Thursday, March 23, 2017

Health Advocates Celebrate Obamacare Anniversary

Obamacare supporters rallied at the state capitol Thursday, celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and blasting a Republican repeal plan that would blast a 24 billion dollar hole in California’s health care budget.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Legislative Panel Told ACA Repeal Would Devastate Valley Health Care

California’s lawmakers are on the road gathering information to document the impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on residents and the economy. The San Joaquin Valley could be especially hard hit by losses of federal funding to the state’s Medi-Cal system-for low income individuals and families. At a Joint Informational Hearing in the Fresno City Council chambers on Wednesday, members of the Assembly Budget and Health committees heard from experts and the public. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Richmond Sues Trump over Sanctuary Executive Order

The city of Richmond, California has filed suit against the Trump administration, seeking to block an Executive Order targeting sanctuary cities and counties. The lawsuit challenges the Trump administration’s order requiring local governments and police to cooperate with immigration officials, or else face the loss of federal funding.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mayors Launch "Immigration Day of Action"

The US Conference of Mayors kicked off a “Cities Day of Immigration Action” Tuesday. The events are aimed at showing the contributions of immigrants. The mayors are opposing the Trump administration’s moves to ramp up deportation actions, as well as other Trump plans such as threats to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lawmakers Introduce Juvenile Justice Bills

Some Democratic lawmakers have introduced bills they say will advance equity and justice for children in the juvenile justice system. The measures include a bill to ban Life Without Parole sentences for juveniles, and another to provide legal counsel to minors before they waive their constitutional rights in interrogations.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trump's DC hotel profits may be unconstitutional

Several legal experts and a Washington watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington are suing President Trump in federal court alleging he is violating the emoluments clause in the U.S, Constitution, which forbids public officials from taking bribes and financial gifts from foreign governments. The suit alleges President Donald Trump received money from foreign governments through his private business deals… Tom Herriman has more.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Two Courts Block Trump's Travel Ban Order

Immigrant and refugee rights activists are celebrating the recent court decisions to block President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban executive order. Federal district courts in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders, in Hawaii, a broad but short-term temporary restraining order, and in Maryland, a narrower but longer-lasting preliminary injunction.
Christopher Martinez reports.

BLM Plans to Renew Oil Leasing on Central California Public Lands

Oil and gas drilling has been halted on federal lands in California during the past four years due to a successful legal action taken by the Center for Biological Diversity. Now the Trump administration wants to open up those areas to drilling again. Accordingly, the Bureau of Land Management is moving to allow oil development, including fracking, on land it manages in the Coast Range and Central Valley. The agency has been holding a series of public meetings for public comment on ITS revised resource management plan. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian attended the hearing held in Coalinga and reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Activists Rally for Immigrant Protection Legislation

Immigrant rights activists are calling on the State to support protections against federal deportation programs. A coalition of religious, labor, and civil rights activists marched on the state capitol in a day of action to support the proposed “California Values Act” and other legislation that would push back against the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement and deportation plans.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

California Seeks Protections from Federal Environmental Rollbacks

State lawmakers are considering legislation to protect California from environmental roll-backs by the Trump administration. Senate Bill 49 would write into California law current federal environmental protections, as a safe-guard against possible federal actions to undo federal laws and regulations protecting air, water, and endangered species.
Christopher Martinez reports.