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Uber Drivers Sue Over Pop Up Messages Soliciting Support for Prop 22
Oct 23 • 16 min
Uber Drivers Sue Over Pop Up Messages Soliciting Support for Prop 22 The lawsuit identifies three messages in the Uber app that began popping up in August. One asked drivers to vote for Prop 22, which would legalize contractor status for gig workers.…
More than 4.8 Million Californians Have Voted So Far
Oct 22 • 11 min
More than 4.8 Million Californians Have Voted So Far Californians are exceptionally motivated to vote in this election, with more than 4.8 million vote-by-mail ballots already returned. A new statewide poll also finds deep-seated skepticism about a…
Advocates Work to Mobilize California’s Unlikely Voters
Oct 21 • 20 min
State Coronavirus Numbers Up Slightly, But Positivity Rate Remains Low California counties find themselves on very different paths when it comes to reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday San Francisco learned it is moving into the yellow tier…
Fire Experts Use Satellites to Monitor and Understand Wildfires
Oct 20 • 15 min
Fire Experts Use Satellites to Monitor and Understand Wildfires As this epic fire season drags on, the state is watching for new fires from space. Satellites allow scientists and fire officials see where wildfires are, and help them understand how quickly…
Court Rules Bankrupt Battery Recycler Not Responsible for Cleanup of Toxic Waste
Oct 19 • 14 min
GOP Agrees to Modify Controversial Ballot Boxes California’s Republican Party says it plans to modify but expand its ballot collection program after legal threats by California’s Attorney General. The boxes appeared in counties with competitive…
Online Detection Tool Could Keep Ships from Colliding with Whales
Oct 16 • 17 min
Trump Administration Rejects State’s Petition for Wildfire Relief The Trump Administration has rejected California’s petition for a federal disaster declaration and relief funds in the aftermath of several recent wildfires, including the devastating…
Record-Breaking Numbers of Californians Have Already Voted
Oct 15 • 14 min
Dangerous Weather Conditions Mean More Power Shut-Offs in Northern California 53,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Northern and Central California are without power this morning. The utility has shut it off because of dangerous weather conditions…
SCOTUS Ruling Ends Census, Leaving Marginalized Communities Undercounted
Oct 14 • 11 min
SCOTUS Ruling Ends Census, Leaving Marginalized Communities Undercounted The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump Administration can end counting for the 2020 Census now instead of waiting until the end of the month. The court’s decision is a blow…
GOP Says They Will Not Remove Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes
Oct 13 • 11 min
State Eases Restrictions as COVID Hospitalizations Drop Hospitalizations for coronavirus patients in California are at their lowest level in six months. Just over 2,200 COVID patients were hospitalized as of this past Saturday compared to the peak of…
The History of Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated People
Oct 12 • 11 min
PG&E Under Investigation in Connection with Deadly Shasta County Wildfire Utility giant, Pacific Gas and Electric says state authorities are investigating whether the company’s equipment might have started a Northern California fire that killed four…
Some Call for a Less Partisan Election Chief in California
Oct 9 • 15 min
Private Firefighters Accused of Allegedly Setting Illegal Backfires State fire officials are investigating several private firefighters for allegedly setting illegal backfires to protect some structures threatened by the Glass Fire in the wine country.…
Wineries Struggle With Fires and Other Impacts of Climate Change
Oct 8 • 14 min
Harris and Pence Spar Over Forest Management and Wildfires During Debate Issues important to California, like climate change and wildfires came up in Wednesday’s Vice Presidential debate. The candidates started off discussing the COVID pandemic and the…
Gig Workers Divided Over Prop 22
Oct 7 • 17 min
Before Reopening, Counties Must Increase COVID-19 Testing, Reduce Positive Cases Starting this week in order to qualify to reopen more industries and loosen restrictions, California will require its 35 largest counties to bring down coronavirus rates in…
First Openly Gay Justice Nominated to State Supreme Court
Oct 6 • 17 min
First Openly Gay Justice Nominated to State Supreme Court Governor Gavin Newsom has nominated veteran Judge Martin Jenkins as his first appointee to the California Supreme Court. If he’s appointed Jenkins will be the first openly gay justice on the…
Record Four Million Acres Burned in California, With Months of Fire Season Remaining
Oct 5 • 16 min
Record Four Million Acres Scorched in California, With Months of Fire Season Remaining State fire officials announced yesterday that wildfires have burned a record four million acres this year in California. That’s more than double the previous record…
After Positive COVID-19 Test, Trump’s Swing Through Southern California Likely On Hold
Oct 2 • 15 min
After Positive COVID-19 Test, Trump’s Swing Through Southern California Likely On Hold News that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 is expected to end a swing through Southern California that had been planned…
Firefighters Deploy Emergency Shelters Amid Intense Conditions
Oct 1 • 13 min
Firefighters Deploy Emergency Shelters Amid Intense Conditions Cal Fire is reporting a close call for two crew members who were forced to deploy emergency shelters while fighting the Glass Fire. The incident occurred Sunday night as gusty northeasterly…
California Still Unprepared For Wildfires After $2.5 Billion Investment
Sep 30 • 14 min
Immigrant Workers Hit Hard by WildfiresThe Glass Fire is just the latest blow to low-wage immigrant workers in Sonoma and Napa counties, who were already struggling during the pandemic. Many of them don’t have the option to stay home from work. Reporter:…
Heartbreaking Toll of Wildfires Continues to Grow
Sep 29 • 16 min
Heartbreaking Toll of Wildfires Continues to Grow Three people have died in the Zogg Fire burning in Shasta County outside of Redding. The Glass Fire has burned at least 36,000 acres, tripling in size in just 24 hours in Napa and Sonoma counties, and…
