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Who’s Funding the Anti-Trump Movement? We Don’t Know

By Ryan Levi, KQED News Fix

The Indivisible Guide has become a 26-page must-read for people looking to oppose President Trump’s agenda. The guide — which has been viewed or downloaded more than 2 million times, according to the organization — also offers a supplemental section on how to demand copies of Trump’s tax returns.

“Is Trump colluding with Russia or enriching himself off the presidency? … Until we see Trump’s tax returns, we cannot be certain that foreign governments don’t have leverage over Trump that can be used to influence American policy,” says the supplement.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.


Mobile App Gives Felons a Fresh Start

By Allen Young, KQED News Fix

Junior Castañeda spent most of the past decade addicted to methamphetamines and suffering through stints of homelessness. After racking up five misdemeanors, including three DUIs, he cleaned up a couple of years ago and entered community college with dreams of attaining an advanced degree in business.

To finance his education, Castañeda sought part-time employment this spring as a ticket-taker for the Oakland A’s. He thought the job interview went well, but a few weeks later Castañeda received a rejection letter denying him employment based on his prior criminal convictions.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Map: A History of Big Sur Landslides and Highway 1 Closures

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix

Along the Big Sur coast, residents coexist with certain facts of life: a landscape of unparalleled beauty, tourist traffic, spotty cellphone and Internet service — and slides that will shut down Highway 1.

“The only question we ever have is where it’s going to close, when and for how long,” says Kathleen Woods Novoa — known as Big Sur Kate to readers of her indispensably newsy blog. “We never question that it’s going to close somewhere every single winter. And it does, just about.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

What Will It Take to Get Inmates Out of San Francisco's Aging Hall of Justice?

By Holly McDede, KALW/Crosscurrents

Since the early 1960s, a big chunk of San Francisco’s criminal justice system has been living inside the Hall of Justice. With its faulty elevators and occasional flooding, the building already has a bad reputation for employees who work there.

Then there are the people who have no choice but to live there.

Like the rest of the building, the jail on the top floor is seismically unsafe, and it’s known for wandering rats, peeling old paint and rusted out plumbing.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

In Health Care Debate, Nurses Union Boss Doesn’t Play Nice — and That’s the Way She Likes It

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

The day after Democrats in the California Senate passed a proposal for a universal health care system, RoseAnn DeMoro took to Twitter to call out those who voted against it.

Her tweet read: “23 CA senators stood up for guaranteed healthcare, 17 did not – some of whom are Dem. Check if your senator is here.” A list was included showing how each lawmaker voted on the bill.

Its passage marked an incremental victory for DeMoro, a liberal Democratic firebrand who, as head of the California Nurses Association, has spent decades pushing to overhaul the health care system. Most advocates don’t celebrate a win by publicly shaming the politicians who took the losing position. But DeMoro is hardly the typical advocate.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

More Black and Latino Parents See Racial Inequities in School Funding

By Khalil AbdullahNew America Media

African American and Latino parents see a lack of funding as the biggest cause of racial disparities in education, according to a newly released poll by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

While the poll’s findings are not new, they also speak to the high aspirations that black and Latino parents have for their children. 

Read the complete story at New America Media.

To learn more about the issues of diversity in schools, read the Winter 2015 San Francisco Public Press special report, Choice Is Resegregating Public Schools.

California Schools Respond to Students' Fears of Trump Immigration Policies

By Jenny Manrique, New America Media/Univision News

On a recent Saturday, approximately 150 students from  Bay Area high schools spent the day talking about one of their biggest concerns: their emotional health in the age of Donald Trump.

The students — most of whom were undocumented, others with a relative without papers — were at the annual High School DREAMers Unite! event, held at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, 30 miles south of San Francisco.

“We all have to learn to deal with emotions, especially at this time of so much anger when many feel they want to leave the United States,” said Marvin, a 16-year-old Salvadoran who is part of the Dreamer’s Club at the high school. Latinos make up nearly 60 percent of the student population at his school, with an estimated one undocumented student per classroom. 

Read the complete story at New America Media/Univision News.

In California Battles Over Product Labels, Industry Usually Wins

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Nail polish and hair dye. Cleaning products. Plants and flowers for the garden.

All of these could get new labels under proposals being considered by California lawmakers, triggering an annual conflict in the state Capitol over how much to tell people about what they buy at the store or use at work.

The bills reflect a recurring tension in the statehouse: Environmentalists and consumer advocates argue that people have a right to know what’s in everyday products, while industry lobbyists say putting too much information on a label could harm sales by creating unfounded fear. In most cases, industry wins.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

California Lawmakers Move Toward New Renewable Energy Goals

By Guy Marzorati, KQED News Fix

Democrats in California’s Senate doubled down on the state’s commitment to reducing dependence on fossil fuels, painting their move in contrast to Donald Trump’s potential withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

The Senate on Wednesday voted to set a goal of getting all of the state’s power from renewable energy sources by the year 2045. The aspirational target in SB100 builds on the existing mandate that half of the electricity produced in the state come from clean sources by 2030.

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From Foreclosure to Eviction: One Family’s Struggle to Recover

By Zaidee Stavely, KQED News Fix

When Vanessa and Richard Bulnes got an eviction notice, it felt sadly ironic. The Bulneses were unable to pay the rent because their corporate landlord took three years to remediate high levels of lead in the backyard soil, which caused Vanessa to lose her business — a family home child care that she had run for more than 20 years.

“There were nights where I would wake up and think, ‘We’re squatters.’ And we felt really bad about that because it was never our intention to not pay rent,” Vanessa said. “Because after you lose a house for not paying your mortgage, we knew that’s not the way to go. This was like a second chance. We didn’t want to be at the mercy of somebody saying, ‘You gotta get out’ again.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.