Richard Gonzales http://weku.fm en Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' http://weku.fm/post/activists-we-want-emancipator-not-deporter-chief Activists who support an overhaul of the immigration system are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/03/14/290244211/hispanic-activists-vow-to-keep-pressing-white-house-over-deportations">angry and frustrated</a>. The immigration bill that passed in the Senate in June is stalled out. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 57508 at http://weku.fm Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction http://weku.fm/post/story-calif-senators-arrest-reads-pulp-fiction It's a case that has stunned California's political community: A prominent Democratic lawmaker has been accused in a federal complaint of participating in an elaborate conspiracy involving guns, gangs, drugs and bribery.<p>State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A 137-page federal affidavit accuses the lawmaker of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors.<p>He's also accused of gun trafficking. Not just any guns, but automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 57504 at http://weku.fm The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean http://weku.fm/post/what-long-strange-trip-salmon-are-trucking-pacific-ocean In California, severe drought has imperiled millions of juvenile salmon who now face waters too dry to let them make their usual spawning trip to the ocean. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 57329 at http://weku.fm What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship http://weku.fm/post/businesses-help-guide-workers-down-path-citizenship Silicon Valley companies have launched a drive to provide citizenship services on-site to employees holding green cards. The belief is that such employees become more valuable workers. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 56950 at http://weku.fm Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases http://weku.fm/post/ruling-gay-juror-may-cause-ripples-same-sex-marriage-cases There was a small development in a case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month that could have a major impact on the legal battle over same-sex marriage. The case involves a dispute between two pharmaceutical companies, a gay juror and the level of legal scrutiny directed by the appellate court.<p>The two big pharmaceutical companies, SmithKline Beecham and Abbott Laboratories, were in court over the marketing and pricing of some HIV drugs. A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 56732 at http://weku.fm Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road http://weku.fm/post/gays-and-lesbians-seeking-asylum-us-may-find-hard-road Even through a long-distance line from Uganda, you can hear the fear and anxiety in the young man's voice. Nathan, 19, is gay. NPR is not using his surname because he fears arrest.<p>"Right now we are not safe," he says. "Because we are hearing some people say ... 'If we get you, we will kill you. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 56103 at http://weku.fm Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings http://weku.fm/post/flood-gay-marriage-cases-releasing-stream-federal-rulings A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.<p>In her ruling, U.S. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 55666 at http://weku.fm Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients http://weku.fm/post/small-cuts-food-stamps-add-big-pains-many-recipients In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars.<p>The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year. It's far less than what many Republicans had wanted. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:50:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 54998 at http://weku.fm Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels http://weku.fm/post/california-alarm-grows-over-shrinking-water-levels Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last week, we were shivering in depths of the polar vortex. Now another sign that Mother Nature is in charge. This time it's California, where right now it should be rainy season. Instead, there's growing alarm over a persistent lack of rain. The state is suffering its third consecutive dry year.<p>And as NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, there are calls for the governor to officially declare a drought.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS)<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: So, how dry is it in California? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 54356 at http://weku.fm Number Of States Allowing Gay Marriage Expected To Grow http://weku.fm/post/number-states-allowing-gay-marriage-expected-grow Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>As we approach the end of 2013, we've been looking at numbers that tell the story of this year in different ways. Today's number: 38. That's the percentage of Americans who live in a state where same-sex marriage is now legal. Supporters of same-sex marriage say that percentage is likely to grow dramatically in just a few more years. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 53612 at http://weku.fm As Rent Soars, Longtime San Francisco Tenants Fight To Stay http://weku.fm/post/rent-soars-longtime-san-francisco-tenants-fight-stay San Francisco has long been a desirable place to live — and that's even more true today as the city is basking in the glow of another tech boom. But the influx of new money and new residents is putting a strain on the city's housing market.<p>The city has the highest median rent in the nation, and evictions of longtime residents are skyrocketing.<p>Ground zero for San Francisco's eviction crisis is the Inner Mission District. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 52647 at http://weku.fm With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops http://weku.fm/post/robberies-oakland-residents-turn-private-cops The city of Oakland, Calif., is in the middle of a robbery epidemic. In response, some residents in several Oakland neighborhoods are taking matters into their own hands, hiring private security companies to patrol their neighborhoods.