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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 […]

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 […]

Utility customers will pay $10.5 billion for California wildfire costs under bill sent to Newsom

Utility customers will pay $10.5 billion for California wildfire costs under bill sent to Newsom

By TARYN LUNA Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign legislation Friday to overhaul how the state pays for utility wildfire damage — a complex bill the governor championed and moved swiftly through the California Legislature this week at Wall Street’s urging. The bill’s passage was a political victory for the governor, but some questioned whether […]

California’s population growth is the slowest in recorded history

California’s population growth is the slowest in recorded history

By JAVIER PANZAR and SARAH PARVINI California’s 2018 population growth was the slowest in state history, new demographic data show — underscoring shifting immigration patterns, declining birthrates and economic strains that are making it harder for some to afford living here. The state added 186,807 residents last year, bringing the estimated total population to 39,927,315 as of Jan. […]

Snow comes to L.A., with powder in Malibu, Pasadena, West Hollywood, Thousand Oaks

Snow comes to L.A., with powder in Malibu, Pasadena, West Hollywood, Thousand Oaks

By HANNAH FRY and ALEJANDRA REYES-VELARDE . Xav.ier Bias walked out of the Whole Foods Market in Pasadena and saw another woman looking to the ground puzzled at the white stuff covering the sidewalk. The woman wasn’t sure exactly what she was looking at. But Bias, who is originally from the East Coast, quickly set her straight. It […]

California has mismanaged its veterans home properties, audit finds

California has mismanaged its veterans home properties, audit finds

By PATRICK MCGREEVY . California has “mismanaged” properties where its state-run veterans homes are located, failing to charge market rents to private users and shortchanging programs that should benefit from the leases, a state audit concluded Tuesday. The head of the California Department of Veterans Affairs agreed with the findings and said changes would be made, […]

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