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California is rapidly speeding up the reopening of the economy. Here’s what it means

California is rapidly speeding up the reopening of the economy. Here’s what it means

By TARYN LUNA,  PHIL WILLON, MAURA DOLAN, JOHN MYERS SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom has eased some of California’s requirements for reopening businesses. The rules will make it easier for counties to restart the economy, but it still likely means that regions hit hardest by the coronavirus will open more slowly. Why the change? Newsom pointed to progress, including a […]

Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020

Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020

By JOHN MYERS SACRAMENTO BUREAU CHIEF  SACRAMENTO — No brand in California politics has ever had the staying power ofProposition 13, the 1978 tax cut that served as a primal scream from angry voters and became a symbol of their reluctance to pay more money for more government services. But four decades later, it is critics of […]

Nearly 84,000 duplicate voter records found in audit of California’s ‘motor voter’ system

Nearly 84,000 duplicate voter records found in audit of California’s ‘motor voter’ system

By JOHN MYERS SACRAMENTO BUREAU CHIEF  SACRAMENTO — California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes, according to an audit released Friday by state officials. The analysis covered just the first five months of the new “motor […]

Californians can register to vote when mailing their driver’s license renewal, after state settles lawsuit

Californians can register to vote when mailing their driver’s license renewal, after state settles lawsuit

By JOHN MYERS Californians who renew their driver’s license by mail will soon be able to use that same document to become a voter, after state officials settled a federal voting rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed last May alleged that California was required to integrate voter registration into forms the state Department of Motor Vehicles uses to issue a […]