Venture Capitalists Consider Gig Economy Potential of Homecooked Meals
Sep 28 • 16 min
Wildfires Burning in Napa and Sonoma Counties Hit Santa Rosa Wildfires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties north of San Francisco have reached the city of Santa Rosa where homes in a residential neighborhood on the city’s eastern edge have been destroyed.…
Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Ending Census Early
Sep 25 • 18 min
Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Ending Census Early A federal judge in San Jose has barred the Trump Administration from putting a halt to counting for the 2020 U.S. Census a month early. Judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary injunction…
Governors Executive Order Bans Gas-Burning Car Sales by 2035
Sep 24 • 14 min
Governors Executive Order Bans Gas-Burning Car Sales by 2035 California is the largest automobile market in the country, but those cars we love so much are big contributors to climate change. That’s why Governor Newsom signed a historic executive order…
Audit Finds Some UC Campuses Improperly Admitted Wealthy Students
Sep 23 • 15 min
Audit Finds UC Campuses Favor Wealthy Students “Who you know” can be a big advantage in life, getting you that new job or investment tip. But it’s not supposed to help you get a spot in a University of California school. A new state audit found that four…
Governor Announces Additional Funding for Homeless Housing Initiative
Sep 22 • 16 min
Hotshot Firefighter Dies in El Dorado Blaze A firefighter died last week fighting the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County. Charlie Morton was a squad boss of a hotshot crew in the San Bernardino National Forest. The Bobcat Fire burning in the San…
Mourners Gather in San Francisco’s Castro Neighborhood to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sep 21 • 14 min
California to Temporarily Halt Accepting Unemployment Claims California’s Employment Development Department plans to stop accepting unemployment claims until October 5 while it tackles a massive backlog of 600,000 cases. This comes as an investigative…
How to Build in the Era of Climate Change and Raging Wildfires
Sep 18 • 18 min
State Prison Officials Meet with Inmate Advocates to Discuss Efforts to Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks What started as a handful of coronavirus cases early last month at Folsom State Prison has ballooned to over 500. Further south, Avenal State Prison in…
Neighbors Step Up to Help One Restaurant Worker Out of Work Since Pandemic Began
Sep 17 • 14 min
How Some Families are Coping with Unhealthy Air Quality in Southern CaliforniaAir quality may finally be improving in the Bay Area, but things are still smoky down in Southern California. That’s especially true in in the foothill communities of the San…
Women’s Groups Vow to Defend Kamala Harris from Racist, Sexist Attacks
Sep 16 • 16 min
Kamala Harris Visits Fresno to Meet with Emergency Personnel Battling Wildfires Democratic Vice Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris met Tuesday with emergency service personnel who have been battling the Creek Fire in the mountains near Fresno. Reporter:…
Trump Blames Forest Management, Dismisses Climate Change During California Visit
Sep 15 • 17 min
Trump Blames Forest Management, Dismisses Climate Change During California VisitBoth presidential nominees turned their attention Monday to the wildfires roaring across the west coast. President Donald Trump landed in Sacramento to receive a wildfire…
President Trump Expected to Visit California as Wildfires Rage
Sep 14 • 11 min
President Trump Expected to Visit California as Wildfires Rage President Donald Trump is set to visit California in Sacramento as fire fighters make progress containing wildfires. Before this Friday, President Trump went three weeks without saying…
Up and Down the West Coast, Wildfires Become Hard to Avoid
Sep 11 • 16 min
Darrell Satzman
Three Dead and a Dozen Missing in Massive North Complex Fire
Sep 10 • 16 min
Three Dead and a Dozen Missing in Massive North Complex Fire Driven by high winds the North Complex fire in Butte County exploded across more than 230,000 acres over the last two days. It’s claimed the lives of three people and 12 are reported missing.…
As Evacuations are Lifted Homeowners Take on Insurance Companies
Sep 9 • 19 min
Santa Ana Winds Threaten Communities Burning East of Los Angeles Residents in several foothill communities east of Los Angeles are being warned to prepare for possible evacuations due to the Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest. The blaze…
California Wildfires Have Already Burned a Record-Breaking Two Million Acres
Sep 8 • 12 min
200 People Airlifted to Safety from Creek Fire Near Fresno
Sep 7 • 14 min
200 People Airlifted to Safety from Creek Fire Near Fresno the Creek Fire broke out Friday night near Fresno trapping around 200 people at the Mammoth Pool Reservoir. They were airlifted out to safety by helicopter. Officials say 20 people had injuries,…
Meteorologists Warn of Dangerous Heatwave to Hit Labor Day Weekend
Sep 4 • 17 min
Meteorologists Warn of Dangerous Heatwave to Hit Labor Day Weekend From COVID-19 spread to possible blackouts, there is a lot to worry about when the forecasted heatwave hits. The National Weather Service says the temperatures will climb starting today…
Utilities Urge Conservation During Upcoming Labor Day Heat Wave
Sep 3 • 18 min
Poll Reveals Ethnic and Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Death Rates The coronavirus has killed more than 13,000 people in our state since the pandemic began. According to a new poll 20% of Californians know someone who’s died of COVID-19, but that number…
Velvet Bandit Brightens Streets With Vibrant Illustrations of our Current Moment
Sep 2 • 18 min
Drop in COVID Cases in the Bay Area Allows More Businesses to Reopen Top state health officials say new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop. in Northern California, risk in San Francisco and Napa counties is only considered “substantial”…
Newborn Baby Appears on Assembly Floor As Time Runs Out on Final Legislative Session
Sep 1 • 17 min
