California Increases Scrutiny of Cellphone Surveillance
Among the mountain of bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law over the past few weeks, two were considered major victories for electronic privacy advocates. These bills could end up protecting the privacy of anyone with a cell phone or mobile device, plus email users. The laws are considered models for other states around the country, but they're not well understood. Ali Winston of the Center for Investigative Reporting explains.
Will Drones of the Future Constantly Collide? NASA's Working on It
Drones have been getting negative headlines around California this year. They've blocked aircraft trying to battle wildfires. One crashed in Pasadena and left a baby cut and bruised. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at how to manage drone traffic. But first, scientists at NASA are trying to create a system that can talk to and keep track of drones.
Blackalicious: Hip-Hop Duo Turns Obstacles Into Musical Gold
Enduring Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious ended their decade-long hiatus with the release of a brand-new album a few weeks ago. Despite its effortless flow, the album's creation was anything but. Max Savage Levenson brings us the story of two artists who turned their obstacles into musical gold.
As South L.A. Families Struggle to Raise Relatives' Kids, Some Want More Support
Almost 40 percent of all foster kids in California live with a relative when their parents cannot raise them. But the foster care and welfare systems don't pay as much to relatives as they do to other foster parents who are not kin. And that means many grandmothers, aunts and uncles end up struggling.
Small Town, Big Legend: Willow Creek Celebrates Bigfoot
Sometimes it's fun to believe in things we cannot see. Linus had the Great Pumpkin. There's Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. And, in the tiny Humboldt County town of Willow Creek: Bigfoot. In fact, the mythical creature has its own annual festival there. The California Report's intern Natalia Estrada went to check it out.