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Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
Health
Newsom Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide Pfizer Vaccines to Long-Term Care Facilities
2021-01-04 14:41:07
by Sean Trambley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the country’s largest and most populous state has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, providing no-cost Pfizer vaccines to residents and staff in long-term care facilities. At... Read More

Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message
State News
Many Aren't Buying Public Officials' 'Stay-at-Home' Message

LOS ANGELES — With the coronavirus running rampant in Los Angeles and hospitals projected to overflow by Christmas, officials have fallen back on a familiar refrain: Stay home. "My message couldn't be simpler: It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything," Los... Read More

Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary
Health
Biden Picks California Attorney General Becerra for Health and Human Services Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next health and human services secretary, a historic choice that would make the former Los Angeles congressman the first Latino to hold the office, according to sources familiar with the decision. Becerra, 62, a... Read More

Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
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Gov. Newsom Assembling 'Short List' to Fill Harris Senate Seat
2020-11-09 17:34:45
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he's been lobbied for months about who would fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat should she be elected vice president, and he admitted it hasn't been fun. "It's not something I'd wish... Read More

CA-48: Michelle Steel (R)
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CA-48: Michelle Steel (R)
2020-11-03 04:24:19
by TWN Staff

About Steel:  As a young adult, Steel came to America with her mother and two younger sisters from South Korea. Like so many before her and many more after her, Steel’s family came to America searching for opportunities with the... Read More

CA-48: Harley Rouda (D)
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CA-48: Harley Rouda (D)
2020-11-03 04:19:45
by TWN Staff

About Rouda:  Harley Rouda is a businessman, husband, and father, serving California’s 48th Congressional district. Rouda has reached across the aisle to help pass commonsense and bipartisan legislation.  Rouda’s office has recovered over $2 million for Orange County families and... Read More

CA-45: Greg Raths (R)
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CA-45: Greg Raths (R)
2020-11-03 04:13:30
by TWN Staff

About Raths:  Raths moved to Orange County in 1977 when he was assigned to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station flying the F-4 Phantom II. Raths met his wife Luci in 1980, married in 1982, and Orange County has... Read More

CA-45: Katie Porter (D)
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CA-45: Katie Porter (D)
2020-11-03 04:05:21
by TWN Staff

About Porter:  Porter is serving her first term representing California's 45th Congressional District. She has spent nearly 20 years as a consumer protection attorney.   Before the housing bubble burst, Porter was one of the first to sound the alarm about... Read More

CA-10: Ted Howze (R)
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CA-10: Ted Howze (R)
2020-11-03 03:55:09
by TWN Staff

About Howze:  Ted Howze is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley. Howze grew up on a farm south of Fresno where he worked in the fields through college. Howze then attended the University of California at Davis where he... Read More

CA-10: Josh Harder (D)
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CA-10: Josh Harder (D)
2020-11-03 03:50:02
by TWN Staff

About Harder:  Josh Harder is running to represent California’s 10th Congressional District, located in California’s Central Valley covering Stanislaus County and parts of San Joaquin County.  Harder’s family has been in the Central Valley for generations, since his great-great grandfather... Read More

CA-04: Brynne Kennedy (D)
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CA-04: Brynne Kennedy (D)
2020-11-02 22:12:56
by TWN Staff

About Kennedy: Brynne Kennedy is a candidate for U.S. Congress. Kennedy is the founder of Topia – a software company that has pioneered new tools to help more businesses compete in a changing economy. She was raised in a rural... Read More

CA-53: Sara Jacobs (D)
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CA-53: Sara Jacobs (D)
2020-11-01 02:35:10
by TWN Staff

About Jacobs:  A third-generation San Diegan, Sara Jacobs has dedicated her career to fighting for the most vulnerable people by making institutions and policy fairer and more equitable, and finding innovative solutions to some of the most complex problems.  Jacobs... Read More

CA-50: Darrell Issa (R)
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CA-50: Darrell Issa (R)
2020-11-01 02:23:51
by TWN Staff

About Issa: Prior to his election to Congress, Issa was a technology industry leader and CEO. He founded Vista, Calif., based Directed Electronics Inc., the manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. Issa has served as chairman of the Consumer... Read More

CA-50: Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
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CA-50: Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)
2020-10-31 20:40:27
by TWN Staff

