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    Judge Rules Walgreens Contributed To Opioid Crisis In San Francisco

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 11:20

    San Francisco has won a landmark lawsuit against Walgreens pharmacy over its role in fueling the opioid epidemic in the city. A federal judge found that Walgreens filled hundreds of thousands of suspicious prescriptions for powerful painkillers over 15 years, without taking steps to prevent their misuse. California's Supreme Court may soon get its first Latina Chief Justice. Patricia Guerrero currently sits on the state's supreme court as an associate justice and she's held that role since March. Reporter: Amanda Stupi, KQED This year, potentially tens of thousands of Californians who couldn't work because of health reasons, including pregnancy, have been forced to wait weeks -- or even months -- to get their “State Disability Insurance” payments. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED  

    LA City Council Approves Ban On Encampments Near Schools During Raucous Meeting

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 11:34

    An L.A. City Council meeting turned chaotic Tuesday when members of the public started shouting at council members and one person made an attempt to lunge at the dais. The council was preparing to vote on an ordinance that would ban homeless encampments near schools and daycare centers. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report  More than 4,250 COVID-19 deaths in California could have been prevented in one year if the entire state met National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. That's according to a new study by the Public Health Institute. Guest: Dr. Paul English, Director of the Public Health Institute's Tracking California program

    New Report Blasts California's Employment Development Department

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:44

    California's Employment Development Department was too slow delivering unemployment insurance payments to roughly 5 million workers during the pandemic. That's from a new report by the Legislative Analyst's Office.  Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED More than 22,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border from Mexico into California since the Russian invasion in February. Many have come to the Sacramento area, which already has a large and tight-knit Slavic community.  Reporter: Pauline Bartolone, CapRadio A State Senate committee focused on California's response to monkeypox will hold its first hearing on Tuesday afternoon. The committee is chaired by State Senator Scott Wiener, who's been a vocal critic of the government's failure to act quickly when the monkeypox outbreak first occurred. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED Hate crimes are up for the fourth straight year in a row across the U.S. That's according to new data from Cal State San Bernardino, which found that in California, hate crimes jumped more than 32% last year. Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED  Gun rights groups are suing the state of California over a bill signed into law in June, that bans the marketing of guns to minors. Firearm advocates say the law is a direct assault on the Second Amendment. Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED California's fast food and franchising industries could change drastically under a bill moving through the state Legislature. The bill would give fast food workers the power to collectively bargain through a state-run council. Reporter: Nicole Nixon, CapRadio 

    Hotels Could Be Required To Provide Rooms For The Unhoused Population In LA

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 17:29

    Los Angeles voters will decide whether they want to require hotels across the city to provide vacant rooms to unhoused people. The City Council voted Friday to put the contentious hotel voucher program on the 2024 ballot. Reporter: Megan Jamerson, KCRW  Farmworkers from across the state have joined the “March for the Governor's Signature,” a 335 mile trek from Kern County to Sacramento, to show support for a voting rights bill. Although farmworkers say the bill is critical for unionization, some argue that it will not accomplish what it's intended to do. Reporter: Esther Quintanilla, KVPR  California women are more likely than men to be rent burdened, meaning they spend a third or more of their income on rent and other housing costs. That's according to a new study from the Gender Equity Policy Institute. Reporter: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED The California Air Resources Board held a series of public listening sessions across the state last week. Its part of the board's latest plan to help the state achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Reporter: Soreath Hok, KVPR A federal lawsuit has been filed against the sheriff in Siskiyou County and other county officials, alleging that Asian American residents have been unfairly discriminated against. The lawsuit claims that Asian Americans have been harrassed and discriminated against. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    As Monkeypox Cases Surge In California, Feds Look To Increase Vaccine Supply

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 11:33

    Federal health officials are considering breaking single doses of monkeypox vaccine into smaller doses to stretch the current supply. The Food and Drug Administration may allow healthcare providers to split a one-dose vial of the monkeypox vaccine into five doses. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC Throughout history, struggling Americans have looked for greener pastures, with many striking out for California. But some powerful people in the state have actively tried to keep the migrants out by setting up border checkpoints.  Guest: Bill Lascher, Author of the book "The Golden Fortress: California's Border War on Dust Bowl Refugees"

    Childcare Crisis Hits Home For Many California Families

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 11:17

    Long waitlists. Parents lining up overnight in hopes of landing an open spot in daycare or preschool. These are some of the stories that have emerged since the pandemic, highlighting the nation's childcare crisis. Reporter: Daisy Nguyen, KQED

    Dodgers Legendary Announcer Vin Scully Dies At 94

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 15:48

    He was the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for decades. On Tuesday, Vin Scully died at the age of 94. Guest: Bill Shaikin, Reporter, L.A. Times California faces increased wildfire danger across much of the state into the fall months. This comes as crews continue to battle the biggest fire of the year in Siskiyou County. Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED   Farmworkers from across California are beginning a march up the Central Valley on Wednesday morning. It's all to support a voting rights bill.  Reporter: Esther Quintanilla, KVPR Some state courts appear to be dragging their feet following a new law, that's intended to give relief to people piling up late fees for infractions like traffic tickets.  Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED   It's an election year, with control of Congress in play. In one of Orange County's most competitive congressional districts, the sitting Republican Congresswoman and her Democratic challenger don't agree on much. But they do see eye-to-eye on one thing -- U.S. policy toward Taiwan. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED

    California Declares State Of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 16:03

    Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as part of California's ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak. Meanwhile in San Francisco, the city's main public hospital plans to distribute more monkeypox vaccine on Tuesday. Reporter: Sara Hossaini, KQED State lawmakers have reconvened in Sacramento after a month-long summer recess for the final, frenzied month of the legislative session. There are a number of bills that will be voted on, from abortion to gun rights. Guest: Emily Hoeven, Author of the WhatMatters newsletter for CalMatters Crews saw much calmer weather on Monday as they continue to battle the McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County. But there's still no containment on the fire, which has burned more than 55,000 acres. Guest Erik Neumann, Interim News Director, Jefferson Public Radio A bill to allow so-called “safe injection sites” where addicts can use drugs with supervision is on its way to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED  Visitors to Redwood National Forest on the North Coast could be fined and even face jail time if they're caught trying to get too close to the world's tallest tree. Reporter: Anaïs-Ophelia Lino, KQED

    Two People Killed In The McKinney Wildfire That Burns Out Of Control In Siskiyou County

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 18:07

    Authorities say two bodies have been found inside a burned vehicle in the path of a raging California wildfire that is one of several major blazes burning across Northern California. Hundreds of millions of dollars are headed to the Golden State for Climate Change and infrastructure. The mix of fires, drought, and even record rainfall in some parts of California are taking a toll on the state's infrastructure. But, a new federal program unveiled last week, could funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to the Golden State to help safeguard its roads and bridges. Reporter Caleigh Wells, KCRW California Health officials are not ready to declare a statewide emergency for Monkeypox. The State of California has reported nearly eight hundred cases of Monkeypox - the majority in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Eleven people in California have been hospitalized - but, no one has died. So, health officials in California say they don't see the need - at least not yet - to declare a statewide emergency over the Monkeypox virus....similar to the local one declared by the city of San Francisco last week. A new Kaiser study says adults with young kids could provide some protection against severe COVID illnesses. Researchers compared more than half million adults - and found that those without children were 49 percent more likely to be hospitalized-and 76 percent more likely to be admitted to an ICU - than those with young kids at home. A School in the Inland Empire plans to move because of influx of new warehouses. Another large warehouse complex is slated for Southern California's Inland Empire… which is east of Los Angeles.  The region is home to over a billion square feet of warehouses.  One of the latest proposed warehouses would be next door to an elementary school in the small community of Bloomington in San Bernardino County. Reporter Jonathan Linden, KVCR A new public housing project in Southern California is unlike many others. It's called Jordan Downs and it's located in L.A.'s Watts community. Even in a state where millions struggle to find…and keep… an affordable place to live, building more public housing hasn't been a popular solution. That's because over the decades public housing has become synonymous with segregation of Blacks and Latinos, warehousing of the poor, and terrible living conditions. But in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood, one big public housing project called Jordan Downs is in the midst of a decades-long, one billion dollar transformation. When done, it will more than double the number of people living there. Its also supposed to show the potential of public housing….if done right.. Reporter Saul Gonzalez, The California Report

    L.A. County Decides Not To Re-Implement Mask Mandate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 11:15

    L.A. County health officials have pushed the pause button on reinstituting an indoor public mask mandate. The data show that LA is right on the cusp of dropping into the CDC's medium COVID risk level. That's due to hospitalizations dipping slightly.  Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC Farming in California has not been a friendly place to Black people, let alone Black women. Only one percent of farmland in the state is Black owned. Reporter: Ariana Proehl, KQED

    Monkeypox Vaccine Extremely Limited In L.A. County

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 16:50

    L.A. County health officials closed the online waiting list for the monkeypox vaccine Thursday, just one day after it went live. Some qualified people are being turned away at vaccine sites and given conflicting advice.  Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC  Truckers at the Port of Oakland continue to protest for the second straight week over AB5, the state law that reclassifies many independent contractors as employees. But truckers have agreed not to block access to terminals and plan instead to rally in designated "free speech" zones set up by the port.   Reporter: Holly J. McDede, KQED  The Oakland City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to urge state lawmakers to put a measure on the ballot that would officially repeal Prop 8. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED  Customs and Border Protection say a record number of migrants have been injured while trying to cross the border illegally into San Diego County.  Reporter: Gustavo Solis, KPBS Nevada's Lake Mead, which is fed by the Colorado River, has long played a critical role in supplying much of California's water. While it's no secret all of the West is gripped by drought, new images of Lake Mead released by NASA are providing the clearest picture yet of the dire situation.  Reporter: Matt Guilhem, KCRW

    Families Deal With Devastating Losses From Oak Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 17:47

    As firefighters make gains on the Oak Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, families are beginning to reckon with the devastation. California's largest fire of the year so far, has consumed nearly 19, 000 acres and forced thousands to flee. Reporter: Joshua Yeager, KVPR  The chief justice of California's Supreme Court says she will not seek a second term in November. Tani Cantil-Sakauye says she will retire at the end of her term on January 1. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED Organizers rallied outside the Glendale offices of State Senator Anthony Portantino on Wednesday to call for support of a bill that would put restrictions on the use of solitary confinement. Reporter: Robert Garrova, KPCC  Seven of the ten most expensive areas for housing in the nation are in California, with San Francisco being the most expensive and out of reach metropolitan area in the country. That's according to a newly released report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Reporter: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED A new statewide survey from the Public Policy Institute of California reveals where Californians stand on a host of issues from gas prices to climate policy. Reporter: Janaya Williams, KCRW  More and more Californians are following water restrictions as the state's drought drags on. Or at least, they're supposed to be. There's actually a satellite orbiting the Earth that can reveal the rule breakers. And one Californian knows who you are. Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW

    Audit Finds Thousands Of Californians Without Safe Drinking Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 13:29

    A state audit report shows hundreds of thousands of Californians are drinking water that is unsafe, and many live in disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley.  The state auditor's report found nearly a million people in California face possible long-term health problems, like liver or kidney damage, or cancer, because their water comes from a failing system with some sort of contaminant, like nitrates or arsenic.  Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED As the drought persists, many farmers are making the decision to fallow or set aside land that isn't being used to grow crops. But what does that actually mean and how does that impact residents living near these fields?   Guest: Andrew Ayers, a research fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California's Water Policy Center Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Teachers Association are opposing Proposition 30, a “clean air initiative” on the November ballot that would tax the wealthiest Californians to pay for electric car rebates.  Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED  Officials say more than 6 million passengers passed through Los Angeles International Airport last month for the first time since January 2020. Reporter: Janaya Williams, KCRW 

    California Man Details Monkeypox Experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 18:10

    The U.S. monkeypox outbreak is swiftly expanding. The CDC reports over 3400 known cases concentrated mainly among men who have sex with men. And in these early days of its spread, people can spend days in search of the right diagnosis. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC San Francisco Supervisors on Tuesday are expected to urge U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to suspend plans to shut down Laguna Honda Hospital. It's the largest skilled nursing facility in California.  Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva refused to testify before the Civilian Oversight Commission on Monday. The county's top cop says he'll speak with the watchdog group about alleged deputy cliques only if certain conditions are met. Reporter: Matt Guilhem, KCRW As the city of Pasadena struggles with an increase in gun violence, it's turning to gang interventionists for help. The latest effort to stem the violence was a three on three basketball tournament at Robinson Park on a recent weekend. Reporter: Emily Elena Dugdale, KPCC

    Governor Newsom Signs A Package Of Bills Aimed At Reducing Gun Violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 16:59

    Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of Bills on Thursday aimed at reducing gun violence across the state. Of the 8 bills Newsom signed, one targets the sale of gun parts made from 3D printers, another prevents those convicted of child abuse or elder abuse from having a gun for 10 years … a third requires schools to report student threats or perceived threats of violence. Politics Editor Scott Shafer, KQED Radio This week's protests by truckers at the Port of Oakland follows a U-S Supreme Court decision that rejected an industry bid to exclude truckers... who often own their own vehicles.  Truckers are demanding either a repeal of AB5, or clarification as to how it will be enforced.  Governor Gavin Newsom says truckers should work to implement the transition to AB5. Mexican-American lowrider cruising enthusiasts are working to roll back a decades old cruising ban. If you're of a certain age, you might remember the 1973 George Lucas film “American Graffiti” which celebrated California car cruising culture. But in a lot of cities, cruising has been illegal for years. The California Reports' Mary Franklin Harvin reports from San Jose…which recently scrapped its decades-old cruising ban. Reporter Mary Franklin Harvin, The California Report   California's Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously this week to allow people to use crypto currency for political campaign donations. Cryptocurrency donations have been allowed at the federal level since 2014. But California banned the practice four years ago, largely due to concerns about transparency.  The new state rule incorporates safeguards. Donors must be identified — and the donation must be converted to cash immediately. Reporter Rachael Myrow, KQED Radio The University of California Regents has decided to investigate UCLA's decision to leave the PAC-12 Athletic Conference for the Big Ten. The move comes after Governor Gavin Newsom expressed anger and confusion about the sudden move and after he spoke during a closed door meeting of the regents.  Newsom wants UCLA to explain how the move will help student-athletes.  The California State Fair is back for the first time since 2019. The familiar sights, smells and sounds are back, too... such as livestock, games, funnel cakes, corn dogs and so much more.  You and the family can take in some of the attractions at the Cal Expo fairgrounds in Sacramento. The fair runs through the 31st and children 4 and younger get in for free.  Reporter Chris Nichols, CapRadio Check out a preview of our Sister Show, The California Report's Weekly Magazine. For their Hidden Gems road trip series, reporter Amanda Font takes us to Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County.  That's where she set sail on a quirky boat ride bringing together 80s movie history and pirate adventure.    Reporter Amanda Font, KQED Radio

    State Assembly Speaker Calling On Feds For More Urgent Response Regarding The Spread Of Monkeypox