Newborn Baby Appears on Assembly Floor As Time Runs Out on Final Legislative Session Lawmakers voted to approve statewide eviction protections in the final hours of this year’s legislative session — and just as California’s eviction ban was set to expire.…
Imagining a Greenbelt to Surround And Protect Paradise from Wildfires
Aug 31 • 12 min
Deadline Nears for Lawmakers to Pass Eviction Moratorium A new state law would ban evictions for tenants who miss paying their rent due to pandemic-related hardships, like company layoffs or wage reductions. Those protections would largely be in place…
Bonny Doon Mountain Community Bands Together to Battle the Flames
Aug 28 • 18 min
Foster Farms Poultry Processing Plant Ordered to Shut DownAmidst a massive COVID 19 outbreak among workers, Merced County health officials in the Central Valley have ordered a Foster Farms poultry processing plant to shut down. Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED…
New Lab Would Double Statewide Testing Capacity
Aug 27 • 16 min
New State Emissions Standards Move Closer to Approval After a public hearing, California’s Air Resources Board is expected to approve tough new pollution emission standards for both commercial trucks and ships docked in California ports. The standards are…
Squaw Valley Resort To Change Racist Name
Aug 26 • 16 min
Firefighters Make Progress During Cooler Calm Weather Containment continues to steadily grow against the LNU, CZU and SCU fires because of cooperative weather conditions and the hard work of firefighters. But the scope of damage from these blazes and…
More Than a Million Acres Scorched as Help Arrives from Out of State
Aug 25 • 16 min
Over One Million Acres Scorched as Help Arrives From Out of State Firefighters are making some progress in containing the enormous wildfires burning in a ring around the Bay Area, but the toll has been immense. Governor Gavin Newsom reports 1.2 million…
How the Once Mighty GOP Faded from California Politics
Aug 24 • 12 min
“This is an Absolute Marathon” Fire Crews Make Progress Fighting Wildfires Some of the biggest wildfires in state history continue to burn over a vast stretch of Northern California with blazes raging in counties surrounding the Bay Area and along the…
Tens of Thousands Flee as Wildfires Rip Across Northern California
Aug 21 • 14 min
Tens of Thousands Flee as Wildfires Rip Across Northern California The enormous wildfires burning around the Bay Area have claimed the lives of at least five people. Residents from Wine Country north of San Francisco to the edges of San Jose and Santa…
Northern California Grapples With Heavy Smoke, High Temperatures, and Dozens of Wildfires
Aug 20 • 13 min
Northern California Grapples With Heavy Smoke, High Temperatures, and Dozens of Wildfires Hundreds of wildfires are burning across the state. The largest are concentrated in Northern California around the Bay Area, where residents are also grappling with…
Californians Take Center Stage at Joe Biden’s Nomination
Aug 19 • 16 min
Californians Take Center Stage at Joe Biden’s Nomination 263 California delegates were awarded to Joe Biden — as he was officially nominated for president at last night’s Democratic National Convention. Several Californians took center stage at last…
ISO “Dropped the Ball” Says Board Member
Aug 18 • 16 min
Governor Newsom Orders Investigation Following Heat-Wave Power Outages Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered an investigation into why the state’s electrical grid wasn’t ready for a heat wave-related surge in power demand over the weekend. ISO “Dropped the…
Scorching Heat Sets off Power Outages Across California
Aug 17 • 15 min
Scorching Heat Sets off Power Outages Across California Hundreds of thousands of people across California lost power beginning Friday evening and again on Saturday as hot temperatures became unbearable. The California Independent Systems Operator,…
State Lawmakers Scramble as Eviction Ban Set to End
Aug 14 • 17 min
State Lawmakers Scramble as Eviction Ban Set to EndIn the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting job losses, courts in California placed a stop on evictions and foreclosures. But evictions will soon resume again unless state lawmakers can…
Uber Threatens Temporary Shutdown to Avoid Paying Overtime and Unemployment
Aug 13 • 16 min
Hughes Lake Fire Forces Evacuations North of L.A. This morning in rural north L.A. County, west of Palmdale, hundreds of firefighters are battling the Lake Hughes Fire. It’s scorched approximately 10,000 acres and is zero percent contained. Mandatory…
Kamala Harris Makes History as Joe Biden’s Running Mate
Aug 12 • 15 min
Kamala Harris Makes History as Joe Biden’s Running Mate Joe Biden has picked California Senator Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate. It’s the first time ever that a woman of color will be on a major party presidential ticket and the…
Advocates Say Curtailing the Census Targets Latino and Immigrant Communities
Aug 11 • 15 min
CA Public Health Director Resigns Following Data Errors There’s much speculation about the resignation of California’s top public health director last weekend, but Governor Gavin Newsom is staying tight-lipped. Her departure comes after a glitch in a…
OC Registrar of Voters Confident County Can Handle Mail-in-Ballot Surge
Aug 10 • 15 min
California Parents Anxious as Distant Learning Begins in Some Districts This morning the Oakland Unified School District and others across the state start their school year.It won’t be typical, and all instruction is being done remotely because of the…
COVID-19 Cases Top 200,000 in Los Angeles County
Aug 7 • 16 min
COVID-19 Cases Top 200,000 in Los Angeles County Los Angeles County has the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases of any county in the U.S. Since January, the coronavirus has killed 4,869 people in L.A. County. That makes it the second leading cause…
CA Lawmakers Demand Immediate Unemployment Reform
Aug 6 • 14 min
Lawmakers Demand Immediate Unemployment Reform There are new demands for immediate reform at the state’s Employment Development Department which is in charge of providing unemployment benefits to Californians who’ve lost their jobs. Those demands are…
Data is Power for Latino Activists Fighting for More COVID-19 Testing
Aug 5 • 14 min
