Eric Westervelt

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Bisa French Takes On Historic Role As Police Chief In Richmond, California

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Bisa French is Richmond, CA's new police chief. She's the first woman and woman of color to lead the force in its history. Activists are cautiously optimistic she can foster real change.


Activists Call For Fundamental Changes To San Jose's Police Department

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

San Jose, Calif., is the tenth most populous city in the U.S. but has one of the smallest police forces. It is facing calls for more cuts as the debate grows over the role of policing.


COVID-19 Outbreak Devastates California's San Quentin Prison

Saturday, July 04, 2020

More than one third of inmates at California's overcrowded San Quentin prison have tested positive for COVID-19, in what some are calling the state's biggest prison health catastrophe in history.


Suspect In Golden State Killings Pleads Guilty To More Than A Dozen Murders

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ex-police officer Joseph DeAngelo pleaded guilty to a series of rapes and murders that terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s. The scope of his crimes is staggering, prosecutor Thien Ho said.


Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty To 13 Murders To Avoid The Death Penalty

Monday, June 29, 2020

Joseph James DeAngelo has pleaded guilty to 13 murders and other charges Monday in Sacramento. Prosecutors say he terrorized several counties in the '70s and '80s as the Golden State Killer.


'Shocking, Heartbreaking' Coronavirus Outbreak In Calif. Prison Alarms Health Experts

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Doctors warn that a fast-moving outbreak at San Quentin, California's oldest prison, may hurt the wider community and health care system.


How Non-Policing Programs Can Be Successful

Saturday, June 27, 2020

To some, "defund the police" means strategically re-directing resources from police toward social services. We look at two promising programs currently re-imagining safety as a public health response.


Prosecutors Call To End Conflict Of Interest Between Police Unions And Attorneys

Monday, June 22, 2020

Some California prosecutors are calling for an end a practice of police unions donating to political campaigns of district attorneys — those who will invariably hear cases of police misconduct.


Are Prosecutors Too Cozy With Police? Some DAs Say Campaign Contributions Need To End

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Some California district attorneys say accepting campaign money from police unions creates the appearance of a conflict of interest, both real and perceived, when investigating police.


Answers Demanded After Black Man In California Found Hanging From Tree

Monday, June 15, 2020

Family members and protesters want answers in the death of a 24-year-old black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Calif. A similar death happened in late May in a nearby city.


Examples Of Reimagining Police Departments That Show Promise

Friday, June 12, 2020

Since the protests sparked by George Floyd's killing in police custody, many have called for overhauling police departments and policies. Efforts underway in some cities have had mixed success.


Amid Brutal Responses To Protesters, Will Moments Of Solidarity Bring Real Change?

Saturday, June 06, 2020

The sometimes aggressive police responses to anti-police brutality protesters have been punctuated by occasional unity between the two sides. Will those gestures amount to anything substantive?


California Provides Coronavirus Relief Cash For Undocumented Residents

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

California this week has begun rolling out cash aid to undocumented adults who have been economically hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and do not qualify for federal assistance.


New California Relief Program for Undocumented Overwhelmed By Demand

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Response far outstrips resources as the state partners with nonprofits and foundations in a one-time program that aids undocumented workers and their families during the pandemic.


California Reopening Looks Vastly Different In Urban And Rural Areas

Friday, May 15, 2020

The federal government has put the onus of reopening on states. Many state and local leaders say responses reopening their economies have been fractured and chaotic, including in rural California.


During Pandemic, Community Supported Agriculture Sees Membership Spike

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted supply chains and left some farmers reeling. But community supported agriculture, or CSAs, have flourished as consumers seek deliveries for boxes of fresh produce.


Coronavirus Update: California Partially Reopens

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

NPR's correspondents update on the latest coronavirus news, including the effectiveness of infrared temperature checks and California's partial reopening.


As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Community Supported Agriculture programs that sell a weekly box of produce directly to consumers are popular amid concerns about grocery shopping during the pandemic.


San Francisco Enlists A Key Latino Neighborhood In Coronavirus Testing

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

To get better data this week on a hard-hit community, the public health department and researchers are offering free testing for everyone over age 4 in a broad swath of the Mission District.


San Francisco's Plan To Expand Testing Starts From The Mission District

Monday, April 27, 2020

San Francisco hopes to expand testing of all residents to evaluate the presence of COVID-19. It is starting with the Mission District, a hard-hit predominantly Latino neighborhood.