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California Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018
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• Efforts to legalize sports gaming in California have new momentum from Monday's U.S Supreme Court ruling. But it’ll be years, if ever, before you can legally bet on the Giants or Dodgers at your nearby casino, card room or race track—or even online.

• This year, advocates are pushing for three bills which would help undocumented immigrants get access to local business licenses, income tax credits, and healthcare.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

California Update for Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018
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• An audit released Tuesday shows that the California State University system exposes students and employees to on-campus hazards such as faulty laboratory equipment, unsafe drinking water, asbestos and chemical spills.

• California officials are trying to prevent a possible undercount of the state’s population in the next Census.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Friday, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018
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• The California Endowment is classifying police killings as a public health issue that must be addressed.

• The Trump administration has pointed to a 200 percent spike in arrests along the Southern border in March compared with the same month a year ago. How many of took place along the California border with Mexico and how significant is this increase?

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018

• A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.

• When you eat eggs from your friend's backyard coop, those yolks are connected to the soil hens scratch around in. After last year's fires, UC Davis researchers are testing backyard eggs statewide to see if contaminants ended up in those eggs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

California Update for Friday, April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018
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• Every border state governor has embraced President Trump’s requested deployment of National Guard troops to the Mexican border — except in California.

• President Trump says voter fraud rampant in California.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Drew Sandsor.

California Update for Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 2018
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• Two weeks after federal customs enforcement agents detained more that 200 people in Los Angeles, agents have been in central and northern California conducting operations.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt.

California Update for Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22, 2018
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• The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it can NOT support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.

• Vanity may be a new funding source for more driver's education in California high schools. A bill in the state Senate would let Californians choose which photo ends up on their driver's license.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Steve Milne.

California Update for Monday, January 29, 2018

Jan 29, 2018
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• Several conservative websites erroneously claimed last week a new California law will register undocumented immigrants to vote. This claim has popped up before, and it's still wrong. 

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018
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• California's longest-serving governor gave his final State of the State address to lawmakers Thursday. Capital Public Radio’s reporters have this round-up.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford, Ezra David Romero, and Sammy Caiola.

SRJC to Host Community Forum on Immigration Reform

Dec 13, 2017
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Santa Rosa Junior College will be hosting a community forum on immigration reform on Dec. 14.

 

The forum will provide information regarding the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status programs and what people should expect in 2018.

 

The forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carpenter’s Union, 1706 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa.

Rapid Response Network Poster
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Yesterday, we heard about a new hotline that helps protect local immigrants who may be swept up in raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

At the rally announcing the new "Rapid Response" phone line, news director Steve Mencher spoke with immigrant rights activist Anna Salgado. He asked  whether her neighbors’ fears of deportation have been heightened by the North Bay fires and how the hotline will help.

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In the pouring rain last week, a coalition of groups announced a new initiative to protect immigrants in our community. The North Bay Rapid Response Network of Sonoma and Napa Counties aims to, in its words, “Witness, Accompany, Advocate and Defend” people who may be subject to immigration raids. Through a telephone hotline wedded to innovative communication software, trained legal observers and citizens agreeing to witness the activities of ICE in our community can be contacted at any time.

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Seeking to establish a secure environment for Sonoma County residents, the North Bay Rapid Response Network is creating a hotline for residents to witness immigration enforcement activities that threaten members of our community.

The 24-hour hotline will activate a phone tree that calls volunteers to respond to raids on undocumented immigrants by ICE and other agencies. 

Santa Rosa Junior College Town Hall on DACA
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Yesterday we heard from Congressman Mike Thompson, at a town hall he co-hosted on immigration at Santa Rosa Junior College last week. Today we hear from others at the forum, called to support students struggling to respond to President Trump’s dismantling of DACA, the program that allows young men and women brought to this country as children to work and study here without fear of deportation. First up, Alegría de la Cruz, chief deputy county counsel for Sonoma County.

Santa Rosa Junior College Town Hall
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Wednesday, September 20, a full house at the Santa Rosa Junior College Bertolini Student Center welcomed Congress members Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, and Assembly member Jim Wood, representatives from SRJC, the county and the legal community and student activists to a forum on DACA. 

