Saturday, September 14, 2019

40,000 California child care providers win the right to join a union

The California Assembly gave final approval September 13 to AB 378 which will give 40,000 family child care providers the legal right to join a union. Child Care Workers United, a labor coalition, is expected to launch one of the largest union organizing campaigns in California history. Tom Herriman reports from Visalia.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

State Senate Blasts Trump's Immigrant Public Charge Rule

The state Senate has approved a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s new public charge immigration rule. Supporters of the resolution say the new rule will result in eligible legal residents dropping out of health, nutrition and housing programs, leading to a spike in hunger, child poverty, unmet health needs, and homelessness.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Legislature Approves Bill Granting Employee Rights for Gig Workers

State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would grant workers’ rights to so-called “gig workers” such as Uber and Lyft drivers who are currently classified as contractors rather than employees.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CA Senate Approves Rent Cap, Just Cause Eviction Measure

The state Senate has approved a bill to cap rents in California. The measure, Assembly Bill 1482, would also enact “just cause eviction,” a requirement that landlords provide a valid reason for evictions.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Immigrants Rally for Bill to Ban Private Detention Centers and Prisons

Formerly detained immigrants and their allies rallied at the state capitol Thursday to support a bill that would close for-profit immigrant detention centers and private prisons in California. Assembly Bill 32 is awaiting action in the state Senate.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Valley Growers Pin Hopes on Far-Reaching San Joaquin Valley Blueprint

The state’s groundwater management law is set to take effect beginning next year. January 1, 2020 is the date when over critically overdrafted groundwater basins, mostly in the Valley, must have a plan to manage pumping. By 2040 groundwater basins must be in balance, only extracting the amount that’s recharged. Valley farmers and water districts will be facing a new reality of pumping less water and are worried about the land that will be taken out of crop production. But the water and agriculture industries are drafting a large-scale plan to fill the gap with more dams and water deliveries from the Delta. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Democratic Assemblymembers Rally for Immigrant Rights

State lawmakers joined immigrant rights and civil rights activists at the state capitol Wednesday blast the Trump Administration’s immigration policies. They took aim at issues ranging from the Trump Administration’s public charge rules, to the detention of children and families.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Oakland volunteers build tiny houses on wheels for homeless youth

150 volunteers from 30 congregations converged on a vacant lot in West Oakland last weekend to build 12 small houses-on-trailers that will provide transitional shelter for homeless youth.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Gig Workers Rally for AB5

Uber and Lyft drivers are rallying in a final push for a bill that would recognize their rights to unionize, along with other benefits like minimum wage and health care that are given to other workers. They’re backing Assembly Bill 5 in the final days of the legislative session.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, August 26, 2019

States Sue Trump over Child Immigrant Detention Rules

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a new lawsuit against the Trump administration over the way it treats children in immigration detention. 19 states and the District of Columbia have joined in a challenge to a new rule that would overturn the “Flores Settlement Agreement” that limits immigration detention of children to no more than 20 days.
Christopher Martinez reports.