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California Still Unprepared for Wildfires After $2.5 Billion Investment

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Immigrant Workers Hit Hard by Wildfires

The Glass Fire is just the latest blow to low-wage immigrant workers in  Sonoma and Napa counties, who were already struggling during the pandemic. Many of them don't have the option to stay home from work. 
Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

Local Businesses  Step Up Support to Firefighters Fighting the Glass Fire

Small businesses in Napa and Sonoma counties have stepped up their efforts to support those on the frontlines of the Glass fire tearing through the community. Food trucks and restaurant owners and feeding and providing supplies to firefighters and other first responders. 
Reporter: Julie Chang, KQED

California Still Unprepared For Wildfires After $2.5 Billion Investment

A Bay Area state Senator says California was not prepared for this current fire season, even though the state recently purchased a dozen black hawk helicopters, seven c-130 air tankers and invested $2.5 billion in emergency preparedness.

California Wildfire Policy Flares Up in Presidential Debate

California’s wildfires came up in last night’s chaotic presidential debate. Joe Biden pledged to return to Obama era policies, while President Trump says a billion trees will be planted,
Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

Poll Finds Declining Concern Around COVID-19

California voters’ concern about the coronavirus pandemic is on the decline according to a survey out this morning from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.
Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED

Happiest Place on Earth Lays of 28,000 Workers

Disney says it’s laying off 28,000 employees as the pandemic continues to ravage its theme park division. The entertainment giant says the state of California is partially to blame.
Reporter:  Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW

Affirmative Action Measure Stuggling Amid Calls for Racial Equity

25 years ago California voters banned affirmative action. Now voters will decide on Proposition 16, which would overturn that ban. It comes during a nationwide conversation on race and social justice. But recent polls show the measure is struggling.
Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED


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