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California governor seeks $1 billion to target homelessness

California governor seeks $1 billion to target homelessness

by DON THOMPSON Associated Press   SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A billion-dollar investment last year has yet to curtail California’s growing homeless crisis, and with the state awash in revenue, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend a billion more on programs aimed at getting people off the streets. He signed an executive order Wednesday creating what […]

California’s transit density bill is back. What would it do to Los Angeles?

California’s transit density bill is back. What would it do to Los Angeles?

By Jenna Chandler @jennakchandler Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) and advocates for a denser California are resurrecting contentious legislation designed to force cities to allow more small multi-family housing to be built near transit. Senate Bill 50, which was introduced one year ago, would waive or relax local minimum parking requirements and density restrictions for developers looking to build housing near train […]

California Cities Turn To Hired Hooves To Help Prevent Massive Wildfires

California Cities Turn To Hired Hooves To Help Prevent Massive Wildfires

By MEGAN MANATA California has gone through several difficult fire seasons in recent years. Now, some cities are investing in unconventional fire prevention methods, including goats. Anaheim, a city southeast of Los Angeles, has recently re-upped its contract with the company Environmental Land Management to keep goats grazing on city hillsides nearly year-round. The goats […]

Fire insurance renewal mandate worries insurers, experts

Fire insurance renewal mandate worries insurers, experts

By Chris Reed California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s recent decision to put a one-year moratorium on insurance companies refusing to renew policies on homes in areas adjacent to recent devastating wildfires has garnered widely mixed reaction. Lara’s decision ensures roughly 800,000 homeowners can have policies renewed. It’s allowed under Senate Bill 824, which Lara shepherded […]

Strong snowpack is good news for California’s water supply as storms hit the mark

Strong snowpack is good news for California’s water supply as storms hit the mark

By HANNAH FRY STAFF WRITER After a slow start to California’s wet winter season, a series of storms that hammered the state at the tail end of 2019 dumped enough snow on the Sierra Nevada to kick off the new year with a solid snowpack. That is good news for the state’s water supply, which has […]

POLITICS | Senate Republican Leader Grove’s Statement on Lawsuits against State Law Impacting Independent Contractors

POLITICS | Senate Republican Leader Grove’s Statement on Lawsuits against State Law Impacting Independent Contractors

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove . (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after a federal judge from the U.S. Southern District Court recently issued a temporary ruling against enforcing Assembly Bill 5 on independent truck drivers and motor carriers. This temporary ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by the California Trucking Association. The […]

Judge halts California “gig worker” law from taking effect for truckers

Judge halts California “gig worker” law from taking effect for truckers

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new California labor law from impacting more than 70,000 independent truckers. The law, passed late last year, makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, who are entitled to minimum wage and benefits such as workers compensation. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San […]

NEWS ANALYSIS | Will California’s ‘Temporary’ Tax on Wealth Ever Fade Away?

NEWS ANALYSIS | Will California’s ‘Temporary’ Tax on Wealth Ever Fade Away?

BY BRAD JONES   When Californians voted to “temporarily” raise taxes to fund education on Nov. 6, 2012, they probably never expected the hikes would linger in one form or another until 2030, but that’s exactly what happened. Prop. 30, officially tagged as “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education,” was billed as a ballot measure to increase taxes to […]

California Lost More Than 200,000 People to Other States in 2019: Report

California Lost More Than 200,000 People to Other States in 2019: Report

BY JACK PHILLIPS California lost more than 200,000 people to other states and 180,000 people left New York state to live in other parts of the United States in 2019, according to new Census figures. “Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia lost population through net domestic migration between 2018 and 2019, six of which had losses over […]

Another burst of rain, mountain snow to sideswipe California before end of the year

Another burst of rain, mountain snow to sideswipe California before end of the year

By Brandon Buckingham, AccuWeather Meteorologist After a powerful storm system brought heavy rain and snow to California around the Christmas holiday, another storm system is lining up to take a similar track. The previous storm closed Interstate 5 at the Grapevine after heavy snow led to vehicles becoming stuck and similar threats may arise with the […]