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Trump administration yanks approval for homeless shelters in Sacramento, across California

Trump administration yanks approval for homeless shelters in Sacramento, across California

BY THERESA CLIFT The Trump administration has yanked approval for major homeless shelter projects it previously approved in Sacramento and San Francisco. The move undermines a critical component of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shelter the homeless on state land and throws nearly two dozen potential shelter projects across the state into question, according to […]

2,000 join rally against Newsom’s stay-at-home coronavirus orders at California’s Capitol

2,000 join rally against Newsom’s stay-at-home coronavirus orders at California’s Capitol

BY SAM STANTON AND DALE KASLER Editor’s Note: Attendees and organizers say there were over 15,000 protesters present, not 2000 It was the largest protest rally in Sacramento so far over COVID-19 shutdowns — with haircuts on the side. At least 2,000 demonstrators came to the Capitol on Saturday to march around the grounds, feast on […]

Retail, manufacturing will be among first to reopen when California alters stay-at-home order

Retail, manufacturing will be among first to reopen when California alters stay-at-home order

BY SOPHIA BOLLAG Retail establishments, manufacturers, offices that can’t operate remotely and public spaces will be in the first wave of workplaces to reopen in California, but the state isn’t yet ready to make that move, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. “We believe we are weeks, not months away from making meaningful modifications,” Newsom said, […]

Sierra snowpack withering in California’s dry winter. New satellite image shows the bad news

Sierra snowpack withering in California’s dry winter. New satellite image shows the bad news

BY DALE KASLER The image is disturbing and leaves little doubt about California’s growing predicament: The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a sad whisper of it was a year ago, a withering testament to the lack of precipitation in the state’s increasingly dry winter. The National Weather Service tweeted satellite images of the Sierra on […]

Gavin Newsom wants to close a California state prison. It won’t be easy

Gavin Newsom wants to close a California state prison. It won’t be easy

BY WES VENTEICHER Gov. Gavin Newsom is talking about an idea that has hung around California for more than 150 years: closing a state prison. Newsom brought up the idea at a meeting earlier this month with The Fresno Bee editorial board as part of a broader conversation on criminal justice reform. “I would like […]

Tenants could work with landlords to take in homeless people under new California law

Tenants could work with landlords to take in homeless people under new California law

By SOPHIA BOLLAG AND THERESA CLIFT California tenants will have a new avenue to take in people at risk of homelessness with permission from their landlord under a new law taking effect next year. The measure is one of 13 bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday aimed at alleviating the state’s homelessness crisis. The new law, AB 1188, […]

A new law signed by Gavin Newsom bans schools from suspending disruptive kids

A new law signed by Gavin Newsom bans schools from suspending disruptive kids

BY ANDREW SHEELER It is will soon be illegal in California for both public and charter schools to suspend disruptive students from kindergarten through eighth grade Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed into law Senate Bill 419, which permanently prohibits willful defiance suspensions in grades four and five. It also bans such suspensions in grades […]

Will utility rates go up? What California’s $26 billion wildfire plan means for you

Will utility rates go up? What California’s $26 billion wildfire plan means for you

BY BRYAN ANDERSON California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed off on a $26 billion plan on Friday to address the state’s ongoing wildfire threats. The comprehensive plan, which sped through the Capitol in less than a week, aims to offer a timetable for reimbursing past wildfire victims following PG&E’s decision to declare bankruptcy earlier this year. It also establishes […]

California cities face $600K fines if they break state housing law in Newsom’s budget deal

California cities face $600K fines if they break state housing law in Newsom’s budget deal

BY SOPHIA BOLLAG California will punish cities and counties that don’t meet their housing goals under a deal Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Thursday. If a court finds that a city or county violates a state law that sets targets for how much housing a community must plan to build, the fines could […]

California moves to let felons serve on juries

California moves to let felons serve on juries

By JOHN PHILLIPS | Orange County Register The state of California has made no secret that it wants to let as many people out of prison as possible. From the early release of inmates through AB 109, to filling parole boards with felon friendly commissioners, to decriminalizing a litany of felonies and drug offenses with Props 47 […]

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