News, Articles and Editorials

  • Grant program under scrutiny

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, January 25th, 2021 7:25am

    The Golden State’s unemployment rate grew to 9% in December, triggering the first month-to-month increase since April 2020, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department. While the nation’s unemployment rate remained static in December, California’s rose 0.9% as the state shed 52,200 jobs — a staggering 37% of all U.S. jobs lost that month.

  • The City of West Hollywood Unanimously Adopts a Resolution Recognizing the Independent Republic of Artsakh

    Posted by Vic Gerami at Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 2:08pm

    The city continued its tradition of standing for human rights and trailblazing on Tuesday night, January 19, 2021. The West Hollywood City Council unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the Independent Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). View the resolution here.

  • Persistent tech problems

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Friday, January 22nd, 2021 9:21am

    California is struggling to provide residents with two items central to surviving the pandemic — the vaccine and unemployment benefits.

  • The Rude Awakening for America

    Posted by James Allen Preston | RLN at Friday, January 22nd, 2021 9:18am

    The hardest thing to do moving forward will be to actually convince the die-hard right wing that unity of purpose is stronger than division.  That government “for the people” means doing the things that bring the nation together rather than divide it.

  • Time running out to extend California’s eviction moratorium

    Posted by NIGEL DUARA at Thursday, January 21st, 2021 12:15pm

    Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders need to reach an agreement by Jan. 31 for California renters to avoid the beginning of a statewide eviction tsunami.

  • Newsom asks Biden for aid

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 11:13am

    What a difference a day makes. On Tuesday, California was still wrangling with the Trump administration, as evidenced by nine final-hour lawsuits filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra — bringing his four-year total to a staggering 122 lawsuits.

  • Obama/Biden Built More Border Wall Than Trump

    Posted by Jim Laferty at Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 11:32am

    Trump is trying like mad, during his last few weeks in office, to build as many more miles of wall that he can. In fact, on behalf of Trump's madness, a 3-mile long barrier is currently being built that will seal off an extremely critical migratory corridor for wildlife between the two countries, threatening multiple species.

  • New virus strain pops up

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 10:10am

    Any rollout like this is bound to run into snags, but this level of problems is concerning. Every day we wait, thousands of people are at risk of dying

  • KPFK welcomes "Move the Crowd" hosted by Melina Abdullah, Mondays at 7 AM

    Posted by Anyel Z Fields at Monday, January 18th, 2021 8:30am

    Move The Crowd, a new program starting the week off with a roundup of the pressing Black news of the week and highlights of current activism campaigns fighting for freedom in Los Angeles and around the globe.

  • How California’s budget depends on staggering wealth gap

    Posted by Jackie Botts, The California Divide at Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 2:24pm

    The state’s progressive tax structure is reaping billions from the wealthiest to fund the state’s safety net. But it also reveals how the pandemic has widened the economic gulf for millions of Californians — more than the rest of the country.

  • Dems affix ‘coup’ label

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 9:21am

    The movement to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is increasingly perceived as a serious threat, the California Democratic Party took the extraordinary step Tuesday of branding it as a “coup” and alleging that its backers were linked to the violent mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

  • Only 27% of doses used

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 8:38am

    Newsom in a Monday press conference: “We recognize that the current strategy is not going to get us to where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go.”

  • California Assembly impeachment vote puts Republicans in bind

    Posted by Ben Christopher at Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 8:36am

    The results were partyline, with only Democrats voting “yes” and Republicans voting “no.” Leaving out excused absences, 11 lawmakers ducked voting either way — all of them Republican, including the GOP’s Assembly leader, Marie Waldron of Escondido. 

  • Trump, the Coup, and the Collusion That Made It Possible

    Posted by Jeffrey C. Isaac at Monday, January 11th, 2021 9:27am

    It will be hard to disentangle the levels of causal, moral, and legal responsibility, and harder still to repair the damage.

  • Long to-do list

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, January 11th, 2021 9:16am

    Lawmakers return to Sacramento today to kick off a new legislative session — but time is already running out to respond to some of the pandemic’s most pressing issues.

  • How the Capitol attack affected California

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Thursday, January 7th, 2021 9:31am

    As a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday — temporarily preventing Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory — protests broke out at California’s Capitol building in Sacramento and in cities including Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and Bakersfield.

  • Clean vehicles top priority

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 8:51am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday unveiled a $4.5 billion plan for business and job recovery, dedicating one-third of the funding to eliminating new gas-powered cars by 2035.

