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KQED's statewide radio news program, providing daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population.


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    Abortion Access Limited for Many Living in Rural California

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 11:52

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, which guarantees a woman's right to an abortion. Here in California, abortion laws are among the most progressive in the country. But that doesn't mean it's always easy to get an abortion here, especially if you live in a rural area.  Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED California's Sierra Nevada region has been known for being a winter wonderland in the coldest months. But a new study shows the Sierra snowpack could all but disappear in just 25 years. Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW

    Key Abortion Case to be Heard in U.S. Supreme Court

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 17:38

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments this week in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. That's the 1973 ruling that affirms a woman's Consitutional right to receive an abortion. If it's overturned, abortion advocates are preparing for a surge in out-of-state patients travelling to California for the procedure.  Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED  A temporary injunction stopping the San Diego Unified School district's vaccine mandate for students 16 and older could be lifted as early as Tuesday. The district is being sued by a student who claims the mandate is a form of religious discrimination. Reporter: MG Perez, KPBS It's still not too late to apply to a U.C. or Cal State school next fall. The university systems are asking most seniors to upload their final documents by November 30. Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is visiting the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday. He'll update local officials on the Biden Administration's efforts to ease supply chain problems. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report Yosemite National Park is digging into its past to tell a more inclusive story of the people who helped contribute to its history. That includes the story of a neglected building near the Wawona Hotel in the park Reporter: Soreath Hok, Valley Public Radio

    Migrants Desperately Seek Asylum at San Diego-Tijuana Border

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 12:24

    In February, the Biden administration began winding down former President Donald Trump's controversial “Remain-in-Mexico” program. It sent people seeking asylum in this country back to Mexico to wait months for their day in immigration court in the U.S. But over the summer, a Texas judge ordered government officials to restart the program, and the Biden administration plans to roll it back out soon. Reporter: Max Rivlin-Nadler A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a mandate for all prison staff in California to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or provide proof of a religious or medical exemption. Prison officials and the union representing correctional officers have argued the mandate would lead to staffing shortages. Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED

    Supply Chain Impacting Longtime Mom-and-Pop Restaurants

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 11:18

    The breakdown in the global supply chain has sent food prices soaring. That's hurting local restaurants still struggling to get out from under the pandemic. Reporter: Josie Huang, KPCC  A new report from CalMatters shows the global supply chain issues are impacting California hospitals. Many medical facilities are waiting on medical devices that are critical for patient care. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    Thanksgiving Offers Day of Reflection for Many Native Americans in California

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 11:28

    As many people celebrate Thanksgiving in California, some Native Americans have a different perspective on this day and what it means. Among the challenges indigenous people face is keeping their cultures alive. Reporter: Alice Daniel, Valley Public Radio Many restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, but chefs may also be busy preparing a meal for family and friends at home. Guests: Mark Dommen, One Market in San Francisco, Mica Talmor, Pomella in Oakland, Suzanne Tracht, Jar in Los Angeles  

    NASA Launches Historic Asteroid-Deflecting Mission

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 11:37

    NASA has launched a first-of-its-kind mission from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base called DART, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test. Guest: Jason Davis, Editorial Director, The Planetary Society A year-long study on a part of the Mojave Desert has found that the night sky there is really, really dark. So much so, it might earn the rare distinction as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.  Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW  

    State Pushes COVID Boosters as Holidays Approach

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 18:05

    With many younger children finally getting their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and adults getting their booster, many see this holiday season as a bit of a return to normalcy. But health experts say families should still take precautions during gatherings. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC  Diablo Canyon, California's last remaining commercial nuclear power plant located on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo County is slated to fully close in 2025. While there's been questions raised about what this will mean for energy output and the environment, a former state lawmaker says it's the right time. Guest: Former State Senator Bill Monning Los Angeles County is being sued for making its poorest families endure long waits for food aid. The suit claims the county routinely fails to provide assistance to desperate families within three days, as required by state law.   Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC   Back in April, privacy advocates hailed Apple's decision to let customers opt out of apps tracking you. But, Apple is still tracking its own customers and serving them up to advertisers. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED 

    Congressman Seeks to Restore Land to Karuk Tribe

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 18:15

    1,000 acres of sacred land could be restored to the Karuk tribe living along the Klamath River in Humboldt and Siskiyou counties. That's if legislation introduced in Congress is passed. Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED  Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo County is the state's last commercial nuclear power plant and is set to close in the coming years. But the planned closure is not without controversy. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report The DMV is expanding its capacity to administer commercial driving tests, by extending weekend hours and shifting examiners from other parts of the state to Southern California. The hope is that it can clear some of the backlog at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report Universal preschool is coming to California in 2025. Yet not everyone is celebrating. In fact, some believe universal preschool could have disastrous consequences for child care centers and families seeking early care, with the impact falling hardest on communities of color.  Reporter: Deepa Fernandes, early childhood reporting fellow at Pacific Oaks College, which is funded in part by First 5 LA

