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FREEZE RELIEF. Citrus crops in California have been devastated by the worst freeze to hit the state since 1990. Most of the 12,000 workers are laid off. The state and local governments have declared state of emergency. The area has not been declared a federal disaster yet. How are displaced workers going to pay for their utility bills, home loans, car insurance, and other emergency needs? What disaster relief efforts are being pushed to provide assistance? What about emergency jobs?
Víctor López, Mayor of Orange Cove, CA; Assemblyman Juan Arámbula, Democrat, Fresno, CA; Francisco Castillo, spokesperson, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Helen López, Executive Director, Board of Food and Agriculture, State of California, Sacramento, CA.
60:41 minutes (55.56 MB)
60:53 minutes (55.75 MB)
SOTOMAYOR NOMINATED TO SUPREME COURT. Judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated by President Obama to a seat in the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Latina and the third woman on the court. Conservative groups call the Puerto Rican judge a “liberal activist.” This is a discussion on issues expected to emerge during the confirmation process and during her possible tenure in the court.
Guest: Judge Armando Rodriguez, Fresno County Superior Court, Fresno, CA
PLAN FOR CLEAN CARS. President Obama announced a new national standard to cut greenhouse gases and increase fuel economy. This is the first national standard for global warming auto emissions. How clean and economic will the new U.S. cars be? The program includes a discussion on the prospects for the future bill.
Linda Escalante, Spokesperson, NRDC - National Resource Defense Council, La Onda Verde, Santa Monica, CA
59:08 minutes (54.14 MB)
SECURE COMMUNITIES? A new report http://www.aclunc.org/docs/criminal_justice/police_practices/costs_and_c... from a civil-rights group shows exorbitant costs for local police practices targeting immigrant communities, such as impounding immigrants’ cars and keeping immigrants in prolonged detention in local jails. Is collaboration with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) really keeping communities safe? This edition also includes an interview with a city councilman from Providence, Rhode Island, which just approved a municipal resolution rejecting local police collaboration with ICE.
Guests: Julia Haruni Mass, Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, San Francisco, CA, www.aclunc.org ; Miguel Luna, City Councilman, Providence, RI.