UpFront

Teachers unions say safely opening CA schools will require more funding, not less. Plus, new CA bill takes aim at “bad actor” commercial landlords during Covid-19 emergency

0:08 – Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters and Politics, joins us for “Mondays with Mitch,” talking about Mitch McConnell’s re-election race, what might be in the next benefits package from Congress, the dropping of charges against Michael Flynn and more.

0:34 – Spotlight on UndocufundSF, which is granting needed funds to undocumented people who live, work, attend school or send kids to school in San Francisco, in cash grants to individuals of at least $1,000. Marisela Esparza joins us to talk about their work: she is director of immigrant rights and community empowerment at Dolores Street Community Services.

1:08 – Can California schools safely reopen? How? We discuss with Brent Stephens, superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District, and Jeff Freitas, president of the California Federation of Teachers (@CFTunion).

1:34 – Sen. Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) has proposed legislation to allow commercial lease-breaking because of Covid-19. He says it’s targeted at commercial landlords who “are refusing to come to the table” and are threatening businesses with late fees, increased rents and eviction. Follow the progress of the bill, SB 939, here.

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