Monday, September 18, 2017

Immigrant Legislation Awaits Action by Governor

State lawmakers have passed a raft of bills aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants from actions by the Trump administration, including measures to limit immigration raids at workplaces and to protect undocumented tenants, as well as a measure to resist a possible “Muslim registry.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Whistleblowers Uncover Illegal Federal Payments to Water Contractors

Californians were shocked last week by the revelation that some several of the state’s water districts secretly received over $100 million dollars in federal funds to pay for their share of the environmental review of the Bay-Delta tunnels project. The misappropriation of taxpayer money was uncovered by employees of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and others. State officials, including Governor Jerry Brown, have for years insisted that the entire funding of the tunnels project, known as California Water Fix, would come from water contractors and not the general public. KPFA’s Vic Bedoian looks at the possibly illegal transaction through the eyes of whistleblowers who brought the story to light.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sanctuary State Bill SB54 Passes Assembly

A so-called “sanctuary state bill,” Senate Bill 54, has passed out of the state Assembly. The measure would bar local police and sheriffs from cooperating with federal immigration officials. The measure has been a top priority for immigrant rights activists, especially in the wake of the Trump administration’s actions and rhetoric on immigration.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Community College Students, Dreamers Could Get State Help

Community college students and undocumented Dreamers could be getting help from the state, under bills moving forward in the state legislature. One bill would provide free tuition for first-year community college students who attend full time. A separate budget proposal would provide financial aid and legal help for undocumented DACA recipients in state colleges and universities.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bernie Sanders Introduces Medicare 4 All Bill

Independent senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has unveiled his “Medicare for All” health care plan. The latest version of his single payor health care bill has support from 16 senators, boosting prospects for debate over the universal health care proposal, and possibly making the plan a key issue for Democratic candidates in the next presidential election.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Deal Paves Way for SB54 "Sanctuary State" Bill

California’s so-called “sanctuary state bill,” Senate Bill 54, is moving toward a vote this week, after an agreement between Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles senator Kevin de Leon on amendments to the measure. The amendments remove key opposition from police, but the state sheriff’s association remains opposed to the bill.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, September 11, 2017

California Sues Trump over DACA Program

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing the Trump administration over its plan to end protections for “dreamers”, youths who were brought to the country as children and were given protections from deportation under administrative action by the Obama administration.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

California Aims for Clean Energy Future

Although California is already committed to producing half the state’s electrical energy by the year 2030, the legislature is now working to push the envelope even further toward that ambitious goal. Senate Bill 100 is the means toward that end. As the 2017 legislative session approaches conclusion, the bill’s supporters are making a full-court press to make it the law. KPFA’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Immigrant Activists Want Strong SB54 Protections

Hundreds of immigrant rights activists rallied at the state capitol Thursday to urge passage of Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act”, also sometimes referred to as the sanctuary state bill. They want lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown to pass what could become the strongest immigrant rights bill in the nation… if it’s not watered down by amendments in the next few days.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bill Offers Nation's Strongest Workplace Protections for Immigrants

Immigrant rights activists rallied at the state capitol Wednesday to push for protections against immigration raids at workplaces. They’re supporting legislation that would bar employers from letting immigration agents into worksites without a warrant. Democratic Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco says his bill is a response to Donald Trump’s “war” on workers and immigrants.
Christopher Martinez reports.