    Gas Prices May Change Thanksgiving Travel Plans for Some Californians 

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 17:14

    As of Thursday, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California was $4.69. According to AAA, that's a record high and more than $1.50 higher than this time last year. That's led many Californians to rethink their Thanksgiving travel plans. Reporter, Alex Hall, KQED Last week, the state updated its guidance to urge pretty much all Californians to get a COVID booster shot. Now, over a week later and after much confusion online, the state's My Turn vaccine scheduling site has finally caught up. Reporter: Carly Severn, KQED The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and other advocacy groups are suing Sacramento County's Sheriff, claiming his office illegally transferred immigrants from county jails to federal immigration authorities. The lawsuit alleges Sheriff Scott Jones violated state law by contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials about the release of inmates. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report 

    Recent Criticism of Vice President Kamala Harris May Not Tell the Whole Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 18:10

    Media reports this week are painting a picture of dysfunction, disappointment, and confusion surrounding Vice President Kamala Harris and her role in the Biden administration. Sources inside the White House told CNN that Harris is struggling, and low approval numbers are adding to alleged problems.     Guest: Marisa Lagos, Political Correspondent, KQED The state's Citizens Redistricting Commission is hearing feedback on its proposed district lines for Congress and the state legislature -- and that has major implications for the state's big and growing Latino population.  Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED  One in five Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. has experienced a hate incident in the last year. That's according to a new report out from the California-based coalition Stop AAPI Hate. Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, The California Report One of the problems that's causing disruptions in the global supply chain is a severe shortage of truckers. In San Diego, one driving school is working to keep up with demand. Reporter: Alexandra Rangel, KPBS

    Governor Newsom Promotes Boosters, Warns of Winter COVID Surge

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 18:02

    In the Central Valley on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom was promoting COVID-19 booster shots in a community that's seeing a higher rate of hospitalizations compared to the rest of the state. He also warned about possibly rough pandemic weeks ahead for California. Reporter: Alex Hall, The California Report  The first in a series of public input meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, on California's proposed redrawn electoral maps. The state's independent redistricting commission released its preliminary maps last week, based on the most recent census, and suffice it to say, not everyone is happy. Guest: Sameena Kamal, Reporter with CalMatters Bay Area Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier has announced that she will not run for reelection after serving in the House of Representatives since 2008. Speier has been an especially powerful force when it comes to gun control and violence prevention, with her views shaped by a near death incident in her own life.  Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED   Los Angeles County is looking to help small businesses that have fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic. The Small Business Rent Relief Program would provide grants of up to $40,000 for small businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.  Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    Confusion Remains Over Booster Shot Eligibility in California

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 18:04

    Last week, the California Department of Public Health updated its guidance on booster shots, telling providers to let people judge their own needs for a shot and not turn anyone away. But many are finding that online appointment systems aren't making getting a booster vaccination easy. Reporter: Carly Severn, KQED SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, is looking for thousands of workers. A recent job fair painted a clearer picture of who is looking for jobs in the state, and what employers are looking for. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report In the 1950s and 60s the United States created it's modern freeway and highway system. It was an engineering marvel, but it also brought pain and injustice like when poorer communities of color literally saw their neighborhoods paved over, forcing residents to move. A new investigation by the Los Angeles Times finds that kind of displacement still happening today when new infrastructure is built. Guest: Liam Dillon, Reporter LA Times After leading the state through two of its worst wildfire seasons on record, CalFire Chief Thom Porter has announced he will retire before the end of this year. Porter says he's retiring to focus on family, his aging parents, and himself. Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio

    Kaiser, Employees Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 16:39

    Kaiser Permanente has reached a tentative deal with thousands of healthcare workers in Northern and Southern California, who were prepared to go on strike on Monday. They are still negotiating with a group of engineers, who have been off the job for two months. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC President Biden will sign his administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into law on Monday. California will get tens of billions of dollars in new federal spending, but will it come quick enough to fix roads, bridges and other transit issues facing the state? Guest: David Kim, Secretary of California's State Transportation Agency While much of the focus has been on the massive backlog at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, residents in nearby communities are also expressing major concerns about pollution from those cargo ships. But a new queuing system being launched this week at the ports could help improve air quality and safety. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report  The San Joaquin Valley ranks worst in the nation when it comes to particulate air pollution, and environmental organizations say the Environmental Protection Agency is failing to do something about it. The groups have filed a lawsuit hoping to force the EPA to act. Reporter: Soreath Hok, Valley Public Radio Some 6,000 lecturers across the University of California system are planning to strike this week. The union representing lecturers has been in negotiations for more than two years and says the UC is refusing to negotiate issues like paid family leave and reimbursement for remote teaching expenses.  Reporter: Annelise Finney, KQED  The public comment period will close Monday on proposed new regulations requiring passenger sportfishing and whale watching boats to upgrade to cleaner engines. California's charter boat operators say the proposed new rules will jeopardize their livelihoods. Reporter: Greta Mart, KRCB

    Will U.N. Climate Conference Have Significant Impact on California Policies?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 11:29

    The United Nations climate change conference wraps up Friday in Scotland. And while an agreement hasn't been reached, the summit could have varying impacts on California. Guests: Violet Saena, Executive Director of Climate Resilient Communities and Mark Hertsgaard, Executive Director of Covering Climate Now and Environment Correspondent for The Nation Magazine Kaiser Permanente could be hit by multiple statewide labor strikes beginning on Monday. Thousands of the company's healthcare workers in California are threatening to walk off the job over contract talks.  Reporter: Tara Siler, KQED 