<p>Overall, robberies in Oakland are up 24 percent over the past year, with armed robberies up 45 percent. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 51911 at http://weku.fm With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off http://weku.fm/post/how-free-bus-shuttle-helped-make-small-town-take <em>This story is part of an ongoing project on commuting in America.</em><p>What's known as the "last mile" of a commute<strong> </strong>can be the Holy Grail for many city transportation planners. How do you get people from their major mode of transportation – like a train station – to their final destination?<p>Perhaps your last mile is a drive home from a subway or train station — but these days, many cities and towns are trying to eliminate cars as much as possible. Some are planning for streetcars to take commuters on that last leg. Others rely on buses. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:23:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 51799 at http://weku.fm How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off Oracle Team USA Defeats New Zealand To Win America's Cup http://weku.fm/post/oracle-team-usa-defeats-new-zealand-win-americas-cup Oracle Team USA completed a remarkable comeback to win the America's Cup regatta, winning eight straight races. The American team, backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison, beat Emirates Team New Zealand. Just a few days ago, the American team trailed the Kiwis, and were on the brink of being eliminated from the competition. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 50564 at http://weku.fm In Comeback, Oracle Team USA Wins America's Cup http://weku.fm/post/comeback-oracle-team-usa-wins-americas-cup Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In San Francisco today, a dramatic winner-take-all finish to the America's Cup race. Oracle Team USA, the defending champion, completed a remarkable comeback to win the regatta, 9-8. The American team is led by Silicon Valley billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. They were on the verge of elimination to their opponent, Emirates Team New Zealand. Trailing 8-1, the Oracle team then won eight straight races, concluding this afternoon in the high winds of San Francisco Bay. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 50551 at http://weku.fm One By One, California Agents Track Down Illegally Owned Guns http://weku.fm/post/one-one-california-agents-track-down-illegally-owned-guns In California, officials are ramping up a unique program that identifies and seizes guns from people who are prohibited from keeping them. Under state law, a legally registered gun owner loses the right to own a firearm when he or she is convicted of a crime or becomes mentally ill.<p>Last year, state agents seized nearly 2,000 firearms, but implementing the gun seizure program is a painstaking job. In a recent operation, a caravan of four unmarked trucks traversed the bedroom communities of San Francisco's East Bay. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 48844 at http://weku.fm One By One, California Agents Track Down Illegally Owned Guns Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen http://weku.fm/post/oakland-braces-seeing-subway-shooting-big-screen It's not often that Oakland, Calif., hosts a movie opening. But there is plenty of anticipation for <em>Fruitvale Station.</em><p>The film is about the life and death of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was fatally shot in the back by a white transit police officer in the early morning hours of New Year's Day in 2009.<p>Grant was killed by Officer Johannes Mehserle, who claimed to have been reaching for his Taser, not his handgun. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 47015 at http://weku.fm Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen Crash At San Francisco Airport Kills Two http://weku.fm/post/crash-san-francisco-airport-kills-two Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The National Transportation Safety Board has recovered the flight data and voice recorders from the Boeing 777 jet that crashed during landing yesterday. Two people were killed, both 16-year-old female students from China. More that 180 other people were injured. Asiana flight 214 was landing at San Francisco International Airport when its tail apparently hit the ground, sending the plane skidding across the landing area. Nearly 50 of the injuries are serious but it could have been much worse. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 10:41:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 46748 at http://weku.fm Same-Sex Marriages Resume In California http://weku.fm/post/same-sex-marriages-resume-california The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its injunction on gay marriages in California on Friday. They'd been on hold while the challenges to Proposition 8 worked their way through the appeals process. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 01:22:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 46412 at http://weku.fm Political Battles Still Dog Redistricting In California http://weku.fm/post/political-battles-still-dog-redistricting-california In most states, the power to draw lines for political districts rests with legislators. In recent years, California voters have tried to make the process less political by taking it out of lawmakers' hands. Wed, 29 May 2013 06:52:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 44917 at http://weku.fm Political Battles Still Dog Redistricting In California On California Prisons, It's The Governor Vs. The Courts http://weku.fm/post/california-prisons-its-governor-vs-courts California Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a legal battle over control of his state's prison system. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling ordering the state to drastically reduce its prisoner population. Brown claims the state has made substantial progress, but the governor has stopped short of complying fully with the court order.