The California Report KQED's statewide radio news program, providing daily coverage of issues, trends and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population.
The California Report

The California Report

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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.

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How to Build in the Era of Climate Change and Raging Wildfires

State Prison Officials Meet with Inmate Advocates to Discuss Efforts to Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks What started as a handful of coronavirus cases early last month at Folsom State Prison has ballooned to over 500. Further south, Avenal State Prison in Kings County has had 22 hundred cases. That's more than any prison in California, including San Quentin. Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED Adelanto Immigration Detention Center Grapples with COVID-19 Outbreak The immigration detention center in the desert city of Adelanto, northeast of Los Angeles, continues to face a COVID-19 outbreak there. 39 individuals have tested positive. Reporter: Benjamin Purper, KVCR How to Build in the Era of Climate Change and Raging Wildfires As fire crews across the state continue to battle record-setting blazes, many people are asking what can be done to make sure future fires aren't as destructive in an era of climate change. Many experts say one big solution is improved planning and not building homes where they're threatened by fire. Guest: David Shew, CalFire Calls Grow for LA County Sheriff to Resign There are increasingly angry calls from elected officials for LA. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who runs the largest sheriff's department in the country, to resign. Villanueva's critics cite an attempt to rehire a deputy accused of domestic abuse, his threat of lawsuits against critics, gang-like cliques of deputies in the department, and controversial deputy-involved shootings Hot, Dry Summer Likely to Continue For Most of California in The Fall Our state has had a hot and dry summer, and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are forecasting that will continue for most of California in autumn. That means the wildfire threat continues. Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED UC Berkeley Launches New Center to Study Science of Psychedelics Berkeley's center will instead focus on how psychedelics affect the brain. The center will also train people to be guides or facilitators for psychedelic research and therapies. Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED How the Pandemic is Shaping Dialogue Around Death and Dying The pandemic is forcing us to have hard conversations about something no one really wants to talk about: our wishes around death and dying. Reporter: Sasha Khokha, The California Report Magazine

Neighbors Step Up to Help One Restaurant Worker Out of Work Since Pandemic Began

How Some Families are Coping with Unhealthy Air Quality in Southern California Air quality may finally be improving in the Bay Area, but things are still smoky down in Southern California. That's especially true in in the foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley, where the Air Quality Index has hit 500 this week. Reporter: KCRW's Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRWNew Poll Shows Tough Fight for Proposition to Reinstate Affirmative Action The poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows just 31 percent support a proposition to reinstate affirmative action. The poll also shows a slim majority of likely voters support Proposition 15, which would change how property taxes are assessed on commercial and industrial properties in the state. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Neighbors Step Up to Help One Restaurant Worker Out of Work Since Pandemic Began The restaurant industry has been hard hit during the pandemic, losing nearly 400,000 jobs in the state since March. As some businesses reopen, those workers are competing for fewer positions. Victor Moreno is one restaurant worker finding unexpected support from people in his neighborhood. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED 250 Marines and Sailors Sent to Battle Creek Fire 250 marines and sailors are being sent to Central California to help fight the Creek Fire, which has grown to over 220,000 acres and is now 18% contained. Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED Firefighters Fight to Save Historic Mount Wilson Observatory The Bobcat Fire has gotten dangerously close to the observatory. It's surrounded by firefighters and helicopters there to defend the structures, which contain scientifically important telescopes. Sharon McNary, KPCC

Neighbors Step Up to Help One Restaurant Worker Out of Work Since Pandemic Began

Women's Groups Vow to Defend Kamala Harris from Racist, Sexist Attacks

Kamala Harris Visits Fresno to Meet with Emergency Personnel Battling Wildfires Democratic Vice Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris met Tuesday with emergency service personnel who have been battling the Creek Fire in the mountains near Fresno. Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED Women's Groups Vow to Defend Kamala Harris from Racist, Sexist Attacks As the first woman of color on a major party's presidential ticket, Kamala Harris is already facing subtle and not so subtle personal attacks that observers say most white men would not encounter. Women's groups are geared up to defend her. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED New Alliance of Progressive Prosecutors Founded to Lobby for Criminal Justice Reform A group of California prosecutors say they are fed up with their peers' opposition to criminal justice reform and are starting a new group dedicated to pushing political change. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED

