Thursday, February 13, 2020

AG Barr Escalates Attacks on Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Attorney General William Barr says he’s escalating federal actions against sanctuary jurisdictions, such as California, as well as other states, cities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement actions. He announced new lawsuits against New Jersey and King County, Washington, as well as attacking local district attorneys who he says charge undocumented immigrants with lower offenses so they will not become subject to deportation.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fresno Mayor’s Race Pits Progressive Vision Versus the Establishment

Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz gained national attention in 2018 when came close to defeating incumbent Republican Devin Nunes in California’s heavily Republican 22nd Congressional District. Now, he’s campaigning to become the first Democrat in decades to become the mayor of Fresno. Janz is in a tight race with former Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer Fresno, with its population of over half a million residents is the fifth largest city in California. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Organizers Work to Meet 2020 Census Challenges in the Valley

As the countdown to the 2020 Census approaches, community organizers in the San Joaquin Valley are launching an educational campaign stressing the importance of census data for everything from social services funding to political representation. In Fresno recently the Dolores Huerta Foundation has embarked on a mission to maximize participation among hard to reach populations. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Gray Wolf Killer Sought as Feds Seek to End Species Protection

Ever since endangered Gray Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, they have thrived and spread throughout the West. California now has a wolf population residing in Lassen and Plumas counties. In 2018 the Gray Wolf known as OR-59 was shot and killed in Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been investigating the incident and recently offered a $2500 reward for information leading to the killer of OR-59. KPFA’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Environmental Advocates Wary of New Delta Tunnel Plan

Governor Gavin Newsom has restarted a project to build a single tunnel to ship billions of gallons of water from the San Joaquin Delta to Southern California. Newsom issued a Notice of Preparation on Wednesday which will begin a lengthy process of environmental review. KPFA’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Bill Would Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Democratic lawmakers and consumer groups are making a push for a bill that would ban toxic chemicals like lead and asbestos that are commonly used in cosmetics. The legislation would ban 13 toxic chemicals that are already banned from cosmetics in the European Union.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Tom Steyer Opens State Campaign Headquarters in Fresno

Democratic Party presidential candidate Tom Steyer went to Fresno last night to open his first California campaign headquarters. Steyer is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who was late in getting into the election race, promises to invest a hundred million dollars of his own money in seeking the presidency. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, December 23, 2019

BLM Issues Environmental Study of Fracking in Central California

The Bureau of Land Management has finalized a controversial plan to open up 1.2 million acres of federal land in California to oil and gas production. Earlier this year, the BLM held hearings on its study on the environmental impacts of petroleum development on federal land in the San Joaquin Valley, the central coast region and areas near Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Environmental groups throughout the state vigorously opposed the plan at several public meetings. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Fishing Groups Say Storm Water Discharge Permit Harms San Joaquin River

A coalition of fishing industry groups, tribes and water quality advocates went public to oppose the Central Valley Water Board’s decision to approve a 25-year permit to the Grasslands Water District to continue discharging storm water into the San Joaquin River and San Francisco Bay Delta. The runoff from storm events and farming in the region contains selenium, mercury and other contaminants which can harm fish and wildlife. The Grasslands Bypass was built in 1996 to drain those pollutants away from valley wetlands and into the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay Delta. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

House Impeaches President Donald Trump

The House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump. The historic vote marks just the third time a president has been impeached. The house voted on two articles of impeachment, setting the stage for a trial in the Senate over whether to remove Trump from office.
Christopher Martinez files this report.