Thursday, June 14, 2018

State Attorney General Announces Student Debt Settlement

Students who took out private loans to attend the now-shuttered Corinthian colleges will be getting $67 million in debt relief. Under a settlement between California’s Attorney General and a private lender, debt collections will stop, remaining loan balances will be forgiven, and some past payments will be re-funded.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bill Would Address Toxic Drinking Water

More than a hundred people rallied at the state capitol Tuesday to support a “safe and affordable drinking water fund.” They’re backing a bill that would put a 95-cent fee on monthly water bills to pay for the fund.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Feinstein Bill Would Stop Family Separations at Border

Senator Dianne Feinstein is introducing legislation to end the controversial practice of Border Patrol agents separating children from parents at the border. The move comes as the Trump administration is reportedly considering housing thousands of unaccompanied minors in tent cities at military bases in Texas.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Immigrant, Health Advocates Blast State Budget Agreement

Some immigrant rights, health and welfare advocates are blasting a budget agreement reached by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders. They say the deal undercuts core values and leaves out vulnerable populations, including undocumented residents and some low-income seniors and young children.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sneak Attack on Environmental Laws Shoved into Spending Bill

California environmental groups are expressing outrage over two riders attached to an Interior department spending bill that would quash any judicial review of the state’s large-scale water projects. The riders are aimed specifically at California WaterFix and the Delta Tunnels, as well as both the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project. In a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, ten environmental groups led by Restore the Delta and Friends of the River, are asking him to stop it from being enacted. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Democratic House Candidates On Track in Key California Primaries

Democrats got good news in the Tuesday primary elections. Their drive to win back a majority in the House of Representatives seems on track, with Democratic candidates appearing to win a place on the November ballot in each of their targeted races. That almost didn’t happen, because of California’s “Top 2” primary system that advances the top two vote-winners in the primaries, regardless of party affiliation.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Forest Activists Fignt Lumber Company's SLAPP Lawsuit

A Canadian logging company and Greenpeace faced off in court Thursday afternoon. Greenpeace is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit it claims is a corporate attack on dissent and free speech. The defendants say the legal action by the company is a classic “strategic lawsuit against public participation,” also known as a SLAPP lawsuit.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Democrats Hope to Turn Two Red Valley Congressional Districts to Blue

California Democratic Party activists are targeting two San Joaquin Valley congressional districts hoping to unseat long-term Republican incumbents. The June 5th primary election won’t decide those races but could be an indicator of whether they will be successful in doing so. Republicans Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd district and Jeff Denham in the 10th district will be facing their stiffest challenge so far. Not only are Democrats raising lots of cash, activists from the Bay Area and elsewhere are joining locals in on-the-ground campaign organizing. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bills Would Cover Undocumented Elders, Young Adults under Medi-Cal

Health care and immigrant rights advocates made a last push for legislation that would let undocumented seniors and young adults qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for low-income residents.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Assembly Democrats Unveil Budget Plan

Assembly Democrats have unveiled their budget plan, with a proposal to spend more money on health care, homelessness, and education. That puts them on a path for confrontation with the more fiscally conservative Governor Jerry Brown, who is emphasizing the state’s “rainy day” reserve fund and resisting calls for new state spending.
Christopher Martinez reports.