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
California's budget is 25 days overdue. Last week Senate Republicans rejected a spending bill passed by the Assembly. On Wednesday, they presented their own plan to cut more than $800 million out of the spending plan. KPCC'S State Capitol Reporter Julie Small has the details.
Two federal judges in Sacramento took the first step toward capping California's state prison population Monday. The judges decided to convene a panel to look into whether that would be the best way to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. If the judges decide it is, then prison officials and state lawmakers will have to find ways to comply -- and fast. KPCC's Julie Small reports one way to do it is to reform California's parole polices.
Mary Nichols, the new head of the California Air Resources Board, went before lawmakers on Tuesday. Lawmakers are trying to make sure that Nichols and her board stay independent from the Schwarzenegger administration as the board implements California's new greenhouse gas law.
Three weeks into the fiscal year, lawmakers in Sacramento are still fighting over the state budget. However, closed-door negotiations appear to be paying off. KPCC Sacramento Bureau reporter Julie Small tells All Things Considered host Shirley Jahad there may be a budget compromise in place by the end of the week.
California lawmakers are supposed to pass a state budget by June 30th. It's now July 13th, and there's still no budget. No one's given ground, and tempers are starting to flare. KPCC's Julie Small says this is a big deal for anyone who works for the state.
The court-appointed federal receiver in charge of reforming prison medical care is looking into the deaths of four Californian inmates serving sentences in other states. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
California state lawmakers have returned to Sacramento after the Fourth of July holiday weekend with things the way they left them. There's no state budget, and pretty soon, there'll be no more cash on hand to pay the people who do the state's work. That includes doctors, clinics and hospitals that care for California's poor. KPCC's Julie Small says while the State Legislature works on budget surgery, those medical providers are feeling the pain.
Assembly Bill 32, California's landmark global warming solution act, set the gold standard for bipartisan cooperation among state lawmakers. KPCC's Julie Small reports the friendly feelings have not extended to the state officials who have to put the bill into action.
Two judges are considering whether to cap California's inmate population to relieve overcrowding in state prisons. Attorneys who sued the state say overcrowding has undermined prison reform.
Wednesday, a federal court will consider whether to take the first step towards capping California's prison population. The court must decide whether the state has done enough to ease overcrowding in the prison system. KPCC's state capital reporter Julie Small has the story.
Medical care in California prisons has languished for decades. Just over a year ago, a federal judge appointed one man to reform it. Robert Sillen issued a preliminary assessment Wednesday, and says so far, there's been substantial progress.
State lawmakers are considering competing plans to reform healthcare in California. These plans aren't a nip here and a tuck there. They're radical surgery to the way medicine is delivered in the state. KPCC's Julie Small reports a cure is possible... but it won't be easy and it won't be cheap.
State lawmakers are considering competing bills that would radically reform health care coverage in California. Different plans attack universal coverage and spiraling health care costs in different ways. But they share one thing: They are all getting serious consideration, and one of those bills will almost certainly pass. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
State legislators have to pass a budget by midnight this Friday. And surprise, surprise, the Democrats and the Republicans don't see eye to eye. To reach an agreement, each side will use an arsenal of legislative tactics: debate, caucusing, back channels, horse trading, bluffing... That's how legislators pass laws and make policy. Some taxpayers call it a waste of money. The Governor of California calls it high drama. KPCC's Julie Small reports.
Both houses of the State Legislature in Sacramento approved health care reform bills Thursday. The votes represented a big step toward providing health coverage to nearly 70% of Californians. But KPCC's State Capitol reporter Julie Small says it's sure not the last step.