Public Defender Argues Against Judge’s Ruling to Try Santa Cruz Teen as Adult
The Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s Office says a judge got it wrong when he decided to continue to prosecute accused killer Adrian Gonzalez as an adult. Devin Fehely reports. (5-17-19)

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Public Defender Argues Against Judge’s Ruling to Try Santa Cruz Teen as AdultThe Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s Office says a judge got it wrong when he decided to continue to prosecute accused killer Adrian Gonzalez as an adult. Devin Fehely reports. (5-17-19)
Gilroy Garlic Growers Cheer Tariffs on ChinaBay Area garlic producers have a different take on the tariffs against China compared to most American farmers -- they say President Trump's latest move will help them. Len Ramirez reports. (5-17-19)
Border Wall Battle Comes to Bay AreaThe White House is bringing its border wall battle to the Bay Area, squaring off against opponents here in federal court. Melissa Caen reports. (5-17-19)
Gov. Newsom Pushes for Lowered Prescription Drug PricesThree Bay Area counties joined the state of California to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. Governor Gavin Newsom says he's prepared to play hardball to lower the costs. Melissa Caen reports. (5-16-19)
Talking Politics: Trump Blocks, Congress TacklesDemocrats are saying the president has plunged the nation into a "constitutional crisis." Also, will attempts to compel Pres. Trump to reveal his tax returns succeed? Phil Matier, Melissa Caen and Willie Brown discuss. (5-12-19)
At Issue: State Budget Spending PrioritiesKPIX 5's Phil Matier talks with assemblyman Phil Ting (D-S.F.) about California's projected budget surplus. (5-12-19)
Bay Area Wine Producers Fear Effect of Increased China TariffsWith the U.S. and China embroiled in what appears to be a worsening trade war, The tariff increase and the threat of further escalation has raised concerns in Bay Area wine country. Wilson Walker reports. (5-10-19)
Brake-Slamming BART Turn In Oakland Is The Result Of An Old Political FavorThe sharp, brake-slamming BART turn beneath the streets of downtown Oakland is the result of a 1960s political favor that changed BART's original design. Wilson Walker reports. (5-7-2019)
Former SF Supe's House Egged After Using Racial Slur In Front Of Black City WorkersFormer San Francisco supervisor and mayoral candidate Angela Alioto received backlash--someone even egged her house--after she repeatedly used the "N-word" in a meeting with African-American city workers. Joe Vasquez reports. (5-5-2019)

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Dozens Demand Sanctuary Policy Change At Santa Clara County Public Safety MeetingA tense exchange took place Monday evening between community members and some of San Jose's top city and county leaders. Many had demands surrounding Santa Clara County's immigration policy in wake of Bambi Larson's brutal murder. Maria Medina reports. (4-22-2019)
Pelosi's Reluctance To Impeach Trump May Be Linked To Clinton ImpeachmentAs calls for impeachment proceedings for President Trump grow louder, all eyes are on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi--so far, she's been reluctant to join the chorus. That may be because of what happened the last time the House impeached a president in 1998. Melissa Caen reports. (4-21-2019)
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