    State Health Officials Push For More People to Get COVID Booster Shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 17:52

    State health officials are advising adults who want to get a COVID-19 booster shot to do so before the holiday season. This comes as the state is warning about a possible surge in COVID-19 cases this winter. Fossil fuels are the biggest driver of human-made climate change. So why has an analysis by environmental group Global Witness tallied more than 500 gas and oil lobbyists at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow? Guest: Kassie Siegel, Director for the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute California's state delegation to the United Nations climate conference is packed with Latino power players. Latinos in California are not of the same mind when it comes to climate policy. Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED

    California's Rules on Methane Emissions Produce Mixed Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 11:49

    The United Nations has released a draft of a climate accord that urges nations to “revisit and strengthen” their plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. That's not just carbon dioxide, it's methane too. And earlier at COP26, countries committed to slash methane emissions.   Guest: Rachel Becker, Environmental Reporter, CalMatters Governor Gavin Newsom broke his silence around his absence from the United Nations climate change conference in Scotland, saying he skipped the trip to spend Halloween with his kids.  Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED When oceans and climate change are in the same sentence, it's usually negative. But at the international climate conference COP26, a Bay Area ecologist pointed to marine sanctuaries as a climate change solution. Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED Researchers at the Public Health Institute followed more than 18,000 women who were pregnant in Oakland in the early ‘60s, and received injections of a synthetic hormone intended to prevent miscarriages. Fast forward six decades and their offspring may face a greater cancer risk.  Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED

    Infrastructure Bill to Bring Jobs, Modernize Infrastructure in California

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 17:55

    The massive infrastructure package that's awaiting President Biden's signature is expected to have a longstanding impact on California. And it won't just be fixing roads and modernizing transit projects. Guest: Serena Alexander, Associate Professor with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, San Jose State University At the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, state senators from California and their counterparts in Washington state discussed merging part of their cap-and-trade markets, as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED Fast food workers across California are walking out on Tuesday to advocate for better working conditions. The workers are calling for the passage of Assembly Bill 257, which would establish a fast food council to set standards for industry wages and working conditions.  Reporter: Shehreen Karim, KQED  After burning nearly a million acres, the Dixie Fire, which started in July northwest of Lake Tahoe, was fully contained late last month. But for many communities in Northern California, the recovery process is just beginning. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report The tri-colored blackbird, which is native to much of the Central Valley, gained protection under California's Endangered Species Act in 2018. Since then, populations of the tri-colored blackbird appear to have stopped declining. Reporter: Kerry Klein, Valley Public Radio

    Southern California Air Regulators Enact New Rules on Refineries

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 11:06

    Southern Californians who live near oil refineries may soon be able to breathe easier. The South Coast Air Quality Management District unanimously passed its biggest emissions rule in decades on Friday. Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW  The United Nations climate change conference continues this week in Glasgow, Scotland. And one longtime observer says what happens outside of the negotiations is an important aspect of this event. Guest: Chris Field, Dirctor, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

    Union Representing Kaiser Workers Gives Notice of Planned Strike

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 11:34

    Thousands of unionized Kaiser Permanente nurses and other healthcare workers in Southern California are preparing to go on strike. This comes after months of talks and negotiations have stalled. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC  An investigation from the Los Angeles Times has found that thousands of times a year, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pull over bicyclists for minor violations, and then search them even though they often have no reason to suspect they'll find something illegal. This is particularly impacting the Latino community. Guests: Alene Tchekmedvian and Ben Poston, Reporters, LA Times

    Some California Counties Begin Administering COVID-19 Shots for Younger Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 15:55

    Many California children, ages 5 to 11, have started getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. In Los Angeles alone, more than 900, 000 school-aged children are now eligible for the shot.  Reporter: Jackie Fortiér, KPCC  As the United Nations Climate Change Conference continues in Scotland, many Californians can see the effects right here along the California coast. For instance, look out the window on a trip on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, which connects downtown Los Angeles and downtown San Diego, and the effects of climate change are right in front of you. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report California Attorney General Rob Bonta says his office will take a larger role in enforcing California's housing laws. He's launching a 12 member strike force to step up enforcement. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED As the United Nations climate summit continues in Scotland, a majority of Californians are making it clear they support the state's climate change mitigation goals. And they see the damage caused by global warming. That's according to new findings from the Public Policy Institute of California.  Reporter: Danielle Chiriguayo, KCRW  Levels of carbon emissions have almost returned to where they were before the pandemic, according to Stanford research. Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED  

    California Prepares to Roll Out COVID Vaccine for Younger Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 18:02

