Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Valley Business, Political Leaders Push Temperance Flat Dam, Environmental Foes Call it a Loser

A decades long effort to build another dam on the San Joaquin River is one step closer to reality. Central Valley proponents of the Temperance Flat Dam have submitted their application for 1.3 billion dollars in state funding from a water bond approved by California voters in 2014. Other projects around the state are also vying for funding. Environmental groups statewide and locally oppose the dam, calling the scheme an economic loser that will destroy unique and popular natural areas. Vic Bedoian from Fresno where supporters held an event to celebrate their application and opponents gathered as well...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Study Examines Health Risk of Widely-Used Sulfur to Nearby Farmworkers

A new study links the most widely used pesticide in California – sulfur – to asthma and other respiratory problems among children in farmworker families living near the fields…. The U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health study followed farmworkers and their children in the Salinas Valley for seven years. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Family Forced to Split Under Deportation After 20 Years in Oakland

Last week, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Barbara Lee condemned the immigration policies that will separate an Oakland nurse, her husband and son from three of their children who are staying behind at home. On Tuesday, the family will return to Mexico under a deportation order. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik reports:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CA Senate Leader DeLeon State Blasts Trump, Boosts California

Democratic state senate leader Kevin de Leon took sharp aim at President Donald Trump Thursday, giving a speech that touted California’s leadership, innovation and diversity, as opposed to the policies of the Trump administration. De Leon says the world is looking to California’s leadership on issues like addressing climate change, given federal actions on a range of issues from global warming to immigration.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Marine Sanctuaries At Stake in Federal Review

The Trump administration is reviewing coastal marine sanctuaries, under an Executive Order called “America First Offshore Energy Strategy.” Environmental activists say that review could lead to the Trump administration opening up marine sanctuaries off the California coast for oil and gas drilling. They’re urging people to weigh in during a public comment period that has been extended and will now end on August 15th.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sheriffs Oppose "Sanctuary State" Bill SB54

County sheriffs are ramping up their opposition to SB 54, the California Values Act. SB 54 would put limits on police and sheriffs’ cooperation with federal immigration and deportation efforts. The sheriffs say the measure threatens public safety, and could result in undocumented criminals being, in their words, “recycled” into local communities.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, August 7, 2017

California Labor Commissioner Challenges Immigration Enforcement

California’s state Labor Commissioner has directed her staff to turn away federal immigration agents when state investigators are considering employee wage and workplace claims. The move comes after three recent incidents where Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at hearings on worker complaints.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Activists Warn of California's Anti Immigrant Lobby

Anti-immigrant groups are ramping up their lobbying efforts at the state capitol, emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump. That’s the message of an immigrant rights group that held a briefing for legislative staffers at the state capitol Wednesday.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

California's Obamacare Plans Could Involve Trump Lawsuit

Health insurance premiums under California’s Obamacare program are set to rise 12 ½ % next year. That’s below the nationwide average. But California’s “Covered California” Obamacare program also has a second set of rate hikes, twice as much, if President Donald Trump follows through on threats to slash subsidies for low income people in the program. That threat could trigger a lawsuit by California’s state Insurance Commissioner.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Health Care Bus Tour

Seven years of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare were dashed in a Senate vote last week, but President Donald Trump is still pushing for Senate action on an Obamacare repeal bill. Health care activists are responding with their own actions, including a cross-country bus tour to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Christopher Martinez reports.