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 16:41

    At a press conference in Los Angeles yesterday, State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called on U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, to declare a public health emergency. As of yesterday, San Francisco has 141 cases of Monkeypox more than any other county, followed by LA County with 132. UCLA's departure will leave just UC Berkeley as the only UC campus in the Pac 12. In a statement, Newsom says he wants to know from UCLA how moving to the Big Ten will benefit its student-athletes and preserve college sports rivalries and traditions along the Pacific Coast? Rob Adams was fatally shot by police in a San Bernardino parking lot on Saturday while running away from officers. Police say Adams was carrying a gun and was displaying the weapon when officers drove up. But family members dispute that story and say he was holding his cell phone, not a firearm.  The San Bernardino police department reported to the state Department of Justice that officers shot and killed 13 men from 2016 to 2020. Reporter Jonathan Linden, KVCR Radio This week Governor Newsom signed into law a bill that would require the use of GPS devices to monitor so called “sexually violent predators” when they're granted conditional release from a state mental hospital in Fresno County. Supporters of the law say it's necessary to protect California communities.  But some critics say the GPS tracking of offenders would be an invasion of their right to privacy. Reporter Saul Gonzalez, The California Report It was just four years ago that the commission voted to prohibit campaigns from receiving any crypto donations. But as we know- things change fast in the digital world.  So far, 12 states and Washington, DC now allow Crypto donations. California has been among nine states banning these digital contributions because they're tough to regulate and trace.  If the change is approved, crypto donations must be processed using a service that collects the donor's name, address, occupation, and employer. Reporter Tara Siler, KQED Radio House Democrats Want To Update A Law From The 1920s That Lets The Government Grant Legal Residence To Long-Time Immigrants Who Lack Documentation. The Registry Act Bill was introduced on Wednesday and has been updated over the years, but the current version only offers green cards to people who've lived here since at least 1972.  Under the new bill, with a rolling cutoff date, immigrants could apply on a case-by-case basis if they've lived in the U.S. for seven years. Opponents say it would reward illegal immigration. Reporter Tyche Hendricks, The California Report How Far Should Society Go In Trying To Help The Most Severely Mentally Ill? There's a bill moving through the state legislature seeking to create a new kind of court system in California with the authority to compel some people to receive mental health treatment even if they don't want it.  The proposal has sparked an intense debate about personal freedom and how best to protect people from the toll of mental illness.  Reporter Robert Garrova, The California Report

    New Report Documents Harassment and Discrimination in Asian American and Pacific Island Communities

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 13:33

    Health Officials Expand Access for Monkeypox Vaccine In Los Angeles, some high-risk people can now sign up for shots to combat Monkeypox online. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC California Trees Dying at An Alarming Rate The loss of California trees is posing a direct threat to one of the state's climate solutions. Reporter: Megan Jamerson, KCRW The Aftermath of the Creek Fire As we warily prepare for what might be another devastating wildfire season in California, many communities are dealing with the aftermath of past blazes. It's been almost two years since the state's massive Creek Fire destroyed nearly half of the homes in one tight-knit mountain community in Fresno County. Alice Daniel, KVPR New Report Documents Harassment and Discrimination in Asian American and Pacific Island Communities More than 11,000 incidents of harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes against members of the nation's Asian American and Pacific Islander communities were reported in the last two years. That's according to a new report out by a California- based research and advocacy group. Nina Thorsen, KQED House Speaker Nanci Pelosi Urges Feds to Step Up Response to Monkeypox In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beccera, Pelosi said the slow federal response to monkeypox is leaving health care providers with massive waitlists and telephone hotlines overrun by desperate callers. Scott Shafer, KQED Apple Is Abusing Its Market Power with Apple Pay, Lawsuit Says This lawsuit accuses Apple of ensuring its devices exclusively use its mobile wallet to make contactless payments. That's a monopoly, the complaint says, allowing Apple to charge card issuers for a service they get free on Android devices. Rachael Myrow, KQED Community College Students Continue to Wait for Promised Free Textbooks State lawmakers announced last year that they were carving out money to provide relief, community college students are still waiting to receive promised free textbooks. But a bureaucratic logjam is holding up the state funding. Danielle Chiriguayo, KCRW    

    Inflation Hits California Renters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 15:18

    With summer in full swing, vacationers are heading to places like Lake Tahoe. But seasonal workers at vacation spots around the lake are feeling the effects of the rising cost of living. Reporter: Sarah Mizes-Tan, CapRadio Inflation has been hitting Californians at the gas pump and the grocery store. Now many are facing another new expense - double digit rent increases. Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC   

    Mask Mandates Back At Some California Schools

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 11:25

    With highly infectious subvariants of Omicron, like BA.5, increasing the spread of COVID-19, mask mandates continue to be re-introduced in the state. Starting Monday, the San Diego Unified School District will require indoor masking for thousands of students and staff involved with summer school activities. A ballot initiative that would've taxed the wealthy to fund public health programs won't make it to the ballot this year. But that doesn't mean the idea is dead. Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW A group of foster youth gave a presentaton to the state public health director last week about why it's important to include young people in COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  Reporter: Holly J. McDede, KQED New sales numbers are out showing Americans are buying EVs at record levels, and they'd actually be buying a lot more if it weren't for supply chain problems affecting the availability of vehicles. California, perhaps not surprisingly, is leading the electric vehicle buying spree.  Guest: Loren McDonald, Electric Vehicle Industry Analyst

    Los Angeles County Could Face Mask Mandate In The Coming Weeks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 17:29

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the state. And now, federal health officials say L.A. County's COVID community risk is high.  Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC Housing is an issue across the state and it's been aggravated by the pandemic. A new podcast, Undocumented and Unhoused, released in partnership with El Timpano and Latino USA, looks at how COVID-19 and rising rent prices has led to an increase of undocumented and unhoused people in the Bay Area. Guests: Madeleine Bair, Founder of El Timpano, and Marta Martinez, Senior Editor, Latino USA Lawyers for five women suing Uber over its response to sexual assaults by drivers, say they plan to file similar claims on behalf of more than 500 people. The complaint alleges women were stalked, harassed, kidnapped, and raped during their rides. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED

    CA Attorney General Has Plan For Nearly 1.5 Million California Tenants At Risk Of Eviction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 11:35

    One in seven California tenants are behind on their rent. So, Attorney General Rob Bonta is issuing instructions to sheriff and police departments across the state on how to respond when someone reports an illegal eviction.  Reporter Erin Baldassari, KQED  Overall, 91 percent of jobs at daycare centers in California have come back.  That might sound good, but the state lags behind the rest of the U.S. economy.  Reporter Daisy Nguyen, KQED  Starting January 1, the University of California and Cal State school systems will offer *all* students medication abortions through their student health centers. Thanks to a law that passed in 2019, the new policy will connect more than 62-hundred students statewide with those services. And for some, including those in the UC system, student insurance plans will cover all associated costs. Reporter Danielle Chiriguayo, KCRW Big money donors supporting Proposition 30 include San Francisco venture capitalist Ron Conway and former Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer. But Lyft has contributed by far the most -- more than seven million dollars.  Last year California approved a mandate for ride hailing companies: 90 percent of their miles logged must be with electric cars by 2030.  Climate Editor Kevin Stark, KQED The statue of Frank Bogert was removed from the front of Palm Springs' City Hall this week. The former actor and rodeo announcer was Mayor of Palm Springs in the 1950s and 60s and oversaw much of the desert city's growth. What's raising controversy is that he also authorized the bulldozing of homes of poor Native American, Black and Latino families from an area of the city called Section 14, back in the 1960s.  Reporter Saul Gonzalez, The California Report

    The BA Five Variant Is Outcompeting Other Strains Of COVID-19 Across The Bay Area

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 14:07

    BA.5 is now the most dominant variant showing up in wastewater in the South Bay, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento and elsewhere.  The latest data from researchers who study sewage shows clues into how COVID-19 is spreading across the Bay Area.  Science Editor Kevin Stark, KQED There's a 25% increase in COVID hospitalizations in Los Angeles County. Health officials say on Thursday LA County could move into the CDC's high risk category for COVID community spread due to high hospitalizations. Reporter Jackie Fortier, The California Report The FDA has revised its Emergency Use Authorization to let licensed pharmacists prescribe Paxlovid, the treatment given to those at risk of serious illness from COVID. Reporter Carly Severn, The California Report City attorney David Chiu announced that Allergan and Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $34 million-dollars in cash, and another $20 million dollars worth of Narcan, a treatment for opioid overdose.  Walgreens is the only remaining defendant in the case; their lawyers are set to give closing arguments today.  Californians who are in mental distress and thinking about suicide will be able to call, or text, a new three digit number (9-8-8) to get help.  But if they call, will someone pick-up the line?  Reporter Saul Gonzalez, The California Report   Starting on Saturday, Californians who are in mental distress and thinking about suicide will be able to call, or text, a new three digit number to get help. But if they call, will someone pick-up the line? Reporter Saul Gonzalez, The California Report AB 1594 allows state and local governments, and private individuals, to sue gun-makers and sellers for damage caused by their products. Newsom signed legislation last month – adding restrictions on hard to trace ghost guns, and restricting ads for firearms aimed at minors. Politics Editor Scott Shafer, KQED Next week, Dodger Stadium will host the Major League Baseball... All Star Game. But, unions representing the stadium's 15-hundred food and beverage workers say they've got enough votes to authorize a strike. All Star festivities kick off this weekend with MLB's Futures Game. The union is hoping to hear from Levy Restaurants before the start of the game.

    The Washburn Fire In Yosemite National Park Is Now More Than 2700 Acres, But Fire Crews Are Optimistic About Saving The Giant Sequoias

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 18:40

    At a community meeting on Monday night, fire officials remained hopeful that they could protect trees in the Mariposa Grove like the Giant Grizzly. Reporter Soreath Hok, The California Report New heat maps show how hot weather is harming out health. On the hottest days in California, there are around 8,000 more daily ER visits than on typical days.  In LA County alone, there are more than 1,500. Reporter Caleigh Wells, KCRW City Officials in San Diego start the firing process for about 10 employees who refuse COVID vaccinations and tests. San Diego requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID, they but let about 1,000 employees skip the vaccine for religious reasons. Those employees then have to get tested weekly, but a small group refused that, too. Investigative Reporter Claire Trageser, KPBS  New report on new cyber-social threat for regions with large Hindu communities, like the San Francisco Bay Area, reveal real world security concerns. Rutgers University report finds white nationalists and other extremists on social media are bubbling with genocidal hate memes against Hindus. Reporter Rachael Myrow, KQED's Silicon Valley Desk The Tulare County Fairgrounds served as one of the country's ten assembly centers for many Japanese Americans who were sent to concentration camps during World War II.  Fresno and other fairgrounds that served as assembly centers have memorials, but Tulare does not. Mission Oak HS students are looking to change that. Reporter Joshua Yeager, KVPR If just one drone enters an area where firefighters are using aircraft to battle a blaze, the whole aerial operation has to grind to a halt.  A new partnership between LA County Fire and the FBI looks to deter drone flights that could hamper fire suppression efforts. Reporter Matt Guilhem, KCRW Last weekend the Bill Pickett Rodeo made a stop in the Bay Area. Next it heads to Los Angeles. Black cowboy culture runs deep in California. Meet a Bay Area Black cowboy who's joining the rodeo for the first time. Reporter Annelise Finney, KQED