  • Georgia Closes Black Polling Stations White Polls Open for Early Voting

    Posted by Greg Palast at Monday, January 4th, 2021 10:47am

    Jim Crow 2.0—sophisticated vote manipulation tactics—are still alive and well within the state of Georgia for the January 5 Senate runoff election. Greg Palast, along with Barbara Arnwine founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, have exposed that Georgia is closing early polling sites in predominately Black and Brown neighborhoods across the state of Georgia.

  • Sluggish rollout

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, January 4th, 2021 10:44am

    As California confronts its darkest moment yet of the pandemic, complications in the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine — which Gov. Gavin Newsom billed as the “light at the end of the tunnel” — suggest that the tunnel may be longer than previously thought.

  • “We’ll get that paid”: Newsom and Padilla vow to fix controversial election contract

    Posted by Ben Christopher at Monday, December 28th, 2020 1:11pm

    In a press conference Wednesday, Alex Padilla assured reporters that the multimillion-dollar tab his office owes to SKDKnickerbocker, a Biden-affiliated PR shop, will be “resolved soon.”

  • How Newport Beach ended up with 2 affordable housing units in 8 years

    Posted by NIGEL DUARA at Monday, December 28th, 2020 1:08pm

    The coastal community was called out in a state audit as one of many troubling flaws contributing to California’s affordable housing crisis. Researchers say a statewide planning process has allowed wealthier cities to lobby for fewer housing units than inland and less-wealthy cities. A new system is underway to bring more equity, but will it be strong enough to resist NIMBYism?

  • New Analysis Confirms Medicare For All Saves Money

    Posted by Rising Up with Sonali at Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 11:18am

    A little-noticed financial analysis of a Single-Payer system by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that transitioning to a government-run system would significantly reduce healthcare spending in the nation. Coming at a time when the U.S.’s medical infrastructure is under severe strain, the analysis is important and considered the...

  • High-risk inmates aren’t prioritized in state’s early releases

    Posted by BYRHONDA LYONS at Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 11:12am

    More than 7,500 prisoners sent home in the program — which aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 — would have been released within months anyway. Thousands with health conditions remain in prison, and the virus keeps spreading.

  • The vaccine arrives in California

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, December 14th, 2020 7:23am

    Thousands of California health care workers may receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine today, marking a promising new chapter in the state’s battle with the pandemic even as deadly outbreaks flare up.

  • Calls to Dump the Electoral College Fainter After Biden’s Win

    Posted by Earl Ofari Hutchinson at Monday, December 14th, 2020 7:22am

    In the entire history of presidential elections and nearly 25,000 electoral votes cast, fewer than 100 electors have ever bucked the tide and voted opposite the electoral consensus.

  • Beneath the Surface: Irv Weissman on Coronavirus Vaccine Science and Politics

    Posted by Suzi  Weissman at Monday, December 14th, 2020 6:54am

    Irv Weissman, Director of Stanford University’s Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine joins to give us a clear and comprehensive explanation of the new COVID vaccines. The FDA has just given emergency authorization for the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine, which like Moderna is an mRNA vaccine.

  • 550 Groups Ask Biden to Solve Plastic Pollution Crisis With Eight Executive Actions

    Posted by Plastic Pollution Coalition at Friday, December 11th, 2020 9:22am

    A coalition of more than 550 community and conservation organizations, including many members in the #breakfreefromplastic movement, as well as sustainable businesses today released its Presidential Plastics Action Plan, urging President-elect Joe Biden to take eight key executive actions to solve the plastic pollution crisis and become a #PlasticFreePresident.

  • Pass the Damn Covid Relief Bill': Shoplifting of Essentials on Rise as Millions Struggle to Feed Families

    Posted by Jake Johnson at Friday, December 11th, 2020 9:06am

    The Pentagon predictably described the maneuver as defensive, even though it was the U.S. that pushed the two nations to the brink of war repeatedly over the past several years.

  • New Research Shows 'Pandemic Profits' of Billionaires Could Fully Fund $3,000 Stimulus Checks for Every Person in US

    Posted by Jake Johnson at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 10:09am

    America's billionaires could pay for a major Covid relief bill and still not lose a dime of their pre-virus riches.

  • Newsom at an inflection point

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 10:03am

    Even as 59% of Californians expect the state to be bogged down by widespread unemployment and financial depression for the next five years, 58% approve of how Gov. Gavin Newsom is handling the economy.

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