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Understanding Silicon Valley’s Newfound Activism

By Queena Sook Kim and Liz Gannes, KQED News Fix

Silicon Valley may want to change the world, but traditionally it has stayed out of the realm of politics to do it. So how to explain the sudden explosion of political protest against President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration?

Tony Xu’s metamorphosis provides one answer. Xu is the co-founder of the food delivery startup DoorDash, which is one of the tech companies that signed onto the immigration amicus brief.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Trump Suggests Yanking Federal Dollars If California's a 'Sanctuary' — Can He Do That?

By Ben Christopher, CALmatters

The burgeoning political standoff between California and the Trump administration took another step into unprecedented terrain this week when, on a pre-Superbowl televised interview, the president denounced California as “out of control” and contemplated cutting its federal funding. The threat came in response to moves by the Democratic-controlled Legislature toward providing additional legal protections for undocumented immigrants and labeling California itself a “sanctuary state.”

But with President  Trump issuing an executive order to defund sanctuary jurisdictions, and San Francisco suing to have the order declared unconstitutional, a number of questions remain — not the least of which is “can the president really defund an entire state?”

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

California Unions Playing Defense as Trump Presidency Begins

By Katie Orr, KQED News Fix

Labor unions in California helped push successful efforts for increasing the minimum wage, mandatory paid sick leave and expanding overtime rules for farmworkers in the state. But the Trump administration has unions playing defense, even in labor-friendly California.

The new administration worries Belinda Beeks-Malone. She’s a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. She says her biggest concern is actually very basic.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Housing, Legal Groups Outline Immigrant Rights When Facing U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement  

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer, has put its building managers on notice that Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents are not welcome on Mission Housing property.

Moreover, the agency, which operates some 35 buildings housing 3,000 tenants, has started a series of workshops to help undocumented immigrants know their rights.

Read the complete story at Mission Local.

Building Trump's Wall? 6 Things to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

1. There already is a "wall" along about a third of the border

The border runs about 1,900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Some sort of barrier — made from concrete, steel mesh and/or barbed wire — currently stands along about a third of it, in areas U.S. Customs and Border Protection deems vulnerable to illicit cross-border activity. Some segments are a solid metal wall; others are composed of various materials and have spaces between barriers or mesh, making those sections less a wall than a fence. Types include:

Primary fencing, typically 18 feet high with steel bollards or pickets to impede pedestrians and vehicles.

Secondary fencing, typically 15 feet high and constructed with horizontal rails in the form of steel tubes and fence fabric that is either mesh or perforated metal sheeting.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

Trump’s Definition of Deportable Called Broad and Vague

By Elena Shore, New America Media

One of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration dramatically expanded priorities that determine who can be deported. Immigrant rights advocates and attorneys say that under the expanded definition, nearly any undocumented immigrant could be considered a target.

This “reprioritization — non-prioritization really” — of who is deportable is “one of the most troubling aspects of Trump’s executive order on interior enforcement,” according to Melissa Keaney, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.

Read the complete story at New America Media. 

Supreme Court Pick: What’s at Stake for California?

By Scott Shafer, KQED News Fix/The California Report

California’s U.S. senators are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court with cautious concern.

Shortly after the nomination was announced, Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted that she was “troubled” by the choice. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who serves on the Judiciary Committee that will first consider the nomination, was more circumspect, suggesting she would take her time evaluating the nominee.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.

Trump vs. California: Is Xavier Becerra About to Face a Conflict He Can't Resolve?

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

In the 1970s, an ethnically diverse high school in Sacramento sought to quell tensions by training a mix of specially selected students how to resolve conflicts. Among the chosen was a son of Mexican immigrants named Xavier Becerra — a teenager who excelled academically, spent lunch hours playing poker and seemed to possess a knack for defusing fights.

Forty years later, an ethnically diverse state — anticipating a new wave of conflict with the federal government — has turned to Becerra as well. This time, the goal is not so much to avoid conflicts as to make sure they are resolved in California’s favor.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

Is Air Quality in the Bay Area Getting Worse?

By Matt Beagle, KQED News Fix

Jenny Wread is one of several KQED listeners who wanted to know more about air quality in the Bay Area.

Last summer, she was commuting regularly between Marin and the East Bay and noticed a lot of smog.

So she contacted Bay Curious, and we met up for a stroll in Berkeley recently.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Questions, Resistance Greet Trump’s Immigration Orders in California

By Marisa Lagos, KQED News/The California Report

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders Wednesday dealing with immigration policy — including one that seeks to strip federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.”

“Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal of the United States,” he wrote in the order. “These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic.”

Read the complete story at KQED News/The California Report.