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all children ages 5 through 11 get a low-dose COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. In California, counties across the state are preparing to deliver the shots to children. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues to attack his county's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. He claims the sheriff's department could lose thousands of employees because of the mandate, although he hasn't provided evidence that that will actually happen. It's important to have health insurance, especially during a pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic, some insurers chose not to charge COVID-19 patients for expensive hospital stays and therapies. A few have continued that policy as long as the public health emergency is in place, but most are quietly going back to business as usual.  Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC California has sent a contingent of officials to attend the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow. The delegation includes state Senator Josh Becker, a Democrat who represents San Mateo County and part of Santa Clara County.  Guest: Josh Becker, Bay Area State Senator State utility regulators have reached proposed settlements with California's two biggest power companies, over allegations they violated safety rules before a string of destructive fires. Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are alleged to have violated a wide range of safety regulations before the blazes, which include the Thomas and Woolsey fires in Southern California and the Kincade Fire north of San Francisco. Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED  Pacific Gas & Electric ratepayers could be stuck footing at least some of the bill for the Dixie fire. It's just the latest scandal for the troubled utility. Now, a Silicon Valley congressman says he hopes this will be the tipping point that pushes PG&E towards a public takeover. Reporter: Angela Corral, The California Report

    Study Finds Climate Change is Primary Source Behind Increasing Western Wildfires

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 17:50

    A new report finds that climate change is chiefly responsible for the growing frequency and severity of California's wildfires. The team of researchers from UCLA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory based that estimate on how quickly dry air sucks up moisture.  Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW Pacific Gas and Electric says it's received a subpoena from federal prosecutors, in connection with this summer's catastrophic Dixie Fire. The fire burned nearly a million acres and has led to investigations by CalFire and by prosecutors in several counties.  Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED  Like so many other places in the country, California is grappling with its racist past. It's also looking at the idea of reparations for African Americans and Black descendents of slaves. A new task force is studying this issue, and families are coming forward to share their experiences. Reporter: Sarah Mizes-Tan, CapRadio In the wake of the Taliban's seizure of power in Afghanistan, Sacramento is struggling with an influx of refugees from the country. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beccerra visited the region Monday, and heard from refugees about the struggles of finding affordable housing, getting around without a car and enrolling children in school.  Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Using fresh Census data, state, local and federal political maps are redrawn every ten years to account for population changes over the past decade and to even out representation. The maps by the nonpartisan commission are by no means final. But they show some potentially big shakeups in Northern California's congressional districts. Reporter: Nicole Nixon, CapRadio  Geneticists at the San Diego Zoo have found the first ever case of condor reproduction by just a single parent. Testing revealed two young condors, reared by two separate mothers, had only one parent. Their eggs were not fertilized by male sperm.  Reporter: Erik Anderson, KPBS

    California Officials to Tout State's Ambitious Climate Change Goals at U.N. Summit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 18:07

    The United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off this week in Scotland. And while Governor Gavin Newsom canceled his trip at the last minute, the state will be well represented, as officials hope to showcase California's ambitious climate goals. Guest: Ezra David Romero, KQED Climate Reporter Over the weekend, employees of healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente staged worker solidarity rallies. Tens of thousands of Kaiser workers, like nurses, pharmacists, and physical therapists are threatening to strike across the state. This past weekend, activists and supporters gathered at Dolores Park in San Francisco to celebrate the release of the last remaining person detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Yuba County Jail. Now the “Free The Yuba 11 Coalition” is advocating that federal officials end ICE's contract with the jail.  Reporter: Azul Dahlstrom-Eckman, KQED A new organization in California hopes to help people who have been released from prison re-integrate back into their communities. The Re-Entry Providers Association of California – or REPAC -- is the nation's first statewide coordinated effort to help formerly incarcerated people succeed on the outside. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report The White House says it's committed to immigration reform, ultimately creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants who live in this country. A key figure in that effort is California's U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, who is himself the child of immigrants from Mexico. Guest: U.S. Senator Alex Padilla from California

    State Senate Holds First Hearing on Orange County Oil Spill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 16:23

    The state Natural Resources and Water Committee held its first hearing Thursday on the massive oil spill off the coast of Orange County. The cause of the spill remains under investigation. Central Valley farmworkers and their families are calling on state and local officials to restrict the use of 13 pesticides that have been linked to childhood cancers. They also want to be warned ahead of time when these pesticides are used. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report Facebook has changed its company name to Meta. The social media company has been under fire for spreading misinformation and other things. And the new name led to plenty of snarky Twitter comments.

    California Health Officials Prepared to Vaccinate Younger Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 21:42

    The state has pre-ordered 1.4 million doses of Pfizer's pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, so medical providers can start putting shots in arms as soon as federal health officials sign off. Staffing levels for federal wildland firefighters have dipped dramatically in recent years, impacting efforts to contain massive wildfires across the country, particularly in California. At a hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, advocates argued for two pieces of legislation aimed at helping hire more firefighters. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report  President Joe Biden has presented a trimmed down reconciliation bill to Congress on Thursday morning. California Senator Alex Padilla joined the California Report to talk about the proposal and some of the reasons it's been so heavily debated by his Democratic colleagues in the Senate. Guest: U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, California The Beverly Hills Police Department has been accused of racially profiling Black shoppers on Rodeo Drive. New records from a class action lawsuit show that out of 90 people who were arrested along the shopping corridor, 80 were Black.  Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW The coronavirus pandemic led to record drug use across the country. Fatal overdoses rose almost 30% percent last year, driven mainly by fentanyl and other opioids. But the stimulant methamphetamine is also a huge part of the problem. It doesn't get as much attention, though, in part because it doesn't cause the impressive death counts that make for good headlines. Guest: Sam Quinones, Journalist and Author of the book "The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth"

