Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

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Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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Repeal Of '90s Welfare Rule Took Effect January 1st

Jan 3, 2017
thecampusjournal.com

ALSO: A new state law taking effect on January 1st affects California’s community colleges. It requires campuses with existing shower facilities to let homeless students use those showers.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Steve Milne.

motherjones.com

ALSO: California’s sales tax will drop by a quarter of a percent in the new year. The reduction comes from the partial expiration of a statewide ballot measure that helped end California’s budget crisis.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

countryliving.com

ALSO: A new law will prevent young people from losing out on jobs because of past, non-violent crimes, or due to their involvement in legal proceedings, like family court.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Bob Moffitt.

New California Law Further Restricts Smartphone Use While Driving

Dec 29, 2016
newyorktimes.com

Starting January 1st, drivers in California will be banned from operating their smartphone -- unless it’s mounted to a dashboard or windshield – and can be activated with one finger tap or swipe.

For a complete list of new laws taking effect in 2017, click HERE.

Todays' reporting by Chris Nichols.

New Law Aims To Protect Rights Of Surviving Homeowners

Dec 28, 2016

A new state law requires loan servicing companies to talk to homeowners directly and tell them about programs that help avoid foreclosure.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

CA Immigrants Scramble to File Documents by Jan. 20

Dec 27, 2016
Igor Trepeshchenok / BarnImages

Some Californians are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January. They are immigrants, concerned about President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people.

Today's reporting by Logan Pollard.

Collectibles Law Threatens Used Book Stores

Dec 26, 2016
kearneyhub.com

Used booksellers say a new California law set to take effect at the first of the year could hurt their businesses. It’s designed to make it easier to track the authenticity of famous signatures.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

New Law Bans Tobacco Products At Youth Sports Events

Dec 23, 2016
Jim Mone / AP photo

ALSO: Some Californians could soon taste test what the astronauts drink. Not Tang. Purified recycled wastewater. A new law going into effect allows water districts to bottle 1000 gallons a year of purified recycled wastewater for taste tests.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Amy Quinton.

Small Uptick Coming To California Minimum Wage

Dec 22, 2016

ALSO: The California Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a November ballot measure that seeks to streamline the state’s death penalty system to consider a lawsuit filed by Proposition 66 opponents.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Adler.

New Laws 2017: Gun Control

Dec 19, 2016
thetrace.org

ALSO: California’s largest public pension fund needs money. So the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is mulling something it hasn’t done in 16 years: Buy stock in tobacco.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

Capitol Park Gets Drought-Inspired Retrofit

Dec 16, 2016
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

ALSO: California energy regulators have now authorized all three of the state’s major electric utilities to enter a new business—electric vehicle charging.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford. 

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ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown fired up his rhetoric – and his Latin – to reassure scientists fearful of changes under President-elect Trump.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

High Speed Rail Board Looks To Tap 2008 Bond Funds

Dec 14, 2016
kpcc.org

The California high speed rail project is seeking to begin tapping the 10 billion dollars in bonds voters approved eight years ago.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Elizabeth Hiroyasu / courtesy

Wild pigs cause serious damage to grazing lands and watersheds. UC Cooperative Extension scientists have developed a GIS-based tracking app to assess wild pig damage to figure out how to mitigate the creatures' impacts.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

legal-planet.org

ALSO: Field Research will no longer release findings from its public opinion survey known as "The Field Poll."

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

House passes water package with controversial CA amendment

Dec 9, 2016
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

ALSO: California's top pollution regulator says she thinks President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have limited influence in California.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

iStock photo

ALSO: Democratic state lawmakers in Sacramento have introduced the California Values Act, a bill to further limit state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officers.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

ALSO: A new statewide campaign aims to shed light on the consequences of driving while high on drugs. The campaign starts a month after California legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

California Lawmakers Declare They Will Fight Trump Policies

Dec 6, 2016
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Monday's typically-ceremonial session included the sharpest call of defiance yet from the state’s Democratic leaders against the Trump Administration.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Randol White / Capital Public Radio

Speculation over how the incoming Trump Administration may handle immigration issues has civil rights organizations in California planning for the possibilities.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

Gov. Jerry Brown Appoints Xavier Becerra As New Attorney General

Dec 2, 2016
latimes.com

The unexpected pick opens an appealing House seat and complicates several political futures.

An hour after the announcement, former Assembly speaker John Pérez announced he will seek Becerra’s open Congressional seat. The governor will call a special election for that district.  

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Trump Treasury Nominee's Stint At California Bank Draws Scrutiny

Dec 1, 2016
Evan Vucci / AP

ALSO: Thousands of California National Guard soldiers could benefit from a deal reached in Congress this week to forgive the repayment of improper reenlistment bonuses. A former state guardsman says, however, there are still unknowns in the deal.

IMDB Sues California Over Age Law

Today's reporting by Ben Bergman (KPCC,) Chris Nichols, and Ben Bradford.

Plan To Provide More Water For Fish Gets Public Hearing

Nov 30, 2016
California Department of Water Resouces

ALSO: California's Medi-Cal program has provided preventative health care to children living in the state illegally since this past spring. That preventative coverage could be in jeopardy once Donald

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

No Evidence To Back Trump's Claim Of California Voter Fraud

Nov 29, 2016
Ben Adler

ALSO: California cities and farms that depend on water from the State Water Project will receive just 20 percent of what they requested for 2017. But the initial allocation is likely to change.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Amy Quinton.

Jeff Chiu / AP

ALSO: Donald Trump’s promises to make hard-line immigration reforms have raised numerous concerns and questions in California. PolitiFact California spoke with immigration experts to sort through the facts and answer some of the most pressing questions.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Should California Cities Tax Netflix and Hulu Like Cable TV?

Nov 24, 2016

ALSO: Diesel Volkswagen owners across California will soon begin choosing whether to get rid of their cars, or bring them in for repairs. A federal judge recently approved a nearly $15 billion settlement for the carmaker’s emissions scandal.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter.

SEIU Sets Strike Date, Transportation Deal Stalls

Nov 23, 2016

ALSO: Two weeks after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the final two unresolved California ballot measures.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Why It Takes So Long To Count California's Ballots

Nov 22, 2016
Sean Freese / Flickr/cc

Two weeks after Election Day, California still has more than two million ballots left to process. One reason counting votes takes so long is that many vote-by-mail ballots must be remade to fix damages from rips to corrections to coffee stains.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Legislature's Road Repair Package Stuck In Traffic

Nov 21, 2016

ALSO: The head of Covered California says despite talks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the state's health insurance exchange is focusing on enrolling people in coverage

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ja'Nel Johnson.

State Bar Looks To Ban Attorney-Client Sex

Nov 18, 2016

ALSO: The California budget is now in strong enough shape to withstand a mild recession, according to a new report out Wednesday from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

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