Wednesday, December 4, 2013
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rallied in Pasadena against a planned Sea World float at this year’s Tournament of Roses parade.The group wants parade officials to pull the float due to what they call the abuse of orca whales at SeaWorld theme parks. KPFK reporter Natalie Johnson has more.
The trial of two former Fullerton police officers charged in the death of a mentally ill homeless man continued today in Santa Ana. The court heard testimony from a Fullerton Fire Department official who was the first to arrive on scene. KPFK Reporter John Matthews has this update.
Sheriffs from across California gathered in Sacramento to present their requests for new state jail construction money. The little-noticed meeting also drew about a hundred activists who oppose jail construction, calling instead for community services instead of jails. Christopher Martinez reports.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A Federal court in San Francisco is holding a first-of-its-kind trail on the “no-fly” list and secretive Department of Homeland Security procedures on terrorist watch-lists. The court heard plaintiff’s testimony via video, and in a bizarre twist, the plaintiff’s daughter was denied a visa to attend the trial because of another apparent no-fly order from Homeland Security. Christopher Martinez reports.
BART’s two largest unions, Service Employees International Union 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union 1555 filed a lawsuit today against BART’s Board of Directors. The unions believe that the board unlawfully removed a section on paid family medical leave in the unions’ contracts without the unions’ consent. The board says the contested section was accidentally added to the contracts from a clerical error. Christine Hsu reports.
The trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused in a violent and ultimately deadly beating of a transient began this morning in Santa Ana. It’s the first time law enforcement officers in Orange County have been put on trial for murder. The case is being televised internationally and is expected to wrap up in January, 2014. KPFK reporter John Matthews has the story.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Walmart workers held strikes and demonstrations at over 1500 Walmart stores on Black Friday, November 29, the busiest shopping day of the year. Striking Walmart workers were joined by thousands of trade unionists, students, public officials and neighbors to protest low wages and poor working conditions at the world’s largest private employer. Nearly 2,000 demonstrators converged on the San Leandro Walmart on Hesperien Blvd. Tom Herriman has the story.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is calling for an audit of contracts for electronic monitoring devices for parolees, which he says fail to keep the community safe from criminals. KPFK Reporter John Matthews has the story.
Independent truckers at the Port of Oakland held a work stoppage and picket Wednesday morning. They’re calling for help to meet the cost of expensive up-grades to comply with new air standards beginning January 1st. Christopher Martinez reports.
A corruption-tackling prosecutor has been appointed to the controversial post of Jail Oversight ombudsman. LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheriff Lee Baca have both supported the appointment. KPFK’s Jasmine Broderick has the story.