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Gov. Brown Suspends Mobile Home Regulations To Help Fire Victims

Gov. Brown Suspends Mobile Home Regulations To Help Fire Victims

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed an executive order removing barriers to mobile home construction and placement in an effort to help residents displaced by the recent Southern California mudslides and wildfires. The order suspends for three months all regulations included in the state’s laws governing mobile and manufactured homes. Brown wrote […]

California rescinds autograph mandate for booksellers

California rescinds autograph mandate for booksellers

In the wake of a First Amendment challenge by Bay Area book seller Bill Petrocelli and his renowned store, Book Passage, California has rescinded the state’s onerous “certificate of authenticity” requirement for the sale of autographed books. The regulation would have made it extremely risky, if not impossible, for stores to sell signed books or […]

California set to become ‘sanctuary state’ after deal between governor and state Senate leader

California set to become ‘sanctuary state’ after deal between governor and state Senate leader

by Drew Gregory Lynch Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, reached a compromise on the state’s “sanctuary state” bill this week, in a deal that amends the legislation to expand the ability of law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities. The amended Senate Bill 54 “prevents our state and […]

Democratic Senate candidate courts the right, walks fine line

Democratic Senate candidate courts the right, walks fine line

On the heels of a Los Angeles Times story saying she was making a play for voters on the right, Democratic Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill increasing minimum penalties in sexual assault cases. While the bill received nearly unanimous support in the Legislature — the measure was in […]

Affordable housing deal appears dead for the year

Affordable housing deal appears dead for the year

CA solar plans snarled by controversy

CA solar plans snarled by controversy

By James Poulos . In the California desert and in solar-paneled neighborhoods around the state, a new conflict over alternative energy has broken out. Pitting lawmakers, regulators, customers and the solar power industry against one another, the dispute centered around how much solar users ought to be charged — and how much solar power ought to be […]

Gov. Brown vetoes CA drone bill

Gov. Brown vetoes CA drone bill

By James Poulos . Exhibiting his penchant for practical wisdom, Gov. Jerry Brown waved off the California Legislature’s attempt to place big new restrictions on drone usage. Deflating anxiety “Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination. This bill, however, while well-intentioned, could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome […]

Sacramento special session tackles heath care, infrastructure funding, etc.

CA water rights hit hard

CA water rights hit hard

. After floating the possibility for months, authorities followed through on threatened curtailments on California’s most senior water rights holders. “The action by the State Water Resources Control Board, after weeks of warnings, affects 114 different water-rights holders in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds, as well as the Delta region,” the Sacramento Bee reported. Not since […]

‘Anti-science policies’ seen as factor in CA water crisis

‘Anti-science policies’ seen as factor in CA water crisis

By Chris Reed Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent executive order mandating decreased water use prompted national and international attention. All coverage understandably emphasized the state’s 4-year-old drought; some linked the problem to climate change. But a California-based journalist who specializes in science reporting based on hard evidence — Hank Campbell, cialis author of “Science Left Behind” […]

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