Monday, August 3, 2015

Obama Unveils Clean Power Plan

President Barak Obama has announced the first ever national limits on carbon emissions from power plants. His “Clean Power Plan” is being hailed by environmentalists as the nation’s biggest step in fighting climate change. The announcement could add momentum for the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December, as well as elevating the issue in the presidential election campaigns. Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Feinstein's Proposed Water Bill Leaves Some Californians Feeling Dry

This week, California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced “The California Emergency Relief Act.” In contrast to a Republican House bill from two weeks ago, their bill includes some environmental regulations, as well as larger funding for long-term drought relief efforts.

Activist in San Mateo Finds Herself Evicted

A community activist who advocates on behalf of families who have been evicted with out reason, now finds herself and her neighbors facing eviction. She leads residents to act against the new owner of the apartment building. Helen Higinio filed this report from San Mateo.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Medicare Anniversary Includes Push for Single Payor

Nurses, community leaders and health care activists rallied in Oakland to celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary. Their event featured music, speakers, and a pie raffle, marking their call to Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare to cover everyone. Christopher Martinez reports from Oakland.

San Francisco Cyclists Protest Crackdown on Stop Sign Violations

Last night in San Francisco cars lined up for blocks behind hundreds of protesting cyclists at the intersection of Waller and Steiner at rush hour. Other than the intermittent honking of outraged motorists, conversation and the tinkling of bicycle bells were the only sounds filling the busy streets.

The traffic jam was an effort by the Wigg Party, a cycling advocacy group, to let police and neighbors know that asking bicycles to come to a full and complete stop at each stop sign does more to interrupt the flow of traffic than it does to promote safety.

SFPD Park Station is cracking down on cyclists who don't come to a complete stop at stop signs after a spate of complaints from residents along the Wiggle, a bicycle thoroughfare. The display annoyed neighbors who fear for their safety when crossing the street.

SFPD said that though enforcement is at officer discretion, they would rather cite and individual than later file an accident report. Until the law changes, enforcement will continue as usual.

Local District Supervisor London Breed says that bicycles are not cars and should be treated differently. She supports introducing the Idaho rolling stop for cyclists and admitted that when on a bicycle, that's what she does.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Domestic Violence, Immigration Rights Actvists Stand with Nan-Hui Jo

Immigrant rights and domestic violence groups are celebrating the release of undocumented mother Nan-Hui Jo from immigration detention. They say her conviction for child abduction and the deportation proceedings show flaws in an immigration system that separates families and a criminal justice system that penalizes domestic violence survivors. Christopher Martinez files this report from San Francisco.

Senate HELP Committee Discusses sexual Assault on College Campus

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, known as the HELP committee, met today to discuss combating campus sexual assault. The Higher Education Act, the law that governs how federal money is distributed to Universities and students is up for renewal this year and the HELP committee heard testimony from University of California President Janet Napolitano, along with other higher education officials and advocates. Mike Kohn files this report.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Delta Tunnel Plan Draws Opponents at Open House

Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build massive water tunnels through the Bay Delta is continuing to draw opposition from environmentalists and other activists. The plan is open for comment on a draft Environmental Impact Report, with public meetings Tuesday in Sacramento and Wednesday in Walnut Grove. Opponents call the plan a boondoggle that would harm endangered species in order to benefit big agriculture in southern and central California. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

"Don't Pulp Our Fiction!" Berkeley Residents Fight for their Books

Librarians active and retired as well as concerned community members gathered on the front steps of the Berkeley Public library downtown today. They fear new policies will decimate the library book collection and want guarantees against punitive action for library workers who speak out against excessive weeding.

Animal Rights Activists charged as Terrorists

Two Oakland-based animal activists have been charged with Terrorizing the fur-industry. Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane are accused of traveling more than 40,000 miles releasing thousands of Minks from farms as well as vandalizing the homes and businesses of fur industry members. Animal rights advocates and lawyers argue that the classification of animal rights activists as Terrorist is unjust. Pacifica's Mike Kohn Files this report