    FDA Panel Endorses Pfizer Vaccine for Younger Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 13:40

    With Tuesday's FDA committee vote endorsing the use of Pfizer's Covid vaccine in kids over the age of 4, public health officials in California are getting ready to distribute the kid-size doses. It's looking like children will be able to get their shots in the next couple weeks, as soon as the review process is completed. Guests: Jessica Nicholson and Maura Fallon McKnight, Parents in Richmond and Humboldt County In Los Angeles, city employees who don't get vaccinated by December 18 could lose their jobs. A plan approved Tuesday by the L.A. City Council would also require people who are not vaccinated to undergo regular COVID-19 testing, on their own dime. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC

    EDD Officials Grilled Over Backlog and Fraudulent Claims

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 11:22

    California's embattled Employment Development Department says it's taking steps to fix some of what's broken there, from clogged phone lines to fraud. State lawmakers grilled agency officials at an oversight hearing in Sacramento on Monday.  Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, The California Report Rising rents and limited affordable housing continue to put pressure on many Californians. And new research shows the housing market is particularly challenging for Black renters in San Diego. Reporter: Cristina Kim, KPBS

    Rain Pummels Bay Area, Northern California

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 11:25

    Rain and wind wreaked havoc across Northern California and the Bay Area on Sunday, causing power outages, flooding and downed trees in several areas. Several cities saw rainfall records broken. This weekend's record-breaking rainfall is still not nearly enough to curb the state's drought. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for all 58 counties in California last week. Farmers in Fresno County, like Joe Del Bosque, have been struggling for months.   Reporter: Madi Bolanos, Valley Public Radio

    Governor Newsom Proposes Ban on Oil Drilling Near Neighborhoods

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 11:28

    Governor Gavin Newsom wants to ban new oil drilling near schools, homes and many businesses, proposing a rule aimed at improving the health of millions of Californians. The rule would bar new drilling within 3,200 feet of houses, schools and businesses open to the public. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED   The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has adopted a Bay Area-wide plan for adapting to rising seas. Scientists project the bay could rise by several feet by the end of the century, a result of warming temperatures.  Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED  In response to its homelessness crisis, the city of Los Angeles has opened the country's largest so-called tiny home village. It's located in northeast Los Angeles and more than 200 people will be able to live there. Guest: Amy King, CEO of Pallet, a company building many of these homes 

    Rain Brings Reprieve, but the Drought Carries On

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 10:20

    L.A City Employees Must Get Vaccinated by December City of L.A. workers who remain unvaccinated may be getting a reprieve from a vaccine mandate that took effect Wednesday. ..but it won't last forever. Mayor Eric Garcetti says municipal employees who aren't fully vaccinated by December 18th should be “prepared to lose their jobs.” Reporter: Darrell Satzman, KCRW  Rainfall Arrives, And the Drought Continues Rain has been falling in Northern California, and the National Weather Service's Bay Area division predicts more rain later this week. That's really good news for reducing wildfire risks, but what does it mean for the drought? Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED California Partners with Company that Built Border Wall for COVID-19 Response California has turned to an unusual partner for part of its COVID-19 response. It's the same company that built former president Donald Trump's border wall along the California-Mexico border. The no-bid, $350 million contract has frustrated immigration advocates and community health care leaders. Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio 

    Unvaccinated L.A. City Employees Could Get Extra Time to Get Shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 17:43

    Thousands of unvaccinated Los Angeles City workers may have until December to get the mandated shots. But if they remain unvaccinated, they could feel the bite in their paychecks.  Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC Los Angeles County is studying the effectiveness of a peer vaccination program. The homeless are being used as ambassadors to try to help convince other unhoused people get their shots. Guest: Chelsea Shover, Professor at UCLA who is helping lead the program A record number of cargo ships are idling off the Southern California coast. That means delays at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. But one Bay Area port is trying to help alleviate these delays. Reporter: Angela Corral, The California Report  The descendents of some of Southern California's early pioneers are trying to save their ancestors' crumbling home. This is taking place in the Inland Empire, where a farming town was founded when California was still part of Mexico. Reporter: Megan Jamerson, KVCR

    Orange County Businesses Continue to Struggle Following Oil Spill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 11:30

    Business leaders testified during a Congressional hearing on Monday about the impacts the recent Orange County oil spill has had on the region. At least one owner says he's unsure if and when things will get back to normal for his fishing company. October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and while many cities across California have ambitious goals to better protect those walking on the street, they are falling well short of those goals. Can anything be done to better protect pedestrians from drivers? Guest: Leah Shahum, Executive Director, Vision Zero Network

