Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Governor Brown Tells Delta Tunnel Critics to Shut Up

Governor Jerry Brown says critics of his plan to build giant water tunnels across the bay delta should, in his words, “shut up.” Brown made his remarks in a keynote address to the Association of California Water Agencies in Sacramento. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.
A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER THE CORINTHIAN FOR PROFIT UNIVERSITY SYSTEM SUDDENLY CLOSED RATHER THAN PAY A 30 MILLION DOLLAR FINE LEVIED AGAINST IT FOR MISREPRESENTING ITS JOB PLACEMENT RATES, MANY STUDENTS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR INCOMPLETE EDUCATION AND STUDENT DEBT. WHILE SOME STUDENTS HAVE ORGANIZED WHAT THEY CALL A DEBT STRIKE IN REFUSAL TO PAY BACK THEIR STUDENT LOANS, BAY AREA CONGRESSWOMAN JACKIE SPEIER IS ENCOURAGING CORINTHIAN STUDENTS TO GO TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND LET GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FIGURE OUT HOW TO HANDLE DEBT CAUSED BY CORINTHIAN SCHOOLS.MIKE KOHN REPORTS

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Urban Water Conservation Regulations Nearing Vote

The State Water Resources Control Board is poised to vote on emergency drought regulations calling for urban water conservation. The regulations aim at cutting water use by 25% statewide, with some regions facing cuts up to 36% below their 2013 water usage. Many local water districts and cities are asking for changes to reduce their conservation targets. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.


HOMELESS MOTHER'S GATHERED ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL TODAY TO DEMAND HOUSING FOR THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN. AFTER A RALLY INCLUDING MOTHERS AND ADVOCATES THE CROWD ENTERED THE BUILDING DEMANDING THEIR CALL FOR A 6.5 MILLION INVESTMENTMENT IN FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS OVER TWO YEARS BE HEARD BY THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. CURTIS LARSON FILES THIS REPORT.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Poverty among Women and Children

State lawmakers are looking at the persistent problem of poverty among California’s women and children. A state senate hearing heard about the magnitude of the problem, as well as possible solutions, including spending some of the state’s apparent budget surplus to restore past cuts to health and welfare programs. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tensions Flare Between Police and Protesters at Baltimore Solidarity March in Oakland

Several hundred people took to the streets of Oakland on Friday night to stand in solidarity with protesters in Baltimore and demand an end to police violence. The march rounded out a packed schedule of May Day events, which saw thousands of people across the Bay Area and across the nation demonstrating for racial and economic justice. KPFA’s Andrew Klein has more.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ILWU Local 10 Police Brutality Protest

On International Worker's Day, the Internal Longshore and Warehouse
Union Local 10 will halt work during their first shift to halt police
brutality. The protest is in solidarity with communities in Baltimore
that are rioting after the death of Freddie Gray.



Governor Brown's New Delta Water Plan Reduces Habitat Conservation

California Governor Jerry Brown has unveiled a stripped-down version of his plan to build tunnels to divert water around the Bay Delta. The new version slashes habitat restoration plans by more than two-thirds compared to the original plan. Brown calls the plan "imperative" to stabilize water supplies. Opponents call it a water grab. Christopher Martinez reports from Oakland.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wage Theft Bill is Sailing Through Legislature

A measure to crack down on wage theft in California is sailing through the state senate. Senate Bill 588 by democratic senate president pro-tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles would give the state labor commissioner new powers to crack down on employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage, deny legally required rest breaks, or require unpaid overtime. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Governor Brown Orders Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Emission Cuts

In a new plan that he's calling the most aggressive by any government in North America, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order this morning to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels within the next 15 years. California is set to reach 1990 levels by 2020 under an earlier target. The Governor discussed his climate action at an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills in the afternoon. Pacifica's Dan Fritz files this report from Los Angeles.