Monday, June 28, 2010

Greening the Marijuana Grow (last time on the radio, folks)

Aired on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, June 27, 2010:

The environmental impacts of growing pot indoors gets a national audience....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

California's Native Tribes Concerned about Marine Life Protection Act Implementation

Aired on The California Report on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

California is implementing a 1999 law that aims to conserve the state's ocean resources by setting up protected areas along the coast. But native tribes worry that measures imposed under the Marine Life Protection Act may prohibit them from using coastal resources in centuries-old traditions

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stockton Police Union Fights Layoffs (again)

Aired on NPR's All Things Considered on Monday, June 21, 2010.

The union for the city of Stockton's police force is responding to budget cuts and layoffs of more than 50 officers in an unusual way. It's launched a $20,000 billboard campaign across the city. The billboards -- some of which appear to be bloodstained -- warn about the city's current "body count"; call Stockton the second most dangerous city in the nation; and state "don't lay off cops."

Marine Life Protection Act meets the North Coast

Aired on The California Report, Monday June 21, 2010.

California is in the middle of a grand environmental experiment up and down the coast. The state is putting into effect a 1999 law which aims to save the state's precious marine resources. But some residents of the North Coast say a law that looks good on paper may not work well in the real world. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Stockton Cops Fight Budget Cuts with Billboards

Aired on The California Report Magazine on Friday, June 11, 2010.

The recession hit Stockton hard. The Central Valley city has 20 percent unemployment, nationally ranked foreclosure rates and a $23 million deficit. Even though its violent crime rate is second highest in the state, the city says it has to slash the police department budget. But the police officer's union is fighting back.