California Fights Inflation With Relief Package, Minimum Wage Bump 
In The States
California Fights Inflation With Relief Package, Minimum Wage Bump 
2022-05-17 16:51:23
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians are getting help addressing the costs of rising inflation through a higher minimum wage and a new relief package proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom. California's minimum wage will rise to $15.50 per hour next year under... Read More

In The News
Parishioners Subdue Gunman in Fatal California Church Attack

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A man opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church, killing one person and wounding five senior citizens before a pastor hit the gunman on the head with a chair and parishioners... Read More

In The States
California Considering Extending Life of Last Nuclear Plant 
2022-05-05 21:15:24
by Reece Nations

AVILA BEACH, Calif. — As California braces for possible electricity shortages in the coming summer months, Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering delaying the planned decommissioning of the state’s last nuclear power plant. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant was scheduled to... Read More

Renewable Energy
California Nearly Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Milestone
2022-05-05 17:10:16
by Dan McCue

FOLSOM, Calif. – California reached a major energy milestone on April 30, coming oh so close to having 100% of its energy produced from renewable resources. It happened on a Saturday afternoon when statewide energy demand hit 18,672 MW. Shortly... Read More

California Attorney General Alleges Oil Industry Deceived Public on Plastic Waste
2022-04-29 19:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s attorney general announced Thursday he is beginning an investigation into the oil industry for allegedly causing and then covering up the harm from plastic waste. The oil industry promoted development of plastic products and then deceived... Read More

Millions Must Cut Water Use in Drought-Stricken California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state. The board of... Read More

In The States
Supporters of California Arts Education Ballot Initiative Submit 1M Signatures
2022-04-26 15:53:39
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters of a measure that would invest between $800 million and $1 billion to expand arts and music education in California schools have submitted 1 million signatures to qualify the effort for the November ballot. The success... Read More

Civil Rights
California Reparations Panel to Meet in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force meets in person Wednesday, the first time members have gathered face-to-face since their inaugural meeting nearly a year ago and mere weeks after the group voted to limit restitution to descendants... Read More

In The States
Conway Headed to Runoff in Bid to Replace Nunes
2022-04-06 15:35:09
by Dan McCue

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. — Former California Assemblywoman Connie Conway, a Republican, advanced to a runoff election Tuesday to fill the remainder of former Rep. Devin Nunes’ term in California’s 22nd Congressional District. However, a slow count and the fact ballots... Read More

Dwight Chapin, the 'President's Man,' Talks Nixon, Ukraine and More
2022-03-07 21:29:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — One of my late mother’s favorite stories of my childhood involved my first “vote” in a federal election. It was the fall of 1968 and I was in kindergarten and our teacher, Mrs. Blumberger, decided that in addition... Read More

2022 Elections
Republicans Vying for Nunes Seat Hew Close to His Legacy
2022-03-03 17:11:46
by Dan McCue

FRESNO, Calif. — The four Republicans running to serve out the unexpired term of former Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., have a number of things in common. They’re all for stricter voting laws, would likely try to defund schools that allegedly... Read More

State News
California Adopts Nation's 1st 'Endemic' Virus Policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to formally shift to an “endemic” approach to the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement Thursday of a plan that emphasizes prevention and quick reaction to outbreaks over mandated masking and... Read More

McNerney to Bid House Adieu After 2022
2022-01-18 22:19:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., the Northern California Democrat who jumped from energy to public service, announced Tuesday he’s retiring at the conclusion of his third term. McNerney joined 26 other Democrats who have announced they plan to leave... Read More

Expert Discusses Gaps in Federal Policy to Ban Surprise Medical Bills
2022-01-05 18:42:23
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — A federal law banning surprise medical bills U.S. patients may receive following an emergency room visit, air ambulance trip, or receiving care out-of-network went into effect on Jan 1., but health policy expert Jack Hoadley finds that gaps... Read More

