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  Down in the Salinas Valley

As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers.

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  Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley

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Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies

Before he wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck was commissioned by The San Francisco News to write a series of  articles on the migrant laborers of the Salinas Valley. The result, ‘The Harvest Gypsies” (1936) were published consecutively from October 5 to October 12, 1936. In 1938 the Simon J. [...]

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  Taking on poverty in Salinas

Poverty trends in Salinas may be an important case study for the United States, as shifting demographics create new challenges for policy-makers across the country.

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  Need to Know: March 1, 2013: Down in the Salinas valley

As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers.

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New bill bans ‘pray the gay away’ therapy for minors in California

Lawmakers in California have green-lighted a proposal to ban “reparative” therapy, also known as gay “conversion” therapy for children under the age of 18. The bill, which passed 51-21 in the state’s assembly, requires Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s signature before it can become law. Brown has not yet indicated whether he will support the measure, [...]

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  By the people

Need to Know takes a closer look at a unique California plan that makes ordinary citizens, not elected officials, responsible for redistricting.

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Half of California ‘Dream Act’ becomes law

California’s governor signed half of a two-part bill that would allow undocumented students access to college scholarships.

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Splitting California in two

One Republican official’s plan to create “South California” is a testament to the state’s longstanding political divisions.

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