Monday, November 20, 2017

Lawyers Seek More Court Oversight of Solitary Confinement

Some prisoner rights advocates are calling for another year of court supervision over how California prisons deal with solitary confinement. The new court motion follows a landmark legal settlement that challenged solitary confinement practices as unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lawsuit Claims Police Misconduct in Custody Death

A lawsuit against the California State Highway Patrol claims officers used excessive force that led to the death of a man involved in a car accident in Sacramento. The lawsuit claims three CHP officers hog-tied, choked and tazed the accident victim, instead of offering medical assistance. Christopher Murray died in custody, in an incident that leaves his survivors with unanswered questions about what happened that night.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GOP Tax Bill Revives Obamacare Fight

Republican senators have merged their fight against Obamacare into their plans for a tax reform bill. Republicans and the Trump administration want to chalk up a major legislative victory, and along with tax cuts, repealing the Affordable Care Act has been a cherished goal. But combining the issues could spark opposition that makes it more difficult for Republicans to win votes in the Senate.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lawsuits Blame PG&E for Devastating Wildfires

Victims of the devastating North Bay fires have filed lawsuits against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, or PG&E. The plaintiffs say they want to investigate claims that PG&E put profits ahead of safety and caused the most devastating wildfire in California history.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lawsuit Raises Anti-Semitism, Palestinian Free Speech Issues

A lawsuit against San Francisco State University is raising issues of anti-Semitism, free speech, and the role of Palestinian rights activism on campus. Plaintiffs went to federal court to argue the university discriminates against Jews, while opponents call the lawsuit a move to target Palestinian advocacy.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Immigrant Rights Activists Rally for TPS

The Trump administration’s actions targeting immigrants has taken a new focus, targeting people who fled violence and disasters under the “Temporary Protected Status” program, or TPS. The administration is ending TPS protections for Nicaraguans, with future actions on Salvadorans and Haitians likely to soon follow. Immigrant rights activists rallied at San Francisco City Hall to protest the Trump administration’s actions.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cannabis Rules Debated by SF Board of Supes

California’s adult use of marijuana law, Prop 64, goes into effect on January 1st. But how, or whether, it changes access to recreational cannabis depends on the actions of cities that are considering how to regulate the new business. In San Francisco, some supervisors are proposing zoning laws that critics say will freeze out cannabis businesses from most of the city.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

GOP Unveils Tax Bill

House republicans have released their long budget bill, a measure that would slash corporate tax rates and the estate tax for rich heirs and heiresses, while making vast changes to other tax provisions. President Donald Trump and republican lawmakers tout the bill as a middle-class tax break, but critics call it a give-away to corporations and the rich.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Yosemite Allowed Cell Towers Built Without Environmental Review or Public Input

The National Park Service, already receiving criticism for a proposing to sharply increase entry fees, must now deal with Inspector General of the Interior Department for the proliferation of cell phone towers within the parks. The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a complaint this week with the focus being on Yosemite. Their investigation, based on Park Service documents, claims park managers allowed the construction of mobile communication towers in violation of environmental laws and National Park Service rules. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Judicial Watch Files Records Request with Berkeley Unified for Emails on Teacher/Activist

Conservative group Judicial Watch is asking the Berkeley Unified School District for all emails referencing district employee Yvette Felarca, but a judge has issued a temporary restraining order after Felarca filed a lawsuit. Felarca is a teacher and activist who was arrested in September during a clash at a UC Berkeley event featuring conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos. Judicial Watch is best known for releasing a stash of Hillary Clinton’s emails during last year’s election. Pacifica’s Saadia Malik reports (Photo by Tom Lochner/Bay Area News Group):