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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.

    Grassroots Campaigns Ramp Up for Democratic Candidates

    Grassroots Campaigns Ramp Up for Democratic Candidates

    State Public Health Officials Brace for Coronavirus

    An outbreak of coronavirus in China has killed at least 17 people and sickened hundreds more. Although the LA County Department of Public Health says the risk of the virus spreading to people in LA is currently very low, public health officials across the state are taking precautions.

    Reporter: Robert Garrova, KPCC

    Some Families Separated at the Border Reunite

    Hundreds of migrant parents were separated from their children at the U.S. Mexico border and then deported without their children under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Now, some of those parents are returning to cities like Los Angeles and reuniting with their kids because of a federal judge’s order.  Farida Jhabvala Romero spoke with one dad, as he waited to board his flight to LAX at the airport in Guatemala  City.

    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

    Newsom Says PG&Es Plan Doesn't Cut It

    Governor Gavin Newsom is warning Pacific Gas and Electric that the utility’s current plan for exiting bankruptcy isn’t good enough to get the state’s approval. And this isn’t the first time the Governor as warned the utility

    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED 

    SF Prosecutors Will No Longer Seek Cash Bail

    San Francisco prosecutors will no longer seek cash bail as a condition for a defendant's release before trial. That’s long been a goal of the city’s new District Attorney, Chesa Boudin.

    Reporter: Mina Kim, KQED

    State Defends Women in Discrimination Lawsuit

    State regulators are intervening in a 10 million dollar settlement proposal between the popular Los Angeles video game maker Riot Games and former female employees. Their concern? The dollar amount may not be big enough.

    Reporter: Tiffany Camhi, KQED

    Grassroots Campaigns Ramp Up for Democratic Candidates

    As presidential candidates accelerate their grassroots campaigns in California, Saul Gonzalez visits a couple of Los Angeles organizing events to see and hear what street-level politicking looks like. He also talks to fired-up volunteer supporters.

    • 11 min
    Where Did All the Camp Fire Survivors Go?

    Where Did All the Camp Fire Survivors Go?

    University of California Delays Vote On Undergrad Tuition Hikes

    A heated vote was scheduled for today by the University of California on whether to raise tuition for undergrads.

    Now, the UC has pulled the topic from its agenda. Experts say that continued tuition hikes are putting pressure on families in the state.

    Reporter: Peter Jon Shuler

    Los Angeles Takes Stance Against Cheating in Baseball

    Fans are still reeling from news that two of the Dodgers' recent World Series opponents were linked to a cheating scandal.

    The City Council voted yesterday to ask Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles.

    California Airports Screen for New Coronavirus

    Major airports throughout California are bracing for a new virus, known as coronavirus, spreading through Asia. Public health officials are ordering air travelers who may have been exposed to it be re-routed. These passengers will be screened for symptoms at five designated airports, including LAX and SFO.

    Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED

    Where Did All the Camp Fire Survivors Go?

    As part of our ongoing coverage of the 2018 Camp Fire, which destroyed much of Paradise and surrounding towns, we take a look at where survivors are now. The fire forced many residents to scatter across the region, the state, and the country. Now, research out of Chico State is giving us new insights into where so many people went.

    Guest: Peter Hansen, Chico State 

    • 9 min
    A Victory for Homeless ‘Moms 4 Housing’ in Oakland

    A Victory for Homeless ‘Moms 4 Housing’ in Oakland

    A Victory for Homeless 'Moms 4 Housing' in Oakland

    After a contentious court battle and an early morning eviction, the company that owns the West Oakland home that a group of mothers occupied without permission says it will negotiate a sale with a community land trust that will allow the mothers to live there. The mothers occupied the house in November to protest investors meddling in the housing market and gained national attention.

    Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED

    Hearing Relocations Could Lead to Hundreds More Deportations

    Public defenders in the Bay Area say they had no warning before President Trump's administration announced a major pivot that will shift hearing venues for immigrant detainees from Northern to Southern California.  Lawyers in San Francisco and Alameda counties have provided pro bono and low cost legal support to many Bay Area immigrant detainees, and this move may mean detainees will be deprived of the legal services they need.

    Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, KQED

    Newsom Works to Expand Bachelor's Degree Program in Prisons

    There’s only one public bachelor’s degree program in a California prison. But if the governor has his way, that’s going to change. We find out more about a proposal to get more California State Universities teaching behind bars.

    Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED

    Car Break Ins Prompt Bi-Partisan Action in Sacramento

    There were almost a quarter of a million thefts from vehicles reported across the state in 2018. But, as the law stands right now, victims have to prove their car was locked to get a conviction for auto-burglary. A new bill, sponsored by San Francisco State Senator Scott Weiner, could change that so the cases are easier to prosecute

    Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED

    After String of Race Horse Deaths, California Officials Investigate Racetrack

    Three race horses have died in the past three days at Santa Anita Park Racetrack. These deaths are occuring despite safety measures put in place after 37 horses died last year. The string of fatalities is drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and animal advocates.