About Campa-Najjar: Ammar Campa-Najjar was born in East San Diego County, the son of a Christian working-class mother who raised him with help from family and neighbors. From his first job as a church janitor to serving in the White... Read More

CA-08: Jay Obernolte (R)
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CA-08: Jay Obernolte (R)
2020-10-31 20:13:28
by TWN Staff

About Obernolte:  Jay Obernolte has lived in California’s 8th Congressional District for over 25 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Caltech and a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from UCLA.    In 1990 Obernolte started FarSight Studios,... Read More

CA-04: Tom McClintock (R)
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CA-04: Tom McClintock (R)
2020-10-31 19:53:13
by TWN Staff

About McClintock: Tom McClintock represents the people of California’s historic gold country and Sierra Nevada in a district that stretches from Lake Tahoe, through Yosemite Valley and on to Kings Canyon.  Often described as “the gold standard” for fiscal conservatism... Read More

CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)
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CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)
2020-10-30 20:03:08
by TWN Staff

About Cisneros: Gil Cisneros represents California’s 39th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Cisneros is a veteran and education advocate who will work to create good-paying local jobs. He serves on the House Armed Services and Veterans'... Read More

CA-25: Mike Garcia (R)
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CA-25: Mike Garcia (R)
2020-10-30 19:57:01
by TWN Staff

About Garcia: Mike Garcia is a decorated United States Naval Officer whose record-setting flying performance earned him the honor of becoming one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy. He flew over 30 combat missions during... Read More

CA-25: Christy Smith (D)
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CA-25: Christy Smith (D)
2020-10-30 19:55:41
by TWN Staff

About Smith: Christy Smith has been living in Santa Clarita for nearly 40 years, has a husband and two daughters.  Smith has worked to improve schools, classrooms, and opportunities for students. She started her career in the U.S. Department of... Read More

CA-21: David Valadao (R)
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CA-21: David Valadao (R)
2020-10-30 19:54:18
by TWN Staff

About Valadao: David Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, Calif. As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well as many local charities. The Valadao family emigrated from... Read More

CA-21: TJ Cox (D)
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CA-21: TJ Cox (D)
2020-10-30 19:52:13
by TWN Staff

About Cox: TJ Cox is a native Californian and the son of immigrants who taught him the importance of hard work, personal integrity, and fighting for what’s right.  Cox has worked on projects that have created more than 1,500 well-paying... Read More

Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor
In The News
Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor

LOS ANGELES — A dispute between bond king Bill Gross and his next-door neighbor over a $1 million outdoor sculpture has devolved into police calls to their Laguna Beach, Calif., mansions, multiple legal actions — and allegations that the billionaire investor blared the "Gilligan's... Read More

Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
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Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health... Read More

After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged
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After Ballot Box Fire, LA Registrar Is Sorting Through Votes That Can be Salvaged

LOS ANGELES - Ballots retrieved from a Baldwin Park drop box that was burned in what authorities say may have been arson have been transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar for sorting and review, officials said Tuesday. County Clerk Dean C. Logan of the registrar's office... Read More

Proposition 25 Would End Cash Bail in California. Is the Replacement Any Better?
Criminal Justice
Proposition 25 Would End Cash Bail in California. Is the Replacement Any Better?

SAN JOSE, Calif. - When the push to eliminate California's cash bail system began in the state Legislature several years ago, the battle lines were clearly drawn. On one side were civil rights groups and criminal justice reform advocates arguing that cash bail... Read More

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
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California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
2020-10-13 20:54:38
by Sean Trambley

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. California has served as a market leader in driving environmentally sensitive changes to the auto industry for decades. ... Read More

‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
Agriculture
‘Critical Fix’ Gives Klamath Irrigators Access to Up to $10 Million in Emergency Drought Relief
2020-10-12 14:36:30
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced in a release that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a critically needed fix to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act that would... Read More

21 Million California Ballots Are on Their Way to Voters
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21 Million California Ballots Are on Their Way to Voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the first time in California history, a ballot will make its way in the mail this week to every registered California voter, a decision made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that will reshape the election... Read More

Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’
Wildfires
Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID-19 and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’

When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze... Read More

Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate
Education
Parents Sue LA Unified School District, Blasting Its Online Learning as Inadequate

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to allegations in a class action lawsuit filed... Read More

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