<p>There's a long history of legal wrangling over California prisons. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:50:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 43482 at http://weku.fm On California Prisons, It's The Governor Vs. The Courts How To Be The Good Guy With A Gun At School http://weku.fm/post/how-be-good-guy-gun-school Ever since the Newtown, Ct., school shooting, there's been a raging debate over how to keep America's schoolchildren safe. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre proposed stationing an armed guard in every school in the country. Critics said that idea was impractical and would be too expensive to carry out.<p>But many schools and school districts already have armed police officers. Since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, about one-third of the schools in the U.S. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:16:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 41508 at http://weku.fm How To Be The Good Guy With A Gun At School Oakland To Issue IDs That Double As Debit Cards http://weku.fm/post/oakland-issue-ids-double-debit-cards The city of Oakland, Calif., is taking a major step toward helping to bring many of its residents, especially illegal immigrants, out of the shadows.<p>It will issue a municipal identification card to anyone who can prove residency.<p>Oakland isn't the only city to issue such ID cards to illegal immigrants. New Haven, Conn., and San Francisco already do that.<p>The Oakland card, however, has a unique feature — it doubles as a debit card.<p>In Oakland's predominantly Latino Fruitvale neighborhood, a group of day laborers are gathered for their weekly meeting. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 40342 at http://weku.fm Oakland To Issue IDs That Double As Debit Cards Berkeley Receives $1M For Undocumented Students http://weku.fm/post/berkeley-receives-1m-undocumented-students <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UktXJIeB1tg</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:14:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 36980 at http://weku.fm Berkeley Receives $1M For Undocumented Students School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan http://weku.fm/post/school-district-owes-1-billion-100-million-loan More than 200 school districts across California are taking a second look at the high price of the debt they've taken on using risky financial arrangements. Collectively, the districts have borrowed billions in loans that defer payments for years — leaving many districts owing far more than they borrowed.<p>In 2010, officials at the West Contra Costa School District, just east of San Francisco, were in a bind. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 36831 at http://weku.fm School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan BBQ Support: Feeding Fellow Americans After Sandy http://weku.fm/post/bbq-support-feeding-fellow-americans-after-sandy Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Twelve days after Hurricane Sandy smacked the eastern seaboard and beyond, tens of thousands of people still lack basic necessities - food, water, even shelter. NPR's Richard Gonzales sent us this postcard about three men from Chicago who took it upon themselves to bring some comfort to Sandy's victims.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHATTER)<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: Twenty-eight-year-old Kris Schoenberger is flipping burgers and hot dogs on a large portable drill in Howard Beach, New York. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 16:29:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 35899 at http://weku.fm Race For Redrawn Calif. District Is Tight And Pricey http://weku.fm/post/race-redrawn-calif-district-tight-and-pricey Dan Lungren has been in and out of public office since 1979. The Republican represented a Southern California district in the '80s, served as the state's attorney general for eight years, and then returned to Congress to represent the Sacramento area in 2004.<p>These days, he's still the same pro-business, limited-government conservative he's always been, Lungren told a friendly audience in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova.<p>"There's a reason people are leaving California [and] going to Texas, leaving California [and] going to Nevada, and it's not for the weather," he told the crowd. Sat, 03 Nov 2012 09:17:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 35277 at http://weku.fm Race For Redrawn Calif. District Is Tight And Pricey Did Man Who Armed Black Panthers Lead Two Lives? http://weku.fm/post/did-man-who-armed-black-panthers-lead-two-lives <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOWR3ArCEqI</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:39:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33847 at http://weku.fm Did Man Who Armed Black Panthers Lead Two Lives? In Solyndra's Wake, Solar Company Sees Bright Spot http://weku.fm/post/solyndras-wake-solar-company-sees-bright-spot A small solar power company hopes to become a winner in a market littered with losers.<p>San Jose, Calif.-based SoloPower is opening a $60 million manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore., Thursday as it works toward receiving a major government loan — like the one given to now-bankrupt Solyndra. SoloPower thinks it has a strategy to succeed where Solyndra failed.<p>SoloPower makes a niche product in a highly competitive market. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:40:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33519 at http://weku.fm In Solyndra's Wake, Solar Company Sees Bright Spot It's Hard To Tell La Familia You're Gay http://weku.fm/post/its-hard-tell-la-familia-youre-gay <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2FQER7c3vU</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:29:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 32930 at http://weku.fm It's Hard To Tell La Familia You're Gay