    Reporter: Scott Rodd, Capital Public Radio

    The Problem With the Insurance Behind the Insurers

    Californians who live in wildfire zones are in crisis mode. Many of them have reported that they can't get their home insurance renewed or if they can, that their rates have skyrocketed after the state's string of unprecedented fire years. It's not just household-name insurers like Farmers or State Farm, but lesser known companies that insure those companies, called "re-insurers." We find out exactly what the problem is.

    Guest: Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee

    • 10 min
    The Push to Block A Private Equity Firm from Buying .Org

    The Push to Block A Private Equity Firm from Buying .Org

    The Push to Block A Private Equity Firm from Buying .Org

    Democratic lawmakers in California are moving to stop a private equity firm from buying the internet registry for .org domain names, which are commonly used by non-profits and advocacy groups. Advocates say the issue is the firm will have to recoup its billion dollar investment by either raising fees, or worse.

    Reporter: Peter Jon Shuler, KQED

    Immigrant "Brain Waste" Costs California Almost $700 Million Annually

    The Trump administration has made it more difficult for asylum seekers to win protection, and for refugees to be accepted into the country. Even so, the thousands of humanitarian migrants already here face big challenges in finding work in which they can use their talents and skills.

    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

    PG&E Makes Progress on Installing Power Lines Underground in Paradise

    The town of Paradise was nearly destroyed in 2018's Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive in the history of our state.

    A few months after the fire, PG&E, which caused it, promised to re-install the town's power lines underground to reduce fire risk. So far, they've installed 20 out of almost 200 miles of line.

    Guest: Paul Moreno, PG&E spokesman 

    • 7 min
    Many Paradise Homes Rebuilt Bigger Than Before Fire

    Many Paradise Homes Rebuilt Bigger Than Before Fire

    Gov. Newsom Delivers FEMA Trailers to East Oakland

    Governor Gavin Newsom has spent the week visiting homeless service providers in Grass Valley, San Diego, Los Angeles and Fresno. This week's "homeless tour kicks off his ambitious agenda to address the state’s growing homeless crisis. Newsom says the state plans on using a hundred FEMA trailers to provide temporary shelter and services to the homeless. The first 15 travel trailers will house between 50 and 70 people in East Oakland.

    Reporter: Erin Baldassari, KQED

    Immigration Officials Can Continue to Separate Families for Many Reasons

    A federal judge in San Diego will meet with Trump administration lawyers and the ACLU to oversee continuing efforts to reunite the more than 5,500 migrant families who’ve been separated by immigration officials at the U.S.-Mexico border. Earlier this week, the same judge ruled that the government may continue separating families for a number of reasons.

    Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, KQED

    Officials Apologize for Destroying Garden That Straddles Border

    CBP officials in San Diego is apologizing for the destruction of a garden along the border fence with Mexico last week.

    Reporter: Max Rivlin-Nadler, KPBS

    School Districts Scramble to Balance Budgets

    Across the state, school districts are scrambling to cover soaring costs, especially those tied to special education and pensions. San Francisco Unified is the latest.

    Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED

    Chef Alice Waters to Collaborate with UC Davis

    UC Davis has announced a new collaboration with the renowned chef and sustainable agriculture advocate, Alice Waters.

    Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, KQED

    Many Paradise Homes Rebuilt Bigger Than Before Camp Fire

    The town of Paradise is rebuilding 14 months after the Camp Fire killed 85 residents and destroyed 11-thousand homes. The process is raising questions about whether Paradise will remain the affordable community that was before the fire.

    Reporter: Lily Jamali, California Report co-host

    • 10 min
    Prop 47 Could Keep Thousands Out Of Prison

    Prop 47 Could Keep Thousands Out Of Prison

    Orange County Homeless Dispute Continues

    In Orange County, the fate of unhoused people are at the center of a long-simmering legal dispute between the city of Santa Ana and some of its Orange County neighbors that’s heading to federal court. Santa Ana is accusing the county and three other cities of dumping unhoused people within its borders

    Reporter: Darrell Satzman, KCRW

    Proposed Bill Allows Absences For Mental Health

    It’s common for students to be released from school if they have physical health problems, like a high fever or stomach ache, but California students could soon be allowed excused absences from school for mental and behavioral health issues. 

    Reporter: Katrina Schwartz, KQED

    Prop 47 Could Keep Thousands Out Of Prison

    A criminal justice reform measure passed by California voters in  2014 is saving the state a record 122 million dollars a year on prisons. The change has let California end its use of out-of-state, private prisons entirely. 

    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED

    • 10 min

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