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
Educators have wrapped up a two-day Sacramento conference on the academic achievement gap between students from different ethnic backgrounds. While at the conference, KPCC's Julie Small found one presenter who's departed from the usual jargon that dominates meetings like this.
In Sacramento today, the state's independent legislative analyst released budget projections for the next fiscal year. They look a lot worse than they did a few months ago. California will need to close a $10 billion gap to balance the budget. KPCC's Julie Small crunches the numbers.
Hundreds of teachers, administrators, and parents are in Sacramento to attend a two-day "Achievement Gap Summit." State schools chief Jack O'Connell organized the summit to find ways to bring up the test scores of black and Latino students, who have consistently lagged behind the scores of white and Asian students. KPCC's Julie Small sat in on some of the first day's sessions, and says some of the ideas focus more on teachers than students.
For two years, California has been waiting for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind about vehicle emission rules. Now the state says "enough is enough." It's suing the EPA in federal court, claiming the agency is stalling state efforts to cut air pollution and "greenhouse gases." KPCC's Julie Small has more.
While an army of nearly 14,000 firefighters battled the wildfires in Southern California last week, a smaller squadron of fire information officers was busy back at the command center. They compiled the statistics and wrote the updates that reporters put on the air. It's a tougher and more frustrating job than you might think, as KPCC's Julie Small found when she tagged along with one during the Harris Fire in San Diego.
There's some rumbling in the State Capitol this week about a gigantic budget shortfall next year, one that'll be a lot bigger than the pretty big pool of red ink that was expected. KPCC's Julie Small says it's true, and it's got Sacramento worried.
Democrats in Sacramento have been tinkering with their health care reform plan, and Tuesday they unveiled a new proposal that looks a lot like the one Governor Schwarzenegger's proposing. That's given legislators reason to hope they'll actually pass a reform deal this year. KPCC's Julie Small has the details.
More than half a million people have been evacuated from their homes in San Diego County. Some will be allowed to return home soon, but for others, there is nothing to return to. KPCC's Julie Small has been monitoring a fire that is burning in the southern part of San Diego County.
This week's Southern California firestorm will go down as one of the state's worst natural disasters. But it's been one of the better examples of teamwork and preparation. The state has been getting ready for something this big for several years. Cal Fire, the state's fire-firefighting agency, has put together ten command teams to respond to any natural disaster within an hour's notice. KPCC's Julie Small has spent the week with one of those teams in San Diego County.
The official death toll from this week's wildfires now stands at seven. That includes four people whose bodies were found Thursday night in southern San Diego County. KPCC's Julie Small spoke with Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean. The Border Patrol called him to the scene shortly after the bodies were discovered in Potrero Canyon.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spent the day surveying wildfires that are ravaging Southern California. He's already declared a State of Emergency in seven counties, and he's hearing from fire chiefs and local officials who say they've maxed out their resources. KPCC's Julie Small reports the state's trying to help.
A federal judge has ordered California to cut the water it pumps from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by a third next year to protect an endangered fish. Two-thirds of Californians get their water from the Delta. The judge's order has pushed state lawmakers feet-first into a debate about water - where to get it, how to use it and how to save it.
Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday that will convert a former women's prison in Stockton into the state's first "community re-entry" facility for prisoners. It will allow prisoners to serve the final months of their sentences in the communities where they will be released.
Governor Schwarzenegger joined Attorney General Jerry Brown on Tuesday to give the Medal of Valor to five public safety officers from Los Angeles and Oxnard. The Medal of Valor is the state's highest award for heroic deeds.
African Americans will comprise upwards of 15% of Democratic primary voters in California come February. That could make them key players in deciding who wins the state ... and perhaps the nomination for president. As part of our continuing coverage of the February primary, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at one question weighing heavily for many Democratic African American voters in the Golden State: What are the chances of electing a black president?