Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Universal Healthcare Bill Moves Forward in State Senate

A universal health care bill has passed its first hurdle in the state legislature. Senate Bill 562 would create a single payer-style “Medicare for All” system, replacing private health insurance in California.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Walking While Black" Lawsuit Filed Against Sacramento Police

A black man hurled to the ground and punched by a white police officer after allegedly jay-walking has filed suit against Sacramento police. The lawsuit in a federal court alleges a pattern of excessive force, as well as racially profiling and arresting people for “walking while black”.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bay Area Climate Plan Aims at Carbon-Free Future

The San Francisco Bay Area could be on a path to a carbon-free future, under a plan passed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The nine-county agency has unveiled a plan to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants over the next three decades. The district hopes to address climate change and set a model for the nation in the absence of federal action.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Governor Brown Touts Road Tax to League of Cities

Governor Jerry Brown Wednesday thanked the League of California Cities for supporting his transportation infrastructure bill, the recently passed Senate Bill 1, saying “you must be Democrats.” He held up the bill as a model for the federal government as the feds consider a national yet to be revealed infrastructure plan from President Donald Trump. Brown also dismissed claims his SB 1 deal involved illegal vote trading to win passage.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lawmakers Reject State Sanctuary City Ban

State lawmakers have rejected a bill that would target California’s sanctuary cities and counties. Republican Assemblymember Travis Allen’s measure is a California version of President Donald Trump’s attempts to force sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Senator Feinstein Draws Cheers, Boos at Town Hall

California senator Diane Feinstein spoke at a rare town-hall meeting in San Francisco Monday, touting her accomplishments, and also criticizing some anti-Trump critics as just “pounding their fists.” Her appearance drew some cheers from supporters, but also jeers from critics who see her as too soft on the Trump administration.
Christopher Martinez reports.

ATT workers stage huge union contract protest in San Jose

In one of the largest labor rallies ever held in Santa Clara County, close to 1500 ATT workers gathered in San Jose to protest company attempts to delay bargaining over union contracts, and to weaken job security and health benefits for over 17,000 workers in California and Nevada. Tom Herriman reports from San Jose. (Photo: Sean Lynch in gorilla costume.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nancy Pelosi joins Thousands in SF, Nationwide March for Trump Tax Disclosures

Protestors nationwide demonstrated on April 15 to demand that President Donald Trump furnish his tax returns. Trump said he would not disclose the returns while they are still under audit. According to the IRS however, he could disclose his taxes at any time, as have many presidents in the past. At the Tax March in San Francisco, House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise appearance. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik reports:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Federal Court Hears Sanctuary Lawsuit Against Executive Order

The Trump administration’s plan to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities has come under fire in a federal district court in San Francisco. Santa Clara County and San Francisco have sued to block the plan, which is part of Trump’s January executive order on immigration. They call the order unconstitutional, violating limits on presidential power, due process, and the rights of local governments to set their own local policies. A lawyer for the Trump administration described the order as using the “bully pulpit” to promote the administration’s immigration policies.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Valley’s Farmers, Farm Workers, Politicians Advocate Immigration Reform

Immigration was the dominant issue discussed at a town hall focusing on agricultural issues held in Fresno on Thursday. The forum was sponsored by local Fox television affiliate, KMPH, and was broadcast live to other Fox stations nationally. The main theme emerging from the event was finding a way legalize undocumented workers. Some attention was paid to water supply issues for farming. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.