Friday, August 26, 2016

Berkeley Adopts $15 Minimum Wage Compromise, Now Voters Must Reject 2 Other Ballot Measures to Enact It

The Berkeley City Council adopted a $15 minimum wage in a special meeting after a long struggle between business, labor and political interests. There are currently 2 dueling minimum wage measures - Measure BB and Measure CC - on the Berkeley ballot. If the new ordinance is voted in on Monday, voters will have to reject both measures to enact the $15 minimum wage by October 2018.

Report by Corinne Smith

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fire Fueled by Drought While Democratic Lawmakers Cut Funds to Reduce Risk

The largest forest fire in the Sierra Nevada range so far this year has burned over 25 thousand acres in the mountains northwest of Bakersfield. The blaze is being fueled by drought-stricken and bug-killed trees. So far, 15 percent of the perimeter has been contained, but heat and high winds have been impeding the firefighting effort. Meanwhile, Democratic party lawmakers in Sacramento dramatically trimmed legislation that would earmark $200 million dollars in Cap and Trade funds aimed at clearing dead trees and overgrown vegetation in the Sierras that are intensifying wildfires. The amount was cut to only $20 million dollars. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

State Debates Cleanup Plan for Toxic Zeneca Chemical Site on Richmond Shoreline

The public has a chance to request a complete cleanup of the hazardous Zeneca chemical evaporation ponds at a public hearing Wednesday night at 6:30-830pm in Richmond. The CA State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is holding a hearing to gather input on the proposed clean up plan. Written comments can be submitted to DTSC until September 10th at 5pm.

Reported by Corinne Smith.
Photo: Ray Chavez/ Bay Area News Group

Activists Continue Call for Judge Persky's Removal

Activists continued their call for the removal of Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky at the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Judge Persky has been the target of public outrage since June, when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to just six months in jail for raping an unconscious woman. Paulina Velasco files this report from San Francisco.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Neighborhood Mental Health Establishment to be Displaced after 37 Years of Service

Nearly 40 years ago, two psychologists left their jobs at the Haight Ashbury Detox Center to found Haight Ashbury Psychological Services - or HAPS - a low-fee psychotherapy clinic for the working poor in the city. Now their legacy is in danger of disappearing. Plans to replace the clinic's commercial building with condo's threaten its important mental health services. Pacifica's Paulina Velasco reports.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Women Congressional Candidates Campaign at SF Event Hosted by Emily's List

Congressional races are heating up across the country, with the Democrats campaigning to take back control of both houses of the US Congress. Many of the democratic contenders are women - including Denise Juneau of Minnesota, vying to be the first Native American woman representative in Congress. In San Francisco, the progressive group, Emily's List hosted a fundraiser to support several candidates focusing on protecting rights to healthcare, abortion services, affordable childcare, student debt, and economic opportunity.

Reported by Corinne Smith

SF Project Homeless Event Host Services Event Focused On LGBTQ Homeless

Project Homeless Connect hosted an event in San Francisco, specifically to address the need of LGBTQ individuals, who the group says make up almost one third of the City's homeless. The organization hosts many events throughout the year so people can access critical services in one location, including medical services, dental and visual care, haircuts and DMV IDs.

Reported by Corinne Smith

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Marcus Books to Return to The Fillmore in San Francisco

The first bookstore in the country dedicated to African American literature and culture will soon be back in San Francisco where it was born. Marcus Books, founded in 1960, will be stocking a few bookshelves at the African American Art and Culture Complex in the Fillmore District, a few blocks away from the bookstore’s first home. Pacifica’s Paulina Velasco files this report.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

US Navy Ship Named for Activist Harvey Milk

In a groundbreaking step for the LGBTQ community and especially LGBTQ service members, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the new TAO206 oiler will be named after former San Francisco supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Claire Stremple has the story.

Legislators Go Hungry for Farm Worker's Overtime

California Legislators joined activists and church leaders this morning in refusing to eat for 24 hours. Democratic Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego and Bob Bonta from Alameda County are both hoping to convince on their colleagues to pass a bill to granting agricultural workers the types of wages, hours, and work conditions already guaranteed for most Californians. Pacifica’s Mike Kohn reports.