Friday, July 1, 2016

Hunger Affects One in Six U.S. Households

The Food Research and Action Center has released a report that says even with the economy recovering, one in six American households struggle to feed their families. While this is an improvement from 2013, when almost 19% of Americans reported difficulty in affording food costs, the report reveals that there is no part of the country unaffected by this issue, with the greatest food hardship rates occurring in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.

SPFD Interim Chief Chaplin Meets with Community Members

THE SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S INTERIM CHIEF TONEY CHAPLIN MET DOZENS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO DISCUSS CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENT. THE MEETING WAS ORGANIZED BY THE SEIU AND THE JUSTICE FOR MARIO WOODS COALITION. WHILE THE POLICE CHIEF PRESENTED THE REFORMS HE HAS BEEN WORKING ON, ACTIVISTS REPEATED THEIR DEMANDS THAT THE POLICE OFFICERS WHO KILLED MARIO WOODS LAST YEAR BE CHARGED WITH MURDER, AND THAT AN INVESTIGATION OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PATTERNS AND PRACTICES OF BEHAVIOR BE CONDUCTED.
PACIFICA’S GREGOIRE HUET HAS A STORY.

San Francisco Raises Minimum Wage

Today, San Francisco’s minimum wage was increased from $12.25 to $13 an hour –the first step to eventually reaching the goal of $15 an hour by 2018. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee held a press conference this morning with other labor leaders to celebrate this milestone and the city’s effort to increase the minimum wage right before Independence Day weekend. Emma Riley reports:


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Racial Disparities Pervade California Politics

Communities of color are being left out of the political process, according to a new report on racial disparities in California politics. The study looks beyond voter registration and voting, digging deeper into other forms of political participation such as contacting public officials, attending political meetings, and supporting political campaigns. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

SF Family of Artists Fight Back Against Eviction

Two San Fransisco Artists and their children are currently faced with becoming the next family forced from their home as rents in San Fransisco and the entire Bay Area skyrocket. While renters are protected against unjust evictions, Tomas Riley, Leticia Hernandez, and their two young boys are some of the most recent residents of San Fransisco fighting an owner move in eviction which may allow their land lord to remove them through no fault of their own. Pacifica's Mike Kohn files this report.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Farmworkers Seek Overtime, Heat Protections

California farmworkers gathered at the state capitol to push for better workplace protections, like overtime pay and protection from heat illness. They’re supporting legislation that would give farmworkers the same overtime rights that other workers enjoy. They’re also launching a campaign to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses as the growing season ramps up with triple-digit temperatures. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

"Dream 9" Immigrant Rights Activist Fighting Deportation

Immigrant rights activist Lizbeth Mateo is best known as one of the “Dream 9” youth who crossed the border from Mexico in the summer of 2013, and turned themselves in to Border Patrol dressed in their High School graduation caps and gowns. Now the California law school graduate is in danger of being deported to Mexico. Pacifica's Paulina Velasco has more details.

Experts Discuss the Effects of Climate Change on Wildfires in the West

THE NUMBER OF TREES IN CALIFORNIA’S SIERRA NEVADA FORESTS KILLED BY DROUGHT, A BARK BEETLE EPIDEMIC AND WARMER TEMPERATURES HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED LAST YEAR, RAISING FEARS THEY WILL FUEL CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES AND ENDANGER PEOPLE’S LIVES.
PACIFICA’S GREGOIRE HUET HAS A STORY.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TRUTH Act Would Limit Police, Immigration Cooperation

A bill to limit police cooperation with immigration officials has passed its latest hurdle in a state Senate committee. Oakland senator Rob Bonta’s “TRUTH Act” would require sheriffs and police departments to hold open hearings about how they interact with federal immigration officials’ deportation efforts. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Mayor Ed Lee Inaugurates a New Navigation Center in San Francisco

MAYOR ED LEE ANNOUNCED THE OPENING OF A SECOND NAVIGATION CENTER FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE AT THE CIVIC CENTER HOTEL ON 12th STREET. IT WILL PROVIDE 93 BEDS AND HOMELESS SERVICES UNDER THE SAME ROOF.

PACIFCA’S GREGOIRE HUET HAS A STORY.