Monday, March 25, 1996

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  • California Primary Preview: Campaign Finance Reform

    Larry Bensky leads discussion on campaign finance reform measures in California with Ruth Holton and Doug Phelps in Pacifica’s Berkeley studios. The two campaign reform activists debate just how far campaign finance reform should go. Holton and her group pushed the California Political Reform Act onto the ballot, which severely restricts soft and hard money contributions to candidates and PACs. Phelps proposes a bill that regulates spending, as well as contributions.

  • California Primary Preview: Battle Against Toxics

    Three environmentalists who took part in a conference on dioxin (a by-product of industrial processes using chlorine) discuss the need for greater oversight regarding industrial pollution. The electronics industry is a primary producer of dioxin and other toxic chlorine by-products. The Chevron corporation’s oil and pesticide processing plants are the focus of Henry Clark’s campaign. He sees the location of polluting plants near poor minority neighborhoods as "environmental racism." They discuss the impact of toxics in their regions of California and how this impacts breast cancer rates, reproductive health, birth defects and even mental health issues. Environmental racism is discussed and the coalition that is forming among environmental groups like Greenpeace and activist groups connected with ethnic minorities and poor communities.