California Report Magazine

Friday 4:30-5:00 p.m.
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The Friday afternoon edition of The California Report, a half-hour magazine, brings you in-depth analysis of the week's top news stories, sound-rich radio excursions and commentaries from voices around the state.

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  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:06am
    Hughes Lake Fire Forces Evacuations North of L.A. This morning in rural north L.A. County, west of Palmdale, hundreds of firefighters are battling the Lake Hughes Fire. It’s scorched approximately 10,000 acres and is zero percent contained. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for residents in the area. Uber Threatens Temporary Shutdown to Avoid Paying Overtime and Unemployment Uber and Lyft drivers in California could become employees of those companies instead of contract workers in 8 days because of a court injunction involving lawsuit brought by the state attorney general against the companies. Uber and Lyft are using their network of customers and drivers to fight the ruling Reporter: Sam Harnett, KQED UC Reinstates Striking Graduate Students After Union Negotiation UC Santa Cruz has come to an agreement with the union representing graduate students who have been on strike since February. Dozens of the students who were fired from their teaching jobs after withholding grades, are now eligible to work again. Reporter: Hannah Hagemann, KQED Supporting Black Lives Sparks Positive Change in San Joaquin Medical Community In the San Joaquin Valley, close to 300 medical professionals have signed a letter in solidarity with the Black Lives Movement. Some of those who signed say it’s already had a powerful impact. Reporter: Madi Bolaños, Valley Public Radio Working From Home Means Shocking Electricity Bills for Some Californians Californians are seeing their electricity bills rise as they’re forced to spend more time at home. This comes amid the uncertainty and economic hardship caused by the pandemic. Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio Farmstand Thrives as Rural Residents Shop Closer to Home The COVID-19 pandemic and the state of the economy have disrupted the food supply chain across the state. In rural Plumas county, a farm stand is helping to reduce food insecurity by offering fresh produce on the honor system. Reporters: Nina Sparling, KQED, and Tessa Paoli
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:28am
    Kamala Harris Makes History as Joe Biden's Running Mate Joe Biden has picked California Senator Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate. It’s the first time ever that a woman of color will be on a major party presidential ticket and the first time that a California Democrat will also be at the top of such a ticket. Guest: Scott Shafer, KQED Californians Support of Black Lives Matter Movement Grows Harris’ nomination comes as Californians are increasingly concerned about race relations in the state — and supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. That’s according to a new survey out this week from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.  Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED Companies Seek More Diversity on Corporate Boards In the wake of calls to recognize and fight systemic racism in American institutions, there’s growing evidence companies want to do more to add people of color to corporate boards of directors. Reporter: Lily Jamali, KQED Kaiser Is Investing $63 Million in Contact Tracing Health care giant Kaiser Permanente is now getting in the game of contact tracing. It is investing $63 million dollars in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED Charter School Law May Escalate Tensions at LAUSD A new state law just took effect that was supposed to de-escalate tensions over charter schools. The LA Unified School Board narrowly approved a plan to carry out the new law. But there’s concern this new policy might actually escalate tensions in the district with the most charter schools in California. KPCC's Reporter: Kyle Stokes, KPCC Android Phones Now Come With Earthquake Alert Millions of Android smartphones users in California will now receive automatic alerts from an earthquake early warning system. Bay Area tech giant Google announced that earthquake warnings are now fully integrated with its operating system. Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:20am
    CA Public Health Director Resigns Following Data Errors There’s much speculation about the resignation of California's top public health director last weekend, but Governor Gavin Newsom is staying tight-lipped. Her departure comes after a glitch in a disease tracking system that delayed the processing of data from hundreds of thousands of COVID 19 test results. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Should Uber and Lyft Drivers Be Employees of Freelancers? Should gig economy workers be employees or freelancers? That’s an issue that’s consumed California politics over the past couple of years. A court injunction issued yesterday means Uber and Lyft drivers could become employees of those companies within 10 days.  Reporter: Sam Harnett, KQED Youth Who Vape Are More Likely to Get COVID-19 Before the coronavirus pandemic, the danger of vaping was one of the big public health discussions in the U.S. A study released by Stanford University this morning says young adults who vape are more likely to get COVID19.  Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED Flu Season Could Further Strain Hospital Resources Flu season is coming, and experts say getting a vaccine is more important than ever. Flu patients can show up with severe coughs and fevers, just like COVID-19 patients, so demand for ventilators, beds and protective gear for staff could rise. Reporter: Sammy Caiola, CapRadio Excluding Undocumented People From CARES Act Cost The US Economy Big Undocumented people were not eligible to receive $1200 federal stimulus checks earlier this year. A new study from UCLA found that excluding this community from federal relief through the CARES Act cost the United States economy ten billion dollars in potential economic activity. Reporter: Nina Sparling, KQED ICE Detainee Barred from Receiving Outside Medical Treatment for COVID-19 Last week a judge ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to test all detainees at a facility in Bakersfield with a growing COVID-19 outbreak. One of the detainees who tested positive is a 22-year old man who an immigration judge already ruled should stay in the country. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Advocates Say Curtailing the Census Targets Latino and Immigrant Communities Conducting the 2020 U.S. Census during a pandemic isn’t easy, especially in California’s poorer and immigrant communities. But Trump Administration critics say the administration is making it even harder to get an accurate count by cutting the amount of time census workes will spend going door to door. Guest: Lizette Escobedo, director of the national census program at the NALEO Educational Fund
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 9:52am
    California Parents Anxious as Distant Learning Begins in Some Districts This morning the Oakland Unified School District and others across the state start their school year.It won’t be typical, and all instruction is being done remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Guest: Parent Stephanie Campos Southern California Women's Prison COVID-19 Cases Climb to 160 The number of infections at the California Institution for Women in Chino has soared to 160 women, and 13 employees at the prison have active COVID-19 cases. Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED California's Top Public Health Official Abruptly Resigns Director of California's Public Health Department Sonia Angell stepped down from her position last night. Angell’s resignation comes just days after it was announced that the state had a backlog of as many as 300,000 coronavirus test results. Ventura County's Godspeak Calvary Chapel Remains Defiant Against Shutdown Order County authorities say the religious gatherings could turn into coronavirus super-spreader events that pose a threat to public health. Godspeak Pastor Rob McCoy is encouraging church goers to continue to show up for indoor Sunday service. Bay Area Lebanese Woman Plans Shaken After Deadly Beirut Explosion Beirut, Lebanon is still reeling from the massive explosion that destroyed vast swaths of the city last week. The blast killed at least 150 people, injured thousands more, and destroyed countless homes and businesses in the heart of Beirut. It's also scrambled future plans for so many Lebanese, including one woman living in the Bay Area. Reporter: Lily Jamali OC Registrar of Voters Confident County Can Handle Mail-in-Ballot Surge Election Day is 85 days away, and it will be like no other in American history because of the coronavirus pandemic. Neal Kelley is Orange County's Registrar of Voters. He oversees voting in the fifth largest election jurisdiction in the country with more than one and half million voters. Guest: Neal Kelley, Orange County's Registrar of Voters Calls to Defund Police Draws Mixed Reaction from Black Clergy In this moment of reckoning over racial justice and equity, many people are looking to churches for guidance. Black pastors in particular are speaking out against police violence. Some of California's Black clergy do not support the push to defund the police. Reporter: Ashlea Brown, CapRadio
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 10:12am
    COVID-19 Cases Top 200,000 in Los Angeles County Los Angeles County has the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases of any county in the U.S. Since January, the coronavirus has killed 4,869 people in L.A. County. That makes it the second leading cause of death after coronary heart disease and far deadlier than the flu. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC  Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Santa Cruz Farmworkers For the first time since the pandemic started, COVID-19 outbreaks have been documented at agricultural workplaces in Santa Cruz. Reporter: Hannah Hagemann, KQED Judge Orders Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Detainees at Mesa Verde A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to test for COVID all detainees at a facility in Bakersfield. That’s after at least nine people held there were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Disability-Rights Group Sues to Move People out of San Bernadino Psychiatric Hospital About 115 patients and 150 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at Patton Hospital in San Bernadino. An Oakland-based disability rights group is suing the state to move people out of the psychiatric hospital. Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED California Counties Allowed Fewer Polling Places this Election Senate Bill 423 from Democratic State Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana) allows counties to consolidate voting locations if they allow at least three days of early, in-person voting. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED State Lawmakers Push to Remove Racist Language from Property Records Some Democratic state lawmakers are proposing a system that removes racist language from property records whenever a property is sold or transferred. Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio 'Everyday was on Repeat' Healthcare Workers Confront Isolation of the Pandemic For the last five months doctors have seemed unflappable as they confront daily horrors that most of us can’t imagine. They've become our heroes, but now they’re exhausted. Reporter: Lesley McClurg, The California Report