    Homekey Provides Stability, But No Permanent Housing For Many Participants

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 18:00

    Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom sent nearly $850 million to cities and counties to buy empty motels and other properties to convert them into homeless housing. Now he wants to spend over $2.5 billion more on the same effort. The Homekey program has proven to be a success, but most of the sites being used aren't permanent places to stay for participants. Reporters: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report, Anna Scott, KCRW The Coast Guard said that back in January, a cargo vessel named the MSC Danit might have caught its anchor on the underwater pipeline involved in the Orange County oil spill, dragging it more than a 100 feet across the ocean floor. Los Angeles Unified School District's COVID-19 vaccination mandate takes full effect Monday. Staff and teachers in L.A. need at least one COVID shot to get on campus, and must be fully vaccinated by November 15. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC  The California condor is under threat once again. The massive birds went extinct in the wild in the 1980s but through breeding and conservation programs started making a comeback. But deaths attributed to lead poisoning have been rising once again, threatening the survival of this endangered species. Reporter: Benjamin Purper, KCBX

    Dodgers Top Giants in Decisive Game Five

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 11:10

    The bitter rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers came to a head in their National League Division Series playoff battle. It's the first time the teams have met in the postseason. And the Dodgers came out on top in Game Five in a nail-biter. The Coast Guard says it's confident the number of gallons leaked from the oil spill in Orange County is around 25,000, far less than the original estimate. Meanwhile, the oil spill was a major talking point during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

    Hollywood Production Workers Set Strike Date

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 17:40

    About 60,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees are threatening to strike next Monday if they can't reach an agreement with studios over such issues as working conditions and more reasonable hours. IATSE represents a wide range of Hollywood's workforce from cinematographers and editors to make up artists and script coordinators. Guest: A.J. Catoline, Editor on Apple TV's “Ted Lasso" The executive director of the labor union SEIU California has resigned, after being charged with tax fraud and other felonies. Alma Hernández and her husband were charged earlier this month. Reporter: Angela Corral, The California Report  One of the bills Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed mandates mental health education classes for many middle and high school students in California.  Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED  One team will advance to the National League Championship Series. The other will have its season come to an end. The Dodgers and Giants take the field tonight in San Francisco.

    Alisal Fire Continues to Grow, Threatens Homes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 17:47

    The Alisal Fire has burned more than 13,000 acres in Santa Barbara County. That's prompted evacuation orders in rural areas and forced the shut down of parts of Highway 101. Reporter: Rachel Showalter, KCBX Los Angeles continues its push to dismantle large homeless encampments in the city and move people into temporary shelters. It's already happened in the city's Echo Park and Venice neighborhoods. Now, the unhoused who are living in a section of MacArthur Park west of downtown, will be required to move by the end of this week. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report In the Coachella Valley, desert cities are passing laws restricting or banning short-term rentals. And that's squeezing supply in the city of Palm Springs. Reporter: Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW California's committee on reparations met again Tuesday to discuss housing and environmental inequities that have specifically disadvantaged African Americans. The committee looked at how reparations could be given in the form of direct payments and other methods to correct decades of racist policies and actions.  Reporter: Sarah Mizes-Tan, CapRadio Among the more than 700 bills Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law are several that aim to fix problems at the state's unemployment department. The changes come in the wake of a parade of problems that jeopardized much needed help for jobless Californians. Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, The California Report

    State Attorney General Lanches Investigation Into Orange County Oil Spill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 15:40

    California's Attorney General Rob Bonta and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla visited the site of the Orange County oil spill on Monday. Bonta has pledged to work with federal and local law enforcement to investigate the disaster. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED So far, more than two dozen birds have been rescued by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which is leading recovery and rehabilitation efforts for wildlife impacted by the Orange County oil spill.  Pacific Gas & Electric has been blamed for numerous fires in recent years and the utility is mired in debt. Fire survivors have struggled to get any type of compensation from the company. But there's one group that has benefited from all of the pain -- Wall Street hedge funds. Guest: Lily Jamali, Former Co-Host, The California Report

    Pipeline Likely Damaged Months Before Orange County Oil Spill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 12:42

    City and state beaches are reopening in Huntington Beach after more than a thousand volunteers and workers continued with clean-up efforts over the weekend, following the recent oil spill. Investigators are looking into whether the pipeline in question may have been damaged far earlier than first thought. Homekey is the centerpiece of California's multi-billion dollar plans to fight homelessness. Started last year, it focuses on turning old or underused businesses, especially motels, into permanent supportive housing for the homeless. But the program is also showing other benefits in some cities. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring California high school students to take an ethnic studies class in order to graduate. The courses must be offered by the 2025-26 school year. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED  A new law will afford tribes the same ambulance certification exemptions given to city and county fire departments. Previously, tribes had to jump through hoops. Reporter: Nicole Nixon, CapRadio

    Officials Still Unclear How Much Oil Spilled Off Coast of Orange County

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 17:37

    Nearly a week after oil was first reported off the coast of Orange County, investigators still have not been able to determine exactly how much crude has spilled into the Pacific. Tar balls have been spotted further south in San Diego County, but it's unclear if they're from the oil spill. During the pandemic, people have taken up lots of new hobbies and activities. That includes yoga. And some yoga instructors have found ways to create culturally sensitive spaces for students of color, in an industry where many feel white westerners have co-opted the practice.  Reporter: Gabriella Frenes, The California Report  As COVID-19 cases decline in California, Los Angeles County health officials are encouraged by another metric -- more teenagers are getting vaccinated. In the past month, there was a 5% increase in Latino 12-15 year olds receiving the free shots. The percentage was similar for Native American children in the same age group, followed by Black children.  Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC  Bay Area public health officers say the Delta COVID-19 surge is subsiding. So now, it's time to talk about an exit strategy for indoor mask mandates. Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED 

