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PG&E CEO faces challenges | Climate change to worsen drought | Farmworkers march to California Capitol

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Aug. 29. 

PG&E’s CEO says she’s focused on gaining back public’s trust

PG&E CEO Patricia Poppe faces multiple challenges in her role. The company has been responsible for sparking multiple catastrophic and deadly wildfires. Poppe says she’s focused on gaining back the public’s trust, including preparing for disasters rather than reacting to them.

CapRadio Staff

Experts say California is likely to see more frequent, longer droughts

California snowpack this year is far below average, and experts say the trend will likely worsen over time. During this year’s April 1 snowpack survey, the Department of Water Resources found statewide snowpack was 38% of average. Dr. Ruby Leung, a climate researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, says warmer temperatures caused by climate change will melt snow earlier in the spring and deplete available water for the summer. This will mean less water in California’s rivers and soil.

Ken Devol, NSPR 

Farmworkers march to Sacramento in support of union-voting bill

Thousands of marchers arrived in Sacramento Friday in hopes of persuading California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would allow farmworkers to vote to unionize by mail. Marcher Carmen Hernandez Ahlborn says the bill would allow more farmworkers to unionize without fear of retaliation. As of Friday morning, Newsom said he did not support the bill as it stands, but is open to negotiation.

CapRadio Staff 

Legislators consider bill to expand contraceptive coverage

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand contraceptive coverage to include free vasectomies for millions of men. Called the Contraceptive Equity Act of 2022, the bill would eliminate deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for men who opt for a vasectomy.

Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

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A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.