Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Governor Orders First-Ever Mandatory Urban Water Restrictions

Governor Jerry Brown is ordering the first ever statewide mandatory water reductions. He’s calling for cuts in water use in cities and counties by 25 per cent. The reductions will include replacing 50 million square feet of lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping, cuts in watering of golf courses and cemeteries, and consumer rebates for water-efficient appliances. The goal is to save 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months. Some critics say the order ignores agricultural water use and water-intensive oil drilling techniques like fracking. Christopher Martinez reports.

Congresswoman Barbra Lee Denounces GOP Budget


IN OAKLAND ON APRIL FIRST EAST BAY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE DENOUNCED WHAT SHE CALLS DRACONIAN CUTS PROPOSED IN THE GOPS 2016 BUDGET. LEE SAYS THAT HER DISTRICT IS ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE PROPOSED CUTS BECAUSE THEY ATTACK PROGRAMS AIMED AT HELPING LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY. FROM THE FEDERAL BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN OAKLAND, PACIFICA'S MIKE KOHN REPORTS

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PGE Fine Hike Supported by San Bruno

The city hit by a deadly gas pipeline explosion in 2010 is supporting a tougher penalty against PG&E. The mayor of San Bruno is calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to approve a proposal to hike the fine by 200 million dollars, along with requiring new oversight by independent monitors to improve safety and end what the city calls a “culture of corruption” in the relationship between the utility and regulators. Christopher Martinez reports from San Francisco.

Bernie Sanders Explores a Run for President



INDEPENDENT VERMONT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS BROUGHT HIS EXPLORATION OF A POTENTIAL RUN FOR PRESIDENT TO SAN FRANSISCO LAST NIGHT. THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST IN CONGRESS IS BEING URGED TO RUN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES FOR PRESIDENT FROM PROGRESSIVES WHO BELIEVE HIS FOCUS ON INCOME INEQUALITY AND THE SHRINKING MIDDLE CLASS IS A MUCH NEEDED RELIEF FROM THE MAJORITY OF POLITICIANS WHO APPEAR BEHOLDEN TO WALL STREET AND OTHER MONIED INTERESTS. FROM THE COMMON WEALTH CLUB IN SAN FRANSISCO, PACIFICA'S MIKE KOHN FILES THIS REPORT.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Aaron Peskin Announces Bid to Run For San Francisco City Supervisor

Longstanding San Francisco resident and former city supervisor Aaron Peskin announced today that he planned to run for his old seat in the upcoming city elections, hoping to oust incumbent and ed lee appointee Julie Christensen. Scott Baba filed this report.

Undocumented Asians - Too Few Sign Up for DACA Program

A federal appeals court has announced it has set a hearing for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions should be lifted.

Obama's executive actions, could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people - one and a half million of them in California. Last month a federal judge in Texas blocked Obama's actions.

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a large population of undocumented immigrants from all over the world and in a new series, Pacifica KPFA reporter Saadia Malik will be profiling some of the communities which would be affected by President Obama's executive actions. Today's report looks at the experiences of two young undocumented Asian immigrants and the particular challenges they and families like them are facing.

O'Shaine Evans Family Files Claim Against SFPD for Fatal Shooting

The family of a young black man shot dead by a San Francisco police officer in October filed a claim against the city and the police department. Gabriela Castelan has more.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Undocumented Immigrants Urged to "Know Your Rights"

East Bay leaders and community groups urged undocumented immigrants to prepare their documents so they can apply for protection for deportation as soon as a court order blocking President Obama's executive actions is lifted. They also spoke out about the young undocumented migrants who fled gang violence in Central America. Megan Susman reports.

Doctor's Medical Center To Close

The West Contra Costa Health Care District Board voted Thursday night without a single dissent to close Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo. The 60-year-old full service public hospital has been a mainstay of low cost medical care, catering overwhelmingly to Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. David Landau reports from San Pablo.

Harsh law blocked for now, but Uganda anti-gay hysteria continues unabated



Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August last year, but the scrapped legislation could be quickly revived and would pass easily in parliament. A solid wall of opposition by Western donor nations is giving Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni 2nd thoughts about whether to allow the bill to surface again. But there’s also growing opposition to the bill within Uganda. Whether the bill becomes law or not, widespread homophobia and lack of legal protection has made life increasingly precarious for gays in Uganda. A gay Ugandan tells KPFA reporter Tom Herriman about decades of harassment, arrests, mob attacks, and living as an outcast from society.