Trump Blames Forest Management, Dismisses Climate Change During California Visit

Trump Blames Forest Management, Dismisses Climate Change During California Visit Both presidential nominees turned their attention Monday to the wildfires roaring across the west coast. President Donald Trump landed in Sacramento to receive a wildfire briefing. In his own address on climate issues, across the country, Democratic nominee Joe Biden said four more years of Trump would lead to more fires, floods and storms. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQEDResearchers Use 3-D Simulation to Show the Pending Catastrophe of Sea Level Rise Rising sea levels could be exponentially more expensive to deal with than wildfires. Dr. Patrick Barnard, director of climate research at the U.S. Geological Survey, and executive producer Tobin Jones have set out to show rather than tell what climate change could look like. Guests: Dr. Patrick Barnard, director of climate research at the U.S Geological Survey, and animator Tobin Jones Outrage Continues after Journalist Arrested While Covering Protest The search continues for a man who shot two L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies in their patrol car in Compton on Saturday night. Shortly after the shooting, sheriffs' deputies arrested KPCC reporter Josie Huang. The Sheriff's office said she did not clearly identify herself as a member of the press, although video footage contradicts that account.Court Rules Trump Administration Can End Humanitarian Protections for Immigrants The 9th circuit court of appeals has ruled on Monday that the Trump administration can end humanitarian protections for more than 400,000 immigrants nationwide. That would pave the way for their deportation. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQEDYoung Voters More Likely to have Vote-by-Mail Ballots Rejected As California prepares to mail every voter a ballot this fall, the issue of ballot rejections is a rising concern. Over the last decade, an average of 1.7% of mail ballots have been rejected, according to the California Voter Foundation. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQEDQAnon Followers Threaten, Dox Scott Wiener Over Sex Offender Law Some Republican politicians stand accused of seizing on a new law, signed by the Governor late last week, as an opportunity to rally QAnon believers Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED

Trump Blames Forest Management, Dismisses Climate Change During California Visit

President Trump Expected to Visit California as Wildfires Rage

President Trump Expected to Visit California as Wildfires Rage President Donald Trump is set to visit California in Sacramento as fire fighters make progress containing wildfires. Before this Friday, President Trump went three weeks without saying anything about the wildfires Unprecedented Fire Conditions Continue to Strain Resources Firefighters in California are battling nearly 30 major blazes burning across the state. Chief Dave Winnacker with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District is in the field at the Red Salmon Complex burning in Trinity County. Guest: Dave Winnacker, Fire Chief at Moraga-Orinda Fire District Newsom Signs Bill to Allow More Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters to Join Professional Fire Crews Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday to make it easier for formerly incarcerated fire fighters to be hired by fire agencies in full time positions. Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies Shot in Compton Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies were shot Saturday, and the suspect is still on the loose. Both deputies are in critical conditions and expected to recover. Shortly after the shooting, Josie Huang with member station KPCC was documenting the arrest of a protestor when she was arrested.

Up and Down the West Coast, Wildfires Become Hard to Avoid

Darrell Satzman

Three Dead and a Dozen Missing in Massive North Complex Fire

Three Dead and a Dozen Missing in Massive North Complex Fire Driven by high winds the North Complex fire in Butte County exploded across more than 230,000 acres over the last two days. It's claimed the lives of three people and 12 are reported missing. The blaze also brings back painful memories for the residents of Paradise. Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED Clearer Skies Above the Bay Area Mean Worsening Air Quality Californians woke up yesterday to deep orange skies that conjured up images of the apocalypse or another world. Today, the air is expected to look more normal, but that doesn't mean the air quality is better. Reporter: Lily Jamali, KQED Three Firefighters Injured as Blaze Claims Fire Station The people at greatest risk when it comes to wildfires are the firefighters on the front lines. Earlier this week, while trying to protect a fire station, 14 firefighters were injured in the Dolan Fire in Monterey County near Big Sur. Volunteer Fire Chief Draws on Faith When Delivering Bad News Firefighters do more than battle blazes. Sometimes they have deliver bad news. The volunteer fire chief of one mountain town is uniquely suited to doing just that. Reporter: Kerry Klein, Valley Public Radio Turnout is Higher in California Counties that Vote-By-Mail In less than a month, counties will begin mailing every voter a ballot. It's part of California's shift to vote-by-mail in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a dozen counties that already send every voter a ballot, could provide clues for how this year's election will play out. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED New Laws Aim to Keep Smaller Businesses Afloat With Tax Breaks Governor Newsom signed several bills into law on Wednesday aimed at helping small businesses recover from downturns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Two new laws are designed to help smaller businesses stay afloat with tax credits and exemptions. Facebook Faces Ongoing Scrutiny Over Hate Speech A coalition of more than forty civil rights groups are calling for Facebook's public policy chief in India to step down. This comes a day after a software engineer resigned over the company's mishandling of hate messages and conspiracy theories. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED

