In many California cities, homelessness has reached a boiling point. There's not enough housing or space. And tent encampments are cropping up in neighborhoods where they’re not always welcome. That's happening big time in Oakland, where complaints about homelessness have increased more than 700 percent over the last six years. KQED’s Devin Katayama has been spending time with neighbors who have totally different perspectives on the issue.
Can you make gentrification and climate change funny? Those two very serious topics come together in the comedy web series, "The North Pole." The show revolves around a homegrown trio of best friends: Nina, Marcus and Benny, who find themselves an endangered species in a rapidly gentrifying city. The California Report's Sasha Khokha talks to Josh Healey, writer and producer of The North Pole, which premieres online September 12.
'Playing With Fire' Retrospective Pays Tribute to Artist Carlos Almaraz
Some call Mexican-born painter and muralist Carlos Almaraz the John Coltrane of Chicano art. Like Coltrane, his life was cut short before he was able to reach his full potential. He died when he was 48. Now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is showcasing the first comprehensive retrospective of his work in decades. But as Steven Cuevas tells us, Almaraz’s story begins worlds away from the galleries of major museums, in the streets of L.A.’s barrios.
California is home to more DACA recipients than any other state, and they're still absorbing news this week that President Trump plans to phase out the program that’s given them temporary protection from deportation. We wanted to check back in with a "dreamer" we introduced you to last year, when she became the first undocumented PhD to graduate from UC Merced. She came here as a child from Mexico and worked her way through school picking watermelons, cleaning hotels, and selling produce at flea markets. We talked to her from Chicago, where she’s doing post-doctoral research. Dulce Garcia is an immigration attorney in San Diego and like many of her clients, her future is also uncertain because of her immigration status. In an interview with KPBS’s Marissa Cabrera, she says DACA changed her life and that she’s not going back in the shadows.