House Democrats Meet To Support U.S. Postal Service
Several democratic house members are holding a series of news conferences in support of the Unites States Postal Service. Today in LA, L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez and Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, announce today a national day of action to call for the adequate funding of the U.S. Postal Service.
- U.S. Representative Jimmy Gomez
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Recent Announcements about the U.S. Postal Service
The Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he now will suspend many of changes and cost-cutting initiatives he wanted to impose on the agency until after the election.This follows a massive backlash from several California lawmakers - and others - who said these changes led to delivery delays and could inhibit the Postal Service’s ability to handle the deluge of mail-in ballots that are sure to come this November. One of those people is Attorney General Xavier Becerra who had announced moments before DeJoy’s statement that California would join a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration.
- Xavier Becerra, CA Attorney General
California's Power Grid
A heatwave sparked rolling blackouts throughout California, with some utilities unable to keep up with power demands. Governor Gavin Newsom has demanded an investigation to find out why utilities weren’t more prepared for this. We look at how we got here.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC's Infrastructure Reporter
- Mark Specht, Energy Analyst with Union of Concerned Scientists
Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Cal Sate University Ethnic Studies Bill Into Law
On Monday, CA Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1460 into law, requiring students in the California State University system to take an ethnic studies course before graduation. The law supersedes a less strict measure approved by the CSU leadership in July to allow for more of a choice: ethnic studies or a social justice requirement.
- Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC's Education Correspondent
Uber and Lyft Consider Licensing Out Their Brand To Franchisees in California
Ride share services Lyft and Uber will soon have to comply with law under AB 5 and make the independent contractors who drives their cars employees. To get around this mandate, the New York Times reports the companies are considering licensing out their brand to franchisees. It's an idea that is still being explored, but we find out more about this and what other ideas are on the table.
- Kate Conger, New York Times Reporter
Last school year didn't end the way any of us would have expected. For Orange County mom Nakeisha Robinson, it meant planning a virtual preschool graduation for her 5-year old daughter and her classmates. Robinson shared these moments of life with us through a new KPCC and LAist project called Parenting, Unfiltered.
- Stefanie Ritoper, KPCC's Early Childhood Engagement Producer
- Mariana Dale, KPCC's Early Childhood Education Reporter