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California updates its travel advisory as cases surge

California updates its travel advisory as cases surge

Amy Graff, SFGATE As California coronavirus cases continue to explode, health officials updated the state’s travel advisory this week with a clear message: Stay close to home. The California Department of Public Health is asking residents to avoid non-essential travel to any part of the state more than 120 miles from their homes. The recommendation does not apply […]

Governor Gavin Newsom reportedly ignored own COVID guidelines at birthday party

Governor Gavin Newsom reportedly ignored own COVID guidelines at birthday party

Eric Ting, SFGATE California Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly violated his state’s COVID-19 guidelines by going to a birthday party in Napa with more than three households in attendance. The Chronicle reported that Newsom and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom attended longtime adviser Jason Kinney’s 50th birthday party at French Laundry in Yountville (Napa County) on Nov. […]

California projected an October surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. It didn’t happen.

California projected an October surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. It didn’t happen.

Eric Ting, SFGATE Near the end of September, California’s CalCAT modeling system projected a near-doubling in COVID-19 hospitalizations by the end of October, with public health officials warning of a potential surge. “Our short-term forecast for today’s conditions predicts an increase in hospitalizations a month from now,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said at […]

California city declared a ‘sanctuary’ from stay-home order

California city declared a ‘sanctuary’ from stay-home order

The Associated Press More parks and hiking trails welcomed visitors again Saturday and one city declared itself a “sanctuary” from California’s stay-at-home order as the state’s diverse regions carve their own path toward reopening. Officials in Atwater, a city of 30,000 in central California, unanimously agreed Friday not to enforce the nearly 2-month-old order intended […]

California strawberries are about to get tastier and more environmentally friendly

California strawberries are about to get tastier and more environmentally friendly

By Madeline Wells,  Did you know that almost 90 percent of American strawberries are grown in California? If so, did you also know that the University of California, Davis is responsible for developing about 60 percent of California’s strawberry varieties? In the latest news from these strawberry connoisseurs, scientists at UC Davis have developed five new […]

California sues wealthy coastal city over low-income housing

California sues wealthy coastal city over low-income housing

Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom used a new law for the first time Friday to try to force a wealthy Southern California coastal city to end its years of opposition to meeting low-income housing goals. Newsom’s administration sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach under the law that […]

Average gas price in California predicted to hit $4 a gallon

Average gas price in California predicted to hit $4 a gallon

By Amy Graff, SFGATE The price of gas is now above $3.50 a gallon in all major cities across California. And in San Francisco where the average is the highest in the state at $3.71, you might have already paid more than $4 at a pricier station. As oil prices soar, the price of gas is […]