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On the October 29th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a debate on Proposition 46, the ballot initiative that would raise the cap on damages in malpractice suits and enforce mandatory drug testing on doctors. Supporters of Proposition 46 argue that medical negligence is too common and pain and suffering damage awards are too low. Opponents say the initiative isn’t about protecting patients, but increasing medical lawsuit payouts to trial lawyers. Election Day is next week - what questions do you have on Proposition 46? It’s Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.

What Proposition 1 has in store for California's water

Oct 27, 2014
Under CC license from Flickr user Scott2342

When you go to vote next Tuesday, the first thing you’ll see in the list of state measures is Proposition 1. It’s also being called “the water bond”. And let’s get one thing straight right now – this bond won’t resolve the current drought. We can’t vote to make it rain.

But, Proposition 1 can make it rain in the form of $7.5 billion worth of funding for water projects around the state. These could include projects that recycle, conserve, and store more of the water we already have.

(Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

 

  

On the October 2nd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss bills that impact everything from labor and education to groundwater and healthcare. Governor Brown just signed the country’s first ban on single-use plastic bags. He also signed bills to give workers 3 sick days a year, redefine sexual consent on college campuses, and extend housing to foster youth up to age 25 if they are completing a secondary education. What bills are you watching? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On the September 2nd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the bills
that have recently passed in the California state legislature. These bills would affect everything from healthcare and paid sick leave to sexual harassment to plastic bags. Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of September to either sign or veto legislation. He recently signed legislation to put a $7.5 billion water bond before voters. What  bills are you following? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Lawyers have an ethics code. Journalists have an ethics code. Architects do, too.

According to Ethical Standard 1.4 of the American Institute of Architects (AIA):  "Members should uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors." 

Fracking California: Can Jerry Brown be a climate leader if he does not oppose fracking?

Jun 17, 2014
Lisa Morehouse


When Jerry Brown stepped up to the microphone at the California Democratic Party’s convention in March, it looked like it might be an environmental love-fest. He was kicking off his campaign for a fourth term as governor of the state that is perhaps the world’s leading environmental trend-setter.

Your Call: Is it time to reform Prop 13?

Jun 4, 2014

  

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Trade representatives from twelve countries have been discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership for four years. They’re discussing removing tariffs, protecting the environment, and stopping the piracy of copyrighted  material - all in the name of freer international trade.

Not much is known about what’s in this agreement, but based on what’s been leaked, here’s what we think we know about a couple of key components that will affect Californians: cows and computers.

On the farm


  

  

  

At 49 years of age, Michael Santos is getting his first taste of college. He's walking through the main quad at San Francisco State, beaming like a kid.

“I always come to soak up the university vibe that I missed when I was a teenager and in my early ‘20s,” he says.

Santos is not a student or a visitor. He’s a lecturer in the Criminal Justice Department, a job he landed in September, just two weeks after his release from 26 years in prison.

Prison Life

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the authors of The Atlas of California: Mapping the Challenges of a New Era. From public health and education to the water crisis to foreclosure crisis, California often leads the nation on policies for better or for worse.  So as environmental, economic, and societal realities shift, what kind of future do we hope for in California?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.
 

  

  

Intersection for the Arts


California has been called the most diverse state in the country. People come from across the world to make their homes here.  People of color now make up about 60% of the state’s population, and 112 languages are spoken in the Bay Area alone.

The Califas Festival -- which runs through November 17 -- is a multidisciplinary arts celebration that seeks to tell some of the stories of this multifaceted state of ours. The festival presents both professional and non-professional artists, and is put on by the Triangle Lab, a collaboration between Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco and California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda. KALW’s Hana Baba sat down with Rebeka Rodriguez of Intersection for the Arts to find out more.

For the past decade, California has been a leader in the clean-energy revolution. Groundbreaking state laws require our major utilities to purchase 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020. And some green-energy experts expect that mandate to rise to 50 percent or more in the following decade. To date, the rapid growth of solar and wind power has fueled the move to renewables. But for California to fulfill its green-energy future, it must solve an important problem: how to deliver electricity to consumers when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.


Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW.  

Hey guys,

Will Durst here with a few choice words about California, which is so incredibly superior to every other state in the union, that it's not even close to funny, right? We don't mean to sound conceited, it's just hard when you're so much better than everyone.

Today on Your Call: How does Medi-Cal work?

Jul 25, 2013

Juvenile Law issues.

Jun 10, 2013

Your Legal Rights considers Juvenile Law Issues.

Guests:  

Judge Eugene Hyman (retired) and Judge Kurt Kumli of the Santa Clara Co. Superior Court;
Deputy District Attorney LaRon Hogg Haught, Santa Clara Co.; and Greg Feldman, Deputy
Public Defender, San Francisco. 

Listener call-ins welcome beginning approximately 7:30: 415-841-4134. 





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California has just six months left to meet a federal court deadline to reduce its adult prison population from 156,000 inmates to 109,000 – in a prison system designed to hold just 80,000 people. The state is not there yet, and it might not meet that deadline. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown said the state's prison crisis is over and he wants the federal court out of the system.


On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 34, which would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without parole. It would also apply retroactively to the sentences of the 725 people currently on California’s Death row. Supporters of Prop 34 say it will save the state money.  Opponents say it is not fair to victims and their family members.  Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here.  Do you think it's time to abolish California’s Death Penalty? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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