Thursday, January 29, 2015

State Senate Leader Lays Out His Agenda

Democratic Senate leader Kevin DeLeon told reporters about his priorities for the coming year, in a speech at the Sacramento Press Club. He’s talking about increasing funding for higher education and child-care, and he says democratic senators will oppose proposals to hike public university tuition as proposed by the University of California Regents. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Activists Urge Fracking Moratorium

Anti-fracking activists are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to halt the controversial oil-drilling practice in California. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting water and chemicals into wells to get them to produce more oil or gas. Opponents say fracking poses a threat to public health and the environment, and they’re calling on Brown to follow the lead of New York by imposing a moratorium on fracking. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Asian Pacific Islander Data Could Be Broken Down to Specifics

California’s Legislative Asian-Pacific Islander, Black and Latino Caucuses are joining to support legislation calling on public health and higher education agencies to collect data about specific Asian Pacific Islander communities, instead of lumping diverse communities into an “Asian-Pacific Islander” group. They say “disaggregating” data about distinct communities could help tailor health care and education programs to meet the specific needs of California’s 42 different Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tens of Thousands Mark Roe v. Wade Anniversary in San Francisco

Coinciding with the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country to celebrate or denounce the landmark abortion ruling. Activists on both sides have been galvanized by a number of recent legislative pushes to restrict abortions, including the Republican bill HR 7, which passed the House on Thursday. In San Francisco today, anti-abortion demonstrators held a “Walk for Life,” which was met by a relatively small but vocal counter-protest. While California has the reputation of a pro-choice state, several recent laws have abortion-defenders worried that this might be under threat. KPFA’s Andrew Klein files this report from San Francisco.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Holds on Undocumented Californians

A Sacramento resident has filed suit against the Sheriff of Sacramento for keeping him in jail on an “immigration hold” at the request of federal immigration officials. The lawsuit says the immigration hold violates constitutional protections as well as California’s “Trust Act”. Christopher Martinez reports.

Shippers & ILWU spar over who's to blame for port slowdown

Longshore workers who unload the ships in Oakland and other West Coast ports and the shipping companies they work for have been negotiating a new labor contract since May. Neither side is saying much about the issues they are bargaining over, but some signs of the dispute are growing stacks of containers at the Port of Oakland and small a fleet of ships waiting in San Francisco Bay for their turn to tie up at the Oakland piers. Tom Herriman reports from Oakland.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

End Of Life Bill Introduced by State Senators

Some Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation that would let Californians with terminal illness get prescriptions to end their lives. The bill is modeled after Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law. The bill comes amid growing awareness of the issue after last year’s death of Brittany Maynard, a California woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to end her life under that state’s law. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Final Freedom Train Marks MLK Legacy

The nation’s last “Freedom Train” celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has made its final trip, bringing 1600 people from San Jose to San Francisco. The 10-car train marks the end of a three decade old tradition celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday. Christopher Martinez files this report.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kaiser Mental Health Care Workers End Week-long Strike

Hundreds of mental health care workers marked the final day of their week-long strike against Kaiser by convening today outside of One Kaiser Plaza in downtown Oakland to protest the lack of adequate mental health staff in California's Kaiser Permanente facilities. Optical workers also joined the protest due to a stalemate in negotiations. For the past four years, Kaiser staff have worked without renewed contracts or pay raises. Megan Susman filed this report.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Minorities Snubbed In Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations are in and not a single actor or director of color received a nomination, despite the movie "Selma" being nominated for best picture. Pacifica's Dan Fritz has more from Los Angeles.