    German Ship Now Being Investigated For Potential Role in Pipeline Rupture

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 18:12

    The investigation continues into this past weekend's oil spill off the coast of Orange County, with attention now focused on a cargo container vessel named “The Rotterdam Express.” The German-owned ship was anchored near the site of the oil spill for more than a week, before the pipeline owned by Amplify Energy ruptured. The Los Angeles City Council has passed an ordinance requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter many indoor businesses, city-owned buildings and large events. Reporter: Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW As California's drought persists, there's once again attention on saving water and a renewed push to make our homes and gardens more water efficient. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report

    New Details Released on Ruptured Pipeline Involved in Massive Oil Spill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 15:49

    The Coast Guard says a section of the pipeline that ruptured off the coast of Orange County moved more than a hundred feet along the ocean floor. It's still unclear what caused the rupture, as authorities have not been able to confirm reports that it may have been caused by a ship's anchor. Southern California Congressman Mike Levin is renewing a call to pass his legislation, that would ban new offshore drilling off the coast of Southern California. He says the massive oil spill in Orange County is further evidence of the importance of the bill. Guest: Congressman Mike Levin, Representative for California's 49th District Governor Gavin Newsom was at a Fresno elementary school on Tuesday to sign historic education bills into law. One will expand free access to early Pre-K and fund a college savings account for low-income students.  Reporter: Soreath Hok, Valley Public Radio  In a split decision, a three judge panel on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that California's ban on private prisons and detention centers is unconstitutional. A private prison firm and the Trump administration had sued to stop the 2019 ban from taking effect.  Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Why did some homes in the Northern California town of Paradise survive the 2018 Camp Fire while so many others did not? New research shows that simple actions such as creating defensible space around homes might have been a big factor.  Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED Tesla's annual shareholder meeting is Thursday and it comes days after a jury ordered the carmaker to pay $137 million to a Black worker, who accused the company of ignoring racist abuse. The former employee, who worked at Tesla's Fremont plant from 2015 to 2016, said he was called racist names and employees drew swastikas and left racist graffiti around the plant.  Reporter: Holly J. McDede, KQED 

    More Questions Raised About Response to Massive Southern California Oil Spill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 15:58

    There are growing questions about why the emergency response wasn't faster to a massive oil spill in Orange County over the weekend. And an investigation into the pipeline's rupture is also underway. The oil spill is also threatening to destroy ecologically sensitive marsh areas in Southern California. Wetlands in Huntington Beach, which have been carefully restored and maintained since the 1990s, are now inundated with oil, and they're critical for coastal life. Reporter: Jacob Margolis, KPCC Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that aims to address racial health disparities for new moms of color and their babies.  Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED In response to an investigation by California public radio stations into the health risks from wildfire smoke, state and federal lawmakers plan to introduce legislation and hold at least one hearing on the topic. Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio  

    Massive Oil Spill off Orange County Coast Called Potential Ecological Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 14:18

    Crews are working to contain a massive oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach. The oil spill has closed many beaches in the area, and environmental groups are working frantically to save wildlife that has been impacted by the spill. In surveys, half of Californians say they have to wait too long to see a mental health provider when they need one. A new bill currently on the governor's desk would require health insurers to reduce those wait times to no more than 10 business days.  Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED  California's statewide eviction moratorium has expired. And now many tenants are looking for rent relief and legal guidance.  Reporter: Molly Solomon, KQED 

    Police Reform Bills Signed by Governor Newsom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 17:58

    California should see big changes in police practices and an increase in transparency and accountability for officer misconduct because of a set of bills signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The laws include an expansion of police transparency, allowing public access to cases involving racial discrimination, unlawful arrests and excessive force by officers. Reporter: Alex Emslie, KQED This week, The California Report is losing a key member of our family, our team. Co-host Lily Jamali is moving onto exciting new challenges outside of KQED. Lily came to The California Report as co-host and reporter in mid-2018, and it's overwhelming what she's been able to accomplish these last three years. Reporter: Angela Corral The state's eviction moratorium has expired. But applying for rent relief can still put off an eviction,at least for now.  Reporter: Erika Kelly, KQED  A prominent California lawyer who advised President Donald Trump on overturning election results is facing calls to be investigated -- and possibly disbarred. Chapman University Law School Professor John Eastman was forced to resign after speaking at the rally that preceded the insurrection on January 6.  Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

    Smoky Air From Wildfires Impacting Parts of California Differently

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 13:24

    As part of our continuing investigation, “Dangerous Air,” NPR's California Newsroom found out how some Californians are coping with all the smoke created by wildfires in the state, and why the smoke hits some parts of California harder than others.  Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW With so much social media inundated with vaccine misinformation, YouTube has announced it's cracking down on it, again. The company said it would remove videos claiming that vaccines do not reduce rates of transmission or contraction of disease, and content that includes misinformation on the makeup of the vaccines.  Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED The L.A. City Council was supposed to vote on a sweeping municipal ordinance Wednesday that would require people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering many indoor public spaces. But the council had to delay action after one councilmember withheld his vote. Reporter: Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW 

