Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bill Aims at Ending Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences

An Assembly spending committee has approved a measure to let juveniles sentenced to life without parole get a parole hearing after they serve 25 years of their sentence. The measure would bring California into compliance with US Supreme Court rulings that declared juvenile life without parole unconstitutional. The United States is the only country in the world that imposes the sentence on children.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Internet Privacy Bill Moving Through State Senate

California lawmakers are pushing back against the Trump administration again, this time, on the issue of internet privacy rules. A state Senate committee has approved a bill to bar internet service providers from using customer’s personal information without their permission. The bill would write into state law earlier federal rules created under the Obama administration that were repealed by the Trump administration earlier this year.
Christopher Martinez reports.

State Sets Limit on Carcinogen 1,2,3-TCP in Drinking Water

Lede / California water officials today approved regulations to limit the level of a chemical experts say is a potent cancer-causing agent in the state’s water supply.The State Water Resources Control Board will limit the level of 1,2,3 TCP, or trichloropropane to five parts per trillion. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cap and Trade Extension Squeaks Through CA Senate

The state Senate has narrowly voted to approve a measure extending California’s cap and trade program to address climate change. The measure drew the bare two-thirds majority it needed to pass, with one Democrat not voting and one Republican voting for the bill.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Lawsuit claims Amazon stiffs supervisors on overtime

A former manager in a recently opened Amazon warehouse in Richmond has filed suit against the online retail giant. The suit alleges that Amazon mis-classified him as a manager, illegally depriving him of overtime pay. Amazon employs more than 340,000 people and brings in a reported $136 Billion a year in revenue. Tom Herriman reports from Richmond.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jerry Brown Pushes Cap & Trade Extension

California’s cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is set to sunset in 2020. Governor Jerry Brown has been pushing for a measure to extend the program, and he joined legislative leaders to push for an extension in a legislative committee hearing Thursday. The move has split environmental groups, with some environmental justice organizations saying the bill compromises too much and would hurt poor communities of color.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

House Passes Bill to Gut San Joaquin River Restoration and Violate State’s Rights

The House of Representatives this week passed a bill that opponents say would gut restoration of the San Joaquin River and its historic salmon population and remove some of the control the state has over its water resources. Backers of the bill say it would help bring badly needed water to the Central Valley. Vic Bedoian reports

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Streamlined Housing Construction Bill Passes Committee Vote

A bill to streamline housing construction has passed out of an Assembly committee, despite opposition from some housing rights advocates who say it could speed luxury housing and lead to more displacements in low-income communities.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wildfires Rage Throughout California

There are currently more than a dozen wildfires are burning in California. From San Diego county in the south to the Klamath mountains near the Oregon border, they range in size from a few hundred to nearly thirty thousand acres. They’re blazing in the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Range. They are being fought by firefighting crews from Cal Fire and the national forest service with personnel also coming from elsewhere in the nation to assist. Numerous other local and state agencies are involved as well. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bail Reform Bill Moves Forward in Assembly

A bill aimed at limiting the use of cash bail has passed out of an Assembly committee, weeks after a similar bill died on the Assembly floor. Supporters say the bill would end the economic injustice of people languishing in jail because they’re too poor to afford bail. Opponents say the measure threatens public safety.
Christopher Martinez reports.