    LA County Ramping Up Its Distribution Of Monkeypox Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 11:42

    Los Angeles County's approach to Monkeypox vaccines is different from other parts of the country. L.A. County is taking a more targeted approach by giving out doses only to people who have the disease and their close contacts. Reporter Jackie Fortier, The California Report A judge in Alameda County has ordered the state to temporarily stop issuing denials to rental relief applicants... and to hold off on finalizing many others. Reporter Erin Baldassari, KQED More than 2,000 acres have burned and residents and campers near the Washburn fire have been evacuated.  The wildfire, which started on July 7th, threatens at least 500 giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove. Last week's order from a Federal Judge came after an environmental organization, The Earth Island Institute, sued the National Park Service. The organization says the Park Service failed to provide proper public notice or assess environmental risks.  Reporter Felicia Alvarez, LA Times  Over the weekend, the new Sixth Street Viaduct opened in Los Angeles, and California's newest bridge is the largest and most expensive bridge project in the history of L.A. Reporter Saul Gonzalez, The California Report Researchers looked at moving patterns over the last several years, including during the pandemic. They found the outflow of Californians remained consistent....and many are moving out.  Reporter Matt Guilhem, KCRW   Drought restrictions that began last month in Southern California target water districts that rely heavily on water imported from Northern California. Santa Monica used to be among them. But now, less than half of their water is imported. Reporter Caleigh Wells, KCRW

    L-A County Could Reinstate Mask Mandate Due To Increase In COVID Hospital Cases

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 11:07

    The number of COVID-19 positive hospital patients continues to climb in L.A. County. So, the county could be headed for another public mask mandate.   Reporter Jackie Fortier, KPCC More than a third of Monkeypox cases are in San Francisco, where vaccine supply isn't. But, health officials have just received over 2,000 new vaccine doses this week. Reporter Vanessa Rancano, KQED New tax breaks from the State could help stabilize California's struggling Cannabis industry. Plenty of people in the industry are still not convinced the shifts will make enough of a dent for small businesses in the cannabis market. We talk to David Downs, Senior Editor at Leafly… who covers cannabis policy and legalization. Reporter Madi Bolanos, KQED Friendship Park on the US-Mexico border is a place where families separated by the border can see and talk to each other through the fence.  But, a new plan by the Biden Administration may change all that and activists are angered by the new developments. Border Reporter Gustavo Solis, KPBS Check out our sister show, The California Report's Weekly Magazine, as Lisa Morehouse's series, “California Foodways,” takes her to every one of California's 58 counties to bring us a story about food. Reporter Lisa Morehouse, California Foodways

    Test Launch At Vanderberg Space Force Base Ends With Huge Explosion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 11:17

    A military rocket test launch on California's Central Coast ends in failure Wednesday night, with the rocket blowing up seconds after launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Reporter Lance Orozco, KCLU Evacuation orders have been lifted in parts of Amador County as fire crews begin to get a handle on the Electra Fire, which is now 40-percent contained. Wildfire smoke is likely one reason Lake Tahoe was a little murkier last year. The head of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center says the lake has not fully recovered from a spike of fine particles that flowed into its waters after the extremely wet year of 2017. Reporter Steve Milne, CapRadio The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District serves many communities like Calabasas and Hidden Hills , home to celebrities. And, it's also home to some of the state's top water wasters. Reporter Keith Mizuguchi, KQED Damages that led to a power outage and the release of 5- thousand gallons of oil at an unmanned substation northwest of Bakersfield on Saturday has the California Public Utilities Commission investigating. Reporter Ted Goldberg, KQED A new report from the California Institute for Rural Studies says agriculture employees were four times more likely than any other industry, not to follow COVID-19 protocols, like enforcing face masks and physical distancing. On Wednesday opponents submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for a recall election against District Attorney George Gascon, who some say is soft on crime.  A spokesperson with the recall campaign said they spent about $8 million-dollars to gather over 700-thousand signatures.  If certified, the election would be the latest in a string of recalls in California. Two men tell KQED they have been held for about a week at a for-profit, private facility in Central California in retaliation for supporting a peaceful labor strike. Reporter Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED  

    Electra Fire Officials Say Wildfire Is Now 10-Percent Contained

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 11:35

    The Electra Fire which broke out on Monday is now 10-percent contained, according to Cal Fire officials. Nearly 1000 residents in Amador and Calaveras Counties are under mandatory evacuation as 4,000 acres have burned and another 1200 structures are threatened.  Dr. Bob Wachter, UCSF Chair of Medicine says people should continue to vaccinate and get boosters because it's easy to get the newest variant. Wachter also recommends people continue to wear masks in an effort to avoid getting the B-A 5 Omicron subvariant.    University of California researchers found thousands of prisoners and prison workers were infected with COVID-19, despite the high number of those vaccinated at prison facilities across the state. Advance Notice of Termination letters have gone out to at least three dozen employees, half of them in the San Diego Police Department, for failing to take COVID tests and/or get vaccinated, for religious reasons.