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In Santa Rosa Tuesday evening, about 60 people gathered in solidarity with "dreamers," those young people brought to this country as children, who were granted rights to work and study here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  This followed the announcement earlier in the day that President Trump was ending DACA and asking Congress to make new rules for the 800,000 or so dreamers. Steve Mencher reports.

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While others were celebrating Labor Day, Acapulco-born "dreamer" Denia Candela had an anxious weekend, worrying about the president's decision on young immigrants. Denia came to the United States from Mexico when she was in middle school, and once President Obama provided a way for her to work and complete her education via the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, myriad possibilities opened up for her.

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Over the past few days, leaders in business and tech, and even Speaker Paul Ryan urged President Trump to keep or modify the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which allows young people who were brough

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According to Sonoma County officials, fear and anxiety among its immigrant communities are at an all-time high. But the county is working to make these communities feel safe and secure. As KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports, the county-sponsored Immigration Initiative kicks off tonight with a town hall in Roseland.

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Harvest season is in full swing for vineyards in the North Bay but many winegrowers are seeing a shortage of laborers to work in their fields. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Karissa Kruse of Sonoma County Winegrowers to find out what’s causing the labor crunch and what growers are doing to make sure no grape goes unpicked.

Interim Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano promised a statement in the coming days that will outline the department's new policies. He promised 'less cooperation' with ICE.
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Sonoma County Interim Sheriff Rob Giordano released a statement August 10 promising "less cooperation" with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), responding to concerns in the community that go back to the policies of his predecessor, Sheriff Steve Freitas, who resigned for health reasons effective August 1.

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Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas announced today that he will be leaving office August 1. A recall effort had sought to end the sheriff's term early, but it has been withdrawn due to the new circumstances. Steve Mencher has an "exit interview" with the sheriff.

Listen to Bruce Robinson's story about the recall effort.

Recall Campaign Targets Sheriff Freitas

May 17, 2017

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas’s six-plus years in office have been tumultuous on multiple fronts. Now a group of local activists is pushing to recall him, even before his announced retirement at the end of his current term next year.

The most alarming complaints raised against the Sheriff's office in the past year involve the prolonged, brutal treatment of inmates at the Sonoma County Jail. Community Action Coalition member Kathleen Finnegan calls it torture.

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The city of Santa Rosa is joining the ranks of cities across the nation that are broadening civil rights for immigrants but don’t call it a sanctuary city. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a resolution last night declaring it an Indivisible City.

"It's Working Out Very Nicely," - This week, This American Life talks to people whose lives were affected by the president’s executive order on immigration. And we ask: The chaos of the rollout, the vague language that left travelers in airports, people in refugee camps, and government officials confused about how to interpret the order—was this incompetence? Or was it intentional?

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Even before the November election, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign generated scores of worried conversations among the Latino workforce in Sonoma County. In a sober press conference Tuesday morning at the Graton Day Labor Center, they shared their conclusions.

Latina Writer Reyna Grande Shares Her History

Nov 17, 2016

In both novels and a memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande examines her own past as an illegal immigrant, arriving,  assimilating and succeeding in modern California. She shared her story in person with students at a Santa Rosa middle school yesterday. 

Health Access California

  Sonoma, Napa and Marin are among a majority of California counties that have expanded theie health care coverage to undocumented adults. Suzanne Potter has more.

Building a New Life in America

Dec 22, 2015
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  Amidst all the political rhetoric, it’s easy to forget that every new immigrant, from Syria or elsewhere, is a unique individual. This is the story of one such young man, who enjoyed his first Thanksgiving here in Sonoma County last month, with the extended family of his American sponsor. From Eugene, Oregon, Rachel McDonald reports.

Environment, Immigration Top Issues for Latinos

Aug 19, 2015
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  Immigration is a top political concern for Latino voters in California, but a new poll finds that envcironmental issues are equally important to them. Suzanne Potter reports.

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