Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Federal Judge Holds Climate Tutorial in Court

A federal judge in San Francisco is getting a crash course in climate change science. Judge William Alsup called for a day-long tutorial in a lawsuit San Francisco and Oakland have filed against five oil companies over damages from climate change.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Supreme Court Hears Abortion Right-To-Know Lawsuit

The US Supreme Court is considering a case that pits free speech and religious rights against abortion rights. The high court heard argument Tuesday in “National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v Becerra.” That’s a lawsuit challenging California’s law requiring “crisis pregnancy centers” to post information about low-cost or free reproductive services, including abortion.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, March 19, 2018

CA Treasurer Wants Gun Divestment by Big Investors

California’s giant public workers pension fund has voted down a proposal to divest from companies that sell assault weapons that are banned in California. State Treasurer John Chiang, who is running for Governor, made his proposal to the board of the California Public Employee’s Retirement System Monday, along with a call for other large investors to also divest.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Care4All California Campaign Backs Broad Health Package

Some health care advocates are launching a campaign for a package of legislation to move California toward universal health coverage. The “Care 4 All California” campaign’s legislative package would end a policy that excludes undocumented adults from Medi-Cal, the health insurance program for low income Californians. Other measures are aimed at protecting against attacks from the Trump administration. Supporters say it is not an alternative to a single payer system, but rather an approach that could be enacted quickly.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Nationwide Student Walkout Protests Gun Violence

Students across the country walked out of their classes Wednesday to protest gun violence, one month after the Parkland Florida school shootings. The action at thousands of schools may be the largest high school student protest in the nation’s history. Students in Oakland blasted gun violence, the NRA, and also what they call cowardly politicians who fail to pass stricter gun control laws.
Christopher Martinez reports from Oakland.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump Visits Mock Border Walls in CA

President Donald Trump has made his first presidential visit to California. He came to view eight prototypes of his proposed border wall. He also took the opportunity to blast sanctuary cities, California’s governor, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Christopher Martinez reports.

California’s Challenge to Balance Water Supply and Demand

Water rights advocates warned that the combination of climate change and state policies favoring big agriculture will leave many small farmers and other Californians with fewer water resources in the future. Vic Bedoian attended this weekend’s Fresno Water Conclave and files this report:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Social Workers Lobby State Lawmakers

Social work students are making their voices heard at the state capitol. About 1,400 gathered in Sacramento for their annual Lobby Day, holding about 800 scheduled visits with state lawmakers on issues ranging from cash bail to harm reduction measures for injection drug users and minimum CalWORKs grants to end childhood deep poverty.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bill Would Raise Minimum Age for Rifles, Shotguns

Some Democratic Assembly members want to raise California’s age threshold to buy shotguns and rifles. A measure by Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta would raise California’s minimum age from the current 18 years, setting a minimum of 21 years for all gun and ammunition purchases. The move comes in the wake of the Parkland Florida school shooting and a resulting wave of activism from Parkland students and other youth activists.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sessions Sues California Over "Sanctuary" Laws

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says California has a problem, and he came to Sacramento Wednesday to blast California’s “sanctuary state” laws. The Trump administration filed a lawsuit late Tuesday challenging three new state laws aimed at protecting immigrants from the Trump administration’s ramped-up deportation policies. Governor Jerry Brown calls it “war.”
Christopher Martinez reports.