Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FCC Poised to Repeal Net Neutrality

President Donald Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled plans to repeal net neutrality, opening the way for telecommunications providers to become gate-keepers with the power to control or manipulate what people access on the internet. The proposal raises issues of free speech, the role of government regulation, and who has control over the internet.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Court Ruling Blocks Trump Attacks on Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary cities have won a major victory, with a court order blocking the Trump administration’s attempts to pull federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions. Federal district court judge William Orrick ruled the Trump administration’s executive order on sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional, and the order blocks it from taking effect nation-wide.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Study Says Climate Change and Drought Threatens Giant Sequoias

A new study of California’s Giant Sequoia groves shows the largest trees on earth are surviving effects of the most recent multi-year drought but are increasingly vulnerable to the continuing impacts of climate change. The research was done by scientists at Kings Canyon-Sequoia National Park, the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lawyers Seek More Court Oversight of Solitary Confinement

Some prisoner rights advocates are calling for another year of court supervision over how California prisons deal with solitary confinement. The new court motion follows a landmark legal settlement that challenged solitary confinement practices as unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lawsuit Claims Police Misconduct in Custody Death

A lawsuit against the California State Highway Patrol claims officers used excessive force that led to the death of a man involved in a car accident in Sacramento. The lawsuit claims three CHP officers hog-tied, choked and tazed the accident victim, instead of offering medical assistance. Christopher Murray died in custody, in an incident that leaves his survivors with unanswered questions about what happened that night.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GOP Tax Bill Revives Obamacare Fight

Republican senators have merged their fight against Obamacare into their plans for a tax reform bill. Republicans and the Trump administration want to chalk up a major legislative victory, and along with tax cuts, repealing the Affordable Care Act has been a cherished goal. But combining the issues could spark opposition that makes it more difficult for Republicans to win votes in the Senate.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lawsuits Blame PG&E for Devastating Wildfires

Victims of the devastating North Bay fires have filed lawsuits against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, or PG&E. The plaintiffs say they want to investigate claims that PG&E put profits ahead of safety and caused the most devastating wildfire in California history.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lawsuit Raises Anti-Semitism, Palestinian Free Speech Issues

A lawsuit against San Francisco State University is raising issues of anti-Semitism, free speech, and the role of Palestinian rights activism on campus. Plaintiffs went to federal court to argue the university discriminates against Jews, while opponents call the lawsuit a move to target Palestinian advocacy.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Immigrant Rights Activists Rally for TPS

The Trump administration’s actions targeting immigrants has taken a new focus, targeting people who fled violence and disasters under the “Temporary Protected Status” program, or TPS. The administration is ending TPS protections for Nicaraguans, with future actions on Salvadorans and Haitians likely to soon follow. Immigrant rights activists rallied at San Francisco City Hall to protest the Trump administration’s actions.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cannabis Rules Debated by SF Board of Supes

California’s adult use of marijuana law, Prop 64, goes into effect on January 1st. But how, or whether, it changes access to recreational cannabis depends on the actions of cities that are considering how to regulate the new business. In San Francisco, some supervisors are proposing zoning laws that critics say will freeze out cannabis businesses from most of the city.
Christopher Martinez reports.