Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Artists Fear Backlash after Oakland Warehouse Fire

Underground artists in warehouse art spaces are fearing a backlash in the wake of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland’s Fruitvale district Friday night. The owner of an Oakland restaurant held a news conference Wednesday to express concerns about un-permitted artist spaces, such as one in a neighboring warehouse near Jack London Square. The event turned into a shouting match over how to respond to the tragedy and how to support Oakland’s underground arts scene.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Assembly Budget Blueprint Faces Threats from Feds

California’s Assembly budget committee chair has unveiled a “blueprint for California.” Much of California’s budget prospects will depend on decisions by the incoming Trump administration. Assembly budget chair Phil Ting of San Francisco says he wants to focus on protecting California from what he calls “new threats coming from Washington.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Bail Bond Reform Bill

State lawmakers are proposing an end to the bail bond system that they say discriminates against the poor, and amounts to the equivalent of debtor’s prison. Democratic Assemblymember Rob Bonta of Oakland has introduced a measure to end the money bond system. He unveiled his measure at a news conference at the state capitol.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Xavier Becerra Picked as California's 1st Latino Attorney General

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed democratic congressmember Xavier Becerra to be California’s next attorney general. Becerra will fill the vacancy created when current attorney general Kamala Harris won election to the US senate. Progressives are hailing the choice of Becerra as the person to lead California’s fight against conservative policies of a Donald Trump administration.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuition-Free City College Plan Faces Budget Obstacles

Plans to make San Francisco City College tuition-free are running into opposition at City Hall. Voters approved local ballot measures aimed at making community college tuition free, with funding from a property tax approved by voters in the November election. But the city is facing a budget deficit after the failure of a separate sales tax measure, and some city officials want to use the money for other priorities.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SF Measure Would Provide Lawyers for Undocumented Immigrants

Some San Francisco officials are proposing a new five million dollar program to defend undocumented immigrants facing deportation hearings. It’s the latest move to protect the sanctuary city’s immigrants under a new Trump administration. Several members of the Board of Supervisors joined the city’s Public Defender and immigrant rights activists at city hall to announce their push for a program similar to one already adopted by New York City.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 28, 2016

State Senate Hearing Blasts Wells Fargo Practices

State lawmakers are looking into issues raised by the Wells Fargo banking scandal involving bogus bank accounts and credit cards issued to unsuspecting customers. Some critics say the scandal raises more concerns about a culture of illegality in the banking industry.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

San Francisco Fighting Post-Election Hate Crimes

San Francisco officials are ramping up efforts to fight a surge in reported hate crimes in the wake of Trump’s election. They’re adding Arabic to the list of languages available on a city hate crimes hot-line, and they’re ramping up other efforts to protect Muslims, immigrants, and other victims of hate crimes.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Activists Blast Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

Civil rights and human rights activists are blasting Donald Trump’s nomination of Alabama senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. They say he could set back 50 years of gains on civil rights with policies that would be felt beyond the next presidential term.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Trump Health Proposal Could Undo California's Progress

California has moved faster and farther than other states to implement the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The state has cut in half the percentage of Californians without health insurance, and has expanded Medi-Cal coverage for millions of poor people. But health advocates say those gains are at risk under the administration of president-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
Christopher Martinez reports.