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EDD Officials Grilled Over Backlog and Fraudulent Claims

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State Agency Dealing With Unemployment Claims Focus of Hearing in Sacramento

California's embattled Employment Development Department says it's taking steps to fix some of what's broken there, from clogged phone lines to fraud. State lawmakers grilled agency officials at an oversight hearing in Sacramento on Monday. 
Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, The California Report

Research Shows San Diego is the Worst Place for Black Renters in the Country

Rising rents and limited affordable housing continue to put pressure on many Californians. And new research shows the housing market is particularly challenging for Black renters in San Diego.
Reporter: Cristina Kim, KPBS

Storm Effectively Ends Fire Season

The atmospheric river has effectively put an end to California’s wildfire season. And there's more evidence in the Sequoia National Forest.
Reporter: Soreath Hok, Valley Public Radio

Central Valley Congressman Focused on Legislation That Would Address Health Impacts From Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire prevention is one of the key goals of President Biden’s trillion dollar infrastructure bill. Democrats are pushing for a vote on it in Congress this week. One of them is Josh Harder who represents California’s Central Valley. He’s been especially focused on measures that would address the health impacts from wildfire smoke.
Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW

Immigration Advocates Call on Governor to Cancel Contract With Company That Built Part of Border Wall

Immigration advocates are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to cancel a no-bid, $350 million contract. It was awarded to a border wall company to help with the state’s COVID-19 response. 
Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio

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