Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Women's Wage Equality Bill Signed into Law

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a toughest-in-the-nation law aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men. The “California Fair Pay Act” shifts the burden to employers to justify pay differences between women and men. Supporters say ending the gender wage gap could cut the poverty rate for women by half. Christopher Martinez files this report from Richmond.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Brown Signs Aid in Dying Bill

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a controversial aid-in-dying bill that will let some adults with terminal illness get prescription drugs to end life. The law is modeled after Oregon’s 17-year-old “Death with Dignity Act.” Similar measures in California have failed repeatedly in the legislature and at the ballot box, but the latest version of the bill won approval on the last day of the legislative session. Christopher Martinez reports.

Earthjustice Files Lawsuit Requiring Environmental Review of Coal Transport in Oakland

In San Francisco, legal group Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit against the city of Oakland, calling for an environmental review to analyze the effects of shipping coal through west Oakland. Earthjustice has cited environmental concerns for Oakland's water and air quality, the safety of workers, as well as health risks for Oakland residents. Opponents claim great economic benefits will be brought to Oakland, and any delays to the project may result in a loss of investors.

Delta Advocates Slam Tunnels Project as Approval Nears

Critics of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project this week assailed the plan as a water grab that will be environmentally destructive to the Delta, and a waste of public funds. They’re making a final push to state their opposition as the deadline approaches for public comment on the final environmental review of the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Twin Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Laughing While Black Lawsuit Seeks $11 Million in Damages

A group of mostly African American book club members kicked off a Napa valley wine train in August is filing suit for $11 million in damages. The plaintiffs say they were victims of racial discrimination, in effect, kicked off the train for “laughing while black.” They want the company to conduct sensitivity and diversity training to prevent similar incidents in the future. Christopher Martinez reports from San Francisco.

SF County Jail Launches Aquaponics Program for Inmates

With prison realignment well underway in California, releasing thousands of inmates from state prisons or moving them to county jails, many local detention facilities are ramping up rehabilitation programs for their inmates to ease their transition back into society. Many such initiatives have begun at the San Francisco County jail. They include a new aquaponics class in growing vegetables and fish, aimed at providing participants with a potential career path. Lucy Kang visited the jail's program and filed this report.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Workers, Environmentalists Back Climate and Wage Legislation

Labor and environmental groups are joining forces to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign a pair of bills on wage theft and climate change. The two measures, both authored by Democratic senate president pro-tem Kevin de Leon, have passed out of the legislature and now await action by the Governor. Christopher Martinez reports from Oakland.

Community Mourns Loss of West Oakland Artist

In West Oakland, Antonio Ramos, a 27-year old artist, was shot and killed while working on the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project, organized by ArtEsteem. A lone man approached Ramos and his fellow muralists and started to touch their materials. When Ramos asked the man to stop and leave, the situation quickly escalated. The man shot and killed Ramos, and then fled the scene. Police are still trying to identify the suspect.
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Tenants and Landlords say SF Air BnB Law Needs More to be Effective

Housing activists, landlords, city officials, and labor leaders came together today to support measure F, a ballot measure that seeks to reign in the city's controversial short term rental law. The broad coalition joined San Francisco Supervisor David Campos on the steps of city hall to denounce the millions of dollars Air BnB is spending to defeat the measure. From the steps, the crowd fallowed Campos inside to watch him question city agencies about their current enforcement practices. Pacifica's Mike Kohn has more.

CSU Faculty Warn of Possible Strike on Wages

The California Faculty Association says it may strike over wages if talks with administrations for the California State University system are not successful. Cameron Jones reports.