Husband of L.A.’s Incumbent District Attorney Faces Criminal Charges In Los Angeles, the race for District Attorney just got more complicated for incumbent Jackie Lacey. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is filing criminal charges against Lacey’s…
Huey P. Newton’s Legacy Resonates With a New Generation of Activists
Aug 4 • 18 min
Apple Fire Caused By Malfunctioning Car Exhaust Pipe In Southern California the Apple Fire has burned almost 27,000 acres in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Firefighters now have the blaze 15% contained. CalFire says it was caused by diesel soot…
One Man’s Desperate Pursuit of Unemployment Benefits
Aug 3 • 11 min
One Man’s Desperate Pursuit of Unemployment Benefits At least seven million Californians have lost their jobs since the pandemic began earlier this year. It took Antonio Rael an estimated 5,600 calls before he could get an Employment Development…
Reporter Still Haunted Months after Being Shot by Police with Foam Round
Jul 31 • 9 min
California Lawmakers Look to Tax the Ultra-Rich More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers have signed on to a bill that would tax earnings above a million dollars an extra one percent. There would also be an additional, higher tax brackets for income above…
Tenants Call for Statewide Rent Forgiveness
Jul 30 • 9 min
Governor Newsom Announces Strike Team to tackle Unemployment Backlog The state agency that sends out unemployment insurance checks. has been overwhelmed with applications since the pandemic began, which has led to lots of complaints about late checks and…
L.A. County’s Atlantic Avenue is Quiet Amid High Unemployment
Jul 29 • 14 min
Trump Administration Defies Supreme Court, Rejects New DACA Applications Advocates for immigrants in California are blasting the Trump administration for its decision to reject new applications for the DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants…
Doctors Stock Up on PPE at Drive-Thru Giveaway
Jul 28 • 14 min
Governor Newsom Will Direct Tens of Millions to Central Valley for COVID Relief When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, L.A. county and the Bay Area often get the lion’s share of attention. But the Central Valley is also grappling with growing virus…
LA County’s Manhattan Beach Resorts to Mask Fines
Jul 27 • 12 min
California Legislators Return to Session California legislators return to Sacramento today after taking an extended summer recess because of COVID 19, and lawmakers have a lot of catching up to do. There are more than 500 bills pending in the Senate and…
How Financial Shock Takes a Toll on the U.S Census
Jul 24 • 15 min
State Lawmaker Calls for Second Round of Lockdowns The coronavirus crisis is reaching new, bleak heights in California, where the state reported the highest daily death count on Thursday. State Senator Steve Glazer is calling for a second round of…
California Has More Cases of COVID-19 Than Any Other State
Jul 23 • 14 min
California Has More Cases of COVID-19 Than Any Other State California is now reporting more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other state in the nation. The state is reaching the grim milestone as it struggles to stem the spread of the virus. Reporter:…
For Many, Working From Home Will Outlast the Pandemic
Jul 22 • 14 min
COVID-19 Has Pushed Childcare Industry to the Brink A new report out today paints a grim picture of the future of child care in our state. The industry was struggling even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s been driven to the brink. Reporter: Katie…
California Workers Join Nationwide Action for Black Lives Matter
Jul 21 • 20 min
Bay Area Workers Join Nationwide Action for Black Lives Matter Workers across the country protested economic and racial injustice Monday by walking off the job for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that a Minneapolis police officer knelt on…
California Highway Patrol Officer Harassed More Than 20 Women
Jul 20 • 15 min
Many Bay Area Teachers Relieved Classes to Stay Remote Most of the state’s largest school districts are now focusing on reopening schools this fall with distance learning. No county on the state’s monitoring watch list for increases in COVID-19 cases will…
Away from the Opera House, Long Beach Performers Get Creative
Jul 17 • 14 min
Without the Opera House, Long Beach Performers Get Creative The coronavirus has shuttered live performance venues and created enormous headaches for California’s theaters, symphonies, and opera companies. That includes Long Beach Opera. Guest: Jennifer…
Environmentalists Fight to List the Joshua Tree as Endangered
Jul 16 • 14 min
Many Schools Will Remain Closed This Fall There are about 1,000 public school districts in California. And Tony Thurmond, the state’s top education official is acknowledging pandemic conditions have deteriorated to a point where many of them won’t have…
More Than 100,000 Mail-In Ballots Were Rejected in CA Primary
Jul 15 • 15 min
New Testing Guidelines Priorotize Vulnerable Populations Californians are now facing long lines, limited appointments, and delayed results when they get tested for coronavirus. State health officials have announced new testing guidelines that will…
Governor Newsom Orders Statewide Shutdown As COVID Cases Rise
Jul 14 • 11 min
Governor Newsom Orders Statewide Shutdown As COVID Cases Rise If the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is a return to some sort of normal life, that light got fainter in the last 24 hours. With COVID-19 cases rising in the state, Governor Gavin…
LA County Residents Wait in Long Lines, Eager for COVID-19 Testing
Jul 13 • 14 min
LA County Residents Wait in Long Lines, Eager for Covid-19 Tests People in places like Los Angeles County are struggling to make appointments at often swamped coronavirus testing facilities. Many people at a testing city in the city of Long Beach lined up…
Santa Cruz Braces for Coronavirus Surge
Jul 10 • 9 min
Santa Cruz Braces for Coronavirus Surge Health officials in Santa Cruz are preparing for a spike in coronavirus cases. The county’s chief doctor says summer weather and beach season have contributed to the spread of Covid-19. Reporter: Hannah Hagemann,…
L.A. Faces Testing Shortages As Cases of COVID Grow
Jul 9 • 13 min
