Monday, January 23, 2017

Spicer Gives 1st White House News Briefing

Donald Trump was sworn in as president on Friday. Three days later, in what he considers his first day in office, he has signed executive orders to begin fulfilling some of his campaign promises. His press secretary Sean Spicer held his first full press briefing with the White House Press Corps, outlining the President's priorities on issues including immigration and abortion rights.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Crowd Estimate 100,000+ at San Francisco Women’s March

The huge Women’s March in San Francisco began with a rally at Civic Center Plaza. Packed protestors spilled onto the Civic Center Bart station platform and waited to climb a stressed and broken escalator. People marched through rainy and windy weather from Civic Center Plaza, down Market, past 5th street. Reportedly about 100,000 people where in attendance. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik was there and files this report:

Fresno’s Post-Inaugural Protest Sends a Message to Trump and Local Politicians

Post inaugural protests in the Central Valley cities of Fresno, Visalia and Oakhurst drew thousands of people to support women’s rights and demonstrate their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump. In Fresno, a spirited and peaceful demonstration emphasized women’s rights, peace and progress. An estimated gathering of two thousand people converged at a major intersection of town to express a determination to fight for what they believe in. Thirty-six local groups took part in organizing the event. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Oakland Activists Celebrate MLK's Radical Legacy

Activists in Oakland rallied to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and to recognize his radical legacy of fighting for civil rights and social justice. The rally kicks off a series of events including protests and direct action in the days before the Friday inauguration of Donald Trump.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cal State University Sees Rising Diversity, Falling Funding

A union representing California State University faculty says public funding for the university system has been falling, at the same time that the number of students of color has been rising. In the words of one faculty member, “as the student body of the CSU became darker, funding became lighter.” The union presented its new report, called “Equity Interrupted, How California is Cheating its Future,” at a news conference at the union office in Sacramento.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jerry Brown Unveils Stand-Pat Budget Plan

Governor Jerry Brown has unveiled his new state budget plan, a $122.5 billion proposal he says will close a deficit and boost a reserve fund to face uncertainties like the possibility of an economic recession, or cuts from a Trump administration. Brown presented his budget plan at a news conference at the state capitol.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bill Would Require Solar Installations On New Buildings

California could become the first state in the nation to require solar power on newly constructed buildings. Democratic senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco has introduced a measure modeled after a solar building ordinance he authored in San Francisco that took effect this month.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Executive Order Boosts Brown's Controversial Water Tunnel Plan

A new executive order from the Obama administration is adding momentum to Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water plan, called “Water Fix.” Brown’s plan includes building a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the bay delta to cities and farms in southern California and the central valley.
Christopher Martinez reports

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Legislature Hires Former AG Holder To Challenge Trump Administration

Democratic leaders of the state legislature have hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as outside counsel to advise lawmakers on legal strategy against the Trump administration. Senate president pro tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon announced that Holder will help legislators resist any attempt to roll back progress on issues like climate change, health care, and immigration.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

California Moving Quickly to Protect Immigrants

California lawmakers are pushing forward legislation aimed at protecting the state’s undocumented immigrants under a new Trump administration. Several bills have already been introduced to provide safe havens and offer legal help to undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Advocates and lawmakers will be looking at other measures in the coming legislative session.
Christopher Martinez reports.