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Newsom Changes Course, Signs Landmark Farmworker Union Bill

Two days before the Sept. 30 deadline, after vetoing a similar bill last year and resisting months of marches, vigils and posturing, including a note from President Biden, Newsom changed his mind on a farmworker labor bill.


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Reactions to Policy Decisions Surround Three Top CA Officials

Attorney General Rob Bona, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Superintentendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond are caught in new whirlwinds of controversy.


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California Headed for Another Drought Year, Forecasters Say

The Golden State’s extreme drought, exacerbated by warming temperatures and increasingly unpredictable precipitation patterns, is expected to continue into the new year.


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California Now Has Strongest Abortion Protections in the U.S.

As other states restrict or ban abortions, the California laws aim to improve access and protect patients and clinicians. They will also expand services to accommodate an expected influx from other states.


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Security Guard at San Jose Public Charter High School Accused of Sexual Assault of Female Student

A parent of the student at Kipp Navigate College Prep on Sept. 20 reported to San José police that she had located messages from an adult male on her daughter's phone.


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Newsom Signs Bill Toughening Nursing Home License Rules, Advocates Say It’s Not Enough

The new law addresses serious problems with nursing home licensing in California, but some elder care advocates say it misses a chance to protect residents and consumers.


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Mayor Liccardo Met Challenges of His First Term, Wrestled with Pandemic in His Second

Sam Liccardo inherited a dire situation. He worked tirelessly throughout the first half of his administration to right the ship. Thanks to those efforts, the next mayor will have a much better chance at success.


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State’s Newest Housing Law Abolishes Some Parking Mandates

The new law prevents cities from requiring new developments near public transit to set aside space specifically for parking.


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Gilroy City Council to Consider Asking Armendariz to Resign if Recall Is on Ballot

An investigation concluded that Armendariz violated several city ordinances when she helped organize a 2021 Halloween party at her residence in which two people were shot and killed and two others were injured.


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New Charges Filed in 1983 Cold Case Murder Against Suspect Serving Life Sentence

This is the second time Holland has been charged with Marowki’s murder. Santa Clara prosecutors were forced to drop the case in 2015 when a judge legally separated it from the slaying of 17-year-old Cynthia Munoz. Both women were murdered …


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Newsom Announces $1.1 Billion in Federal Small Business Support Coming to California

The U.S. Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative will increase small business owners’ access to capital, cover upwards of 80% of loans.


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California’s Propositions: When Industry Takes Its Beef to the Ballot

As Democratic control over the Legislature has become even more dominant, aggrieved businesses are creating their own ballot measures.


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California Ballot Measures: What You Need to Know

This November, voters will be asked to consider seven thorny policy proposals, from abortion to zero emission vehicles.


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Former Broadcom Engineer Sentenced To Eight Months In Prison For Theft Of Trade Secrets

Peter Kim, of Ben Lomond, stole trade secrets before he left the San Jose tech company, then used them while working at Chinese startup.


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Downtown Association Was Established Before “Founding Leader” Scott Knies Arrived

When Scott Knies joined SJDA, it was already incorporated, Business Improvement District consultants had already been engaged, city funding had been approved, a dozen board meetings had been held and a diverse 23-member board representing the business community was hard …


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Mission College Agrees to Pay $7.6M to Student Who Accused Instructor of Sexual Assault

Raymond Ruiz was fired from his position as an instructor in the college's Students with Developmental Disabilities program after the sexual assault allegations surfaced in 2020, and remains in custody awaiting trial on criminal charges.


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Santa Clara County Libraries Are Among Best Funded in California

Vast disparities in California's libraries mirror the state's yawning equity gaps: The state's most underfunded libraries are found in counties with high poverty and those with the lowest percentage of people over age 25 with a bachelor's degree, according to …


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Newsom Identifies New State-owned Sites Where Affordable Housing Can Be Built

The governor also signed six climate bills into law, including one that keeps the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to stay open until 2030.


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Cal State Says It Can’t Afford Staff Wage Increase Awaiting Newsom’s Signature

A last-minute bill would force Cal State to give non-faculty staff raises, costing the system almost $900 million over 10 years — money the system says it doesn’t have. Cal State may be forced to cut programs at San Jose …


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Errors in Statewide Data System Could Be Costly for Local School Districts

California’s education department updated its statewide data system in the spring but the rollout resulted in thousands of errors. Key information about special education students and other high-needs groups was missing or miscalculated.