FROM Jennifer Medina
Immigration concerns reverberate through Central Valley In the Central Valley, Donald Trump has a lot of supporters, but there are also undocumented workers who are the backbone of the farm economy. Now that they face deportation, what will that mean for the state’s agriculture?
Labor activists troubled by Labor Secretary nominee Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, has a history of anti-labor policies as CEO of the company that owns Hardens and Carl Jr’s. Worker’s rights advocates have been expressing concerns about his nomination.
Updates to CA’s K-12 History Curriculum Reflect the State’s Diversity Textbook reviews are routine, but this year, a culture clash of sorts broke out in the process in California. Teachers, education experts, and cultural groups had a lot to say about how world history should be taught in K-12 classes. They sent the state’s Instructional Quality Committee nearly 500 pages of suggestions on such issues as the correct name for India, and whether to cover the topic of ‘comfort women’ and to be more inclusive of Chicano culture. After hours of public testimony Thursday, the committee issued a framework for teaching history aimed at reflecting the diversity of the state.
LAUSD to Reduce Arrest Rate on School Campus The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced new policies aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. This school year, LAUSD police will no longer issue citations for most on-campus fights and other minor infractions like vandalism or cigarettes. Supporters say schools disproportionately target minority students for minor rule-breaking, and that young kids end up funneled into the juvenile court system rather than being dealt with on campus. Superintendant John Deasy supports the policy, saying the district is about graduation, not incarceration. But how will school officials ensure that students and teachers stay safe, and do they have the resources to deal with students who get into trouble?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.