Richard Gonzales

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Strapped And Stretched, Non-Profits Struggle To Defend Immigrant Minors

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Obama administration claims there are fewer unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border; nevertheless, deportation hearings have accelerated. The situation has created a new challenge: There's a shortage of pro-bono attorneys to represent the immigrant children in immigration court.


A Top Immigration Judge Calls For Shift On 'Fast-Tracking'

Friday, August 08, 2014

A call to stop fast-tracking deportation hearings of unaccompanied minors comes from an unusual source: a judge who says the current practice could lead to many appeals.


Killing Of Four Latino Men Sparks Protests In Salinas, Calif.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Calling the shootings "questionable," a civil rights attorney in Oakland requested action by the Justice Department. The Salinas police chief said that would be premature.


Expedited Hearings For Migrant Children Raise Concerns

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Department of Justice is speeding up court hearings for immigrant kids who have come to the U.S. in record numbers. Lawyers and immigration judges say the move undermines due process and will lead to further delays in already clogged courts. The ACLU earlier filed a suit over lack of representation.


Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Obama administration is backing away from plans to loosen deportation guidelines. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Senate's passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, reform advocates concede any changes in immigration laws likely won't come until 2017.


Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum full of movie memorabilia and fine art. But where? Both his hometown of San Francisco and Chicago, his "second home," are vying for it.


Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In late January, police officers in Lodi, Calif. shot and killed a Sikh-American Army veteran who was mentally ill. The shooting left many unanswered questions and divided the local Sikh community.


Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Stanford says it will its divest holdings in coal companies over climate change concerns. It's the most prominent of the roughly one dozen colleges that have decided to sell off fossil fuel holdings.


Memories, And Mended Reputation, Reclaimed From Century-Old Wreckage

Friday, April 25, 2014

Researchers have found the remains of a sunken ship involved in one of San Francisco's worst maritime disasters. The 1888 ship collision had ignited racial passions at a time of rampant anti-Chinese sentiment.


Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well

Monday, April 21, 2014

The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case.


San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

State Sen. Leland Yee, who's been indicted in a FBI probe, doesn't represent Chinatown. But the scandal fits neatly into a caricature of Chinatown, says Sue Lee of the Chinese Historical Society.


Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief'

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Latino activists have changed their strategy, tired of waiting for Congress to pass immigration legislation. Instead of pursuing lawmakers, many are calling on the White House to act on its own.


The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction

Saturday, March 29, 2014

In a case that has stunned California's political community, Sen. Leland Yee is charged with trafficking shoulder-fired missiles and plotting with a character known as "Shrimp Boy."


Truckin': Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

California's severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can't make their usual migration. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of salmon a lift.


Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Silicon Valley companies have launched a drive to provide citizenship services on-site to employees holding green cards. The belief is that such employees become more valuable workers.


Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In a dispute involving two drugmakers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an attorney can't dismiss a potential juror because of that juror's sexual orientation.


Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Laws like Uganda's that outlaw homosexuality may encourage some gay people abroad to seek asylum in the U.S. But proving a "well-founded fear of persecution" is not an easy path.


Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A federal judge in Virginia struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban this week. Similar rulings have come down in other conservative states, like Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah, indicating the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many expected.


Immigrants Won't Be Shackled At San Francisco Court Hearings

Friday, January 24, 2014

The new procedure is part of a settlement between immigration officials and civil rights advocates. Shackles will now only be used in an emergency and during master calendar hearings. It's unclear what effect the agreement will have nationally.