Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Delta Tunnels Will Have Environmental Justice Impacts

A new study shows that the Delta Tunnels Project, officially called California Water Fix, will undermine the Bay Delta’s economically distressed communities. The group "Restore the Delta" commissioned the study. It says the building and operation of the massive twin tunnels to divert water to central California farms and southern California developers will harm water quality and the Delta economy. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Climate Action Summit Closes with Transportation Promises

The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco has drawn to a close. The closing day events included talks and promises about electrifying transportation, by making electric vehicles more broadly available and increasing the number of electric charging stations.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Jerry Brown vs Critics at Climate Summit

Days after signing another landmark climate change law, Governor Jerry Brown is chairing a Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. But activists from more than 800 environmental, health and social justice groups have been carrying out a series of protests at the forum. The groups, joining as the “Brown’s Last Chance Campaign,” point out that California is a major oil producing state, and they want an end to new fossil fuel development in California.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Al Gore Optimistic at Climate Action Summit

Former vice president and climate activist Al Gore says we’re gaining on addressing climate change, but we’re still not winning. He gave his call to action before a meeting of representatives from cities and local governments as part of the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Brown Signs 100% Clean Electricity Bill

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill to phase out fossil fuels from California’s electricity grid by the year 2045. Senate Bill 100 ramps up California’s already successful efforts to reduce the use of dirty fossil fuels linked to climate change, even as the Trump administration has rolled back climate change regulations at the federal level and announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kavanaugh Confidential

The confirmation hearing for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee heated up again Thursday, with Democratic senators announcing they would release documents about Brett Kavanaugh’s years working in the George W Bush White House. Democrats say the documents have important information about Kavanaugh’s views on issues like race and the law, abortion, and torture. Republicans have resisted efforts to make the documents public.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Kavanaugh Dodges Questions on Abortion, Trump Cases

Senators got their first chance to question President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a second day of hearings, after a chaotic first day that focused on documents and Senate rules. Wednesday focused on some big issues, but there were few substantial answers from Kavanaugh.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Supreme Court Nomination Hearing Sparks Chaos

The opening day of hearings on President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court opened with fireworks. Democrats blasted the hearing process as a charade and mockery, while one Republican suggested if it were a court of law the Democratic members would be held in contempt. The hottest debate was not about nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but rather about more than a hundred thousand pages of documents that were either withheld from the committee or declared confidential, meaning they cannot be revealed or discussed publicly.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Texas Judge Denies Injunction to End DACA

A federal judge in Texas has blocked efforts to halt renewals under the DACA program protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. The move means efforts to end the DACA program are pretty much over for this year, as other lawsuits move through the pipeline. It also means dreamers whose 2-year DACA protections are about to end can apply for another 2 years of work permits and protections from deportation.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Controversial Wildfire and Utility Bill Up for Friday Vote

State lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday on a controversial wildfire bill. Senate Bill 901 is the product of intense negotiation and lobbying because of provisions that opponents call a “bail-out in sheep’s clothing” for PG&E. Groups like The Utility Reform Network, AARP California, and the California Manufacturing and Technology Association say the measure could leave utility customers on the hook for billions of dollars in damages from the deadly 2017 wildfires.
Christopher Martinez reports.