    Fire Danger Higher Than Normal In Northern, Central California

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 17:51

    California has entered the hottest and driest months of the year, and the Bay Area faces a treacherous fire season. According to the latest wildfire forecast, the potential for wildfire is above normal across Northern and Central California. Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED  As of July 1, millions of renters in Los Angeles received stronger protections against eviction. The new rules will provide a stronger defense for many L.A. renters who've been vulnerable to eviction since April, when a last-minute change in state law temporarily revoked the county's protections. Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC  With the Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade, California has pegged itself as a sanctuary for abortion services. But in many parts of the state, including the Central Valley, those services are hard to come by. Guest: Lauren Jennings, Reporter, Visalia Times-Delta The state budget approved by Governor Gavin Newsom last week includes $100 million to help children whose parents died from COVID-19. The HOPE for Children Act, will create savings accounts, with $4,000 deposited for kids younger than 9 and $8,000 for those ages 10 to 17.  Reporter: Maria Fernanda Bernal, KQED It's July, which means the hottest and smoggiest days are ahead of us. And that dangerous mix of higher temperatures and air pollution in California also means a higher spike in deaths. Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW  Climate change is leading to more extreme weather conditions across California. And during the summer months, extreme heat can be more than just an annoyance, it's downright dangerous. That's why the city of Los Angeles has launched a campaign to warn people about the dangers of extreme heat. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    Company In California Desert Looking To Help With Next Moon Mission

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 11:27

    Masten Space Systems is helping develop a line of rockets that could be used for spaceflights without a crew and eventually, the next mission to the moon. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report

    Supreme Court Decision On Carbon Pollution Not Expected To Impact California Rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 11:19

    A Supreme Court ruling out this week sharply limits the Biden administration's ability to limit carbon pollution from power plants. But it will not affect California's aggressive climate laws.  Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED California is adding four new states to the list of places to which state-funded travel is banned due to anti-LGBTQ laws. Attorney General Rob Bonta has added Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and Utah to California's do-not-travel list. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED Governor Newsom and the state legislature have agreed to eliminate more than $500 million in late payment fees on traffic violations for Californians. The penalties are known as civil assessments. They get tacked on as fines when someone doesn't pay off things like speeding tickets on time.  Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, The California Report  More people are getting infected with COVID-19 at work in Los Angeles County. With more than 300 workplaces reporting clusters of COVID-19 cases in the past week, L.A. County health officials are urging people to wear masks indoors. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC

    Two Sports Gambling Bills To Be On November Ballot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 14:30

    This fall, California voters will decide on two different proposals to legalize and tax betting on sports. Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court made it possible, voters will decide whether to legalize the multi-billion dollar industry here. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED  A controversial state bill that would make it easier to build housing in office spaces or strip malls has passed out of a Senate Committee. The bill has split the state's construction trade unions.   Reporter: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED Sacramento County's homeless population hit a new record high this winter at nearly 9300 people.  That's according to the Homeless Point-In-Time-Count, which was released earlier this week. Reporter: Chris Nichols, CapRadio California officials urged the federal EPA to let the state enforce its own ambitious clean truck standards at a hearing on Wednesday. The EPA is considering a waiver allowing California to impose strict regulations, forcing manufacturers to limit diesel pollution and increase production of electric trucks.  Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED  California nonprofits that help women access abortion care are reeling from changes to the state budget that lawmakers passed on Wednesday night. Some expenses that they thought would be covered for women traveling from out of state, won't be. Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED  The University of California has committed to hosting a voting center or ballot drop box at each of its campuses. The plan was announced as part of a partnership with the Secretary of State's Office to encourage students to vote.  Reporter: Juan Carlos Lara, KQED  

    Thousands Waiting For Help As Eviction Moratorium Set To Expire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 11:13

    The last of California's eviction protections expires on Friday. Lawmakers extended the deadline back in March, to give the state more time to pay out emergency rental assistance. But thousands of people who applied are still waiting, and could soon face eviction. Reporter: Erin Baldassari, KQED  Reported hate crimes in California rose significantly last year, according to a report issued Tuesday by Attorney General Rob Bonta. Overall reports of hate crimes rose nearly 33% last year – to the highest level since right after the 9/11 attacks. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED 

    California Voters Get To Decide On Abortion Issue in November

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 17:11

    In November, California voters will decide whether to enshrine a right to abortion in the state constitution, after the state Assembly voted on Monday to place the question on the November ballot. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED While abortion in California will remain legal, and the state says it will champion reproductive freedoms, Arizona is looking to enact some of the most draconian abortion laws in the country. What does this mean for both states? Guest: Howard Fischer, Reporter Capitol Media Services in Arizona Los Angeles County has allocated $50 million to start making purchases for 5,000 affordable housing units to help families reduce two big expenses - housing and transportation. Reporter: Janaya Williams/KCRW  Undocumented immigrants, ages 26 to 49, will get health coverage beginning in 2024. Roughly 700-thousand people are expected to sign up – at a cost of about 2 billion dollars a year. Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, KQED Advocates are hopeful that Gov. Newsom's budget proposal will consider an increase wage replacement for workers who take time off to care for an ill relative, or bond with a new child. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED  

    Californians Prepared To Help People From Out Of State With Abortion Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 11:29

    California, which has positioned itself as a bastion of reproductive rights, plans to welcome people from states where abortion services are now restricted or banned altogether, following last week's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The state may even help them cover the costs of traveling here. Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED

    After the Supreme Courts Ruling This Week California Lawmakers Gearing Up To Tighten Gun Laws

