Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

PROGRAM #9749 12:00 PM PT

New Heat Wave Ranking Law. As record-breaking heat waves exploded in California, Gov. Newsom signed a law to establish a first-in-the-nation heatwave ranking and warning system to protect communities that are most at risk to these deadly climate threats. The law would also improve access to insurance for climate-related threats. The top sponsor of the legislation explains the new law.

Guest: Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner, State of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Oregon on High Alert for Wildfires. Oregon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for wildfires as a large area of the state is still burning and the weather conditions are still dangerous. Authorities credit recent state funding for fire response for the quick contention of a recent fire in Salem despite facing strong gusty wind, fifty-foot-high flames, and a red flag warning. The crews were ready and able to respond.

Guest: Arturo Sarmiento, Station Manager, KUPN, Salem, OR.

From Burning Hills to Polluted Water Supply. The city of Las Vegas in New Mexico, a community that’s recovering from a devastating wildfire, has only weeks of fresh water left. The area was hit by unusual rain storms and the rainfall washed the toxic debris on the burned hillsides into the water system. Now, one of the city’s reservoirs is filled with water contaminated with ash particles. What are local officials doing to secure a clean drinking water source before time runs out?

Guest: Louis Trujillo, Mayor, Las Vegas, NM.

PROGRAM #9750 11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: Kidney Disease. On the national month of awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease, a distinguished expert talks about the symptoms of this rare kidney disease. In the most common type, the kidney function worsens, eventually leading to kidney failure and possible dialysis or kidney transplant. Often patients are misdiagnosed and treatment delayed. A leading, Harvard-educated nephrologist talks about PKD and other common kidney diseases, including who is most at risk and how to prevent it.

Guest: Dr. Germán Hernández, Nephrologist, Member of the American Society of Nephrology, El Paso, TX.

California’s Climate Package. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law an ambitious package of bills that will solidify California as a leader in the efforts to reduce emissions from fossil fuels. The measures will require the state to become carbon-neutral by 2045, produce 90% of its electricity from clean sources by 2035, create safety zones around oil wells near homes and more. How soon will California be able to see the benefits?

PROGRAM #9751 12:00 PM PT

Immigration Edition. As Dreamers’ future is still in limbo, a conservative court is expected to rule any day now on DACA. A ruling against the program may impact millions of families, the midterm elections, and the Supreme Court. An analyst discusses the ramifications of this case. In another story, Republican governors from border states keep sending buses to drop off migrants now at the home of Vice President Harris and chartered flights to Martha’s Vineyard. Finally, the White House hosted a summit to address the effects of hate violence on democracy and public safety. An advocate discusses the white nationalist conspiracy theories being spread in this election season, and the findings on the effects of that violent rhetoric. Finally, pro-bono immigration attorneys and community activists came together on National Citizenship Day to guide green card holders to take their final steps toward naturalization. What were their most common questions?

PROGRAM #9752 12:00 PM PT

Colorado: Latino Voters in the Midterms. Latino voters in Colorado are feeling the pinch of rising prices and are anxious about their future financial situation. They also fear for their kids being victims of mass shootings at school. With these concerns in mind, Latinos could be a decisive force in one of the most competitive House districts in the nation, where a candidate is vying to  become the first Latina Congresswoman. They could also be key in the close US Senate race. And while a large majority say they are ready to vote in November, many say they have not been contacted by any candidate, party representative or community organization. These and other news are discussed in this edition of “Hacia el Voto 2022.”

Guests: Rossana Longo-Better, Reporter, Boulder, CO; Aurea Bolaños Perea, Strategic Communications Director, COLOR, Denver, CO; Alex Sánchez, President and CEO, Voces Unidas de las Montañas, Glenwood Springs, CO (TBC.)

PROGRAM #9753 11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: La Raza Unida: Fifty Years. On the 50th anniversary of La Raza Unida Party, veterans of the Chicano movement gathered in San Antonio, TX, to reflect on the early days of the push to fight discrimination, to use the vote as a voice, and to elect Mexican Americans to office. They also share memories of the 1970 Uvalde student walkout and comment on the repercussions of the recent school shooting in Uvalde.

Guests: Abelardo “Lalo” Castillo, Founding Member, La Raza Unida Party, San Antonio, TX; Olga Muñoz Rodríguez, Writer, Former Publisher, El Uvalde Times, San Antonio, TX; Lali Sáenz Moheno, Organizer, LRUP, Hidalgo County, Co-Founder, MAYO, San Antonio, TX.

PROGRAM #9754 12:00 PM PT

Helping Students to Pay for College Costs. Latino students attending community colleges face a number of pressures, including the soaring costs of living. As they struggle, community college leaders reach out to inform on recent changes to financial aid programs, including changes to Cal Grant and more support for full-time students to help them pay for the costs of college.

Guest: Dr. Daisy Gonzáles, Interim Chancellor, California Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA.

Children Trauma in Uvalde. Students in Uvalde are going back to school for the first time since the massacre at Robb Elementary. Many survivors show PTSD symptoms but help is hard to access: there is only one mental health center in the area to treat traumatized children. Inadequate funding for schools and education in Uvalde and the state’s poorest communities is also a big issue.

PROGRAM #9755 12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. After meeting in Mexico City, White House cabinet members and President López Obrador highlighted the big opportunities opened by the multi-billion US investment in semiconductor and chip production and Mexico’s plans to make the state of Sonora a leader in lithium, a key component of batteries for electric vehicles. Analysts comment on this and on López Obrador’s proposal to create a mediation commission at the UN that would facilitate peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.

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