Wild Songbirds Spreading Salmonella Infection
Health
Wild Songbirds Spreading Salmonella Infection
2021-04-08 14:23:41
by Alexa Hornbeck

The CDC has issued a report finding that small, yellow-tinged songbirds from the finch family were linked to 19 infections of salmonella across the U.S.   Rachel Curtis-Robles, a public health educator and outreach officer for the California Department of... 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

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

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
State News
Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

White House Ends 'Emergency' at Mexican Border, Stops Border Wall Funding
Immigration
White House Ends 'Emergency' at Mexican Border, Stops Border Wall Funding
2021-01-21 19:04:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has ended construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, calling former President Donald Trump's signature infrastructure project "a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our homeland security." On... 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

Newsom Picks Padilla to Fill Senate Seat Being Vacated by Harris
U.S. Senate
Newsom Picks Padilla to Fill Senate Seat Being Vacated by Harris
2020-12-22 21:02:27
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday appointed his Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The child of Mexican immigrants, Padilla will be California’s first Latino senator,... 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

Feinstein Won't Seek Top Democrat Spot on Judiciary Committee
U.S. Senate
Feinstein Won't Seek Top Democrat Spot on Judiciary Committee
2020-11-24 14:22:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Monday she will step down as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee when the 117th Congress convenes in January, apparently bowing to critics who believe she wasn't aggressive enough in her handling... Read More

CA-53: Sara Jacobs (D)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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: Young Kim (R)
House Watch
CA-39: Young Kim (R)
2020-10-30 20:04:39
by TWN Staff

About Kim: Young Kim came to this country as an immigrant and through hard work and determination achieved the American Dream. As an immigrant, small-business owner, and mother, Kim spent her career fighting to give all Americans a chance to... Read More

CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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: TJ Cox (D)
House Watch
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

California Emerges as Leader on Climate Crisis, According to Next 10
State News
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
State News
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

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

Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows
Opinion Polls
Trump’s Base Starting to Erode in California, New Poll Shows

President Donald Trump’s support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows. The poll from the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies... Read More

Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
Climate
Federal Court Upholds California’s Right to Work with Quebec on Climate Change
2020-07-20 19:43:19
by Jacob Pederson

A federal court has ruled that California’s coordination with the Canadian province of Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emission does not violate the U.S. Constitution, shooting down the last surviving element of a challenge by the Trump administration. In 2006,... Read More

Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
Cities
Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
2020-07-15 15:44:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

The city of Berkeley in Northern California will become the first U.S. city to remove police from traffic stops in an effort to reduce racial profiling and avoid deadly run-ins between law enforcement and Black drivers. On Wednesday morning, the... Read More

Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
Education
Five States Sue Education Dept. Over CARES Act School Funding
2020-07-13 13:27:31
by Tom Ramstack

Five states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit this week that accuses the U.S. Education Department of shorting schools in low-income areas on their fair share of coronavirus relief funds. Instead, too much of the money is going... Read More

Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
State News
Judge Rules Against California's Bid to Require Cancer Label on Roundup
2020-06-23 18:31:20
by Dan McCue

California can't require a cancer warning label on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the state hadn't met the legal standard for such a requirement. California requires warning labels on cancer-causing products under the state's Safe Drinking... Read More

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