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 12:38

    California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Next week state lawmakers are expected to pass a bill that will make carrying a concealed weapon her even harder. Reporter: Kris Hooks, CapRadio Nathan Hochman, a former prosecutor and defense lawyer, has won enough votes to face California's Democratic Attorney General, Rob Bonta, in the November general election in California. Hochman won 18% of the vote in the June 7th primary, while Bonta garnered 54.8%, according to the latest figures released on Thursday by the California Secretary of State's Office. Prosecutors say the accused gunman who attacked a Taiwanese congregation in Laguna Woods was motivated by hate. The shooting shows a painful and complex past for Taiwanese immigrants and their American children. Reporter: Josie Huang, KPCC

    New Program Helps Paradise Residents Rebuild With Wildfire Prepared Homes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 11:31

    A Paradise homeowner is one of the first to get her home fire proofed. It's part of a program that helps residents who lost homes during the 2018 Camp Fire pay for safety improvements. Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED The trustee for a more than $13-billion-dollar fund set up to compensate Pacific Gas and Electric wildfire victims is stepping down. Retired Judge John K. Trotter has overseen the "Fire Victim Trust" for the past two years, but next week he leaves the post. Reporter:  Dan Brekke, KQED California's public pension systems won't have to divest their funds from fossil fuels anytime soon. A bill that would have forced the state's public pension systems to sell their oil and gas holdings by the end of the decade died in the state assembly this week. Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW Los Angeles renters may have to start paying back payments owed for rent during the pandemic now that the LA City Council is considering reversing measures that protected renters for the past two years. Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC

    California Firefighters Dealing With Mental Health Crisis On The Job

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 11:34

    Cal Fire is not only dealing with an increasing amount of wildfires across California, but many of its firefighters are facing their own mental health crisis. An investigation by CalMatters looked at the trauma these firefighters are facing and how it's affecting fire crews across the state. Guest: Julie Cart, Reporter, CalMatters Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to compel severely mentally ill Californians into treatment has cleared its latest legislative hurdle, despite concerns from civil liberties advocates. The CARE Court proposal is now headed to its next committee hearing in Sacramento. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED  

    Legislators Announce Committee To Investigate High Gas Prices

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 11:38

    California has the highest gasoline prices in the country. Now, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is investigating whether price gouging by energy companies is the biggest factor. Reporter: Nicole Nixon, CapRadio Cal Fire responds to thousands of fires every year, often at great risk to firefighters. That's earned the agency a heroic image in the public's eye. But Cal Fire is also responsible for work that helps prevent catastrophic fire damage, and an investigation by the California Newsroom has found that the agency has failed to meet many of those responsibilities. Guest: Danielle Venton, KQED

    Thousands Of Warriors Fans Expected For Victory Parade

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 11:35

    Thousands of people will line the streets of downtown San Francisco on Monday to celebrate the Golden State Warriors NBA Championship. This is the team's fourth title in the last eight years. At least one bill that would legalize sports betting in California will go before voters in November. And while California could join more than two dozen states with some form of legalized wagering on sports, some are concerned it could have a negative effect on those struggling to kick the habit of sports betting and gambling addiction. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report

    Warriors Win Fourth Championship

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 11:01

    The Golden State Warriors went on the road and defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, 103-90, to clinch their fourth NBA title in the last eight seasons. Guard Stephen Curry was named Finals MVP, after leading the team with 34 points in the finale. A Bay Area state senator is introducing a bill that would require California gun owners to have liability insurance. The bill from Senator Nancy Skinner of Berkeley would make gun owners take out policies similar to car insurance, that would make them financially responsible for injuries, damages, or deaths caused by the negligent or accidental use of their weapons.  Reporter: Nina Thorsen, KQED Immigrant detainees who work at two privately run detention facilities around Bakersfield have confirmed they are on strike. This comes as California's workplace health and safety regulators have opened an investigation into their working conditions at one of the detention centers. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

    Opinions Over Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Remain Mixed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 20:50

    For nearly a decade, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant has been the only active nuclear plant in California -- and the state's single largest source of electricity. It's been set for decommissioning over the next three years, but recently Governor Gavin Newsom has discussed delaying its closure, to help offset possible energy shortages predicted in the next few years. Reporter: Benjamin Purper, KCBX  The city of Sacramento has adopted an emergency ordinance aimed at better protecting patients and staff at reproductive health care clinics from harassment. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report   In a win for California employers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday placed limits on a state law that lets workers sue over certain labor law violations, even if they agreed to arbitration. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED  An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for young children under the age of 5. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers have been the last age group here in the U.S. without access to the COVID vaccines. If all regulatory steps are cleared, the shots could be available as soon as next week. Guest: Dr. Bob Wachter, Chair, UC San Francisco Department of Medicine

    Mortgage Relief Program Expands In California

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 15:57

    More California homeowners could get mortgage relief, as the state expands access to a program designed to help those who have struggled to make payments during the pandemic. Reporter: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED Southern California's sizzling real estate market may finally be getting a little cooler. As mortgage rates and inflation rise, some sellers now find themselves slashing asking prices to make a sale. Reporter: Matt Guilhem, KCRW Despite the cooling market in parts of Southern California, rent and property prices still remain out of reach for some Californians. Among them -- many child care providers in San Diego. Reporter: Claire Trageser, KPBS 

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