Bills, Bills, Bills Part Two
We start in Sacramento, where the final word is in on which of this year's bills will become law in California. Governor Newsom had to wrap up his signing - and vetoing - of legislation by midnight and he saved a few of the most important bills for last night.
- Katie Orr, KQED reporter
Homeless in Hollywood
The homeless services system has failed to house one disabled man who's on the streets of Hollywood. It's a portrait of how a piecemeal system doesn't work, and ends up leaving those in great need to fend for themselves. It's told through one person's story, Hal, who was in a shelter for 8 months before apparently, getting kicked out for violence (though he is disabled and in a wheelchair).
Fires in Wine Country and the Redwoods
The National Weather Service has issues Red Flag Warnings for various parts of the state due to potential shifts in the weather and dry conditions. Because of these reasons and the “highly dangerous fire conditions in the region,” it was announced yesterday that the Angeles National Forest will remains closed until October 8th. The tough situation is really in the wine country up north where the glass fire has chewed up more than 56-thousand acres and is still growing as of this morning. It’s only October 1st and already we have seen some of the worst wildfires in state history and it's jeopardizing all sorts of natural areas we hold dear.
- Julie Cart, Cal Matters Environment Reporter
Stockton Universal Basic Income Recipient Shares Her Experience with Program
The idea of a Universal Basic Income -- popularized by Andrew Yang's campaign during the Democratic primaries-- is gaining steam. Last month, the city of Long Beach voted in support of a pilot program for a select group of city residents. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Compton Mayor Aja Brown are also exploring guaranteed income initiatives. No word yet on next steps for those programs. But the idea is simple and-- in this era of widespread economic hardship-- it's clear that some elected officials are wondering if it could be a lifeline. To see if it actually works they could look no further than Stockton California. Since last year, Stockton has been giving $500 a month-- no strings attached-- to 125 working people living in that city. For now, the program will run until January 2021.
- Laura Kidd-Plummer, recipient of Stockton's basic income program
Fandango At The Wall
"Fandango At The Wall" is a new HBO Max documentary about an annual gathering called Fandango Fronterizo. At the event musicians from both sides of the border between San Diego and Tijuana play music together at the wall. It was founded Jorge Francisco Castillo. The film documents the 2018 gathering when they were joined by the New York-based Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.
- Jorge Francisco Castillo, Fandango Fronterizo founder
- Varda Bar Kar, "Fandango At The Wall" director