California

California Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Entertainment Industry
In The States
California Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Entertainment Industry
2021-07-23 12:43:18
by Ansley Puckett

LOS ANGELES- California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Wednesday investing $330 million to expand the state’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program in order to boost the state’s economy.  Launched in 2009, the Film and Television Tax Credit Program... Read More

California Approves 1st State-Funded Guaranteed Income Plan
In The States
California Approves 1st State-Funded Guaranteed Income Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the U.S., $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults who recently left foster care with no restrictions on... Read More

California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
In The States
California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-07-16 21:05:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp

LOS ANGELES- Everyone, whether or not they're fully vaccinated, will have to wear a mask indoors, according to an order from Los Angeles County, by far the largest county by population in California, the U.S.'s most populated state. The county... Read More

Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought
Climate
Wildfires Rage as US West Grapples With Heat Wave, Drought

Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids. The largest wildfire of the year in California... Read More

Governor Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use
In The States
Governor Asks Californians to Voluntarily Cut Water Use

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked people and businesses in the nation's most populous state to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15% as the Western United States weathers a drought that is... Read More

California Budget Expands Health Care For Older Undocumented Immigrants
In The States
California Budget Expands Health Care For Older Undocumented Immigrants
2021-07-06 13:48:22
by Daniel Mollenkamp

In California, undocumented immigrants over the age of 50 will soon be able to sign up for Medi-Cal, the state's low-income health care program. The update is just one of the expansions included in the state budget, which also has... Read More

California Gubernatorial Recall Election Slated for September
In The States
California Gubernatorial Recall Election Slated for September
2021-07-02 20:20:13
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis announced Thursday that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election will be conducted on Sept. 14. California residents will head to the polls to vote either to retain or remove Newsom from office after... Read More

California Sets Date for Recall Election Targeting Newsom
In The States
California Sets Date for Recall Election Targeting Newsom

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday scheduled a Sept. 14 recall election that could drive Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, the result of a political uprising largely driven by angst over state coronavirus orders that shuttered schools and... Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Disclosure Rules for Political Donors
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Strikes Down Disclosure Rules for Political Donors
2021-07-01 15:16:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a California law that required nonprofits to disclose lists of their biggest donors, holding the requirement burdened donors’ First Amendment rights and was not narrowly tailored to an important government interest.... Read More

California Addresses College Readiness
Education
California Addresses College Readiness
2021-07-01 15:09:50
by Ansley Puckett

The Public Policy Institute of California released the first in a series of posts examining how educational opportunities and outcomes are different across California.   According to the post, only a third of California’s 9th graders make it to and then... Read More

Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Hot, Dry Summer Looms
In The States
Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Hot, Dry Summer Looms

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation's crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year... Read More

California Voters Support Gov. Newsom In Recall Fight, Survey Finds
In The States
California Voters Support Gov. Newsom In Recall Fight, Survey Finds
2021-05-27 14:27:59
by Daniel Mollenkamp

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A majority of California voters say they would vote for Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep his position in a recall election, a new survey finds. The survey, conducted earlier this month by the Public Policy Institute of... Read More

White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
Energy
White House Opens Pacific Coast to Commercial-Scale Wind Farm Development
2021-05-25 19:08:18
by Dan McCue

The Biden administration is opening up the northern and central coasts of California to the first commercial scale offshore wind farm projects in the region. The first location, called the Morro Bay 399 Area, is roughly 400 square miles off... Read More

Law Requiring Nonprofit Disclosures Gets Chilly Reception in Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Law Requiring Nonprofit Disclosures Gets Chilly Reception in Supreme Court
2021-04-27 13:11:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A California law that requires nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors met with skepticism among most of the U.S. Supreme Court’s justices during a hearing Monday. The law is opposed by coalitions of nonprofit organizations that say the... Read More

Caitlyn Jenner Announces Gubernatorial Campaign to Replace Newsome
In The States
Caitlyn Jenner Announces Gubernatorial Campaign to Replace Newsome
2021-04-23 20:37:04
by Reece Nations

LOS ANGELES — Former Olympic athlete and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner announced Friday in a press release she will launch a campaign to become the next governor of California. Jenner, a Republican, has been a vocal critic of current... Read More

California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach to Boost Vaccine Equity
State News
California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach to Boost Vaccine Equity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hing Yiu Chung lives in a racially diverse San Francisco neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While vaccines have been difficult to come by, the 69-year-old got one by showing proof she lives where she... Read More

Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
Net Neutrality
Justice Department Drops Challenge to California Net Neutrality Law
2021-02-08 21:46:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday withdrew its 2018 legal challenge to the state of California’s net neutrality law after the Trump administration had asked a court to block it. Under then-President Donald Trump, the Justice Department argued... Read More

CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
In The News
CA Senate: Alex Padilla (D)
2021-02-08 20:24:19
by TWN Staff

About Padilla:  Alex Padilla, California’s then-secretary of state, was appointed to fill the Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in late December 2020.  Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s selection of Padilla, a longtime friend and political ally, ended months of jockeying for the appointment among Democratic factions across the state.  It also... Read More

California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling
State News
California Revises Indoor Church Guidelines After Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office on Saturday issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the Supreme Court lifted the state's ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic, but left in place restrictions on singing... Read More

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
State News
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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

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