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Reality Bites Newsom on Climate, Health, Homelessness

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveils his revised 2024-25 budget proposal at the Capitol Annex Swing Space in Sacramento on May 10, 2024. Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters

Thousands of Californians Haven't Touched Their Middle Class Tax Refunds. Are You One of Them?

California issued 9.6 million prepaid debit cards loaded with $200 to $1,050 for taxpayers. But more than 600,000 of them haven't been activated.

California Climate Programs Would Lose Billions in Newsom’s Budget

As funds for climate change programs are cut, Democrats and environmentalists are pushing for a bond measure on the ballot to restore some funding.

Newsom Promised 1,200 Tiny Homes for Homeless Californians. A Year Later, None Have Opened

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he’d send tiny homes to San Jose, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego County. Why haven’t any materialized yet?

The Single Largest Cut in Gavin Newsom’s New Budget Hits California Health Care Providers

Gov. Gavin Newsom contends his budget maintains core health care services for Californians. Doctors and other providers are alarmed by his proposed cut to Medi-Cal, a state insurance program used by millions.

The Cost to Inform California Voters? $118,000 a Page for Official Guide

The official state voter guide comes with printing, postage and other costs. The March primary guide cost $13.2 million, with only one ballot measure. What will be the price tag for November, with many more propositions?

In Striking Before-and-After Photos, a Parched Lake Shasta Is Transformed

Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir, reached full capacity for the second consecutive year. Over the winter, officials even released excess water.

How a Worker Who Suffered a Microfracture of His Foot Ended Up With a $58-Million Payout

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury awarded a Lancaster man $58.35 million in damages after the train worker fell on the job.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block to Tell Congress 'We Should Have Been Prepared to Immediately Remove the Encampment'

Republicans investigate how pro-Palestinian protests and an encampment on campus were handled after videos show some activists preventing passage of students deemed to be Zionist.

Ex-Metro Security Chief Says Police Patrols Were So Lax, They Didn't Notice a Dead Man at Station

Metro is slated to spend $195 million on law enforcement this fiscal year. The former head of Metro security says taxpayers are not getting their money's worth.

Good News for Desert Tortoises: Stretch of Mojave Desert Gets Federal Protections

A 3.5-million-acre swath of Mojave Desert, between Ridgecrest and the Morongo Basin, has been named a sentinel landscape, a federally led effort to promote sustainable land-use near military installations.

Traveling for Memorial Day? Expect 3 Million on the Road and Gas Over $5 a Gallon

Gas prices are high, but that isn't stopping Southern Californians from hitting the road Memorial Day weekend. Here's what you can do to save money at the pump.

'A Really Scary Feeling': Private Security Firm Accused of Using Force Against UCLA Protesters

Witnesses accused guards from Apex Security Group of acting aggressively at UCLA in recent weeks, including one incident where a student protester was punched in the face.

California Could Boot Thousands of Immigrants From Program That Aids the Elderly and Disabled

As budget cuts squeeze the state, California could yank assistance from undocumented immigrants who are elderly, blind or otherwise disabled who have relied on a state program.

California Dreams End in Nightmare for Woman Charged in Violent Wrong-Way 405 Freeway Crash

The Los Angeles County district attorney brought 16 charges against a Missouri mother of four who had recently taken up residence in a van in Venice.

Get Ready, Fliers: Memorial Day Weekend Will Kick Off a Humming Summer at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport officials expect an increase in daily passengers until the end of the month, with more than a million total between Thursday and Monday.

Newsom Turns to Suburban Moms to Bankroll Arizona Abortion Plan

Red Wine & Blue, a political grassroots organization focused on suburban women, is funding a plan to expand abortion access

Clues From Bird Flu’s Ground Zero on Dairy Farms in the Texas Panhandle

In early February, dairy farmers in the Texas Panhandle began to notice sick cattle. The buzz soon reached Darren Turley, executive director of the Texas Association of Dairymen: "They said there is something moving from herd to herd."

Clues From Bird Flu’s Ground Zero on Dairy Farms in the Texas Panhandle

In early February, dairy farmers in the Texas Panhandle began to notice sick cattle. The buzz soon reached Darren Turley, executive director of the Texas Association of Dairymen: "They said there is something moving from herd to herd."

Los Angeles County Launches Ambitious Plan to Tackle Medical Debt. Hospitals Groan.

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has launched one of the most ambitious efforts in the nation to tackle medical debt, targeting hospitals for their role in feeding a $2.9 billion problem.

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