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Joby Aviation Advances With FAA Authorization

06/21/2024

On June 20, Joby Aviation announced it had received FAA authorization to use its ElevateOS software for air taxi services.

YIMBYs Endorse California Forever

06/20/2024

On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

California Forever Ballot Measure Qualifies for Solano Ballot

06/11/2024

On June 11, Solano County elections officials announced the verification of necessary signatures for the California Forever sponsored initiative to amend the county General Plan to be on the November ballot.

The Future for California Workers Is Apprenticeships

06/06/2024

A panel of labor experts at the CalMatters Ideas Festival say California workers should have more access to more apprenticeships that pay more. Barriers still exist, especially for women and low-income Californians.

Big Sur Is Back

06/06/2024

Photos spotlight the beauty of the Big Sur community.

California Wants to Be Carbon-Neutral by 2045. What Does That Mean for Its Big Economic Drivers?

05/27/2024

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, flew more 6,000 miles to Rome this month to deliver a brief speech on climate change at a Vatican-sponsored conference.

Phil Opens Castroville Fishmarket

05/17/2024

Phil DiGirolamo has finally opened the fish market part of his eponymous Phil's Fish Market and Eatery in Castroville.

California’s Lagging Economy Hinders Efforts to Close State Budget Deficit

05/16/2024

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that’s plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can’t count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

A Look at the New Home2 Suites in Marina

05/11/2024

An introduction to Harvey Dadwal and his new hotel in Marina on the former Fort Ord Army base.

Joby Testing and Production Advances

05/07/2024

At a ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of its Marina manufacturing facility, Joby announced the successful flight testing of of its pre-production prototype all-electric air taxi.

How Congress Is Letting Die an Internet Connectivity Lifeline for Millions

05/04/2024

More than half of the U.S. House supports a bill to extend the funds, but it can’t get out of committee.

California's Population Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2020

04/29/2024

During the much-ballyhooed “California exodus” amid the pandemic, remote workers moved to other states where they could live for a fraction of the cost compared to cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Who Killed CA Utility Bill Legislation?

04/26/2024

A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

A Plan to Change Your Utility Rates Is Dividing California Environmentalists. Here’s Why

04/18/2024

The California Public Utilities Commission will consider on May 9 a new proposal that would change how Californians pay for electricity.

PG&E Hit With $225-Million Lawsuit for 2021 Dixie Fire Damages

04/14/2024

A coalition of timber businesses filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the embattled Pacific Gas & Electric Co., alleging $225 million in damages caused by the 2021 Dixie Fire.

California Requires New Homes to Have Solar Panels. Should Wildfire Victims Get a Break?

04/11/2024

A California Republican’s bill would exempt low and middle income wildfire victims from solar panels requirements on rebuilt homes that didn’t have them when they burned down.

Carmel Chamber of Commerce Names New Executive Director

04/11/2024

The Carmel Chamber of Commerce announced Kati Enea has been appointed as the new executive director.

Business Groups and Lawmakers Battle Over Ballot Measure to Limit California Tax Increases

04/08/2024

Anti-tax groups in California have qualified a measure for the November ballot that would make raising state and local taxes much more difficult. It’s a showdown that’s been building for nearly five decades.

CA Budget Deal Gets Early Start on Deficit

04/05/2024

Not filling open positions in state government, cutting a school facilities program and several climate initiatives, delaying funding for public transit — these are some of the first steps that California officials plan to take to deal with a looming multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

Salmon Populations Are Struggling, Bringing Economic Woes for California's Fishing Fleet

03/30/2024

Captains of fishing boats on the California coast are bracing for salmon fishing to be severely restricted — or possibly canceled for a second year.

CA Fast Food Workers Get Higher Wages, but Which Ones?

03/29/2024

According to emails obtained by CalMatters Capitol reporter Jeanne Kuang in response to a public records request, a range of employers have been trying to figure out if they must pay $20 ever since the law was signed late last September.

Dungeness Crab Season to End Early

03/28/2024

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials ordered an April 8 close to the commercial season to citing the risk of fishing gear entanglement by migrating humpback whales.

Laguna Seca Raceway Lawsuit Settled

03/22/2024

The Highway 68 Coalition suit against the County of Monterey over operation of the Laguna Seca Raceway has been settled.

Joby Delivers on U.S. Air Force Contract

03/19/2024

Joby Aviation announced it will be delivering the second and third of three aircraft produced at its Pilot Production Line in Marina as part of a contract with the U.S. Air Force.

Joby Acquires Ohio Manufacturing Facility

03/12/2024

Joby Aviation purchased a factory in Ohio for the manufacture of parts for the company's assembly line in Marina.

Californians Face Higher Costs for Goods and Services Than Before the Pandemic Despite Inflation Slowing

03/05/2024

The consumer price index shows services are mostly responsible for persistent inflation, but prices for food and other goods in California remain high.

Monterey County Business Council Awarded Contract to Manage SBA Development Centers

03/05/2024

The Business Council takes over management of the Monterey and San Benito Small Business Administration Centers from previous contract holder Cal Coastal on April 1.

California’s Fast Food Workers are Getting a Raise. But the Labor-Industry Truce is Fraying

03/03/2024

Republicans want to scrap the law, accusing Gov. Gavin Newsom of corruption in dealings with a Panera Bread franchisee who is a major campaign donor. McDonald’s franchisees are funding a committee that is attacking Democrats who supported the law and are seeking local office in the primary.

Waymo Approved to Start Robotaxi Service in Los Angeles and San Mateo Counties.

03/01/2024

On March 1, the California Public Utilities Commission gave approval for driverless taxi company Waymo to expand service into Los Angeles and San Mateo counties.

Joby Aviation Advances Closer to FAA Certification

02/27/2024

Joby Aviation completed three of five stages of the Federal Aviation Administration process in its quest to produce the first certified all-electric commercial aircraft.

CSU Student Assistants Win Union Vote

02/23/2024

California State University students have officially created the largest undergraduate student union in United States history. The union vote passed with 97% of CSU students workers voting yes.

The Inland Empire’s Once-Unstoppable Warehousing Industry Falls Into a Slump

02/20/2024

Logistics has been an economic lifeline for the Inland Empire for decades. Now that the industry is hitting a downturn, the region is feeling the pain.

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