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District Dilemma: OUSD begins school closures, shuts down Roots Academy in East Oakland, but advocates say it won’t save money; Plus: Your tenant questions answered

0:08 – PG&E declares bankruptcy the same day the PUC grants up to $6 billion in financing

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PG&E, filed for bankruptcy today, after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a 6 billion dollar credit line for PG&E.  The private utility announced it filed for bankruptcy just after midnight. The CPUC says the credit will allow for the company to continue its operations; consumer groups say, it bails out the company, a convicted felon, without a public process and protects its shareholders, over the interests of ratepayers and victims of the California wildfires. They are asking for the CPUC to resign. KPFA’s Mira Nabulsi reports.

0:15 – CA Senator Mike McGuire (@ilike_mikerepresents the 2nd Senate District, which encompasses the North Coast region, from Marin County to Del Norte County. His district has experienced dozens of fires over the last few years, including major fires like the Lake County Fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire, and the Tubbs Fire.

0:34 – OUSD announces closure of Roots International Academy in Oakland – what does it mean for students, and where is the District headed?

Kitty Kelly Epstein is an educator, scholar, and host of KPFA’s Education Today. She joins us to discuss her book A Different View of Urban Schools: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Unexplored Realities.

Adie Rios is a mother of four – one son is in 7th grade at Roots International Academy in East Oakland. For the past seven years, she has worked at The Havenscourt Health Center, a clinic located on the shared campus of Roots International Academy and Coliseum College Preparatory Academy serving students health needs.

John Sasaki is Communications Director with the Oakland Unified School District.

Roseann Torres represents District 5 on the Oakland Unified School Board. She was the sole vote on Tuesday night against the closure of Roots Academy.

1:08 – Tenants Rights Clinic

We’re joined by two tenant counselors to take KPFA calls: Sara Linck-Frenz is a Counseling and Volunteer Program Manager with Tenants Together (@TenantsTogether), dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing. Justin Tombelesi, community organizer for ACCE, or the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (@CalOrganize).

Photo: Students protest OUSD budget cuts before the OUSD Board Directors in Dec 2017 (Corinne Smith)

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