As Election Day Nears, Cities Prepare for Unrest

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A San Francisco resident drops off a mail-in ballot at a voting center near City Hall on Oct. 6, 2020. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

As Election Day Nears, Cities Prepare for Unrest

Governor Gavin Newsom says that the state is taking precautions to make sure Californians remain safe, although he wouldn’t go into details. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city’s received no intelligence about possible acts of violence or voter intimidation, but that quote “We prepare for the worst.”

Mexican Consulate Speaks Out After Fatal Shootings by U.S Police and Border Patrol

39-year-old Jose Alfredo Castro Gutierrez, a legal permanent resident of the United States, was shot by San Diego police outside his home last month. 30-year-old David Villalobos, was shot and killed by Border Patrol agents  near the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry. Their families of both men say they were suffering from mental illness.
Reporter: Max Rivlin-Nadler, KPBS reporter

Prop 20 Could Roll Back Some Criminal Justice Reforms and Stiffen Penalties

Law enforcement groups have put Prop. 20 on the ballot. It would increase penalties on some theft and fraud crimes, and exclude thousands of people from early parole.
Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED

Death Toll Grows in California's Historic Fire Season

The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced the death of Win Naing this week. He is the 32nd person to die in California wildfires this year.
Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED

Firefighters Who Came to from Mexico to Battle CA Wildfires Positive for COVID-19

About a month ago, a group of Mexican firefighters came here to help contain a wildfire burning in Central California. On Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that two have contracted COVID-19.
Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED

Report from House Committee Says White House Family Separation Policy Marked By 'Intentional Cruelty'

The Trump administration’s family separation policy was marked by "reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty," according to a report released Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Reporter: Michelle Wiley, KQED

Trade Groups Sues Over Declaring Western Joshua Tree a Threatened Species

Several trade groups have filed a lawsuit against the California Fish and Game Commission’s decision to consider the Western Joshua Tree a threatened species. The iconic desert yucca’s habitat spans more than five million acres of the Mojave Desert. It was granted provisional protection in September.
Reporter: Alice Woelfle, KQED

Older and Overlooked: What Went Wrong After Hundreds of Seniors Fled Glass Fire

In our sister show, the California Report’s weekly magazine, guest hosts April Dembosky and Molly Peterson investigate what went wrong with evacuation protocols when hundreds of seniors were forced to flee a wildfire in Santa Rosa last month.
Reporters: April Dembosky and Molly Peterson, KQED