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State Sen. Mendoza Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Charges

Before state senators could vote on a resolution to expel him over sexual harassment allegations, state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), resigned Thursday, saying in a letter that the investigation was “farcical” and that he “cannot expect fairness or justice” from politicians who are running for office.
Reporter: Katie Orr

California Mayors Push for $1.5 Billion in State Funds for Homeless

Mayors from Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco are pushing legislation that would give $1.5 billion in state funding to combat homelessness.
Reporter: Jeremy Siegel

Oakland Librarians Rate Children's Books for How They Navigate Difficult Times

Next time you’re reading a story to a child, take a look at how the book talks about good guys and bad guys. Is there any mention that in the United States people are innocent until proven guilty? Oakland librarians have created a toolkit for evaluating children’s books.
Reporter: Andrew Stelzer

Airbnb Makes Move Into the Hotel Booking Space

Remember when Airbnb was all about renting out that spare room or apartment? The company is now making a pivot into the hotel booking business.
Reporter: Sam Harnett

Orange County Homeless Given Motel Vouchers

U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered the eviction of a large homeless encampment along the Santa Ana Riverbed to begin on Tuesday. He did it on the condition that advocates and the county work to find permanent supportive housing solutions, instead of just moving people along. In the meantime, people are being given vouchers that allow them to stay in motels for 30 days.
Reporter: Josie Huang

Alameda Students Plan Walkouts for Gun Control

In the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students around the country are preparing for walkouts and marches next month. Student organizers all around California are signing up to protest gun violence and call for gun control. KQED’s education reporter Vanessa Rancaño spoke with juniors at Encinal High School in Alameda about their plans.
Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño

Domestic Violence is Common Thread in Mass Shootings

One thing we see over and over again in cases of mass shootings is that shooters have either abused or stalked women -- as in the case with the Parkland shooting. Kathy Moore, head of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, says the sad irony of Parkland is that it took place during February, which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Reporter: John Sepulvado


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