New Report Studies Anti-Asian Sentiment in the COVID Era
2022-01-04 14:04:38
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The pandemic led to increased bias against Asians according to a recent report. The RAND Corporation recently published findings from a series of surveys that identified key themes regarding the causes of, reaction to, and mitigation measures against... Read More

In The States
New Laws Take Effect Nationwide
2022-01-03 21:12:37
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — New laws added to the books around the country during last year’s legislative sessions have now gone into effect with the arrival of the new year. Measures governing redistricting, police reforms, minimum wage increases and more with... Read More

In The States
California Gov. Newsom Calls for Gun Control Bill Based on Texas Abortion Law
2021-12-13 22:21:38
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In response to the Supreme Court’s decision allowing Texas’ abortion law to continue, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to craft gun control measures that enable private citizens to seek injunctive relief and statutory damages against gun... Read More

In The News
Capitol Christmas Tree to Begin Journey East on Sunday
2021-10-19 20:53:33
by Dan McCue

WILLOW CREEK, Calif. - Yes, it’s not even Halloween yet, but the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will soon be in transit from its current location in the Six Rivers National Forest in California. This year’s tree, an 84-foot white... Read More

In The States
2021 California Oil Spill Becomes Call to Action for Environmentalists
2021-10-18 20:36:37
by Tom Ramstack

Scott Breneman told a congressional subcommittee Monday about how his fishing business was upended by the Orange County oil spill discovered off California’s coast on October 1. After a day of fishing 90 miles off the coast, “We were coming... Read More

Haaland Reveals Administration Plan for Massive Expansion of Offshore Wind
2021-10-13 21:42:36
by Dan McCue

BOSTON, Mass. -- Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told attendees at a wind energy conference on Wednesday that the Biden administration wants to dramatically expand the nation’s use of wind power, opening large swaths of coastal waters to wind farm development.... Read More

Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas
2021-10-08 15:41:25
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., announced Thursday during an annual meeting of stockholders that the company will move its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. Musk is following through on his... Read More

In The States
California Oil Spill Renews Calls to Ban Offshore Drilling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the infamous 1969 Santa Barbara spill that sparked the modern environmental movement, and the latest spill off Huntington Beach is prompting fresh calls for an... Read More

Ship Anchor Suspected in Pipeline Break That Fouled Beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anchored cargo ship in the Pacific is not a fixed point — it's different than parking a car. Even then, with a multi-ton anchor and brawny steel chains resting on the seabed, the massive vessels... Read More

In California, Some Buy Machines That Make Water Out of Air

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices. The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to... Read More

California Utility to Pay $1.8 Billion to Settle Claims After Gas Leak
2021-09-28 14:58:07
by Tom Ramstack

Southern California Gas Company agreed to pay $1.8 billion this week to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of the Aliso Canyon area who were forced from their homes by a 2015 explosion and leak at a natural... Read More

In The States
California to Mail Every Voter a Ballot in Future Elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.  The law makes permanent a change adopted during the pandemic for the... Read More

In The States
Democrats Push for Changes to California Recall Efforts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom handily defeated a recall election that could have removed him from office, but his Democratic allies in the Legislature already are seeking changes that could make it harder to mount such a... Read More

In The States
California Gov. Newsom Crushes Republican-led Recall Effort

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite warnings the race would be close, California Gov. Gavin Newsom decisively defeated efforts to kick him out of office, a win the Democrat cast as an endorsement of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and... Read More

In The States
Stay or Go? Californians to Decide the Fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — After a year of debate that laid bare divisions in America's most populous state, Californians on Tuesday will be deciding whether Gov. Gavin Newsom keeps his job, or if the state goes in a more... Read More

Experts Call for Rigorous Audit to Protect California Recall

A group of election security experts on Thursday called for a rigorous audit of the upcoming recall election for California's governor after copies of systems used to run elections across the country were released publicly. Their letter sent to the... Read More

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