syria's five year war.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Dies

We discuss the life and legacy of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who died yesterday at age 93 from complications from a stroke. Peres was a key figure in Israel's political life for seven decades. One of the architects of the Oslo peace accords, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.

Fires in Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties Continue to Burn

This week's high temperatures have done nothing to help firefighters battling wildfires across California. On Sunday, the Sawmill Fire broke out just east of Cloverdale and on Monday, the Loma Fire started in the Santa Cruz Mountains. That's in addition to the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which is now the most expensive blaze in American history, with costs exceeding $200 million. We'll get an update on the state's fires and containment efforts

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy Kidder Examines the Mind of Tech Genius Paul English

On the surface, Paul English's story resembles that of many successful tech entrepreneurs: awkward software engineer turned billionaire. But author Tracy Kidder's "A Truck Full of Money" goes beyond that stereotype and digs into English's complicated relationship with money and his day-to-day life with bipolar disorder. Nearly 35 years after Kidder's Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Soul of A New Machine" examined the world of computer hardware, Forum talks to Kidder about Paul English and the new age of tech entrepreneurs.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy Kidder Examines the Mind of Tech Genius Paul English

All Eyes on Clinton vs. Trump in First Debate

Many analysts predict that Monday's night debate could be the defining moment of the presidential election, bringing together for the first time the wildly divergent styles of veteran politician Hillary Clinton and maverick campaigner Donald Trump. Heading into the debate, a Bloomberg Poll has the candidates each receiving 46 percent in a head-to-head competition and Trump edging out Clinton 43 to 41 percent when third-party candidates are included. We'll check in with political commentators about who performed well and who fell flat during the highly anticipated match up.

Making Sense of San Francisco's Jam-Packed November Ballot

San Francisco politics are rarely dull, and this election year is no exception. Voters will weigh in on a whopping 25 ballot measures covering hot-button issues like homelessness, public transit and education. In this hour of Forum, we talk with some local political journalists about the big measures and races. We'll also discuss what it all means for Mayor Ed Lee, a divided Board of Supervisors and the future of the city.

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