Cal State Faculty Turn to Students for Help in Labor Dispute
California State University faculty members continue voting today as to whether they should strike over pay. The union is demanding a 5 percent pay hike. CSU officials are offering a 2 percent bump. Faculty are turning to students to help pressure officials and avoid a strike that could begin early next year.
U.S. Senate Nears Vote on Stripping Funds From Sanctuary Cities
A bill from Louisiana Sen. David Vitter would strip some federal funding from sanctuary cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles that shield undocumented immigrants from federal authorities. On Tuesday, that bill goes up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Vitter spoke on the Senate floor next to a large photo of Kate Steinle, the San Francisco woman whose killing this summer reignited the debate over sanctuary cities.
Long, Dangerous Wait for Hospital Beds for Those Incompetent to Stand Trial
Mentally ill defendants declared "incompetent to stand trial" are supposed to be transferred to state mental hospitals for treatment within two or three months. But more than 300 of them languish in county jails because there's simply no bed space. The new state budget includes more than $17 million to add beds for incompetent-to-stand-trial defendants.