Monday, February 20, 2017

Modesto Voters Challenge Cong. Denham to Improve not Repeal ACA

Nearly 300 people at a forum in Modesto Feb. 15 declared their support for the Affordable Care Act and urged their Congressman Jeff Denham to drop his efforts to repeal the health care law and work instead to improve it. Tom Herriman reports from Modesto. Photo: Reuben Arcenaux says ACA saved his life.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Caretakers of the Bay Delta’s Levees Brace for Coming Storms

The incoming series of storms has Delta farmers, business and residents concerned about high flows of water from the mountain reservoirs created by dams on the states’s rivers. How will that impact the levees that protect the region’s farmlands and cities? They’re especially worried about possibly large releases from the San Joaquin river’s watershed. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Day Without Immigrants" Events Protest Trump Policies

Restaurants closed, students boycotted schools, and activists rallied in a nation-wide series of protests called “A Day Without Immigrants.” The actions were aimed at showing the importance of immigrants to the nation’s economy, as well as protesting President Donald Trump’s recent immigration actions and divisive rhetoric.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Attorney General Becerra Vows to Defend Immigrants

California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra spoke to reporters in Sacramento Wednesday, saying he’ll be ready to deal with issues “blown our way” by the Trump administration. Chief among those issues is sure to be the administration’s immigration efforts, such as last week’s nation-wide immigration raids, as well as the detention of a so-called “Dreamer” granted protection under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, or DACA.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

State and Federal Agencies Were Warned About Oroville Dam Flaws

Crews are racing against another series of storms set to hit California as 100,000 cubic feet of water courses down the emergency spillway of Oroville Dam. State water officials were warned about flaws in the dam structure twenty years ago by environmental groups but brushed the cautions aside. Ron Stork of Friends of the River and Roger Bales of UC Merced discuss the current and future challenges of the state's water system. Pacifica's Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Immigrants Blast Sheriffs, Trump Immigration Policies

Immigrants and allies rallied in Sacramento to demand that California sheriffs not participate in Trump administration deportation actions. They’re supporting a package of bills aimed at protecting immigrants from immigration policies of the Donald Trump administration.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Immigration Raids Spark Fear, Outrage

Reaction to last week’s massive immigration raids continues to grow, with criticisms coming from immigrant rights activists, immigration attorneys, and state and local officials. The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency rounded up about 160 undocumented residents late last week in Los Angeles. Other immigration raids also took place in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and cities in Florida and North and South Carolina. Activists say the action is creating fear and divisiveness in communities and splitting families.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Appeals Court Deals Trump Defeat on Muslim Travel Ban

A federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a court order blocking President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim majority countries. Advocates for immigrant rights, as well as Trump opponents, are hailing the ruling as a blow to the Trump Administration, and a temporary victory for refugees.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lawmakers Unveil "California Welcomes Refugees" Legislation

Democratic Assemblymembers are challenging the anti-immigrant and refugee policies of the Trump administration. Lawmakers from the California counties with the largest number of refugees have introduced a package of bills called “California Welcomes Refugees”. The authors of the measures say the package pushes back on what they call religious and racially-charged hate rhetoric from the federal government.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Federal Court Hears Appeal on Trump's Travel Ban Executive Order

The battle over President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order limiting travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries has moved to an appeals court in San Francisco. A three judge panel heard arguments from a lawyer from the Trump administration, and from a lawyer representing Washington and Minnesota, states that oppose the executive order. The arguments turned on whether the court can second-guess Trump’s executive order, and on whether the order is unconstitutionally discriminatory.
Christopher Martinez reports.