Tuesday, December 12, 2017

San Francisco Mayor Dies Suddenly

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has died. His sudden and unexpected death has put Board of Supervisors president London Breed into office as acting mayor, and roiled election campaigns of candidates seeking to replace the controversial mayor. Lee died of an apparent heart attack while shopping at a neighborhood Safeway Monday night, and was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning. San Francisco officials held a press conference at city hall Tuesday.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Children's Climate Lawsuit Argued in SF Court

A children’s lawsuit over climate change has moved to a federal appeals court in San Francisco. The Trump Administration wants to the appeals court to throw out the lawsuit, but lawyers for the children want a full hearing on an issue that will affect the children years after the judges and Trump administration are gone.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Legislative Town Hall Challenges Financial Viability of WaterFix

State legislators representing the Bay Delta region held a town hall in Walnut Grove today to examine the feasibility of the proposed California WaterFix Project. The town hall was organized by Assemblyman Jim Frazier of Discovery Bay and Senator Bill Dodds of Napa. WaterFix has surffered numerous setbacks over the past few months, even as the Department of Water Resources races to get final approval for the project. Vic Bedoian reports.

Latino, Immigrant Activists Blast GOP Tax Plan

Latino and immigrant rights activists are speaking out against the Republican tax bill working its way through Congress. They say Latinos will bear a big burden under the plan, losing health insurance, child tax credits, and other programs that have helped lift Latinos out of poverty.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Assembly Hears About Sexual Harassment at Capitol

An Assembly subcommittee has held the first in a series of hearings on sexual harassment and sexual assault at the state capitol. The hearing comes a month after a group of legislative staffers and lobbyists launched a campaign to raise awareness of the problem, and a day after an Assemblymember resigned and state Senator was stripped of his leadership positions because of allegations.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Dreamers Ramp Up Actions for DACA Renewal

Advocates for undocumented youths are planning to ramp up actions, including possible civil disobedience and sit-ins at congressional offices, in order to force action to protect dreamers. They’re responding to President Donald Trump’s action to end the DACA program that protects almost 800,000 youths from deportation.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FCC Poised to Repeal Net Neutrality

President Donald Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled plans to repeal net neutrality, opening the way for telecommunications providers to become gate-keepers with the power to control or manipulate what people access on the internet. The proposal raises issues of free speech, the role of government regulation, and who has control over the internet.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Court Ruling Blocks Trump Attacks on Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary cities have won a major victory, with a court order blocking the Trump administration’s attempts to pull federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions. Federal district court judge William Orrick ruled the Trump administration’s executive order on sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional, and the order blocks it from taking effect nation-wide.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Study Says Climate Change and Drought Threatens Giant Sequoias

A new study of California’s Giant Sequoia groves shows the largest trees on earth are surviving effects of the most recent multi-year drought but are increasingly vulnerable to the continuing impacts of climate change. The research was done by scientists at Kings Canyon-Sequoia National Park, the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lawyers Seek More Court Oversight of Solitary Confinement

Some prisoner rights advocates are calling for another year of court supervision over how California prisons deal with solitary confinement. The new court motion follows a landmark legal settlement that challenged solitary confinement practices as unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Christopher Martinez reports.