Monday, November 11, 2019

Bernhardt Proposes Permanent Water Allocation for Westlands Water District

In a move harshly criticized as unethical by environmental advocates across the nation, the Department of Interior is proposing to give a permanent water allocation to the Westlands Water District, the former employer of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. Westlands comprises more than half a million acres of ag land in the western San Joaquin Valley. They employed Bernhardt for years as a lobbyist, before President Trump picked him to head the agency. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Valley Activists say Newsom Lacks Climate Change Urgency

Governor Gavin Newsom delivered the keynote address today at the 2019 California Economic Summit taking place in Fresno over the past two days. The gathering brought together several hundred civic leaders, corporate CEO’s and community activists to talk about a wide range of issues affecting the state and in particular THE Central Valley, which many feel HAS been left behind. Notably the summit did not delve into the impacts of climate change, nor did the Governor in his talk. Climate activists outside the hall criticized that lack of attention. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

AG Becerra, Dreamers Support DACA on Eve of Supreme Court Arguments

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is weighing in to support undocumented youths known as “Dreamers” who are protected from deportation under the DACA program. President Donald Trump has acted to end the program, triggering lawsuits that will be argued before the US Supreme Court next week.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

AG Becerra Sues to get Info on Facebook Privacy

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking a court to order Facebook to give up information about how it uses Facebook users’ data, and how it protects users’ personal information. The subpoenas stem from Becerra’s investigation of how Facebook gave data on 87 million users to Cambridge Analytica, an organization that used the data for a disinformation campaign to help Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lawyers Challenge Asylum Turnback Rule

Immigrant and civil rights lawyers are asking a federal judge to block a policy they say restricts access to the asylum process. The advocates say a policy called the “Turnback rule” leaves some asylum seekers waiting in Mexico, where they face violence and an overwhelmed Mexican asylum process, with dim prospects of ever getting an asylum hearing in the United States.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 4, 2019

ICE Private Immigrant Detention Move Could Skirt New CA Law

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is racing the clock to enter new contracts for private immigrant detention centers. ICE is soliciting bids for private detention centers with more than 5,000 beds in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, even as a new state law is set to ban private prisons and detention centers.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

House Approves Resolution on Impeachment Process

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution affirming the ongoing impeachment inquiry, and setting up rules on how the House of Representatives will conduct hearings and votes. The resolution sets the stage for open hearings and a process that will allow in-depth questioning of witnesses, potentially leading up to a House vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Fresno Residents Protest Police Killings, Call for Federal Investigation

Recently released video of a Fresno Police officer shooting an unarmed teenager running away from an arrest has angered Fresno residents, who rallied Monday night. The video has since gone viral and raises more questions about police conduct. Concerned Fresno residents are calling for a federal civil rights investigation of the incident, and for police accountability. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Senators Blast Boeing at Hearing on Airliner Crashes

The head of Boeing testified before a Senate committee Tuesday, fielding sharp questions from senators about the company’s now-grounded new airliner, the 737 MAX. One senator called the planes “flying coffins,” while another said Boeing’s culture is to blame for the fatal crashes.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Asylum Hearing Draws Student Activists in SF

A mother and daughter seeking asylum from Venezuela have won their case, in an immigration hearing attended by college and high students from Berkeley, where the family lives. The activists say they want to set a precedent that no one will deported from Berkeley, where opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policies runs high.
Christopher Martinez reports.