L.A. Faces Testing Shortages as Cases of COVID Grow Los Angeles County remains the center of the state’s coronavirus pandemic four months in. The county has more than 123,000 confirmed cases so far. But even as the toll from the virus grows, it’s gotten…
Regents Appoint First Black President to Lead UC System
Jul 8 • 13 min
Regents Appoint First Black President to Lead UC System The University of California Board of Regents has elected its first Black president in its 152-year history. Former UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake will lead the 10 campus system that serves some…
COVID Outbreak Shuts Down California Assembly
Jul 7 • 11 min
COVID Outbreak Shuts Down California Assembly A coronavirus outbreak in the state Legislature has indefinitely delayed the Assembly’s return to work from a scheduled summer recess. Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office says five people who work there have…
Finding Home: Camp Fire Survivors Settle in Crossville, Tennessee
Jul 6 • 9 min
PG&E is out of bankruptcy. The utility entered into Chapter 11 in January 2019, weeks after the Camp Fire, which killed 86 people and wiped out much of the town of Paradise. A California State University, Chico, study has been mapping out where survivors…
Wine Industry Limps Along With Tasting Rooms Closed
Jul 3 • 9 min
Wine Industry Limps Along With Tasting Rooms Closed A report out this week from Sonoma State University estimates California wine businesses lost more than $4 billion dollars since the start of the coronavirus shutdown. More than 40,000 people, directly…
Lawmakers Question Prison Officials Over San Quentin Outbreak
Jul 2 • 13 min
Newsom Reinstates Closures in 19 Counties As COVID Cases Surge Not so long ago California was seen as a model when it came to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But in the last couple of weeks, COVID cases and hospitalizations have surged in many places…
State Senate Takes Up Prison COVID-19 Outbreaks
Jul 1 • 14 min
What Happened to Sacramento’s Focus on Housing Before the coronavirus hit, housing and housing affordability seemed to be the state’s biggest problems and there were lots of proposals in Sacramento to fix them. But is getting roofs over people’s heads…
Coronavirus Cases Spike Across The State
Jun 30 • 14 min
Coronavirus Cases Spike Across The State When it comes to progress in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the news out of Los Angeles County, where about one in four Californians live, is bad. There were more than 2,900 new COVID cases in the county…
Cal State University System Prepares to Reopen in the Fall
Jun 29 • 17 min
Reopening Halted as Coronavirus Spreads Across the State If you thought you could ease up a bit on worrying about the coronavirus pandemic, news the last few days has been like a big bucket of cold water to the face. Coronavirus Cases on the Rise at San…
Construction Firms Offer COVID-19 Tests To Workers
Jun 26 • 15 min
Stuck and Scared Amid San Quentin Outbreak As of this morning, 539 inmates have contracted the coronavirus at San Quentin State Prison — more than at any other state prison in California. Inmates are stuck and scared. Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, The…
Berkeley Lab Testing New Saliva-Based COVID Test
Jun 25 • 18 min
Californians Will Vote on Affirmative Action In November California voters will decide in November whether the state should restore affirmative action. This after the state Senate voted yesterday to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot.…
COVID-19 Spreads at San Quentin, Other State Prisons
Jun 24 • 16 min
LA City Councilman Arrested in Bribery Scandal The FBI says longtime Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar shook down real estate developers looking to get projects approved for $1.5 million in bribes and campaign donations. Reporter: Anna Scott, KCRW…
Data Dividend Project Pushes Tech Companies To Pay Users For Data
Jun 23 • 16 min
CA Sees Dramatic Rise In COVID-19 Cases California has seen 47 thousand new cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks. That’s a dramatic uptick, making up about a quarter of all known cases in California. This is just one troubling fact revealed in Governor…
Calls for Police Reform Echo Across California
Jun 22 • 9 min
Calls for Police Reform Echo Across California This weekend, demonstrations against police brutality continued all around the state. In Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, protests had particular urgency after the recent killing of 18-year old Andres…
Labor Unions Shut Down West Coast Ports for Juneteenth
Jun 19 • 16 min
Governor Requires Face Masks in Public Statewide In a directive issued yesterday by Governor Gavin Newsom, most Californians everywhere in the state must wear masks when in public places. It’s a response to a worrying spikes in coronavirus cases in many…
Big Win for Dreamers in the Supreme Court
Jun 18 • 9 min
Big Win for Dreamers in the Supreme Court Earlier this morning, the Trump Administration was dealt defeat by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 5 to 4 decision, the justices rejected the administration’s attempt to get rid of DACA. That’s the program protecting…
Fort Bragg Considers a Name Change
Jun 17 • 12 min
PG&E CEO Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Camp Fire It’s pretty extraordinary to hear the CEO of a big company plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, but it happened in a Butte County courtroom Tuesday. Pacific Gas and Electric CEO Bill…
Study: Prosecutors Strike Black and Latino People from Juries
Jun 16 • 15 min
UC Endorses Return to Affirmative Action in Admissions, Hiring UC Regents have voted to endorse reversing their past position and repealing Prop 209. That would once again allow the UC system to use affirmative action again in admissions and hiring.…
Imperial Co. Has Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in Calif.
Jun 15 • 14 min
Supreme Court Won’t Take Up California’s Sanctuary Law Case This morning the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s challenge to California’s so called “sanctuary state” law. That leaves in place state rules that prohibit local…
What Will Schools Look Like When They Reopen This Fall?
