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Sinking California land to cost billions

Sinking California land to cost billions

. California’s struggling infrastructure faced the daunting prospect of too little water underground and too much falling from the sky. “Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down the Central Valley, requiring repairs to infrastructure that experts say are costing billions of […]

New CA laws for 2016

New CA laws for 2016

New California statutes just keep coming at around a thousand annually. Some make sense, but some seem ridiculous,  unwise and increasingly authoritarian.  Have a look: 20 California laws that go into effect in 2016 California’s new laws for 2016: See how you are affected … California 2016 New Laws: Hundreds Set to Take Effect on … […]

Drug prices latest CA ballot battle

Drug prices latest CA ballot battle

CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

By Chris Reed . The California Supreme Court has rejected a bold bid by San Francisco regulators to sharply increase the scope of the California Environmental Quality Act, the landmark 1970 law that has helped shape the Golden State’s housing patterns and economy for decades. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District argued that it’s not […]

New law lets cops confiscate guns without notice

New law lets cops confiscate guns without notice

Under a new law effective New Year’s Day, California cops can now seize guns from law-abiding Americans without charges and without giving any notice. And police can keep those firearms for 21 days under the law known as AB 1014. If family members believe a gun-owning individual is a danger to themselves or someone else, […]

Treasurer John Chiang is exploring possible program expansion of Green Bonds

Treasurer John Chiang is exploring possible program expansion of Green Bonds

State Treasurer John Chiang on Monday released an initial report on the state’s spending of nearly $300 million in proceeds for environmental purposes, financed by a first-ever sale of “green bonds.” The 2014 general obligation bonds, tax-exempt securities backed by the full faith and credit of the state of California, completely or partially pay for […]

CA stares down tough water storage task

CA stares down tough water storage task

By James Poulos . California officials have found their drought difficulties are compounded by an ironic new challenge: too much rainwater to store. Despite decades spent puzzling over the tall order of improving the state’s massive network of waterways, “those who need water the most, farmers, are in a poor position to take advantage of any deluge,” […]

DMV won’t unleash robocars on CA roads

DMV won’t unleash robocars on CA roads

CA set for nation’s highest minimum wage

CA set for nation’s highest minimum wage

China beats Mexico on CA immigration

China beats Mexico on CA immigration

By James Poulos . While Mexico continued to drive the debate about immigration policy in the U.S., California experienced a significant demographic shift that could carry a political impact: more immigrants now flow into the Golden State from China than from south of the border. “About 33,000 immigrants moved to California from China last year, roughly triple the […]