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


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?


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.

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


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


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


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?


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.

Tahoe/Truckee Workers Living Out of Cars


An introduction to locals living out of their vehicles and examples of municipal "safe parking programs."

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


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

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


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.


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.

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


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.

Why Adopting Sports Gambling in California Has to Involve Tribes


When and if California legalizes sports gambling, the policy should honor the laws established in partnership with tribes decades ago, says Assemblyman James Ramos.

California Tightens Rules on Worker Exposure to Poisonous Lead


For the first time in decades, California is tightening its rules on workplace exposure to lead, a poisonous metal that can wreak havoc throughout the body.

❤️ Top 10 Reasons We Love Roseville


Over the years of chatting up residents, business owners and public officials, Roseville Today discovered a string of common threads that bind us into a community.

Cargo Traffic Jumped at L.A. and Long Beach Ports in January


The San Pedro ports had a busy January as they rebounded from last year’s labor troubles and picked up cargo redirected because of Suez and Panama canal troubles.

Robocalls, Ringless Voicemails and AI: Real Estate Enters the Age of Automation


As agents hunt for business in Southern California's slow real estate market, some are trying out new ways of tracking down leads. Others are quitting the industry.

New Eligibility Rules Mean Nearly 2 Million on Medi-Cal Can Now Save for a Rainy Day


Nearly 2 million Medi-Cal enrollees can now accumulate savings and property without limitations and still qualify for the state's health insurance program for low-income residents.

How Much Can Your Rent Go Up in California? Check This Website


California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced consumer tools to help tenants and landlords understand how much rent can rise under a state law.

If Done Correctly, Californians Can Save on Utility Bills by Creating Income-Based Charges


California’s utility regulators are exploring energy bill reforms that would structure charges based on household income. If done correctly, the change shift the cost for maintaining the grid to higher earners who can afford it.

An Initiative Promised 20,000 Homes for Mentally Ill Californians. It Delivered Far Less


California voters this spring are considering a $6.4 billion bond to house people with serious mental health conditions. A similar 2018 ballot measure offers lessons about the obstacles that stand in the way of construction.

Strategic, Sustainable Residencies Can Help Solve the Teacher Shortage


If educator candidates are paid a living wage and receive plenty of support, they are more likely to remain in the profession.

Darrell Steinberg: Return of State Workers Helps, But Sacramento’s Transformation is Well Underway


Downtown Sacramento faces many challenges, but the growing number of small businesses, hotels, homes and other major developments signal its transformation, says the city’s mayor.

Is Housing Health Care? State Medicaid Programs Increasingly Say ‘Yes’


States are plowing billions of dollars into a high-stakes health care experiment that’s exploding around the country: using scarce public health insurance money to provide housing for the poorest and sickest Americans.

CSU Plans to Expand Student Grants to Cover Full Tuition and Living Expenses


The financial aid expansion is aimed at making good on a pledge last fall when trustees approve a tuition hike.

Advice From Former Superintendents on Retaining Those Still on the Job


Five former California superintendents shared potential solutions for reducing the increasing turnover rate in their profession.

Should State Government Jobs Require a College Degree? Why California Is Rethinking Its Rules


California is removing degree requirements from jobs, but state leaders differ about the right approach.

Will More Outdoor Drinking Give CA Economy a Buzz?


State Sen. Scott Wiener wants to allow California cities and counties to designate “entertainment zones” where bars and restaurants could serve alcoholic drinks that people can consume on public streets and sidewalks.

California Gave Fast Food Workers a Seat at the Table. What Comes Next?


A first-in-the-nation council will set work rules in the state’s fast food industry, but can labor and business agree?

Disneyland’s New Vision Includes Up to $2.5-billion Investment and Plan to Take Over City Streets


Disneyland’s plan to reimagine the theme park into a more “immersive” experience may require up to $2.5 billion and a plan to privatize some Anaheim streets.

Collapse of California’s News Industry Is So Severe It’ll Require Taxpayer Support to Rebuild


A combination of tax credits, revenue sharing and coupons could bring stability, writes Steven Waldman, president of Rebuild Local News.

Education Department Says It Will Fix Its $1.8 Billion FAFSA Mistake


Families have a lot of questions right now about how much help they’ll get paying for college—questions that financial aid offices can’t yet answer.

Invasive Flies Are Inching Closer Toward Ruining California’s Economy


For months, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has been waging war on the oriental fruit fly, a voracious pest that can attack hundreds of types of fruits and vegetables.

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