North State abortion access | Political ramifications of overturning Roe | Gas rebates
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, June 27.
Planned Parenthood ‘staying the course’ in Chico, Redding
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday, removing nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion. Gilda Gonzales, CEO of Planned Parenthood Northern California, said the nonprofit’s health clinics in Chico and Redding will do business as usual.
“We are staying the course,” Gonzales said. “We are staying strong. And we are not having any disruptions in our already planned services and offerings in those two locations.”
She said rural North State communities face some challenges with abortion access — like a lack of clinicians. If Planned Parenthood sees an increase in patients, Gonzales said regular services at these clinics could be strained. She stressed that Planned Parenthood would continue serving local communities first.
Hear what some residents in Chico think of Friday's decision in today’s Headlines.
— Jamie Jiang, NSPR
LaMalfa praises abortion decision; challenger calls it ‘disaster’
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday overturning Roe v. Wade is expected to have political ramifications across the country.
In the North State, Max Steiner, the Democratic candidate in California’s 1st Congressional District, called the decision a “disaster.”
“We have a hyperpartisan Republican Supreme Court that has overruled the constitutional rights of American women,” Steiner said. “And it did so in a manner that was unjustified and ahistorical, and we will see what happens at the ballot box in November as we try to fight for those rights and win them back.”
Steiner is challenging Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa in the November general election.
In a statement, LaMalfa called the decision “a win for the right to life.” He said the abortion debate is rightfully returning to Congress and state legislatures.
— Andre Byik, NSPR
Gov. Newsom says ‘women are not as free as men’ in wake of Supreme Court decision
Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday blasted the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said it creates a patriarchal and backward-looking model of rights for women.
“Never would this happen if men were the ones having babies. Ever. And you know that, and I know that and every damn person knows that. And that’s the elephant in the room. Because women are treated as second class citizens in this country. Women are treated as less than. Women are not as free as men. That’s pretty damn sick,” he said.
Newsom said California will serve as a safe haven for people living in other states that have abortion restrictions. He also signed a bill meant to shield patients and providers from bans in other states.
The Supreme Court ruling does not change access in California, which has legal protections for people seeking abortions.
— CapRadio Staff
Newsom, lawmakers strike agreement on budget, gas price relief
Democratic state lawmakers and California’s governor have reached a budget agreement that includes billions of dollars in rebates to help residents offset the high cost of gasoline.
Rebates will be in three income-based tiers. Depending on how much a person or family earns, they could be eligible for up to $1,050. The money will go to individuals who earn less than $250,000 per year, or joint filers who earn less than $500,000.
Gov. Gavin Newsom originally wanted to send money to car owners and temporarily make public transit free. But lawmakers insisted on tying the rebates to income.
Republicans have blasted Democratic leaders for not acting sooner. Newsom first proposed a rebate in March. The proposal still needs to be approved and it could be months before the funds hit Californians’ bank accounts or mailboxes.
— CapRadio Staff
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In other news
- Cooling temperatures towards the midweek, flash flood warning in Dixie burn scar canceled: “Weather will dwindle down to the high 90s after the North Valley witnessed a week of hundred-degree heat. Meanwhile, communities in the north burn scar of the Dixie Fire saw a night of minimal precipitation following a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service on early Saturday evening.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Looking to reduce wildfire risk, Redding seeks community insight: “Community feedback through workshops, a survey, and public comment at city meetings will help the city evaluate how to use Redding-specific recommendations provided by grant-funded national wildfire prevention specialists.” — Shasta Scout
- LaMalfa votes to uphold Second Amendment rights: “Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted against legislation aimed at restricting Second Amendment rights by way of increasing red flag laws and easing the process of law enforcement to confiscate firearms without due process.” — Lassen County Times
- Highway 70 reopens; one-way traffic control in place: “Caltrans District 2 announced this morning, June 26, that Highway 70 is now open with one-way traffic control from three miles west of Belden to two miles west of Belden. Motorists should plan for 10-15 minute delays when traveling through this area.“ — Plumas News
- Two people found dead inside home that burned in Redding: “The Redding Fire Department is investigating the cause of a house fire where two people were found dead inside Saturday morning. Firefighters went to the 2700 block of Leland Avenue about 5:15 a.m. Saturday and found the single-family residence completely on fire.” — Redding Record Searchlight
- Man arrested in Willow Creek on Trinity attempted murder warrant: “A man wanted in Trinity County for months was arrested by deputies in Humboldt County and will be brought to Trinity County to face charges, including the alleged attempted murder of a Trinity County resident.” — The Trinity Journal
In case you missed it
- Trustee for PG&E wildfire victims announces departure — KQED (Headlines, June 24)
- Lightning strikes can smolder for days or weeks before turning into a wildfire — NSPR (Headlines, June 24)
- Chico PD releases annual report — Chico Enterprise-Record
- Legal Services gets $154,032 to help wildfire victims — Redding Record Searchlight
- Public Health youth center in Quincy to close — Plumas News
- Pandemic perspectives: More than 1-in-3 Californians’ views on COVID rules remain unchanged, 2 years on, study reveals — Lassen County Times
- Tehama County Supervisors adopt work-in-progress budget — Red Bluff Daily News