    Schools in Rural Northern California See Dangerous Effects of Wildfire Smoke

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 12:32

    In the second part of NPR's California Newsroom investigation, Dirty Air, we traveled to rural Northern California. There's been a shocking increase in wildfire smoke, and unhealthy air recently in California, and it can be particularly damaging for children. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED The KNP Complex Fire and Windy Fire continue to grow as they scorch parts of Sequoia National Park. Thousands of firefighters are battling challenging conditions, including steep and rugged terrain. During a contentious meeting, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for eligible students and staff. The plan calls for younger students to be vaccinated as well, once the vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    Californians Exposed to More Unhealthy, Smoke-Filled Air

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 11:45

    An analysis by NPR's California Newsroom of more than ten years of data found a tremendous spike in the amount of smoke we are breathing, from San Diego to the Oregon border, with disturbing health outcomes. In some parts of rural Northern California, people are living with unhealthy air months at a time. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED  From now on, California voters will get a ballot in the mail, by default, in all future elections. It's the result of a new law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday.  Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED 

    PG&E Charged With Manslaughter in Deadly 2020 Zogg Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 18:16

    PG&E is facing manslaughter and other charges after its equipment started the 2020 Zogg Fire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes. On Friday, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced 31 charges against the utility, saying it failed to perform its legal duties. Californians with the most basic homeowners insurance policies have long complained that when disasters strike, they just don't have enough coverage to pay for all of their expenses. But change is coming . Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report California's groundbreaking task force on reparations for Black Californians wrapped up its latest meeting on Friday. The group is working on drafting a reparations proposal.  Reporter: Cristina Kim, KPBS  COVID-19 cases among young people were increasing last month as students started the school year. Cases have since declined, but even small COVID outbreaks at schools in the Central Valley are having major impacts on families in rural communities. Reporter: Madi Bolanos, Valley Public Radio  Breathing in too much ozone gas is harmful for our health. Now researchers say the health risk is even higher for older Californians who live in areas with elevated ozone pollution.  Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW

    California Prepares to Issue Booster Shots to More Eligible Residents

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 16:16

    Now that it's received approval from the Food and Drug Administration, and been endorsed by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel, state health officials say they're ready to give COVID-19 booster shots to anyone who's eligible. Before it's widely distributed, the efficacy of a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine still needs to be reviewed by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.  Movie fans will soon be able to enjoy a new museum in Los Angeles that is aimed specifically for them. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens on Septemeber 30, and will provide guests with a rich, visual history of the filmmaking industry. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report During a visit to the site of KNP Complex Fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $15 billion climate package. But how will the money be spent? Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED The KNP Complex Fire and Windy Fire are both burning in Sequoia National Park. Fire crews are trying to protect the iconic trees there and so far, have been fairly successful. Reporter: Sorreath Hok, Valley Public Radio 

    Years of Preparation Help Save Some Communities From Caldor Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 13:45

    While the Caldor Fire has destroyed more than a thousand buildings and continues to burn, communities around South Lake Tahoe mostly escaped the fire's destruction -- despite lying square in its path. That's thanks to firefighters, but also years of work preparing the forest. Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED  Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 701. It's a bill that requires warehouse operators to disclose more about the quotas and algorithms they use to squeeze more productivity out of workers, possibly creating more dangerous workplaces. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED After a month and a half-long preliminary hearing, Paul and Ruben Flores will stand trial for crimes related to the disappearance and murder of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristin Smart, who went missing in 1996. Smart was never found and was declared legally dead in 2002.  Reporter: Rachel Showalter, KCBX 

    As Drought Worsens, Californians Failing to Conserve Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 17:46

    In July, as a response to the worsening drought, Governor Gavin Newsom asked the people of California to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15%. But so far, Californians have only reduced water consumption by less than 2 %. Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED  Los Angeles County has two juvenile halls, but state officials say they're both failing in their duties. The facilities are accused of treating the young people housed there so poorly, that within the next two months, they'll have to either fix the way they operate, or remove juveniles from the detention centers all together.  Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW With extremely high COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the Central Valley, pediatricians are warning local doctors to be on the lookout for a related condition found in children who have been exposed to the virus. Cases of Multi Inflammatory Syndrome , or MIS-C tend to increase following a rise in COVID-19 cases. Reporter: Madi Bolanos, Valley Public Radio  Next year in Los Angeles, residents will elect a new mayor, and people are starting to announce their intentions to run. The latest is L.A. City Councilman Kevin de Leon, who announced his candidacy Tuesday. Reporter: Libby Denkmann, KPCC  With every natural disaster and humanitarian crisis, Californians apply thumbs to phones to send money to people and organizations raising funds for those in need. Which explains the presence of a bill, on Governor Newsom's desk now, that promises to boost state oversight of charitable fundraising online.  Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED

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