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Unemployment Problems Highlight State's Outdated Technology

A woman looks at a laptop computer in this undated photo.
Beth LaBerge / KQED
A woman looks at a laptop computer in this undated photo.
The massive failure of California’s unemployment insurance program during the pandemic has highlighted yet again the state’s outdated technology. Billions of dollars were lost to fraud as people in need of help waited weeks for relief. But despite these public failings, or maybe because of them, there’s a push at the highest levels of state government to change how California goes about procuring and updating its technology.

EDD Problems Exemplify Need to Update California Technology Systems

The massive failure of California’s Employment Development Department when it comes to unemployment claims during the pandemic are in large part due to outdated technology. Officials are looking to make it easier to update those systems.


Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED

California Lawmakers Push for Help From Washington When it Comes to Fires

Democrats in California’s Congressional delegation are calling on the Biden Administration to expand federal firefighting capacity. They argue that in large part due to climate change, fires in the state are a year-round problem.

Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

L.A. County Dampens Enthusiasm for Some Now Eligible for Vaccine


Under new guidelines, people can bring adult family members to get vaccinated if one person has an appointment. But L.A. County officials worry the process could create logjams at vaccination sites.

Reporter: Jackie Fortiér, KPCC

Placer County Sheriff Overrided Health Officials in Linking Death to Vaccine

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is under scrutiny for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes after statements made by the sheriff following the death of a man back in January, shortly after he was vaccinated.

Guest: Ryan Sabalow, Reporter, Sacramento Bee