California EDD Adopts New 'Pay-Now' Policy to Break Claims LogjamThe Employment Development Dept. claims payment process launched during the pandemic as a system to cut down on fraud but it soon left hundreds of thousands frozen out. Now the EDD is changing its payment policy. Devin Fehely reports. (7-23-21)
Face Masks to Be Required Inside San Mateo County Buildings Starting MondaySan Mateo County supervisors announced late Thursday that, effective July 26, masks will be required in all county buildings and facilities for both employees and visitors. Katie Nielsen reports. (7-22-21)
San Francisco Mulls Installing Sidewalk Trash Receptacles Costing $20 K EachThe city of San Francisco wants to replace green trash cans with bigger, "smart" ones. The prototype being considered will cost taxpayers about $20,000 per can. Kenny Choi reports. (7-22-21)
Stanford Campus Police Reforms Include More Unarmed OfficersStanford has been working for months on a plan for police reform. As Len Ramirez tells us, that could mean more unarmed officers responding to calls.
Newsom, Pelosi Respond to Texas Judge’s Ruling to Halt DACAAdvocates are calling on Congress and President Biden to act quickly after a federal judge in Texas ordered the end to an Obama-era program known as DACA that protects them from deportation. Betty Yu reports. (7-16-21)
Push for Voting Rights Gains MomentumLawmakers representing several states converged on Washington Friday. They're determined to keep the focus on their stand against states' attempts to pass controversial voting measures. Natalie Brand reports. (7-16-21)
Hayward Officials Oppose Restarting Power Plant After ExplosionThe California Energy Commission held a public meeting on Calpine Corp’s application to restart its Hayward power plant following an unexplained explosion at the facility. Wilson Walker reports. (7-15-21)
Police Chief Leads 'Safe Oakland' Rally at Lake MerrittOakland police chief LeRonne Armstrong and the leader of the city's violence-prevention department headlined a midday gathering of city and community leaders Saturday at Lake Merritt to decry rising violence and remember the city's many recent homicide victims. Wilson Walker reports. (7-10-21)
Pres. Biden Signs Executive Order to Rein In Big BusinessPresident Joe Biden has signed an executive order that targets what he says are anticompetitive practices in tech, health care and other parts of the economy. (7-9-21)
Bay Area Family Sues Tesla Blaming Teen Son's Death On AutopilotTesla is facing a lawsuit after a Bay Area family says its autopilot feature lead to the death of their teenage son. Kiet Do talked to legal experts about the details of the case.
Newsom Recall Election Set for Mid-SeptemberCalifornia on Thursday scheduled a Sept. 14 recall election that threatens to drive Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. Andrea Nakano reports. (7-1-21)
Alameda County Hikes Sales Tax to Highest in StateAlameda now has the highest county sales tax in California and angry taxpayers are suing because the vote was so close. Wilson Walker reports. (7-1-21)
Bay Area Law Firm Represents 1000 Rideshare Assault ClaimsA Bay Area law firm representing hundreds of clients suing Uber and Lyft for sexual assault, was in court to Monday seeking to consolidate dozens of lawsuits into a single claim. Kiet Do has more on the case.
Reality Check On Oakland Police Cuts Reveals What May Be A Budget IncreaseA reality check on what is being billed as Oakland police budget cuts, may actually be a budget increase. John Ramos digs into the numbers.
Battle Over Sausalito Homeless Encampment Nears a ShowdownThe city of Sausalito has given residents of a tent encampment at Dunphy Park until Tuesday to leave but the campers have vowed to stay. Da Lin reports. (6-27-21)
Oaklanders React to Police Funding CutsThe Oakland city council voted to cut the police budget by almost $18 million at a time when violent crimes are up. Those backing the cuts say the money is better spent on violence prevention programs. Da Lin reports. (6-25-21)
San Jose Police Pay Hike Raises Hackles of Other City WorkersSan Jose police are set to get their second pay raise of the year and, as Len Ramirez reports, those pay hikes aren't sitting well with other city employees. (6-25-21)
Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years for Murder of George FloydDerek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose killing outraged millions across the world. (6-25-21)
Oakland City Council Votes to Strip More Than $17 Million From OPD BudgetThe Oakland City Council approved a budget Thursday evening that will strip $17.4 million in funding from the Oakland Police Department and direct the money toward other programs. Andrea Nakano reports. (6-24-21)
OPD Chief, Mayor React to Police Defunding Vote by Oakland City CouncilThe Oakland city council voted to slash more than $17 million from the police budget on Thursday evening. (6-24-21)
San Francisco Grapples With Drastic Drop in Police RecruitsThe San Francisco police department is having a hard time finding enough prospective applicants for new positions. Kenny Choi reports. (6-24-21)
FAA Pressures San Jose to Clean Up Homeless Camp by AirportThe Federal Aviation Administration is putting pressure on San Jose to do something about what's grown to become perhaps the city's largest-ever homeless camp. Kiet Do reports. (6-24-21)
San Francisco to City Employees: Get Vaxed or Get AxedAt San Francisco City Hall on Thursday the news was blunt: all city employees will be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and if they aren't their job could be on the line. Wilson Walker reports. (6-24-21)
COVID: NorCal Parents Demand An End To Mask Mandate In SchoolsA group of Sacramento parents is preparing to sue the state to relax school testing and quarantine requirements. Julie Watts tells us more about their efforts to end mask mandates.