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Gavin Newsom Signs Law Boosting Minimum Wage to $20 for Fast-food Workers

More than half a million fast-food workers, mostly minorities and women, will earn higher minimum wage, but some say that’s not a living wage.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dies at 90

The California Democrat, the oldest member of Congress, had suffered a precipitous decline in health in recent months.

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California Gunmakers Fear Impact of New Taxes on Sales

Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed a tax on firearms and ammunition, among other new gun control laws. California’s remaining gun manufacturers wonder if they have a future.

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Cal Fire training program aims to increase defensible space efforts

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recently established a statewide program to allow qualified applicants to support Cal Fire in its defensible space and home hardening assessment and education efforts, says a press release from the California Department of …

A Visit with Senator John Laird

Fresh off the recent legislative session in Sacramento, Senator John Laird answers listener questions and talks about a range of issues concerning local residents, from fire insurance to climate change and more.

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Gov. Newsom approves $17M for dam safety funding

CENTRAL COAST — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 104 that includes providing $17 million of funding for dam safety projects at Nacimiento and San Antonio reservoirs, which are owned and operated by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. …

Image caption: Voters will decide whether to spend funds previously earmarked for mental health care on housing of the homeless.
Newsom’s Mental Health Plan Heads to Voters. What Does it Say?

California collects a special tax on high incomes to fund mental health services. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change how the money is spent so a share of it can be used to fund housing for homeless people with mental …

Sustainability Now! Sunday, September 17th: Why are some people so up in arms about CEQA? with Professor Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law School

Why are some people so up in arms about CEQA? with Professor Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law School What do you know about CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970 and signed into law by then-Governor Ronald Reagan? For …

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The State Water Board seeks to weaken regulation on fertilizer application. Lives are at risk.

In 2021, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board issued an order, after years of public hearings and review, calling for a limitation on runoff from agricultural fields.

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Rivas authors bill to speed up Pajaro levee rebuild

California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas on Tuesday introduced legislation intended to speed up the $400 million rebuild of the Pajaro River Levee. Assembly Bill 876 would expedite the work by exempting certain aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). …

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New Bill Would Expedite Levee Repairs

If passed, construction to upgrade the Pajaro levee could begin as early as next year

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Watsonville Hospital to get financial help

Watsonville Community Hospital is one of 17 medical facilities in California that will receive immediate multimillion-dollar financial assistance in the form of zero-interest loans from the State of California. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the $300 million Distressed Hospital …

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State Education Department’s Strict Control over Data Challenged by Stanford Prof

The California Attorney General's Office defended the department's position in a brief it filed in the case last week.

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Scotts Valley leaders map potential housing projects

Hundreds of new homes slated for Town Center, Scotts Valley Drive.

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An apple a day: Food can be medicine for low-income Californians under health care plans

An innovative program for Medi-Cal patients demonstrates food, when prescribed, can change health outcomes. Why did the state Assembly derail it? By George B. Sánchez-Tello,...

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Robert Rivas sworn in as State Assembly Speaker

Robert Rivas was sworn in as the 71st Speaker of the California State Assembly during a special session Friday at the Capitol. “California is still the greatest state in the union,” Rivas, a Hollister Democrat who represents the 29th Assembly …

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As workplaces become more violent, California calls for stricter protections

Industry opposes a legislative bill to enact protections, but could support less stringent proposed Cal/OSHA safety requirements. By Dan Ross, Capital & Main This story...

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Caste Action

State Senator Aisha Wahab of District 10 is confident her bill to end caste discrimination will fare well in the State Assembly before the summer recess begins pending budget approval on July 14. Co-authored with Assemblymember Jasmeet Bains, the bill …

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California Forest Resilience Task Force Holds Forum on Wildfire Management

The all-day seminar featured California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and other experts.