Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fresno Supervisors Vote to Cut County Health Care Services for Undocumented Residents

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors today voted to cut health care services for the medically indigent and undocumented residents in the county. The action was taken because of the Affordable Care Act, which absorbs health care for medically indigent citizens in California but does not cover or provide funding for the undocumented population. As a result Fresno County is faced with losing $14 million dollars in funds from the state. The county is responding by cutting non-emergency health services or shifting its budget priorities. The county says continuing the program would mean cutting other essential health services. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bill Could Hold Companies in California Liable for Contracted Employees

Employers in California that violate labor laws may no longer be able to hide behind labor contractors. Next week state lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would hold companies that use contracted labor liable for workplace abuse. Pacifica’s Nick St. Charles files this report from Sacramento.

Activists Call on Senator Boxer to Stop Supporting Israel's Attack on Gaza

Activists with the group Code Pink and others called on California Senator Barbara boxer to stop using tax pay dollars to support Israel’s attack on Gaza. Marissa Ortega-Welch filed this report from Oakland.

Monday, August 18, 2014

City Officials Discuss Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

To ring in the new academic year, San Francisco city and school district officials spent the day visiting campuses in the San Francisco Unified School District, meeting with students and discussing issues and programs going on within the district. Among the events, a visit to the international school to speak on a resolution passed last week by the district board pledging additional financial support for immigrant children unaccompanied by parents or guardians. Scott Baba reports.

Gun Violence Restraining Order Bill Seeks to Curb Mass Shootings

Judges in California may soon have the authority to temporarily limit gun ownership. A bill, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, would allow family members, healthcare providers and law enforcement to petition a judge for a gun violence restraining order. The order would bar an individual from owning a gun for up to one year if the individual poses a threat to themselves or others. The bill’s authors say it also provides for due process and allows the individual to challenge the order. The bill comes after a spate of mass shooting, including the murder of six people in Isla Vista last spring. Nick St. Charles filed this report.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SeaWorld Shares Sink As Killer Whale Protests Continue

SeaWorld stock fell nearly 33% Wednesday after it reported weak earnings and poor attendance for the year, especially at its flagship theme parks in San Diego and Orlando. It's the first time SeaWorld has admitted that it's faced backlash from a scathing documentary that says SeaWorld mistreats its orcas.

KPFK Reporter John Matthews has the story.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Senate Bill Proposes to Create California's First Medical Marijuana Agency

Medical marijuana advocates met at the state capital today to voice their opposition to a bill that would create the state's first medical marijuana regulatory agency. Opponents of the senate's Medical Marijuana Bill say it would impose unnecessary restrictions on patients and doctors. They also believe it could give the federal government access to the information of marijuana providers. Nick St. Charles filed this report.

Federal Court Voids EPA Permit for Central Valley Power Plant

In a significant ruling Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would allow gas-fired power plant to be built near Avenal, a Central Valley town 60 miles southwest of Fresno. The plant was first proposed in 2008 but has been fought by a statewide coalition of environmental groups. The EPA wanted to issue the permit under an old set of air pollution rules after more stringent regulations had been imposed under the Clean Air Act. The court admonished the agency, saying the Clean Air Act does not permit the EPA to waive requirements whenever it is convenient to do so. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

California Lawmakers Propose $7.2 Billion Water Bond Bill

Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers met with water policy stakeholders to introduce a $7.2 million dollar water bond bill. The proposal comes after lawmakers passed legislation on Monday to extend the deadline for an agreement. Lawmakers now have until Wednesday night to approve a water bond bill for the November ballot. The state's water crisis has made an agreement over the water bond a top priority for lawmakers. Nick St. Charles filed this report from Sacramento.

41 Million Dollars to Fund Nation Wide Processing of Rape Kits

Congressman Mike Honda and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today a new effort to eliminate the backlog of an estimated 500,000 sexual assault evidence kits or rape kits nationally.