Tuesday, October 15, 2019

State Regulator to Hold Emergency Meeting on PGE Blackouts

Governor Gavin Newsom is calling on PG&E to pay customers who were affected by the largest public safety power shutoff in California history. The California Public Utilities Commission will be holding a meeting Friday to hear from utility executives and the public, as controversy continues about how the blackouts were carried out.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Briceburg Fire Spreads Along Merced River

The Briceburg Fire in the Merced River Canyon has burned close to 5000 acres over the past three days. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno. Photo is the 2018 Ferguson Fire.

Proposed Regulations Aim to Protect Californians' Privacy

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has unveiled proposed regulations aimed at protecting people’s personal data that is collected and sold by businesses. The proposed regulations would require companies to include a “do not sell” link on their websites, along with other measures to protect personal data privacy.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

PGE's Mass Blackouts Spark Outrage

Debate is raging over Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s massive rolling blackouts aimed at preventing wildfires. Some critics say the utility company is protecting its shareholders from wildfire costs, at the expense of communities left without electrical power.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

California Could Miss Climate Goals by 100 Years

A new report says California could miss its climate targets on greenhouse gas reductions by decades. The group Next 10 has released its latest “California Green Innovation Index”, warning that the state could miss its greenhouse gas reduction goal for 2050 by more than 100 years if the current pace of emissions holds.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, October 7, 2019

San Francisco Launching New Conservatorship for Mentally Ill, Substance Users

San Francisco is moving forward with a new conservatorship program that will provide court-ordered mental health and substance use treatment for people who refuse voluntary treatment. It’s a pilot program under the newly-signed Senate Bill 40 law.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Newsom Signs First Major Overhaul of Charter Schools Law

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the first major overhaul of the charter school law since it was enacted 27 years ago. The new law is AB 1505, a measure that ramps up oversight and gives school districts more power to deny new charter school applications.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Court Hears Challenges to Trump's Public Charge Immigration Rule

Another Trump administration immigration proposal has come up for a court challenge. A federal court in Oakland has heard arguments over whether it should block a new rule that would expand limits on what kinds of health and welfare programs immigrants can use without jeopardizing their immigration status or applications for citizenship.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

ACLU Challenges New Asylum Rules in Court

Lawyers for the ACLU and the Trump administration traded arguments in cases involving new Trump administration policies on asylum. Plaintiffs are asking the 9th Circuit Appeals Court in San Francisco to overturn the controversial rules.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Environmental Advocates Express Dismay in the Wake of SB 1 Veto

Environmental advocates are expressing dismay and a growing distrust toward governor Gavin Newsom in the wake of his vetoing Senate Bill 1. The legislation passed by large margins in both houses. It would have erected a legal shield against the Trump Administration’s attempts to weaken environmental protection of the California’s natural resources. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.