Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bill Would Expand Tuition-Free Community College Program

A bill to make the second year of community college tuition-free has passed its first hurdle in the state legislature. Assembly Bill 2 would expand on a program that waives first year tuition for some first time students.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Al Sharpton Blasts Stephon Clark Shooting, Backs Police Use of Force Bill

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton joined activists in Sacramento on the one year anniversary of the police shooting of Stephon Clark. The killing of the unarmed African American has sparked protests and calls for action, including a bill to limit police use of deadly force in California.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Democrats Unveil Tenant Protection Bills

Democratic lawmakers have introduced a package of bills they say will protect renters from rent gauging and unfair evictions. They say the renter protections are needed to prevent displacement and homelessness, while the state works on other measures to increase housing and slow skyrocketing rents.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Governor Newsom Halts Death Penalty in California

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order to halt the death penalty in California. Newsom says the execution chamber at San Quentin prison is already being dismantled, and he will not sign execution orders as long as he is governor. Newsom’s surprise move has cheered death penalty opponents. It could also set the stage for a 2020 ballot initiative to repeal the death penalty.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Workers Protest Health Insurance Rates

Union workers are calling for more transparency on health insurance rates. They held a rally outside a regulatory hearing in San Francisco, where they showed support for a bill to expand reviews of health insurance rates they say are squeezing workers and making contract negotiations more difficult.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Activists Rally for AB392 to Limit Police Shootings

Activists rallied at the state capitol to support a bill to limit police use of deadly force. Assembly Bill 392 would replace an 1872 law that activists say grants police a license to kill. The movement has gained force in the wake of decisions not to charge police who shot and killed an unarmed African American in Sacramento a year ago.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Dems Grill Nielsen at Immigration Hearing

Homeland Security director Kirstjen Nielsen testified before a House committee Wednesday on border issues, defending the Trump administration’s immigration policies, including the notorious family separations at the border. She got some strong push-back by Democratic law-makers, including criticism of putting children in cages, and complaints about the racial tone of Trump’s policies.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

CA Attorney General Says Police Won't Be Charged in Stephon Clark Shooting

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says his investigation of the Stephon Clark shooting found no crime by police who shot the unarmed African American in Sacramento a year ago. Becerra’s report comes days after the Sacramento District Attorney announced she would not file any charges against the police officers.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Lawmaker Proposes California Green New Deal

A state lawmaker is proposing a “Green New Deal” for California. A resolution by Democratic state senator Henry Stern would earmark $100 billion in existing funds for a plan to step up investments to move to 100 % clean energy by the year 2030. The resolution would also declare a “climate emergency.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Newspapers Shrink as Online Journalism Struggles to Fill the Gap

The recently announced voluntary buyout offer to 450 employees of the McClatchy newspaper chain. Almost half of them took up that offer. Not all were journalists or editors, but many were. Over all McClatchy has downsized by three and a half percent of its workforce. This underscores the dramatic decline in the nation’s print newspapers in recent decades. The numbers are staggering. Circulation nationally has been cut by nearly half, according to the Pew Research Center for Journalism and Media. At its peak in the early 1970’s of some 60 million print newspaper circulation has gone down to just over 30 million. Combined with a 23 percent drop in ad revenues for print newspapers has rapidly pushed newspapers to embrace a digital format in order to survive. That’s also the trend in California. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.