In the News

August 08, 2018

California lawmakers are taking aim at the casting couch.

After a year of horror stories from women about alleged sexual misconduct at the hands of powerful men such as producer Harvey Weinstein and talk-show host Charlie Rose, California lawmakers are poised to revise a 1994 sexual harassment law to make clear it applies to producers and directors. The amendment would add regulatory oversight for the first time and make it easier for victims to file a complaint.

August 08, 2018

California is facing another showdown with the Trump administration. This time over offshore drilling. As part of a state-wide, multi-station project based here at KALW, we asked you to share your thoughts.

August 03, 2018

A bill signed into law last month expands law enforcement training on domestic violence to include recognizing signs the situation could turn deadly and putting more emphasis on officers directly connecting victims to support. 

August 03, 2018

As more than a dozen blazes rage across California this week, a state senator who’s been personally affected by the state’s constant wildfires is urging support for legislation focused more on fire prevention than on response. 

In a call with reporters Friday, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) reiterated the need for legislation she introduced in February in light of the massive Carr and Ferguson fires, which have burned a total of more than 200,000 acres in Northern California. 

June 18, 2018

What will it take to stop sexual harassment in the workplace? Last week, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, suggested an answer: cultural change.

Proposing a radical overhaul in the way the frat house that is the Capitol handles claims of sexual misconduct, Friedman noted that internal policies don’t do much if disrespect and abuses of power are informally winked at. “Culture eats policy for breakfast,” she said.

May 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate approved legislation Thursday that seeks to clarify homeowners’ insurance coverage following deadly mudslides near Santa Barbara.

Insurance policies generally cover damage caused by fires but not by mudslides. That creates confusion in cases like the mudslides in Montecito, which were triggered by a wildfire.

In such cases where multiple factors combine to cause damage, courts have ruled that insurers must pay if the policy covers the “efficient proximate cause” — the most important cause — of the damage.

April 24, 2018

Skechers U.S.A. Inc., TiVo Corp., and other California-based companies that have only men on their boards would need to add at least one woman under a bill being considered in the state’s legislature.

California would be the first state in the nation with such a requirement for publicly held companies, if the state Senate proposal passes. So far, it’s been approved 5-1 by one committee and is headed to another committee April 24 before it can go to a vote on the Senate floor. The state Assembly would also need to vote for the bill to send it to the governor’s desk.

April 23, 2018

By Lois Kazakoff

Despite decades of effort, women still earn less than men, and the pay gap for women of color is even wider. The wage gap persists for a multitude of reasons, but a ruling by a federal court this month took a huge step toward narrowing it.

April 10, 2018

By Hannah-Beth Jackson And Jessica Stender

Special to The Sacramento Bee

California has made significant progress on equal pay in recent years, but it’s not enough. The wage gap stubbornly persists for women and people of color across the state, as we mark Equal Pay Day on Tuesday.

March 19, 2018

Some coastal states opposed to President Donald Trump’s plan to allow oil and gas drilling off most of the nation’s coastline are fighting back with proposed state laws designed to thwart the proposal.

The drilling Trump proposes would take place in federal waters offshore in an area called the Outer Continental Shelf. But states control the 3 miles of ocean closest to shore and are proposing laws designed to make it difficult, or impossible, to bring the oil or gas ashore in their areas.

A look at the issue:

What states are doing