Jun 12 • 15 min
Los Angeles County Reopens Gyms, Museums, Pools, And More Today is a big day for LA county. It’s set to start letting a lot of places reopen for the first time since coronavirus closure orders were issued in March. Museums, Gyms, zoos and and public pools…
U.C. President Janet Napolitano on the Fight to Protect DACA
Jun 11 • 17 min
New State Bill Would Bring Back Affirmative Action California’s Assembly has advanced a possible constitutional amendment that would once again allow affirmative action in the state. The measure, ACA 5, would repeal a current section of the California…
Cop-Turned-Politician Wants to Ban Chokeholds
Jun 10 • 15 min
Coronavirus Cases Spike in Some Parts of State As California moves to reopen bars, gyms and other businesses on Friday, some areas are seeing their coronavirus numbers spike. Hospitalizations in Sacramento have quadrupled in the past two weeks. Reporter:…
California Reacts to Calls to “Defund the Police”
Jun 9 • 15 min
California Reacts to Calls to “Defund the Police” There’s a growing movement calling on governments to “defund the police,” as nationwide protests continue over the killing of George Floyd. It’s a provocative idea. But what exactly these kind of long…
Black and Tired in an American Newsroom
Jun 8 • 9 min
Black and Tired in an American Newsroom We have a saying in the news business: report the story, don’t become it. And yet, during this difficult year, it’s hard to find anyone whose life hasn’t been affected in some way by the news, including the unrest…
Curfews Are Lifted As Protests Continue
Jun 5 • 14 min
Curfews Are Lifted As Protests Continue Across California cities and counties, that had curfews in place, started lifting them. Authorities felt that was safe to do because of a noticeable cooling of anger on the streets. Protesters marching against…
Protesters Dance in the Streets Defying Oakland Curfew
Jun 4 • 11 min
Governor Issues Pandemic Voting Guidelines California counties must hold three days of in-person early voting before the November election. It’s one of several guidelines set out in an executive order issued Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom to address…
Protests Against Police Violence Stay Mostly Peaceful
Jun 3 • 15 min
No Show of Force from Police During Oakland Protests, Despite Curfew Last night was different in Oakland. For the first time since protests started there last week, there were no flash-bang grenades, no teargas and no arrests. And protests throughout the…
Anti-Police Brutality Protests Grow Across State
Jun 2 • 13 min
LA Mostly Peaceful Protests Move Into San Fernando Valley Last night, there were more protests against racial injustice and police abuse across the state. Many cities and counties imposed curfews on residents. The footprint of the protests also continued…
Outrage Over Police Violence Erupts Across California
Jun 1 • 14 min
Outrage Over Police Violence Erupts Across California Over the weekend, thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across the state to express anger and pain. The immediate spark was George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police, as…
Dentists Reopen With Changes To Protect Workers, Patients
May 29 • 15 min
Long Beach Restaurants Hope Closing Streets to Cars Will Help Business Few industries have been hit harder by the COVID-19 outbreak than the hospitality business. A recent state tally shows that 900,000 jobs have been lost in California alone. As the…
13 People, One Bathroom: A Mom’s Home Isolation Story
May 28 • 16 min
OC Sheriff Won’t Enforce Mask Order As much of California reopens, elected officials in Orange County are doing so while disregarding the orders of their own public health department to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Sheriff there says he will NOT…
Nursing Home Patients Often Can’t Say Goodbye To Loved Ones
May 27 • 11 min
Governor Newsom Says You Can Now Get A Haircut Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that California counties can now allow barbershops and hair salons to re-open with precautions. It’s the latest example of Newsom turning over the keys to reopening to…
Assembly Meets to Take Back Control from Governor
May 26 • 15 min
A Look at Coronavirus Outbreaks at Prisons around California Protesters gathered over the weekend outside a federal prison facility in Lompoc, home to the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the entire federal prison system with 900 inmates testing positive and 2…
Nurse and Army Vet Reflects on Caring for COVID-19 Patients
May 25 • 9 min
SF General Nurse Who Served in Afghanistan Reflect on Caring for COVID-19 Patients The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to find new tools to cope with this unprecedented crisis. Perhaps no group has been affected more than first responders working…
UC Admissions To Phase Out SAT and ACT Requirement
May 22 • 15 min
Unemployment in California Climbs to 15% There are new unemployment figures out this morning from the U.S. Department of Labor showing unemployment in California in April climbed to 15.5 %. But for a lot of people who are newly jobless, filing for…
Pastors Want To Resume In-Person Religious Services
May 21 • 15 min
Pastors Want To Resume In-Person Religious Services More than 1,200 California pastors are vowing to hold religious services on May 31st, Pentecost Sunday. That would be in defiance of a state moratorium on religious services put into place to help halt…
California Lawmakers Propose Plans To Make Housing a ‘Human Right’
May 20 • 15 min
U.S. Justice Department Warns State Not To Violate Religious Freedoms Are measures put into place to protect Californians from the coronavirus also stepping on religious freedoms? In a letter sent to Governor Gavin Newsom, the U.S. Justice Department…
Is Mass Transit Ready for Reopening? Who’s Ready to Ride?
May 19 • 14 min
Newsom Changes Qualifications for Next Phase of Reopening The vast majority of counties in the Golden State can start easing pandemic restrictions and reopening their economies, says Governor Gavin Newsom. This despite the fact that there are more than…
Coping with COVID-19 on L.A. County’s Atlantic Boulevard
May 18 • 15 min
Undocumented Californians Get Access to Financial Help Starting Monday, undocumented Californians affected by the pandemic can get financial assistance through a 125 million dollar fund set up by the state and philanthropic groups. Reporter: Farida…
Coronavirus Pandemic Decimates State Budget
May 15 • 15 min
Coronavirus Pandemic Decimates State Budget State lawmakers there are looking at painful cuts to the state budget. Governor Gavin Newsom has projected a somber picture in his revised budget proposal for the state post-coronavirus. Reporter: Katie Orr,…
What’s Next for California’s Budget?
