State Assembly Speaker Says Housing Will Be a Priority in the New Year

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State Assembly Speaker Says Housing Will Be a Priority in the New Year

The new state Legislature was sworn in Monday, even as a few ballots remain to be counted. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon says housing will be a major priority for California lawmakers in the coming year.
Reporter: Scott Shafer

New Bill Would Require Dense Housing Near Public Transit

State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco is trying again to win approval of a bill that could remake California cities by requiring high-density housing development near transit.
Reporter: Dan Brekke

Camp Fire Survivors Head Back to School

In Butte County last night, Sheriff Kory Honea announced that the list of missing in the Camp Fire, once as high as 1,300 people, has fallen to 11. And after further DNA analysis, the list of deceased now stands at 85. With the fire and smoke gone, thousands of students are returning to school.
Reporter: Michelle Wiley

One Year Later: Remembering the Thomas Fire

A year ago today, an electrical transformer blew up, sparking a massive brush fire in Ventura County. The Thomas Fire became the largest wildfire in California history up to that point. In 2018, both the Mendocino Complex Fire and Camp Fire eclipsed that record.
Reporter: Greta Mart

Arrest Rates in California Have Dropped by Nearly 60 Percent

Arrest rates have reached a historic low across California, according to a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California. Rates have fallen by 58 percent since their peak in the late 1980s, driven primarily by a major drop in arrests of people 24 or younger.
Reporter: Ryan Levi

UC Berkeley Settles Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Conservative Speakers

Conservative groups and UC Berkeley have reached a settlement agreement in a 2017 free speech case. The lawsuit stems from allegations by students that the school selectively discriminated against conservatives invited to speak on campus. In exchange for the plaintiffs dropping their suit, the school agreed to make changes to its events policy and cover the cost of extra security for most student events.

San Diego Judge Halts Needle Exchange Program

A judge in San Diego County  granted an injunction against a mobile needle exchange program in Orange County, halting it last week. Without the exchange operating, organizers of the program say the litter is only going to get worse.
Reporter: Michelle Wiley

UCSF Study Links Fentanyl Overdoses With Spike in Heroin Prices

President Trump says he has secured an agreement with China to stop the production of the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl, which has swept into the illicit U.S. drug market. A UCSF study published today looks at whether this was in response to supply or demand.
Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon

How Will All That Smoke From the Camp Fire Affect Our Long-Term Health?

As people in Butte County grapple with the aftermath of the deadliest wildfire in California history, new questions arise about the long-term impact of smoke from the Camp Fire. Aaron Glantz with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting talks with KQED's Penny Nelson about how smoke from recent fires affects our health.
Guest: Aaron Glantz