Thursday, July 27, 2017

Housing Activists Urge State Rent Control Legislation

Housing activists held a day of action in Pleasant Hill and other California cities. They’re calling for the repeal of a bill restricting local rent control laws. They’re also calling for a moratorium on rent increases. They’re part of a new coalition of more than 50 tenant groups, unions, housing and community organizations that want stronger rent control laws and a moratorium on rent increases.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Administration Cuts Teen Pregnancy Prevention

While the US Senate debates the fate of Obamacare and the Medicaid program, teen pregnancy prevention providers are facing a separate wave of funding cuts. The Trump administration has quietly eliminated more than $213 million in funding for teen pregnancy prevention services and research, slashing some programs in the middle of their research. Advocates fear it marks a shift from science-based pregnancy prevention in favor of abstinence-only programs.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Governor Brown Signs Climate Bill

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a landmark climate bill to extend California’s cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The new law marks a hard-fought, and controversial, victory for California’s actions on climate change. It comes at a time when the federal government is pulling back on climate action.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Al Gore Discusses Climate Crisis in San Francisco

Former vice-president Al Gore took the stage in San Francisco, talking about climate change, the need for activism, and causes for hope. He spoke at the Commonwealth Club on the release of his new film on climate change, called “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Raging Detweiler Fire Poses Danger to Mountain Residents and Challenges for Firefighters

The Detweiler Fire in the mountains west of Yosemite National Park has grown to nearly 75 thousand acres in just 5 days. Fueled by tall, dry grasses and drought-stricken trees and brush, it has threatened the gold-rush town of Mariposa and spread through the wildlands as well as the populated rural region in the rugged landscape. Some 5000 residents in and around Mariposa were evacuated earlier this week, but today the evacuation order was lifted. So far 58 structures have been destroyed along with 60 minor structures, while another 11 residences have been damaged. Smoke from the fire has inundated Yosemite Valley and has been windblown as far away as Idaho. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Heat Wave Triggers Stress for Valley Residents and Workers

While the state legislature debated strategies to combat climate change last week, temperatures in the San Joaquin Valley were rising to near record levels. As Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports, heat stress is always a major problem in the Valley during the summer both for people who work outside and for those without air-conditioning at home.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bill Aims at Ending Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences

An Assembly spending committee has approved a measure to let juveniles sentenced to life without parole get a parole hearing after they serve 25 years of their sentence. The measure would bring California into compliance with US Supreme Court rulings that declared juvenile life without parole unconstitutional. The United States is the only country in the world that imposes the sentence on children.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Internet Privacy Bill Moving Through State Senate

California lawmakers are pushing back against the Trump administration again, this time, on the issue of internet privacy rules. A state Senate committee has approved a bill to bar internet service providers from using customer’s personal information without their permission. The bill would write into state law earlier federal rules created under the Obama administration that were repealed by the Trump administration earlier this year.
Christopher Martinez reports.

State Sets Limit on Carcinogen 1,2,3-TCP in Drinking Water

Lede / California water officials today approved regulations to limit the level of a chemical experts say is a potent cancer-causing agent in the state’s water supply.The State Water Resources Control Board will limit the level of 1,2,3 TCP, or trichloropropane to five parts per trillion. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cap and Trade Extension Squeaks Through CA Senate

The state Senate has narrowly voted to approve a measure extending California’s cap and trade program to address climate change. The measure drew the bare two-thirds majority it needed to pass, with one Democrat not voting and one Republican voting for the bill.
Christopher Martinez reports.