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Last year, for the first time, the California Highway Patrol posted safety guidelines for motorcyclists who ride in the space between lanes of cars to avoid traffic. The practice, called lane splitting, is controversial but legal. Earlier this month the CHP removed the guidelines without an explanation, sparking renewed public debate over lane splitting and motorcycle safety.
California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. Although some cities including San Francisco already require employers to offer paid sick leave, there is no statewide mandate. The proposal, which now heads to the state Senate, is meeting stiff resistance from business groups who say it's a job killer.
In a broadcast from our Sacramento studios we'll talk state politics and examine some major bills awaiting action in the Capitol. And we'll check in with two newly elected legislative leaders.
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Prolific author William T. Vollmann is based in Sacramento, but he has traveled the globe to write about cross-dressing, violence, the settlement of North America, prostitution and Copernicus, among many other topics. In his new short story collection, Vollmann takes readers to diverse settings including Japan, the Balkans, Italy, South America and Mexico, while delving into themes of mortality, the afterlife and the supernatural.
The Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now in its third week. In the Bay Area, protests, counter-protests and calls for action have been intensifying. In the first half hour, we check in with Bay Area supporters of Palestinians. In the second half, we talk with local supporters of Israel. What impact is the violence having on those in the Bay Area?
Generations of Americans grew up with Bill Cosby as the wise-cracking, eye-rolling but tender dad during "The Cosby Show's" eight-year run and years of repeats. Cosby had a rich and varied career before he became known as "America's Dad." His performances at San Francisco's legendary nightclub, hungry i, in the early '60s helped launch his standup career before he got his big break in 1965 playing an undercover agent in the TV series, "I Spy." Now he's 77 years old and still doing standup with his current tour, "Far from Finished." We talk to Cosby about his career as a comic, his new family comedy slated for 2015 and his thoughts on race and culture today.
On-call and part-time employment is on the rise. But some on-call employees complain that unpredictable schedules create burdens when it comes to going to school or finding childcare. That's prompting some cities like San Francisco to propose new protections for workers, such as extra pay and advance notice of shifts.
Known as "the startup whisperer" of Silicon Valley, Bay Area native and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman joins us to discuss his recent book, "The Alliance." In it, Hoffman writes about the new era of employee-employer relationships, and proposes a model that emphasizes transparency over empty promises of loyalty and job security.
In 2008, Congress passed a new GI Bill that, for the first time since World War II, promised to pay the full cost of a college education for veterans. But a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting finds that more than $600 million of that money has been spent on California schools that have graduation rates so low, or loan-default rates so high, that they don't meet state standards for aid. The report contends that the GI Bill is pouring money into for-profit colleges that often leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects.
In 2012, 6.6 million children died worldwide before reaching the age of five. The majority died from preventable illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Since 1990 child mortality rates have significantly decreased, but global health officials are adamant that more can be done. This past month, USAID pledged $2.9 billion to combat child mortality. We'll talk about the latest efforts with world experts and with a San Francisco doctor who co-founded an NGO in Mali.
We begin the week with an update on the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine, on developments in the conflict in the Gaza Strip and on the crisis of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico Border and immigration reform efforts. We'll discuss these and other top stories.