KQED's The California Report


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  • 10 minutes 35 seconds
    Proposed Regulations Could Impact Rock Climbers In California

    Federal agencies are considering a controversial rule that would restrict rock climbers from leaving gear attached to cliff walls in designated wilderness areas. This could affect some of California’s iconic routes in Yosemite and other historic climbing destinations.  

    Reporter: Alix Soliman, KQED

    The state legislature passed a placeholder state budget Thursday, just ahead of a mandatory deadline. But lawmakers must still negotiate with Governor Newsom on the final deal.

    Reporter: Alexei Koseff, CalMatters

    A bill that would ban “forced outing” or “parental notification” policies in California schools has moved forward in the state legislature. At least six California school districts in the past year have adopted measures that require staff to tell parents if their child changes their gender identity at school.

    Reporter: Kate Wolffe, CapRadio 

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    14 June 2024, 1:50 pm
  • 10 minutes 28 seconds
    How The Closure Of Madera County's Only Hospital Has Impacted The Community

    When a county’s only hospital closes, you might expect there to be dire, immediate effects on public health. However, since Madera Community Hospital closed its doors in early 2023, the consequences haven’t been so clear.

    Reporter: Kerry Klein, KVPR

    California insurance regulators are sharing the next phase of their plans to fix the state’s ailing insurance market. The new regulations propose to let insurance companies use the catastrophe models they want, but in exchange, require them to offer more coverage in wildfire-prone areas of the state.

    Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED

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    13 June 2024, 2:03 pm
  • 10 minutes 31 seconds
    Parents Adjust To Challenges Of Transitional Kindergarten

    California is expanding transitional kindergarten with a vision of making it available to every four-year-old in the state by fall of 2025. The state has a long way to go to reach its goal of serving 300,000 students. And while many families are eager to sign up, they face complicated logistics. 

    Reporter: Blanca Torres, KQED

    Governor Gavin Newsom has removed an outspoken occupational safety expert from the regulatory body that adopts California’s workplace health and safety rules.

    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

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    12 June 2024, 2:29 pm
  • 10 minutes 41 seconds
    California School Districts Struggle To Build Out Classrooms For Transitional Kindergarten

    When school starts in 2025, every 4-year-old in the state will be able to attend public school. It’s a new grade known as transitional kindergarten. But in the lead-up, many schools are struggling to find the necessary classroom space for these additional classes.

    Reporter: Elly Yu, LAist

    A California law that set guidelines for classifying workers did not unfairly target Uber and other gig companies. That’s according to a federal appeals court ruling that came down on Monday.

    Reporter: Levi Sumagaysay, CalMatters

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    11 June 2024, 2:03 pm
  • 10 minutes 42 seconds
    Teacher Shortage Impacts State's Goals For Transitional Kindergarten, Bilingual Classes

    California is in the middle of an ambitious plan to offer transitional kindergarten to all four-year-olds by the 2025-2026 school year. It's poised to be the largest free preschool program in the country. A lot of the kids heading to TK are dual language learners. But a shortage of bilingual teachers could hamper the state's ambitious goals.

    Reporter: Daisy Nguyen, KQED 

    A Superior Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order to the University of California, pausing the strike by thousands of academic workers who walked out over the UC’s response to pro-Palestinian protesters. But some legal experts are questioning that decision.

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    10 June 2024, 2:02 pm
  • 10 minutes 20 seconds
    State Supreme Court Ruling Allows Housing Plan To Move Forward At People's Park

    The California Supreme Court has ruled that UC Berkeley can start construction on student and supportive housing in People’s Park -- and also gave the green light to a much larger campus expansion project. The case has brought mixed reaction from the wider Berkeley community.

    Reporters: Adhiti Bandlamudi , KQED and Billy Cruz, The California Report

    A new report shows Sacramento County’s homeless population dropped 29% compared with two years ago. That’s one of the largest reductions statewide.

    Reporter: Chris Nichols, CapRadio

    California has funded over 4 million tax-free savings accounts for students to pay for college. But many families don’t seem to know the money’s there.

    Reporter: Jacqueline Munis, CalMatters

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    7 June 2024, 2:03 pm
  • 10 minutes 43 seconds
    High School Student Creates Music From Soundscape Of Exploding Stars

    There are stars exploding all around us. They burst, flash and fade. Some leave visions of their spectacular journeys in telescopes. A high school student recently turned supernovae data into a piece of music.

    Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED

    President Joe Biden signed an executive order this week that shuts off asylum to most migrants who enter the country illegally. But it has critics on both sides of the political divide.

    Reporter: Gustavo Solis, KPBS

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    6 June 2024, 3:26 pm
  • 10 minutes 39 seconds
    Japanese Tourists Flock To LA To See Shohei Ohtani

    Los Angeles' tourism industry, still trying to rebound from the pandemic, has gotten a gift in the form of Shohei Ohtani. Japanese fans have come by the thousands to see the superstar play for his new team, the Dodgers.

    Reporter: Josie Huang, LAist

    Votes in the election to recall the controversial conservative school board president in Temecula are still being counted. Early results show the effort to recall Joseph Komrosky winning by a 54-46 percent margin.

    Reporter: Madison Aument, KVCR

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    5 June 2024, 1:51 pm
  • 10 minutes 29 seconds
    Are Tiny Homes A Viable Solution To Help With Homelessness Crisis?

    With two-thirds of California’s unhoused population living unsheltered, cities are increasingly turning to tiny homes to get people off the streets quickly. Now lawmakers are considering a plan to make it easier to build them.

    Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED

    For the second time, state labor officials have rejected the University of California's request to get a court order to stop the UC academic workers strike. This comes as workers from three more campuses are going on strike this week.

    Reporter: Billy Cruz, The California Report

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    4 June 2024, 2:55 pm
  • 10 minutes 41 seconds
    Recall Elections Test Strength Of Conservative School Board Movement

    Republicans in California have struggled to gain power at the state capitol, but they’ve found more success recently on school boards. Conservatives have made gains in these local seats -- but now they’re facing pushback in the form of recall elections -- including two underway right now in Riverside County and the Bay Area.

    Reporters: Guy Marzorati, KQED and Madison Aument, KVCR

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    3 June 2024, 2:29 pm
  • 10 minutes 25 seconds
    Mixed Reaction From California To Trump Verdict

    Reaction was not surprisingly mixed to Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts, marking the end of the former president’s historic hush money trial. Republicans are still standing strong behind Trump, while many Bay Area residents said they were surprised and pleased by the verdict.

    Analysts say that Trump’s guilty verdicts may not sway his GOP base, but they could change how swing voters view him and the coming November election. 

    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED

    Looking to fix the state’s insurance crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a bill to speed up insurance premium rate reviews this week. Under the bill, the Insurance Department would have up to 120 days to review insurers' requests and provide a rate estimate.

    Reporter: Levi Sumagaysay, CalMatters

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    31 May 2024, 4:02 pm
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