Richard Gonzales

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A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year, fleeing violence in Central America. This year the Obama administration hopes to forestall a new wave with a quiet new program.


Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The draft report by outside law enforcement experts says the agency needs more internal affairs investigators. It also calls for more transparency in investigations, especially shootings by agents.


Obama Immigrant Detention Policies Under Fire

Friday, June 12, 2015

Since the unaccompanied minors crisis last year, the Obama administration is walking a fine line. With a backlog in the courts, many immigrants remain detained with an uncertain future.


At 96, Poet And Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The publisher of Allen Ginsberg's iconic poem "Howl" has three books coming out this year and is also working on a novel. Looking back, he says, "Everything was better than it is when you're old."


Supreme Court Rejects NRA Challenge To San Francisco Gun Rules

Monday, June 08, 2015

The case centered on a law requiring residents to keep handguns under lock and key or to use trigger locks when not carrying their weapons. Another measure bans the sale of hollow-point bullets.


U.S. Citizen Stranded In Yemen Sues State Department

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Several Yemeni-American men report being stranded temporarily in Yemen after the U.S. seized their passports. They say the government accused them of fraud and forced them to sign false confessions.


U.S. Judge To Rule On Asylum Challenge Involving Families From Central America

Monday, May 11, 2015

A federal judge is expected to rule on whether it is constitutional to hold women and children from Central America, who are seeking asylum in the U.S., in detention centers.


San Francisco Police Texting Scandal Could Compromise Thousands Of Cases

Friday, May 08, 2015

The San Francisco district attorney has identified 3,000 criminal cases that could be compromised by a growing scandal involving racist and otherwise offensive text messages sent by police officers.


China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To U.S.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

A surge from Asia and a decline in new arrivals from Mexico change the outlook for U.S. demographics.


California Bill Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Friday, May 01, 2015

Lawmakers want to prohibit police officers from viewing video from their body cameras before they write their reports. It's part of an effort to bring more transparency to policing.


A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

Friday, April 17, 2015

A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the president can implement his immigration plan before his term is up.


How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.


Immigrant-Rights Activists In Seattle Claim Victory In Child Deportation Case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A federal judge in Seattle has given immigrant advocates a victory.


Amid Drought, Central Valley Residents Face Rising Water Prices

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A small California town may run out of water because the drought has driven up the price to buy it. Residents of Cantua Creek, Calif., say they can't afford to pay the $30 monthly increase in their bills. The state has offered temporary relief to Fresno County, which supplies water to Cantua Creek. But officials must find an affordable solution for residents to keep taps running long-term.


California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.


Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.


Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Thursday, March 19, 2015

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.


More San Francisco Police Officers Accused Of Sending Racist Texts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The investigation started with a sergeant accused of wire fraud and other federal charges. It has expanded to involve offensive messages and more than a dozen officers.


A Chinese Immigrant Gets His California Law License, 125 Years Later

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hong Yen Chang was denied the chance to practice law in California more than a century ago because of his race. This week, the California Supreme Court posthumously granted him a law license.


Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say

Monday, February 23, 2015

The nation's immigration courts are jammed with the asylum cases of some 60,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern border last summer. There are 429,000 cases pending and only 223 judges.