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Two weeks ago, a federal judge ruled that the COVID-19 vaccine must be mandated for California's prison guards on Eighth Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment) grounds given the risk unvaccinated guards pose to incarcerated individuals. Only 42% of prison guards are fully vaccinated. The state's prison guard union — a group that donated $1.75 million to Newsom in September's recall election — had argued against the vaccine mandate along with the Newsom administration. Cal Matters reported Wednesday that the Newsom administration has formally moved forward with appealing the judge's order to the Ninth Circuit in an attempt to block the mandate. There is nothing noble about avoiding the vaccine. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
California experiences the driest summer on record while the power company is shutting off the juice again. Is there relief in sight? The Governor signed a boat load of new laws but vetoed a couple controversial ones as well. The 2021 legislative session wraps up on Sacramento, but 2022 looks to be a busy year. Here's what is likely to impact you. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With guest Carl Gould The latest available numbers show Americans are quitting their jobs at a record rate with restaurant and hotel workers leading the mass exodus. More than 4-million workers quit in August - the most on record since December 2000. "This shows two things. Employee dissatisfaction, and business owners inability to understand how the dynamic between worker and employee has changed since the pandemic," says business analyst and president of Business Management Firm '7 Stage Advisors' in Butler, NJ Carl Gould Hiring also plunged sharply despite the number of available jobs remaining near record high levels. In the past year, open jobs have increased 62 percent. In industries such as manufacturing, construction, and transportation and warehousing law, engineering, and architecture the rates of departure were not as bad. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A new law sign by Governor Batman will prohibit the sale of gas powered small engines starting in 2024. Will this really reduce greenhouse gas emissions or simply shift them from the exhaust pipe to the power plant smoke stack? California will ban “small off-road engines” (SORE) primarily used in gas-powered lawn equipment, such as leaf blowers and lawnmowers, in a law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom this weekend. The bill, AB 1346, directs California's Air Resources Board to draw up regulations that will go into place by 2024. It bans the sale of new SOREs, but does not seem to ban their operation. The law will apply not only to gas-powered lawn equipment, but also to generators and emergency response equipment and other assorted categories. The bill does give regulators some leeway with the regulations based on what is found to be “technologically feasible,” so some portions of the regulation may be pushed back beyond 2024. California's reasoning for the ban is because gas-powered lawn equipment produces surprisingly high levels of pollution, but these devices have not been subject to nearly as much regulation as vehicle engines allowing them to pollute with impunity. The small engines in this equipment don't fully combust the gasoline used to run them, which means they emit high levels of particulate exhaust. This exhaust forms smog, which contributes to poor air quality and harms health. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr. George Rutherford from UCSF answers Chris's questions about breakthrough cases of Covid. Chris explains his family's recent experience with the Covid virus. Everyone in his family was vaccinated and they all got sick. Their symptoms varied. He thought it was a cold at first. Then he had a low ringing in his ears that lasted nearly two weeks, in addition to losing his sense of taste and smell. Chris and his family are nearly completely recovered. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Our guest is Allyson Chiu. The Washington Post's Allyson Chiu reports: After years of recommending that middle-aged and older Americans consider taking low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential medical task force is planning to overhaul its guidelines, based on new studies that show that the risks may greatly reduce or cancel out the benefits. “Our message … is if you don't have a history of heart attack and stroke, you shouldn't be starting on aspirin just because you reach a certain age,” said Chien-Wen Tseng, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Taking low-dose aspirin regularly to prevent a first heart attack or stroke may have a “small net benefit” for people ages 40 to 59 who are at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the task force's draft recommendation statement. The task force emphasized that patients should make decisions about taking aspirin only in consultation with their health-care provider. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With Jacob Bogage from the Washington Post Workers in California and Oregon endorsed the work stoppage by an overwhelming margin in the weekend vote as they pressed Kaiser to scrap its plans for a two-tiered wage and benefits system, which would pay newer employees less than more tenured colleagues and offers them fewer health protections. They also want 4 percent raises for the next three years and a commitment to hire more nurses to relieve staffing shortages. The leaders of the two unions that led the strike drive, the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals and Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, say the pandemic has exposed systemic problems in the health-care workforce and that nurses and other health workers can no longer weather the long and debilitating hours without more corporate support. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chris Merrill with Washington Post reporter Jerry Brewer. Jon Gruden stepped down Monday as the coach of theLas Vegas Raiders football team hours after The New York Times detailed emails in which he had made homophobic and misogynistic remarks, following an earlier report of racist statements about a union leader. His resignation was a striking departure from the football league for a coach who had won a Super Bowl, been a marquee analyst on ESPN and returned to the N.F.L. in 2018 to lead the resurgent Raiders, which he had coached years before. “I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” he said on Twitter in a statement issued by the team. “I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.” Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, has accepted the resignation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A pair of House Republicans introduced a measure in support of the federally recognized Columbus Day holiday amid efforts largely on the left to promote Indigenous Peoples Day instead. The resolution from GOP Reps. Andrew Garbarino and Mark Amodei expresses support for recognition of the explorer Christopher Columbus and "his impact on the Italian-American community." "Columbus Day honors not just the contributions and ingenuity of Christopher Columbus, but also of the generations of Italian Americans that followed. It is a day of great pride and celebration for the Italian American community," Garbarino tweeted on Monday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As tensions flare over Taiwan, China and the United States are both trying to lay down firm markers. A crucial question is whether the nuclear-armed powers know what level of pressure is just right. Among the slew of disputes between the world's two largest economies, Taiwan is often seen as the only one that could bring hot conflict as Beijing considers the self-ruling US-aligned democracy a province awaiting reunification. What will be the outcome? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On Sunday, Steve Scalise, the number two Republican in the House, was asked repeatedly by Fox News' Chris Wallace if he believed the election was stolen from Trump, and while he wouldn't outright say that Biden rigged the vote, he refused to acknowledge that the sitting president was legitimately elected. Breaking news: Gruden is held accountable - when will that happen with Trump? When the vaunted N.F.L. coach Jon Gruden was confronted with a racist email he had sent in 2011 to insult the head of the players' union, he said he went too far but didn't have “a blade of racism '' in him. League officials have found that Gruden, now the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, casually and frequently unleashed misogynistic and homophobic language over several years to denigrate people around the game and to mock some of the league's momentous changes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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What do you think about the slow up in the service? The U.S. Postal Service's controversial slowdown of mail delivery that began October 1 is sparking a pushback from 20 attorneys general. On Thursday, the state officials — ranging from California to New York — sued the Postal Regulatory Commission, alleging that the federal oversight agency didn't fully vet the broad-ranging plan before the USPS moved forward with it. The Postal Regulatory Commission, or PRC, is the independent federal agency with oversight over the Postal Service's operations. The lawsuit claims the PRC only examined a small part of a 10-year plan created by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, which the complaint alleges will "transform virtually every aspect of the Postal Service." The PRC said it has received the lawsuit, and will establish a docket for the matter "and take it under advisement." It said its regulations prohibit it from discussing the issue further. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Joe Biden has blocked an attempt by former president Trump to withhold documents from Congress related to the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said Biden authorized the National Archives, a government agency that holds records from Trump's time in office, to turn over an initial batch of documents requested by a House select committee investigating the riot. “The president's dedicated to ensuring that something like that could never happen again, which is why the administration is cooperating with ongoing investigations,” Psaki told reporters. “The president has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Do you believe that wearing a mask is an intrusion on your civil liberties? Anti-vaccine protesters berated parents in an exclusive California neighborhood as they walked their children to an elementary school. Several dozen protesters gathered outside Hawthorne Elementary School in Beverly Hills and confronted parents and students about wearing masks. Some of the protesters urged the parents to sue Beverly Hills School District, even though the state of California has mandated mask wearing. Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area will start easing their requirements for people to wear masks inside many public spaces. A group of eight counties in the region said that the rules will be dropped when overall vaccination rates are above 80% and COVID-19 transmission rates and hospitalizations are low. In San Francisco, where places like gyms and offices already require people to show proof of vaccination, some will be allowed to drop masks next week. The Bay Area has the highest vaccination rates and lowest case rates in the nation. In August, counties had reinstated the indoor mask mandate as infections surged because of the highly contagious delta variant. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Where can you walk on a beach full of broken pottery? What smells might you discover at the country's only perfume museum? Is there any evidence that BigFoot is real? It's no surprise that these are some of the questions that you might ask about California. In fact, the very title of this book, Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, may seem like an oxymoron to those who live here and already know about the quirky sides of California's cities, beaches, wine regions, and mountains. Learn the fascinating tales behind all the points of interest and discover some new places to look for adventure. Watch silent movies at the theater that made Charlie Chaplin famous, or see your own name in lights at the first Neon Museum. Whether it's an ancient society's crypt or the second city underneath the Capital, this guide leaves no stone unturned. During the more than forty-six years author Ruth Carlson has lived in California she's made it a point to seek out the oddity's locals love and try to keep just for themselves. She's sharing them here with locals and visitors alike so that you too can experience all that California's been keeping a secret. talkintravel.com for more information See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Why did they cancel the all-white play? When San Jose Playhouse announced in late August its cast for a holiday production of “Into the Woods,” critics on social media saw a big problem: All the actors were white. An all-white cast might have been less of an issue in a show that offered fewer roles. Or one that's not about fairy tale characters presumably free from real-world norms about race. Or one not produced in San Jose, where non-Hispanic and non-Latino whites make up just 25.7% of the population, according to the 2020 census. But all these factors, combined with ongoing, passionate advocacy for racial justice in theater, both locally and across the country, made San Jose Playhouse's production stand out to detractors. In attempting to defend itself, San Jose Playhouse, led by married couple Shannon and Scott Evan Guggenheim, made more perceived mistakes, including posting, then deleting, a note that was meant to be private; as well as by recasting one actor with multiple others. That only further inflamed opposition, who asked why the theater was suddenly able to find actors of color now when it couldn't before. By Sept. 12, San Jose Playhouse canceled the show. The episode underscores how much casting norms in local theater have evolved. Even a decade ago, if a Bay Area theater had programmed all-white shows, criticism would probably have been much more muted, if it went public at all. It also highlights how outspoken that racial justice advocates have become. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A Senate report on President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election offers new details about an Oval Office confrontation between Trump and the Justice Department, revealing the extent to which government lawyers threatened to resign en masse if the president removed his attorney general. The interim report by the Senate Judiciary Committee was issued today. While Republicans on the panel offered their counter-findings, arguing that Trump did not subvert the justice system to remain in power, the majority report by the Democrats offers the most detailed account to date of the struggle inside the administration's final, desperate days. The report underscores the gaping political divide that has emerged in this country over one of the most basic functions of government — conducting free and fair elections. Democrats charge Trump nearly provoked a constitutional crisis, but for the steady hands of senior Justice Department officials; Republicans say Trump was “faithful” to his sworn duty as president in seeking assurances about voter integrity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Taiwan is committed to defending its democracy against an increasingly aggressive China, the island's president has vowed, warning of “catastrophic consequences” for the region should it fall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today, Los Angeles leaders approved one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates — a sweeping measure that would require the shots for everyone entering bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms or even a Lakers game. The City Council voted 11-2 in favor of the ordinance that will require proof of full vaccination by Nov. 4. Listeners requested the information about our caller Al, owner of Tony & Alba's Pizza, 3137 Stevens Creek Blvd in Santa Clara See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A federal judge granted the Justice Department's request to halt enforcement of the recently passed Texas law that bans nearly all abortions in the state while the legal battle over the statute makes its way through the federal courts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shortly after news broke of a shooting inside a Dallas-area high school, liberal influencers demanded stricter gun control measures, even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott explained that current state law prohibits an 18-year-old adult like the suspect from owning or purchasing the firearm in question. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Frances Haugen, a 37-year-old former Facebook product manager who worked on civic integrity issues at the company, faced questions from a Commerce subcommittee about what Facebook-owned Instagram knew about its effects on young users, among other issues. "I am here today because I believe that Facebook's products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy," she said during her opening remarks. "The company's leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer but won't make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people. Congressional action is needed. They won't solve this crisis without your help." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This morning, Ms. Alioto encountered two young women asleep in a parking space on Larkin St. near City Hall. She says it's time for us to solve the homeless crisis in SF. Hear what she would do. Also, with a $116 million shortfall increasing the likelihood that the San Francisco school district won't be able to pay its bills, the California education superintendent is stepping in to address its financial tailspin in a move aimed at avoiding a full state takeover. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The court, which is dominated by six Republican appointees, will confront a charged docket, including a case asking it to overrule Roe v. Wade. Abortion rights activists marched Saturday, voicing opposition to a Texas law that heavily restricts abortion access. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As a huge oil spill threatens Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and other cities along the Orange County coast, officials say they're investigating the possibility that a ship's anchor might have struck a pipeline, causing the leak. Amplify Energy Chief Executive Martyn Willsher said during a news conference Monday that a ship's anchor striking the pipeline is “one of the distinct possibilities” for the cause of the massive oil spill. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Biden said: "Republicans say they will not do their part to avoid this needless calamity. So be it. But they need to stop playing Russian roulette with the US economy." President Joe Biden on Monday said he couldn't guarantee the debt ceiling would be raised in two weeks as he slammed Republicans for opposing efforts to keep the nation from being unable to pay its debts for the first time in history. Biden said they should vote on a bipartisan basis to pay for bills for which both parties are responsible. "Not only are Republicans refusing to do their job, but they're threatening to use their power to prevent us from doing our job -- saving the economy from a catastrophic event. I think quite frankly it's hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful," Biden said. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Were you inconvenienced by the social media outage today? The outage came the morning after "60 Minutes" aired a segment in which Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen claimed the company is aware of how its platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation, and that Facebook has tried to hide that evidence. Facebook has pushed back on those claims. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Changes to the United States Postal Service started Oct. 1. The changes involve longer service times for First Class Mail and Periodicals, and a temporary price increase related to the holidays. On Friday, mail traveling long distances, such as from New York to California, will take longer in-transit. Separately, on Oct. 3 the Postal Service will temporarily increase prices on all commercial and retail domestic packages. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist and creator of Infowars, has been ordered to pay damages to two families of victims in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Jones failed to provide evidence to support his claim that the shooting was a "false flag" carried out by actors. He was ordered by the court in two lawsuits filed in 2018 to provide proof that would support his claims. He had years to provide the evidence, yet he failed to do so. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A majority of Trump voters want to split the country into red and blue halves, according to a new poll conducted by the University of Virginia's (UVA) nonpartisan Center for Politics. Roughly 52 percent of people who voted for Republican former President Donald Trump either "somewhat agree" or "strongly agree" that it's time to split the country, favoring that either red or blue states secede from the union, the poll found. Comparatively, 41 percent of people who voted for Democratic President Joe Biden agree with the idea. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Today congress approved a measure to fund the government into early December, and President Biden signed the bill hours later, staving off a shutdown that was set to occur after midnight. The votes in the House and Senate followed weeks of hand-wringing between the two parties, after Democrats initially sought to move the measure along with another proposal to raise the country's debt ceiling. Senate Republicans blocked that effort, leaving the country's ability to borrow unresolved just 18 days before the next major fiscal deadline. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With only hours to spare, President Biden signed legislation to avoid a partial federal shutdown and keep the government funded through Dec. 3. Congress had passed the bill earlier Thursday. The back-to-back votes by the Senate and then the House averted one crisis, but delays on another continue as the political parties dig in on a dispute over how to raise the government's borrowing cap before the United States risks a potentially catastrophic default. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What do you think about investigating Trump's role in the January 6th attempted coup? The bipartisan Jan. 6 Select Committee released a list Wednesday of 11 subpoenas sent to organizers of rallies and events preceding the riot at the Capitol building. The subpoenas follow the announcement last week that the committee subpoenaed four people in former President Donald Trump's inner circle about events leading up to the attack and issues surrounding the peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
YouTube shut down several prominent accounts it accused of spreading vaccine misinformation Wednesday as the video site implemented new policies aimed at curtailing all anti-vaccine propaganda. Many social media sites, including YouTube, had taken aggressive action against users questioning the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and attempted to direct users to authoritative sources. Facebook moved to police content related to all vaccines earlier this year, and YouTube is now taking similar action after many videos sidestepped its rules by attacking vaccines in general. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming lashed out at her fellow Republicans today as they bashed Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for remarks he reportedly made to Chinese counterparts and to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, Cheney began her allotted five-minute round of questions by speaking about the attack on the Capitol before moving to what some of her colleagues were saying about Milley. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Biden's climate change agenda hangs in balance as Congress debates budget If Congress passes President Biden's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he will go down in history as the nation's first leader to usher in a transformative climate change agenda. But with the scope of the federal budget in limbo, should those measures be cut from the final package, the U.S. will, once again, come up short on helping to avert climate change catastrophe, according to environmentalists. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature to make permanent the mail-ballot system the state used under emergency powers in both 2020 and the 2021 recall election. That means henceforth every registered voter in California will receive a mail ballot (with a postage-prepaid return envelope) for every primary and general election. Thus California becomes the eighth state (plus the District of Columbia) to move to an all-mail ballot system (with limited availability for in-person voting). Others are Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday threw a wrench into congressional infrastructure negotiations — after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi derailed progressives' voting strategy. Since June, when President Joe Biden reached a bipartisan deal in the Senate on a $1 trillion roads-and-bridges bill, he and Pelosi have vowed to bring it to a vote in the House at the same time as a $3.5 trillion party-line reconciliation bill. Pelosi's move on Tuesday blew up that strategy, and progressives are furious. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) and several other Republicans on the panel pounced on the withdrawal's outcome and Mr. Biden's apparent rejection of the generals' advice, questioning why Gen. Milley didn't resign in protest. “It would be an incredible act of defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign because my advice is not taken,” Gen. Milley said. “This country doesn't want generals figuring out what orders we're going to accept and do. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
John Hinkley to be released: A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981. Hinckley is now 66 years old and has been living outside a mental health facility for the past several years, a result of a gradual lightening of supervision. His lawyer said the "momentous event" of Hinckley's full release in June is both appropriate and required by the law. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A New York jury convicted R. Kelly on all nine charges against him. “Today's guilty verdict forever brands R. Kelly as a predator who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own gratification,” Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, the acting U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, told a crowd of reporters and onlookers outside the federal courthouse on Monday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.