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
The federal receiver in charge of reforming medical treatment in California prisons has concluded that 18 of the 426 inmates who died last year would be alive today if they'd received proper medical care.
This week's recall of salad bags put out by Dole is prompting memories of last September's e-Coli outbreak. Three people died after eating spinach that was grown on a farm near the central coast, but investigators haven't been able to figure out how the spinach got contaminated.
The state legislative session ended Tuesday night, but Governor Schwarzenegger has called a special session so lawmakers can work on health care and water reform legislation.
State lawmakers passed healthcare reform legislation Monday that would provide insurance for nearly half of California's 6.7 million uninsured, but Governor Schwarzenegger says he will veto it because it places too big of a burden on businesses.
Democrats in Sacramento passed legislation Monday that would provide health insurance to three million uninsured Californians. Governor Schwarzenegger plans to veto the bill and call a special legislative session. KPCC State Capitol reporter Julie Small detailed the health care fight with All Things Considered host Shirley Jahad.
Several county officials will intervene in a lawsuit that is aimed to dissuade a panel of federal judges from capping the state's prison population. The officials want to prevent a scenario where the state releases 35,000 prisoners early. Counties also have another reason for inserting themselves in the lawsuit: they want more funding for programs they run to keep people out of prison.
With only two weeks left in the legislative session, there's still a chance that lawmakers can pass a health care reform bill. Governor Schwarzenegger and his advisors are trying to win support from doctors and hospitals for a key element: A fee the governor says will cure what ails health care in California. But KPCC's Julie Small says to the doctors and the hospitals, that cure smells like castor oil.
The law that created the California Earthquake Authority expires next year and insurance companies will no longer have to pay into the state earthquake insurance program. Lawmakers are now debating a compromise plan to keep insurers on board.
Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are hoping to reach an agreement on healthcare reform by the end of the legislative session. The Governor and lawmakers disagree over how many people should be covered and who should pay for coverage.
The budget approved by the legislature this week will allow the state controller's office to get more aggressive in tracking down owners of abandoned property.
The California legislature passed the state budget yesterday, more than 50 days after the start of the fiscal year. Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the spending plan soon, but not before he slashes $700 million from it.
The Inland Empire's population boom, coupled with Sacramento politics, has brought the hiring of new judges to a crawl in Riverside.
State lawmakers are now 38 days overdue in passing a state budget and they've missed the July 1st budget deadline in seven of the last ten years. Other states don't behave this way, which got KPCC's state capital reporter Julie Small wondering if California's a "problem child."
State Senators voted down the Assembly version of the budget last night. The budget needed the support of two-thirds of Senators, and at least two Republicans, but only one Republican voted for it. KPCC's Steve Julian spoke with State Capitol Reporter Julie Small about why it failed.
Two weeks ago, the Assembly passed a spending plan, but Senate Republicans won't vote for it without changes. Furious negotiating has ensued. KPCC's State Capitol reporter Julie Small says lawmakers can't even agree on why they disagree.