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Project Editor, The California Report
Tyche Hendricks is the editor of Governing California, a project of The California Report, where she’s responsible for on air and on-line coverage of state governance.
Hendricks spent more than a dozen years at newspapers, most of them at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered immigration, demographics and immigrant communities. She has also reported on local government, transportation, urban planning, cops and courts and schools. She has worked at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury News and the Seattle Times.
Hendricks reported extensively on the U.S.-Mexico border and her book, "The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands," was published by the University of California Press in June 2010. She teaches at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Hendricks started her journalism career in radio, filing stories for Marketplace, Pacifica Network News and The California Report. Her work has won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Best of the West and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She was a Knight Digital Media Fellow in 2010.
She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA in Latin American Studies and an MJ in Journalism, both from UC Berkeley. She speaks fluent Spanish and passable French.
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Congress adjourns for a five-week recess Friday, leaving on the table emergency funding to help the Obama administration deal with a surge of child migrants fleeing Central America. The Senate voted to begin debate on a bill backed by Democrats. But that's unlikely to pass in the House, where Republicans are talking about changing immigration law, starting with a measure designed to protect victims of international child sex trafficking. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of San Jose was one of that bill's sponsors back in 2008 -- and she says she's not game to change it.
If you're traveling anywhere near UCLA Wednesday, expect major delays. Sunset Boulevard will be closed along the northern border of the campus as various Los Angeles agencies try to figure out why a 90-year-old main burst Tuesday, spilling an estimated 8-10 million gallons of water which flowed toward the campus.
Shelly Sterling will be able to proceed with a record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. That's the tentative oral ruling of a probate judge, issued Monday afternoon. The sale would proceed against the will of Shelly Sterling's husband Donald, who was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after he was recorded disparaging African-Americans and making one racist remark after another.
Former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will monitor the sale and closure of all the campuses owned by Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Fitzgerald and his firm will have full access to the financial records, student rosters and closure plans at Heald, Everest and Wyotech campuses as part of an agreement between the department and the failing for-profit career college operator. It's a complicated situation, as reporter Paul Fain of Inside Higher Ed explains.
While the state legislature is taking a summer break, some Democratic lawmakers are in Central America on a 10 day visit to El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. They planned the trip months ago, but now their timing couldn't seem more relevant as the national conversation about illegal immigration has taken on new urgency. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is leading the trip, and he talked with us from El Salvador.