Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Police Profiling Protest Blocks Governor's Office

Activists from across the state rallied at the state capitol to push a bill on racial and identity profiling by police. The activists shut down the Governor’s office for more than two hours as they call on him to support the police profiling measure. Christopher Martinez files this report from Sacramento.

Judge Rules Uber Drivers Can Have a Class Action-Lawsuit

A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit in California against ride hailing company Uber over the payment of its drivers. Tuesday's ruling increases the number of potential California plaintiffs in the suit that claims Uber drivers are incorrectly classified as independent contractors when they are actually employees. Pacifica's Mike Kohn reports

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

End of Life Bill Passes Assembly Hurdle

A key Assembly committee has approved a measure to let terminally ill patients get drugs to end life. The controversial “End of Life Options” measure won passage in a special legislative session committee, weeks after a nearly identical bill seemed to be dead in committee. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Family of SF Shooting Victim File Claims Against City and Federal Government

The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot said Today that federal and local authorities contributed to the death of their daughter through negligence and bureaucratic bungling. Kate Steinle was shot and killed with a federal agents gun on July 1st. The alleged shooter is a man who had been released by the San Francisco Sheriff's department after repeatedly entering the country with out documentation. Now Steinle's parents are filling for damages against the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Bureau of Land Management. Pacifica's Mike Kohn reports from San Francisco City Hall.

Historic Agreement Ends Indefinite Solitary Confinement at CA Prisons

Attorneys for California prisoners and their family members have announced a historic agreement with the prison system to end indefinite solitary confinement. The settlement follows three prisoner hunger strikes over recent years and activism by family members and other supporters. Claire Stremple reports.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bishops, Lawmakers Discuss Climate Change

Democratic Senate leader Kevin DeLeon meets with Catholic bishops to discuss a papal encyclical on climate change, as lawmakers consider a controversial bill to slash fossil fuels and increase renewable energy. DeLeon and lawmakers took part in the forum entitled “Dialogue on Our Common Home and its Ecological Future" at the state capitol. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Is the Death Penalty Constitutional in California?

A Federal Appeals Court heard arguments this morning to review the decision on a case declaring California's death penalty system unconstitutional. Claire Stremple has the story.

CA Community College Chancellor's Office Raps ACCJC

California may be looking for a new system to accredit its community colleges after a report released by the Chancellor's office found the current accrediting commission to be in dire need of reform -- or replacement. Scott Baba reports.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mayor Lee Warns Homeless People to Leave Embarcadero

Professional football season is about to begin, but Bay Area businesses are already looking forward to the end of the season. In the week leading up to February's Super Bowl, San Francisco's Embarcadero will be transformed into a so-called fan village that will host a series of parties and events. Mayor Ed Lee has called on the homeless population that sleeps in and around the Embarcadero to leave. KPFA’s John Banister has the story.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Smoking Legislation Wins New Life in Sacramento

The state Senate has approved a package of anti-tobacco legislation that includes a ban on electronic cigarettes in public places and a measure to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. The measures were approved in a special legislative session on health care. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.