May 14 • 15 min
California AG Sues Federal EPA Over Regulation Relaxation California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is once again suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency…. this time for saying they’ll suspend enforcement of some environmental requirements…
LA Residents Set To Shelter-in-Place Through July
May 13 • 16 min
COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Turlock Nursing Home Fourteen residents of a nursing facility have died of COVID-19 in Stanislaus County, at the Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. It’s one of the deadliest outbreaks at a skilled nursing facilities in…
Newsom Defends Mask Deals That Fell Through
May 12 • 11 min
900+ Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19 at Lompoc Prison The largest cluster of coronavirus cases in the entire federal prison system is centered at the prison complex in Lompoc along California’s Central Coast. More than 900 inmates there have now tested…
Rural NorCal Sheriffs Want Flexible Shutdown Rules
May 11 • 15 min
Tourism in Southern California Expects Big Hit The coronavirus has brought the travel and hospitality industries to a standstill. People aren’t flying, hotels are empty, and bars and restaurants are barely getting by with takeout service. A forecast…
Mom-and-Pop Shops Prepare to Re-Open at LA’s Flower Mart
May 8 • 12 min
Newsom: Some Retailers Can Re-Open Nearly two months after many California businesses shut their doors to slow the spread of the coronavirus, some retailers and manufacturers are re-opening… just a little bit… starting today. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED…
Silicon Valley Is Still Hiring, At Least For Now
May 7 • 14 min
With Revenues Down, California’s Budget Outlook is Bleak Less than an hour ago, the state of California released a snapshot of what the coronavirus pandemic has done to the state’s finances. And the numbers are bad. Surging unemployment and business…
California City Attorneys Sue Uber and Lyft Over Worker Misclassification
May 6 • 10 min
California, City Attorneys Sue Uber and Lyft Over Worker Misclassification The state of California and some cities are suing Uber and Lyft for misclassifying their drivers as contractors and denying them access to employee benefits like unemployment…
Newsom Says Business Can Reopen, A Little Bit
May 5 • 14 min
Newsom Says Business Can Reopen, A Little Bit Governor Gavin Newsom announcing that the Golden State can start to reopen, at least a little bit, beginning as soon as Friday. State Finances Take Hit from Coronavirus This crisis has taken a huge bite out of…
Drive-By Protests and Outreach to Help Day Laborers
May 4 • 15 min
State Assembly Heads Back to Work After Emergency Recess State legislators are returning to Sacramento today after leaving for an emergency recess in March because of the coronavirus crisis. Guest: Anthony Rendon, California Assembly Speaker State’s First…
As Economy Stalls, Renters Organize for Relief
May 1 • 16 min
As Economy Stalls, California Renters Organize for Relief It’s the first of the month. Which means rent is due. But with the COVID-19 pandemic gutting parts of the economy, a lot of California renters can’t pay it. KQED’s Molly Solomon reports advocates…
Judge: PG&E ‘Cheated’ on Power Line Maintenance
Apr 30 • 19 min
PG&E ‘Cheated on Maintenance,’ Judge Writes — Then Orders New Probation Conditions We’ll start a San Francisco federal judge’s order to require Pacific Gas and Electric to take a series of steps to improve its safety practices and head off future…
Fewer Traffic Collisions Mean Longer Waits For Organ Donations
Apr 29 • 14 min
California’s Finances Will Take A major Hit From Coronavirus It’s too early to tell just how hard the COVID-19 pandemic will hit California’s finances. The state official in charge of signing the checks issued by California is keeping a close eye on the…
The Battle of the Beaches in the War on Coronavirus
Apr 28 • 14 min
Emergency Room Doctors Have Coronavirus Homework Turns out it’s not just the risk of infection and the long hours that makes being an hospital Emergency Room staffer draining right now. Treating COVID-19 comes with homework. Once doctors finish their…
Small Biz Owner: Ice Cream Isn’t Recession-Proof
Apr 27 • 15 min
The Feds’ Help for Small Businesses: Did California Get a Fair Share? We’ve been hearing growing calls from elected officials for a phased, responsible re-opening of California, just parts of it, for now. They’re coming from the conservative northern…
Scientific Research Continues During Pandemic
Apr 24 • 14 min
Nursing Home Workers’ Union Calls for Better PPE In the community of Yucaipa in San Bernardino County, 20 people have died from coronavirus — 18 of them from a single skilled nursing facility. At Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation, more than a…
Businesses Plan for Reopening When Restrictions Lift
Apr 23 • 11 min
Gov. Newsom Talks Coronavirus Testing Governor Gavin Newsom says California is making big strides in its push to ramp up COVID-19 testing, but he isn’t committing to a date for reopening the state just yet. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED Politics Worker…
‘Trailers for Nurses’ Helps Health Workers Isolate
Apr 22 • 15 min
First Known Coronavirus Death Weeks Earlier Than Previously Thought The first confirmed deaths from the novel coronavirus in the United States look like they took place in Santa Clara County, more than a month earlier than initially thought and reported.…
Research: More Coronavirus Cases Than Previously Thought
Apr 21 • 14 min
Research Shows More People Had Coronavirus Than Previously Thought What if far more people are infected with coronavirus than previously thought? A preliminary study that tested more than 800 adults in L.A. County for COVID-19 antibodies suggests that’s…
Cities and Counties Brace for Budget Cuts Due to Coronavirus
Apr 20 • 14 min
Cities and Counties Brace for Budget Cuts Due to Coronavirus Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave a sobering warning in his State of teh City address Sunday. Because of cratering municipal revenue during the coronavirus shutdown, the city plans to enact…
What the Pandemic Means for Firefighters This Season
Apr 17 • 15 min
Newsom: Food Workers To Get Paid Sick Leave Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that food workers in California will get two weeks of paid sick leave to help them deal with the outbreak of COVID 19. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Politics Safeway Reports…
California To Provide Disaster Relief for Undocumented Immigrants
Apr 16 • 16 min
Newsom To Provide Disaster Relief for Undocumented Immigrants California will be the first state in the nation to offer COVID-19 disaster relief to undocumented immigrants. Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a fund of $125 million Wednesday, including $75…
Animal Shelters Emptying As Humans Shelter-In-Place
Apr 15 • 17 min
CA Won’t Go Back To ‘Normal’ Anytime Soon Governor Gavin Newsom is laying out a road map for what the easing of California’s coronavirus lockdown might look like. At his daily briefing on the state’s approach towards managing the pandemic, he ruled out a…
