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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 […]

Soda, water, guns, and tires: They could all be taxed if California Democrats have their way

Soda, water, guns, and tires: They could all be taxed if California Democrats have their way

BY ANDREW SHEELER It’s a standard California Republican talking point that Democrats want to raise taxes. And it’s true that Golden State Democrats have introduced, or plan to introduce, legislation that would raise or create several new taxes. If there’s one thing the proposals have in common, it’s that they all reflect some facet of […]

Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris Thinks Californians Are Dumb

Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris Thinks Californians Are Dumb

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views The story is simple.  Kamala Harris, as the California Attorney General had a long time sexual harasser on staff in a top position.  She worked with him on a daily basis.  Now that person moved to D.C. and is a very top staffer to Harris as […]

Carr Fire heads west into Trinity County; evacuations remain in Redding

Carr Fire heads west into Trinity County; evacuations remain in Redding

BY TONY BIZJAK, RYAN SABALOW AND DALE KASLER tbizjak@sacbee.com REDDING  The Carr Fire continued turning west early Sunday, burning the western flanks of Shasta County while easing the immediate threat to the embattled city of Redding. The deadly blaze, which had chewed through 89,000 acres as of early Sunday, began surging into Trinity County. The tiny Trinity […]

Want to buy a home in California? Here’s how much you need to earn — by county

Want to buy a home in California? Here’s how much you need to earn — by county

BY DON SWEENEY dsweeney@sacbee.com You’ll need to earn at least $333,270 a year to qualify to buy a median-priced home in San Francisco — but not all of California is that costly: An income of $35,400 is enough in Lassen County. A California Association of Realtors housing report on the first quarter of 2018 lists median home prices, […]

How California plans to stop ‘dead’ drivers from using disabled parking placards

How California plans to stop ‘dead’ drivers from using disabled parking placards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Last year, a California audit revealed an impossible statistic: More than 26,000 people over age 100 in the Golden State had blue disabled placards, allowing them to park at any …

California orders closer look at 93 dams after Oroville crisis

California orders closer look at 93 dams after Oroville crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials have ordered owners of 93 dams to re-inspect their flood-control spillways after the Oroville Dam crisis, saying the spillways need a closer look following a preliminary review. The list released by the Department of Water Resources includes some of the largest dams in California, such as the New Exchequer Dam […]

‘Woefully incomplete’ universal health bill dead for the year in California

‘Woefully incomplete’ universal health bill dead for the year in California

BY TARYN LUNA AND CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO tluna@sacbee.com Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on a sweeping plan to overhaul the health care market in California Friday, calling the bill “woefully incomplete.” Rendon announced plans to park the bill to create a government-run universal health care system in Assembly Rules Committee “until further notice” and […]

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