Julie Small Sacramento Correspondent
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Julie Small covers state government, prisons and the California Supreme Court for Southern California Public Radio.
Before joining KPCC, Julie spent 7 years as the deputy foreign editor for Public Radio’s critically acclaimed "Marketplace." She helped shape the show’s coverage of Asia during China ascendency and India’s growing economic influence. She was the Los Angeles producer of a two-week live broadcast from China in 2006 and produced some other series on counterfeit goods, and the effect of the Iraq War on European-US trade relations. She also produced the "Marketplace Morning Report" for a stint.
Small is a former staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She's also reported for NPR, "The California Report," and "Weekend America."
Small earned her master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.
In 1996 she helped launch a national campaign for redress for Japanese-Latin Americans interned by the U.S. government during World War II. The group won a settlement from the U.S. Department of Justice in 1998.
When she’s not walking the halls of the state capitol, Julie spends her free time enjoying life with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she misses her home town of Los Angeles.
Stories by Julie Small
Governor Schwarzenegger set off a fury in Sacramento Monday when he said the state's budget deficit could balloon to $20 billion next year. That's a lot bigger than the deficit he projected back in January. A big scary deficit could strengthen the case the Governor's been making for budget reform. KPCC's Julie Small reports that Sacramento's professional number crunchers say the governor's dire prediction might be a bit early.
The head of the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation suddenly announced his retirement yesterday. Secretary James Tilton said he's suffering from health problems that could threaten his life. State Inspector General Matt Cate will take over the job in May. He'll become the fourth head of prisons since Governor Schwarzenegger took office. KPCC's Julie Small reports the constant turnover hasn't helped the prison crisis, but it didn't create it either.
The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the most common form of execution by lethal injection. 30 states including California use the three-drug method. KPCC's Julie Small reports that the ruling didn't close the door on future legal challenges, especially in states like California where attorneys have been able to document problems with executions.
Last year, California lawmakers passed a $7 billion plan to expand prisons. It included $1 billion to add thousands of medical beds to improve care for inmates. The man in charge of fixing medical care in the state prison system says it wasn't enough. Clark Kelso told lawmakers at a hearing yesterday he needs another $7 billion to do the job right. KPCC's Julie Small says state lawmakers are appalled.
A federal panel has canceled the commercial salmon fishing season off the California and Oregon coasts because of a severe decline in Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger responded Friday by declaring a state of emergency in California and asking the federal government to declare a disaster. KPCC's Julie Small reports that the move should help offset the losses to the state's economy.
Most Californians have noticed that their healthcare insurance premiums keep going up and up. What Californians might not know is that insurance company profits have jumped even more. KPCC's Julie Small reports on a bill that would force companies to invest that money back into medical care.
The dogfighting case that sent football star Michael Vick to prison raised awareness of the problem. It also provided some momentum to lawmakers trying to curb dogfighting in California. Once considered a crime restricted to the South, some say dog fighting is on the rise here. KPCC's Julie Small reports on a bill that would give law enforcement one more way to stop it.
A few hundred people rallied on the steps of the state capitol Monday to protest Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to close 48 state parks and reduce lifeguards at 16 state beaches. The governor says the closures would cut $13 million from the state's $16 billion deficit. KPCC's Julie Small says that's not sitting well with California's nature lovers.
State Republican lawmakers have introduced bills to loosen up school spending. Republicans boast their legislation would help California's public schools cope with big budget cuts. KPCC's Julie Small has the story.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are tinkering with tools to stop the nation's economic engine from sputtering to a halt. Senators yesterday agreed on a package of tax breaks and housing bonds to help slow down a nationwide wave of foreclosures. KPCC's Julie Small says state lawmakers are doing some economic tinkering of their own. They're working on a number of lending reforms.
California's Senate Health Committee takes up a bill today that would require labels for food containing products from cloned animals. Earlier this year, the federal Food and Drug Administration declared meat and dairy products from cloned animals safe to eat. KPCC's Julie Small reports that raises the prospects for cloned products on store shelves and for consumer pushback.
The State Senate held a hearing Thursday to examine what's being done to stop health insurers from illegally cancelling policies. Under state law, insurers are allowed to cancel policies only if the company proves the policyholder lied on the application. But state officials have found hundreds of cases where insurance companies "rescinded" policies anyway.
Federal authorities in Sacramento say they've broken up a mortgage fraud scheme that cost more than 100 people their homes. The majority of the victims were California homeowners facing foreclosure. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
Elizabeth Hill has been California's nonpartisan legislative analyst for two decades, but she announced this week she will retire later this year. KPCC's Julie Small caught up with the woman affectionately called "The Budget Nun" in her Sacramento offices.
A plan to shift supervision of thousands of state prison parolees to counties is gaining momentum in Sacramento. California's serious budget crunch has lawmakers looking for ways to save - and quickly. If approved, the plan would cut the state's parole budget in half next year. KPCC's Julie Small reports that counties are worried they'll get stuck with the bill.