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Ninna Gaensler-Debs

A number of immigration-related bills passed the California Assembly last Friday on the last day of the legislative session. These bills and hundreds of others are now headed to Governor Brown’s desk. They're part of a set that Democrats introduced as an act of "resistance" to Donald Trump.

Here's a list of the bills discussed:

Chemicals without borders: Unearthing the Green Revolution

Sep 7, 2017
: GURDEEP SINGH DHALIWAL

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part III: California's industrial approach to agriculture has long served as a model for government officials in Punjab, India, which dramatically increased crop yields decades ago as part of the high-tech, chemically supplemented Green Revolution. Yet the cost for Punjabi farmers has been a legacy of pesticide reliance, debt, and the hopes for a better life in other countries. 

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part IIThe story of how agriculture became agribusiness in California and around the world begins in Punjab, India, where the Green Revolution didn't just change how farmers work the land; it changed how they live. 

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part I: California's fertile Central Valley is home to a sizable community of farmers from Punjab in India, a region also famous for its rich cropland. Why they came to the United States is a story as layered and complex as the politics and science of the crops they cultivate. 

Native American judges are using traditional concepts of justice to restore their communities rather than punish offenders and send even more people to prison. The new documentary Tribal Justice highlights tribal courts that incorporate indigenous customs and beliefs into their justice systems.

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Half a million children live in foster care in the US. More than 100,000 are waiting to be adopted. The good news is that attitudes toward foster children are changing. Growing numbers of people who want to adopt say they’d consider adopting a foster child, according to a survey conducted for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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In early June, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 562, the Healthy California Act, but it passed without details on how to pay for it. A few weeks later, it was shelved by the California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He said, "We have never found a funding source. All the other details that were missing made it woefully incomplete."

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Cannabis coming to Alameda ... Oakland’s “pot equity” ... Humboldt growers shun permits ... Teen use drops again ... and more.

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Your legal rights regarding cannabis at work ... Okay to grow; not okay to grow ... San Francisco considers a cannabis commission ... Events, a comic, and more. 

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Trump reserves possibility of prosecution for medical marijuana ...  Two South American pharmacies add cannabis meds ... hearse hides pounds of pot ... and more. 

In the 1980s, the term “sanctuary” was used in the context of churches that sheltered individuals and families fleeing war in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Representative Ro Khanna jumps into the fray

Apr 26, 2017
RESIZED AND CROPPED

Ro Khanna is the freshman representative for California’s 17th district. A former college educator from Fremont, he was appointed by former President Obama to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce. He ran for Congress and lost to Mike Honda in 2014, but ran again and defeated Honda last November.

City Visions: California Hate Groups on the Rise

Mar 7, 2017

  On March 13, 2017: In 2016, California acquired the dubious distinction of having the most hate groups of any state in the country.  Hate group activity is clearly on the rise in 2017, with bomb threats against Jewish organizations and white supremacists recruiting on college campuses as never before.  Host Joseph Pace and guests explore what's fueling the rise in hate group activity here in California and across the country. 

Guests:

Seth Brysk, Central West Coast Director of the Anti-Defamation League

New attorney general dubious about legalization ... Tribal law doesn’t extend to cannabis cup ... Can California’s electric grid handle increased indoor grows? ... and more.

On June 9, 2016, physician aid-in-dying became legal in California.

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Donald Trump signed two executive orders that had to do with undocumented immigration today.

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Murder for hire leads to marijuana charge ... Update on CBD classification ... Mexico importing medical cannabis from California ... Better golfing through cannabis ... and more.

Mark Twain in the West

Nov 30, 2016

 

Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1835 over 180 years ago. To celebrate him we’re telling you the story of his time out West, where he launched his career as a writer.

New Attorney General nominee raises concerns ... They’re coming for your guns, pot smokers ... Global leaders call for total decriminalization ... A possible solution to the cannabis banking problem ... and more.

Your Call: California's Native American genocide

Nov 21, 2016

On the November 21st edition of Your Call, hear Rose Aguilar's conversation with historian Benjamin Madley about his groundbreaking and heartbreaking book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873

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After more than 150 years, historians (and perhaps Californians) are facing the horrifying truth that Indian slavery was a key source of labor that helped create the early economy of California and enrich its first settlers. 

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: "Breathing and black"

Aug 9, 2016
Photo by Justine Lee.

We continue with our series of essays by Bay Area residents reflecting on race in America. 

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The Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is the state’s biggest water supply, providing water for 25 million people. It’s also the most contested. Northern and Southern Californians have been fighting over who’s entitled to that water for more than a century. Right now, the latest battle is playing out. The largest water supplier in the country—Metropolitan Water District—has made a bid to buy 20 thousand acres of land in the Delta.

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On the June 20th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the Bay Area Native American tribe Amah Mutsun is using its traditional knowledge to solve today’s environmental problems.

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Oakland tries to right wrongs with dispensary rules … Police fund opposition to recreation measure … Health … Opinion … and more.

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Reformed criminals, certain neighborhoods, win preference in Oakland dispensary plan // East Bay Express

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AUMA qualifies for November … Former S.F. sheriff now cannabis consultant … Sex and pot … and more.

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AUMA qualifies for November ballot // L.A. Times

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More states seeking legalization … Montana court guts medical marijuana … Swarms of workers want jobs in California’s “green rush” … Painkiller deaths drop in legal states … Analysis, opinion, profiles, and more…

Are we close to getting out of the drought?

Feb 2, 2016
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Any day now, The California State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to extend Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory restrictions on water use.

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Towns and counties vote for local control… Oklahoma still suing neighbors… Columbia legalizes medical marijuana… Concentrates are medicinal…  What “Trumbo” doesn’t tell you… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

MTC's Vital Signs

  On the December 7the edition of Your Call, we kick-off our week-long climate coverage by discussing sea level rise in the Bay Area. 

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