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About 10 percent of California now in moderate drought status, scientists say

About 10 percent of California now in moderate drought status, scientists say

BY MICHAEL MCGOUGH The latest map by the U.S. Drought Monitor brings some bad news for California: After a virtually rain-less start to February, nearly half of the state is either “abnormally dry” or at a “moderate” drought level. The monitor shows a pocket of the Central Valley and southern Sierra Nevada, from Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, […]

Prop. 13 Tax Protections in Danger! Hear Howard Jarvis’ Jon Coupal

Prop. 13 Tax Protections in Danger! Hear Howard Jarvis’ Jon Coupal

  About the speaker: . Jon Coupal is the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA). HJTA, with offices in both Los Angeles and Sacramento, is the largest taxpayers association in California with a membership of over 200,000. Founded by the late Howard Jarvis, the author of Proposition 13, HJTA’s name is synonymous with […]

University of California Program Seeks to Prevent Nurse Suicides

University of California Program Seeks to Prevent Nurse Suicides

BY BRAD JONES   Nurses are at a higher risk than the general population for suicide, according to a nationwide study published Feb. 3. And University of California–San Diego researchers, who conducted the longitudinal study, said a pilot program at the university to help nurses at risk has proven successful and is ready to roll out nationally. “Nurses are […]

POLITICS | California Democrat Introduces Bill That Could Fine Or Jail People For Not Voting

POLITICS | California Democrat Introduces Bill That Could Fine Or Jail People For Not Voting

MARLO SAFI CONTRIBUTOR . Under a new California bill, voting would be compulsory and registered voters who don’t cast a ballot could be subject to fines or even jail time.  AB2070 was introduced by California Democrat Marc Levine, who is a representative of the North San Francisco Bay Area, on Tuesday.  Thank you @SFGate @akoseff for […]

California’s Sex Ed: Parents Want to Decide What’s ‘Age Appropriate’

California’s Sex Ed: Parents Want to Decide What’s ‘Age Appropriate’

BY NATHAN SU In California, various stakeholders have been vying to decide what exactly “age appropriate” means in the state’s guidelines for sex education. Currently, local school districts interpret what is suitable for a given age group. “I am the expert on my kids,” said Denise Pursche of Clayton City, Calif., who believes parents should decide what is age-appropriate. She […]

California Ranchers Sue to Avoid Warrantless Searches

California Ranchers Sue to Avoid Warrantless Searches

BY MATTHEW VADUM A multi-purpose cattle ranch in coastal California with private beachfront property is suing the state over a new law that gives state officials sweeping powers to conduct warrantless searches and inspections of the property in hopes of gaining public access to its beaches in the future. The lawsuit, cited as Hollister Ranch Owners Association v. Becerra, […]

POLITICS | State Lands Commission Reviews Strategic Plan Successes, Sets to Work on Plan for Next Five Years

POLITICS | State Lands Commission Reviews Strategic Plan Successes, Sets to Work on Plan for Next Five Years

SACRAMENTO—California State Controller Betty T. Yee today chaired her first meeting of the State Lands Commission (SLC) since the yearly hand-off of the gavel, immediately setting to work building on successes from the Commission’s first-ever strategic plan. Five years ago, Controller Yee led a stakeholder-driven process to adopt the 2016-2020 strategic plan, a historic first […]

1 Dead, 5 Injured in Greyhound Bus Shooting in California: Officials

1 Dead, 5 Injured in Greyhound Bus Shooting in California: Officials

BY JACK PHILLIPS At least six passengers were shot on a Greyhound bus that was traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco, California, according to officials. The California Highway Patrol said a woman was killed and five people were wounded in the incident, Sgt. Brian Pennings said, reported the Los Angeles Times. The incident took place at around […]

Storm to produce ‘rare and dangerous’ seas off Southern California this weekend

Storm to produce ‘rare and dangerous’ seas off Southern California this weekend

By GARY ROBBINS A large and fast-moving cold front will dive down the Southern California coastline on Sunday, producing 20 foot-plus waves and 50 mph-plus winds in a “rare and dangerous” event in the outer waters, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters at the weather service’s Rancho Bernardo and Los Angeles-Oxnard offices said boaters should […]

California still expanding benefits to some immigrants, despite Trump public charge rule

California still expanding benefits to some immigrants, despite Trump public charge rule

BY YESENIA AMARO  Despite the U.S. Supreme Court siding with the Trump administration in a recent ruling on a controversial rule about undocumented immigrants who use public benefits, California this year expanded benefits to immigrant residents. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled to allow the Trump administration to proceed with the public charge rule. The […]