Newsom To Work With Neighboring Governors to Reopen States
Apr 14 • 11 min
Newsom To Work With Neighboring Governors to Reopen States At a time when President Donald Trump is claiming “total” authority over how states will reopen following the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to…
Amid Pandemic, State Releases Thousands of Prisoners
Apr 13 • 15 min
Amid Pandemic, State Releases Thousands of Prisoners — But Will They Have Support at Home? Thousands of nonviolent inmates are being released from California’s prisons and jails as the state grapples with the pandemic. Advocates are worried about the fate…
Meeting Spiritual Needs During the Pandemic
Apr 10 • 15 min
Hospital Chaplains Re-Imagine Their Jobs During Pandemic Most days since this pandemic started, we share the latest grim numbers: how many Californians have Covid-19, and how many have died from it. Because the coronavirus is so contagious and dangerous,…
Tele-Medicine Gets a Boost During Pandemic
Apr 9 • 11 min
Tele-Medicine Gets a Boost from Coronavirus The pandemic is changing how we interact with medical professionals. For instance, Medicare and Medicaid have expanded access to tele-health appointments for their members. This means more elderly and low-income…
Zoom-Bombing Leads To Vigilant Zoom-Bouncers
Apr 8 • 13 min
Governor Anticipates Tough Economic Times In California As California responds to the coronavirus pandemic, state and local governments are burning through enormous amounts of money. Governor Gavin Newsom says all that spending now means painful fiscal…
Speaker Pelosi on the Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
Apr 7 • 9 min
New Rules for Courts in Coronavirus Times The California Judicial Council, which makes the rules for the state’s courts, has enacted a series of sweeping emergency rule changes to slow the spread of COVID-19 in jails and courtrooms, and ease the pressure…
Food Banks Cope With Surge in New Clients
Apr 6 • 15 min
Healthcare Workers Could Lose Immigration Protections There are thousands of immigrants among the healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But for years, the Trump Administration has tried to end the protections that allow many of these…
Campus Life Is Suddenly Over For Graduating Seniors
Apr 3 • 13 min
OC Hospital Using Plasma Treatment For COVID-19 In Orange County a hospital is experimenting with a way to help patients hit hard by COVID-19. They’ve successfully transferred plasma from the blood of someone who’s recovered from the illness into someone…
Amazon’s Warehouse Workers Worry About Infection
Apr 2 • 14 min
Street Protest in the Time of Coronavirus Shouting “No to Rent, Yes to Food!” and observing proper social distancing measures, demonstrators in Boyle Heights yesterday called on the City of L.A. to do more to protect renters during the COVID-19 pandemic.…
Detainees Panic As Coronavirus Appears In ICE Detention Centers
Apr 1 • 14 min
CA Schools Likely Closed For The Rest Of The Year Across the state the debate about just how long school will be out because of the COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying. California’s superintendent of schools is telling districts to prepare for learning…
Will Coronavirus Tenant Protections Really Help Renters?
Mar 31 • 15 min
Newsom Asks Medical Workers for Help To deal with an expected surge in hospitalizations for COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom is creating the California Health Corps and calling on healthcare workers who may have recently retired or are still in school to…
COVID-19 Medical Supply Shortages: Why and What to Do?
Mar 30 • 14 min
COVID-19 Medical Supply Shortages: Why and What to Do? This weekend, we learned from Governor Gavin Newsom that the federal government sent 170 ventilators from the national stockpile to L.A. County. But they didn’t work. How California’s Medical Supply…
Restaurant Industry Reels from Pandemic Closures
Mar 27 • 10 min
Daycare Workers Are Essential for Medical Staff to Work A lot of California day care centers are dealing with more kids, even as the preschools have fewer resources, like toilet paper. Reporter: Benjamin Purper, KVCR Restaurant Industry Reels from…
This Is Not the Time for a Coronavirus Vacation
Mar 26 • 12 min
More Covid-19 Tests Coming to California California appears to be making progress when it comes to virus testing. Governor Gavin Newsom says as of Tuesday, nearly 67,000 tests have been done in the state. And thousands more will soon be completed.…
Working Overtime to Process Unemployment Claims
Mar 25 • 12 min
How to Protect Farmworkers During Pandemic California’s agricultural land grows about a third of the nation’s vegetables and nearly two thirds of its fruits and nuts. This production is essential to America’s food supply. So during the coronavirus…
Will High School Seniors Graduate Amid Pandemic?
Mar 24 • 13 min
Health Insurance Rates Could Rise After Pandemic Health insurance costs could soar in the coming year because of the price of treating coronavirus and taking other health care measures. Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED Citizenship Ceremonies Cancelled The…
Hospitals Brace for Wave of COVID-19 Patients
Mar 23 • 10 min
PG&E Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for Camp Fire PG&E said Monday that it is pleading guilty to 85 criminal counts in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, a blaze that killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes in and…
Governor Newsom: Californians Should Stay Home
Mar 20 • 14 min
Governor Newsom: Californians Should Stay Home The governor asked all Californians to stay home and leave only for essential trips, to slow the spread of the coronavirus. State officials estimate could infect more than half the population without…
What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Courts
Mar 19 • 9 min
What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Children’s Courts In Los Angeles, the Edelman Children’s courthouse has been closed for most of the week because of the outbreak. It handles some of our state’s most delicate cases, those of children allegedly…
Farmworkers and Growers Brace for Impact of Coronavirus
Mar 18 • 9 min
Farmworkers and Growers Brace for Impact of Coronavirus on Agriculture Industry There might be some trouble coming to a produce aisle near you. Many farmers and migrant fieldworkers who pick, process, and pack so much of our food are worried about how…
From Social Distancing to Shelter-in-Place
Mar 17 • 9 min
Social Distancing Escalates to Shelter-in-Place As of midnight, the Bay Area has the nation’s strictest policy aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Residents are being instructed to not leave the house for the next three weeks unless it’s…
Families Brace for Coronavirus School Closures
Mar 16 • 13 min
Governor Advises Seniors to Stay Home Governor Gavin Newsom has called for nightclubs, bars, and wineries to shut down for now. Restaurants are to cut their occupancy in half. And, everyone 65 and older, and those with chronic health issues, is being told…