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
A lawmaker has introduced legislation to introduce a successful mental health program in state prisons. By one estimate, more than 30,000 prison inmates in California suffer from some sort of mental illness.
The State Senate will hear legislation today that aims to preserve the Sacramento Delta, which provides much of the drinking water for two-thirds of Californians.
The farm industry in California responded to last year's E. coli outbreak by creating a voluntary food safety plan. The plan goes into effect on Monday, but some say it's doomed from the start.
Lawmakers in Sacramento have approved a bill intended to provide a temporary fix to California's sentencing laws. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the sentencing laws as unconstitutional.
Last week, state and federal regulators released the results of an investigation into last year's E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach. The infected spinach killed three people and sickened 200 across the United States. The outbreak also caused a chain reaction in the industry that grows spinach, lettuce, and other leafy greens.
At a hearing in Oakland, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on its investigation into last year's E. coli spinach contamination, which killed three people and sickened more than 200.
Last month, a report that looked at California community colleges rapped the statewide system for failing to transfer enough students to four-year institutions. Now the community colleges have fired back with a report of their own.
State Senator Dean Florez wants investigators to release a report on last September's E. coli outbreak, which killed five people and sickened 200 others. The outbreak was caused by tainted spinach.
The State Assembly voted Tuesday to move up the state's presidential primary from June to February. The move is an effort to increase California's clout in the presidential race.
The revolving door between California and Washington D.C. spun a little faster this week. The state's Democratic leaders followed Governor Schwarzenegger and testified before Congress on efforts to stop global warming.
A plan put forth by Governor Schwarzenegger in January required refiners and fuel makers to reduce emissions by 10% in the next 13 years. The idea is to create a viable alternative energy market in California, where fuels compete for consumer dollars.
Last year, California passed landmark legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. But by itself, AB 32 is little more than good intentions. Thursday, Democrats in Sacramento delivered eight bills to put it into action.
A Superior Court Judge in Sacramento Tuesday struck down Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to relieve overcrowded prisons by transferring inmates out of state. It's a blow to the Governor, who had hoped to reduce the number of prisoners by June (the deadline a federal judge set for the state to take solid steps to fix the problem). If California fails to do so, the judge could set a population cap, which could mean releasing prisoners early.
State lawmakers on Thursday held the first public hearing on Governor Schwarzenegger's health care proposal. Last month, the Governor unveiled his plan to provide universal coverage for all Californians.
A bill by State Senator Carole Migden would require people convicted of drunk driving to put ignition interlock devices in their cars. The device would check the driver's blood alcohol content.