Richard Gonzales http://kuow.org en Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' http://kuow.org/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 31542 at http://kuow.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction http://kuow.org/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 17:28:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 31539 at http://kuow.org The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean http://kuow.org/post/truckin-salmon-take-long-strange-trip-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 31274 at http://kuow.org What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship http://kuow.org/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 09:24:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 30743 at http://kuow.org Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases http://kuow.org/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 30416 at http://kuow.org 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://kuow.org/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 29449 at http://kuow.org Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings http://kuow.org/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 28871 at http://kuow.org Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients http://kuow.org/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 23:32:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 27960 at http://kuow.org Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients Jerry Brown Declares A Drought Emergency In California http://kuow.org/post/jerry-brown-declares-drought-emergency-california Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed an emergency drought declaration, saying his state is seeing the driest weather in about a century. This is California's third consecutive dry year with no appreciable rain in sight. As NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, cities and counties across the state are taking drastic measures.<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: January is usually a wet month in California but there's hardly been a hint of rain. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 27270 at http://kuow.org In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels http://kuow.org/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 27066 at http://kuow.org California Still Owes U.S. Billions For Unemployment http://kuow.org/post/california-still-owes-us-billions-unemployment Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>California, according to recent budget numbers, is slowly recovering from its years of multi-billion dollar budget deficits. The state is on track to turn a $2.5 billion budget surplus at the end of the current fiscal year. But that's general fund money. It does not address another gaping deficit. The state owes almost $10 billion to the federal government for money spent on unemployment benefits.<p>NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: So how did California wind up owing the federal government $9.7 billion? Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:42:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 25347 at http://kuow.org As Rent Soars, Longtime San Francisco Tenants Fight To Stay http://kuow.org/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 24791 at http://kuow.org With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops http://kuow.org/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 23878 at http://kuow.org With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off http://kuow.org/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 23726 at http://kuow.org How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off Police, Community Relations Strained After Teen's Death http://kuow.org/post/police-community-relations-strained-after-teens-death Sonoma County, Calif., is probably best known for its good wine, green sensibilities and otherwise healthy and peaceful living. But that peace was shattered last week when a county sheriff's deputy shot and killed a young teenager carrying a toy gun.<p>Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez was walking through an open field near his home in semi-rural southwest Santa Rosa on Oct. 22 when he was spotted by two sheriff's deputies. Lopez was carrying a plastic pellet gun, a toy replica of an AK-47. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 22965 at http://kuow.org Police, Community Relations Strained After Teen's Death