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Friday, December 14, 2018
7 p.m. on Channel 9

Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill
Among the many young Democrats shaking things up on Capitol Hill is newly elected congresswoman Katie Hill. She made LGBTQ rights part of her platform in the midterms — and beat two-term Republican Steve Knight to flip California’s 25th District in suburban Los Angeles and Ventura counties. She has vowed to tackle homelessness and support the working class and immigrants. Her staff has been called “the most millennial campaign ever.”

Week in Tech
Google goes to Washington — again. Its chief executive, Sundar Pichai, testified before the House Judiciary Committee and denied allegations that the company suppresses conservative viewpoints in Google’s search results. Similar questions are already being leveled at Facebook over its handling of consumer data -- including today’s news of a security breach that exposed photographs from nearly 7 million users to third-party apps. Meanwhile, the recent arrest of one of China’s leading technology executives at the request of U.S. prosecutors has ignited fears in Silicon Valley that China might retaliate.


  • Casey Newton, Silicon Valley editor, The Verge
  • Ina Fried, chief technology correspondent, Axios
  • Jeremy Owens, tech editor and San Francisco bureau chief, MarketWatch

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50
State legislation encouraging higher-density housing near transit hubs gets a second chance, after a previous version faced fierce opposition earlier this year. Championed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, SB 50 aims to alleviate California’s housing crisis and link new construction more closely to mass transit. The current version of the bill incorporates more protections for communities at risk of displacement and gentrification, and so far has the backing of key unions. Many stakeholders and interest groups have yet to indicate their position on the revised bill.


·        State Sen. Scott Wiener, San Francisco
·        Professor Ethan Elkind, director, UC Berkeley Climate Program