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BUSINESS | Building a house in California is expensive. These new proposals would slash city fees

BUSINESS | Building a house in California is expensive. These new proposals would slash city fees

BY HANNAH WILEY California Democrats unveiled on Monday a package of eight proposals that attempt to spur construction of new homes by slashing some of the fees that local governments charge for building permits. Those fees can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per house, driving up the cost of construction and leading […]

POLITICS | California’s new labor law is a work in progress. Here’s how lawmakers could change it

POLITICS | California’s new labor law is a work in progress. Here’s how lawmakers could change it

BY HANNAH WILEY The California Legislature is considering nearly three dozen bills to clean up or repeal the landmark gig economy law … Assembly Bill 5 limits employers’ ability to label employees as independent contractors,  … …  Republicans want to overhaul it. Proposals from Republicans include exemptions for a slew of workers like youth sports […]

About 10 percent of California now in moderate drought status, scientists say

About 10 percent of California now in moderate drought status, scientists say

BY MICHAEL MCGOUGH The latest map by the U.S. Drought Monitor brings some bad news for California: After a virtually rain-less start to February, nearly half of the state is either “abnormally dry” or at a “moderate” drought level. The monitor shows a pocket of the Central Valley and southern Sierra Nevada, from Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, […]

The biggest recycling store chain in California just closed its doors. Here’s why.

The biggest recycling store chain in California just closed its doors. Here’s why.

BY ANDREW SHEELER The largest bottle and can recycling center chain in California, rePlanet, shut its doors Monday, terminating its entire workforce and creating a massive gap in recycling availability in the state. “With the continued reduction in state fees, the depressed pricing of recycled aluminum and PET plastic, and the rise in operating costs […]

California clinics stand to lose federal funds after court lets Trump abortion rule take effect

California clinics stand to lose federal funds after court lets Trump abortion rule take effect

BY SOPHIA BOLLAG AND EMILY CADEI The Trump administration notched a legal win over California Thursday when a court ruled that the federal government could begin denying federal funding to health clinics that provide abortion referrals. The rule could affect hundreds of health clinics in California that use so-called Title X funds, which provide services ranging […]

As late-season wet weather hits Northern California, snowpack and reservoir levels soar

As late-season wet weather hits Northern California, snowpack and reservoir levels soar

BY CLAIRE MORGAN Northern California rain and snow levels have soared with record wet weather in May, leaving the Sierra with higher-than-normal snowpack levels and pushing several reservoirs toward full capacity. Downtown Sacramento already has broken record rainfall numbers in May, with more than 3.42 inches of rain this month, according to National Weather Service forecaster […]

Gavin Newsom’s California budget rises to $213 billion as projected surplus grows

Gavin Newsom’s California budget rises to $213 billion as projected surplus grows

BY SOPHIA BOLLAG Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $1 billion on programs to help the homeless in a $213 billion revised budget he released on Thursday. The updated proposal unveiled Thursday builds on the $209 billion budget the governor laid out in January. It keeps in place spending to expand health coverage for undocumented immigrants and […]

New NAFTA could force California lawmakers to choose between helping farmers or labor

New NAFTA could force California lawmakers to choose between helping farmers or labor

BY EMILY CADEI WASHINGTON  Battered by foreign tariffs for the past year, California farmers now see a ray of hope for their operations in the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement. It’s an updated version of the North American Free Trade Deal, or NAFTA, that the White House is preparing to send to Congress for ratification. But there […]

California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

By Paul Elias Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a “potentially life-threatening” blizzard. A series of storms have hit this week, and the […]

Here’s how to watch inauguration ceremony for incoming governor Gavin Newsom

Here’s how to watch inauguration ceremony for incoming governor Gavin Newsom

BY CLAIRE MORGAN Gavin Newsom is set to be sworn in Monday as California’s 40th governor in downtown Sacramento. The two days of festivities, which included events at the California Railroad Museum and a concert to benefit Camp Fire victims on Sunday, culminates with Monday’s swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol at […]

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