Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lawmakers Begin Special Session on Healthcare

State lawmakers have begun meeting in a special legislative session to look for more than a billion dollars to fund health care programs, including funding for home care for aged, blind and disabled Californians. They’re looking at options including a new version of the current tax on managed care health providers, as well as other possible taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

California's Oil Trains and Environmental Racism

As the nation finds itself increasingly embroiled in much-needed conversations about racial injustice, one more story is gaining traction - that of the intense environmental injustice that communities of color face across the country. A study by Bay Area public interest groups has just been published detailing the risks that trains transporting crude oil disproportionately impose on minority communities in California. Pacifica's Liam McLaughlin reports.

Mission Moratorium: Scrable to the Ballot

Activists in San Francisco's Mission District say new building developments are driving out low to mid-income residents. They're scrambling to gather enough signatures to put a moratorium on market rate development on the November ballot. Lucy Kang filed this report from San Francisco.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Livestock Antibiotics Bill Clears Ag Committee

An Assembly committee has approved a measure to limit the use of antibiotics for livestock. The measure by democratic senator Jerry Hill aims at reducing the over-use of antibiotics that could lead to an increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria that pose a public health risk. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

City Council Postpone Voting on New Regulations For Berkeley’s Homeless

A lengthy agenda and a lengthy meeting of the Berkeley City Council last night - there was the budget and a pending deal with the city's unionized workers. And then there were four proposed ordinances on the behavior of homeless people from councilwoman Linda Maio who says the status quo is no longer acceptable and points to a growing encampment on Shattuck and Telegraph Avenues. Opponents of her measures complained that the actual language of her proposals was not available until late last month and a last minute amendment distributed last night undermined the democratic process. Maio's supporters suggested that the opponents were filibustering the meeting to drive it into the early morning hours and scuttle the legislation. Pacifica's Saadia Malik reports.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

San Fransisco's proposed new basket ball stadium is currently under review as the cities planning commission takes public comment on the first draft of the projects environmental impact report. The stadium is planned to be ready for tip off in 2018, and proponents say the area will see a swell of new revenue as sporting events and concerts draw crowds to the areas local business. Opponents however argue that the stadium will add traffic to one of the cities most heavily congested areas thereby blocking access to USSF's Mission Bay hospital. Pacifica's Mike Kohn reports from San Fransisco City hall.

Juvenile Solitary Confinement Limits Approved by Assembly Committee

A bill to limit juvenile solitary confinement has passed out of its first Assembly committee on a party line vote. The measure would limit solitary confinement of juvenile offenders to no more than four hours, with a ban on solitary confinement for discipline, punishment, coercion or retaliation by staff. The measure has already passed out of the Senate and is now working its way through the Assembly. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Monday, June 29, 2015

SF Housing Complex Fights Rent Increases

Lawyers representing the residents of the long-troubled Midtown Parks Apartments filed a petition with the San Francisco rent board today, asking for rent control for the building in response to impending rent hikes for many of the residents. Scott Baba filed this report.

Oil Spill Response Bill Passes Assembly Committee

An Assembly committee has passed a measure to strengthen California’s response to oil spills. One provision of the bill would ban chemical dispersants, controversial chemicals sometimes used to help break up oil slicks. Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson says her SB 414 would make oil spill response faster, more effective, and more environmentally friendly. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

S.F. Pride March Celebrates, SCOTUS Ruling

From Chicago to Seattle to New York City, cities across the nation celebrated Friday's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. he mood was jubilant at the 45th Annual San Francisco Pride celebration, where an estimated hundred thousands of revelers joined in festivities, even as they reflected on the work ahead. In San Francisco, Lucy Kang has more.