As Evacuations are Lifted Homeowners Take on Insurance Companies

Santa Ana Winds Threaten Communities Burning East of Los Angeles Residents in several foothill communities east of Los Angeles are being warned to prepare for possible evacuations due to the Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest. The blaze started on Sunday, and firefighters fear it might grow quickly because of forecast Santa Ana winds. Evacuees from Creek Fire Number 30,000 and Counting The Creek Fire east of Fresno has grown to over 162,000 acres and is still zero percent contained. Hundreds of people who were trapped by the blaze have been rescued, and officials are trying to find others who might still need help. Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED PG&E Inspects Lines Before Restoring Power to 172,000 Customers Power is expected to be restored to 172,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers by the end of today. The utility giant intentionally shut the power off as a way to prevent electrical equipment from sparking even more wildfires in hot, dry and windy conditions. Victims of the 2015 Butte Fire Relive Their Loss as they Await Settlements On this day in 2015, PG&E lines caused a deadly fire in Amador County east of Sacramento. Five years later, some survivors are still waiting for settlement money and many have been unable to rebuild their homes. Reporter: Lily Jamali, KQED As Evacuations are Lifted Homeowners Face Insurance Bureaucracy After fleeing wildfires, many Californians are returning to homes that have been destroyed or severely damaged. That means they'll be dealing with insurance issues that can get confusing very quickly. Guest: Amy Bach, Co-Founder, United Policyholders Governor Eases Coronavirus Restrictions on Five More Counties In consultation with public health experts, Governor Gavin Newsom is relaxing coronavirus restrictions in five more California counties. That means restaurants, churches, gyms and nail salons are now allowed to open for indoor activities with fewer people and other modifications. Governor Newsom Calls Christian Gathering a 'Public Health Menace' Redding pastor Sean Feucht is calling on his followers to join him for a worship service in Sacramento that took place last weekend. The service, like others Feucht has organized along the West Coast, is being criticized by Governor Gavin Newsom as a menace to public health. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED

California Wildfires Have Already Burned a Record-Breaking Two Million Acres

California Wildfires Have Already Burned a Record-Breaking Two Million Acres

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California Wildfires Have Already Burned a Record-Breaking Two Million Acres

200 People Airlifted to Safety from Creek Fire Near Fresno

200 People Airlifted to Safety from Creek Fire Near Fresno

200 People Airlifted to Safety from Creek Fire Near Fresno the Creek Fire broke out Friday night near Fresno trapping around 200 people at the Mammoth Pool Reservoir. They were airlifted out to safety by helicopter. Officials say 20 people had injuries, including burns. The Creek Fire spread quickly and has now burned more than 73,000 acres. Extreme Behavior of Creek Fire Baffles Fire Scientists Dr. Scott Stephens has been monitoring the behavior of the Creek Fire. He says this fire is behaving differently than other fires he's observed in the Sierra Nevada region. Drought conditions have created enormous smoke plumes and intense heat in the interior of the fire. Guest: Dr. Scott Stephens, Professor of Fire Science, UC Berkeley Record-Breaking Temperatures Recorded in Southern California Across California temperatures reached well into the triple digits on Saturday and Sunday with many places shattering old temperature records. North of Lost Angeles, Woodland Hills recorded a high temperature of 121 degrees on Sunday. The National Weather Service says that's the hottest temperature ever recorded by a weather station in Los Angeles County. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, KQED

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