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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 […]

Newsom chastises beachgoers, warning that defying order could delay reopening California

Newsom chastises beachgoers, warning that defying order could delay reopening California

By PHIL WILLON STAFF WRITER    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday criticized Californians who defied the statewide stay-at-home order and flocked to beaches over the weekend, saying that ignoring restrictions could prolong the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Newsom’s comments come after thousands of beachgoers descended on the coast in Orange and […]

Ventura County encourages masks in public; but not the kind health care workers need

Ventura County encourages masks in public; but not the kind health care workers need

VENTURA COUNTY—The Ventura County Public Health Department is advising the community to wear homemade face masks in public in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Public Health officials say the mask should be home-made (over the nose and mouth) since hospital-grade masks (N95s) should be reserved for health care workers due to the shortage. […]

Some cities are blocking California efforts to protect homeless people from coronavirus, Newsom says

Some cities are blocking California efforts to protect homeless people from coronavirus, Newsom says

By PATRICK MCGREEVY STAFF WRITER    California’s effort to move homeless people into hotel and motel rooms to protect them from the coronavirus has gotten thousands off the streets, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday, but advocates say the program has been slow and uneven in some areas, hampered by red tape and local opposition. Appearing […]

Remember rain? An atmospheric river is bringing it back to Southern California

Remember rain? An atmospheric river is bringing it back to Southern California

By HANNAH FRY STAFF WRITER It’s time to ready those rain boots and umbrellas because wet weather is returning to Southern California starting this weekend. The first in a pair of storms to hit the Southland is expected to arrive Saturday, dropping temperatures into the low to mid-60s and bringing a chance of showers across the […]

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 […]

Federal homelessness chief has harsh words for California: ‘You can’t tell me it’s working’

Federal homelessness chief has harsh words for California: ‘You can’t tell me it’s working’

By BENJAMIN ORESKES STAFF WRITER  Robert Marbut is brand-new to his job as executive director of the agency that coordinates the federal government’s response to homelessness. But he is already criticizing the work being done to get people off the streets in California. “If [it] was working, California should have the lowest numbers in the country, and it […]

Atmospheric river bringing new storm with rain and snow to California

Atmospheric river bringing new storm with rain and snow to California

By ALEX WIGGLESWORTH, RONG-GONG LIN II Southern California residents on Friday continued to dig out from a storm that swept through the region on Thanksgiving day, bringing record rainfall to parts of the Los Angeles area and dumping snow on the mountains and high deserts. “This is pretty unreal, especially for Southern California,” said Justin Kanton, […]

Landlords say state rent caps may force them to raise rents more frequently

Landlords say state rent caps may force them to raise rents more frequently

By ANDREW KHOURI STAFF WRITER Prominent landlord attorney Dennis Block stood before a crowd of more than 200 at an apartment owners trade show in Pasadena and, to laughs, boasted of having evicted “more tenants than anybody else on the planet Earth.” Block said he was proud to enforce what he said America was built on: […]

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 […]

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