Wednesday, July 17, 2019

House Kills Resolution to Impeach Donald Trump

The House of Representatives has killed a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. The resolution by Texas Democrat Al Green failed when 137 Democrats joined Republicans to table the resolution. Trump welcomed the vote, saying it should never happen again to any other president, but some Democrats are saying that’s not the end of the matter.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

ACLU Says ICE Detained Immigrant for Poem

Lawyers for a Bakersfield College student and farmworker are challenging his detention by immigration officials, calling it a violation of the First Amendment. Jose Bello was detained three days after reading a poem that criticizes the federal government’s immigration and detention policies.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Trump Abandons Census Citizenship Question

President Donald Trump has abandoned his efforts to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census questionnaire. The move comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling and lower federal court orders that blocked the administration from including a census question that critics feared would lead to an under-count of immigrants afraid of being targeted for deportation.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

California Passes First-in-Nation Ban on Natural Hair Discrimination

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill aimed at barring discrimination based on natural hair styles. The measure expands anti-discrimination laws by considering African American hair styles like corn-rows and locs to be a racial trait.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

House Holds First Reparations Hearing in Over a Decade

A House subcommittee held the first hearing in 12 years on the issue of reparations for descendants of people who were enslaved. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing Wednesday called “HR 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lawmakers Pass $214.8 Billion State Budget

The state legislature has passed a $215 billion budget, boosting funding for schools, homelessness and affordable housing programs and efforts to combat wildfires. The budget also includes a first in the nation expansion of health care for low-income undocumented youths.
Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bernie Sanders Defends Socialism at George Washington University Speech

Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has given a speech touting democratic socialism as the alternative to defeat oligarchy and right-wing nationalism, as he seeks to win the Democratic nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in next year’s election. Sanders pushed back against attacks on socialism from Trump and other Republicans, calling his platform a continuation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

National Parks Rangers Hone Swift Water Rescue Skills

A heavy snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and rising temperature has mountain rivers running fast and becoming more dangerous. The rising rivers, combined with the swarms of summer vacationers, has officials at California’s national parks worried about the increasing number of drowning incidents. It’s the top cause of fatalities in the national parks. In response, park rangers are stepping up swift water rescue skills to save as many people as possible. One of those training sessions took place in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Vic Bedoian reports from Cedar Grove.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mayor Pete Impresses Valley Democrats in Fresno Events

Democratic Party presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg took his campaign to Fresno yesterday for a rally and an afternoon appearance on a national cable television program broadcast from Fresno State University. The 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana is the youngest candidate in the field of 24 hopefuls. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Climate Crisis Activists Criticize Drilling Plan at BLM Meeting

A diverse group of environmental advocates and concerned citizens packed a meeting set up at the Bureau of Land Management in Bakersfield Tuesday to protest the opening up of more than a million acres of public land in Central California to possible oil extraction. It was the first of three public meetings on a Trump Administration plan to ramp up fossil fuel and fracking on public lands nationwide. There has been a court-imposed moratorium on oil drilling in public lands since 2013. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.