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Right-Wing Takeover of SoCal School Board Stirs Angst

12/01/2023

Students and teachers alike are decrying the actions of the Temecula Valley Unified School District board, which became conservative in majority following the recent elections of three members. The boardā€™s actions include banning critical race theory and mandating parental notification if their child is transgender.

Biden and Xi Leave Messages in Bay Area Mansion Guestbook

12/01/2023

One sign that a meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping might have gone well: Each left handwritten messages in the guestbook where the meeting was held near San Francisco. Jinping reportedly leaves these kinds of messages only on rare occasions.

Express Lanes Open on Interstate 405

12/01/2023

The Orange County Transportation Authority announced that work has been completed for express lanes along 16 miles of Interstate 405. The lanes, which were part of a $2.16 billion improvement project, span from Costa Mesa to the Los Angeles County line.

Stolen Blue Shield of California Data Could Hit Dark Web

12/01/2023

Hackers stole data this week from Blue Shield of California. Historically, this type of data has sometimes wound up for sale on whatā€™s known as the dark web, the part of the internet not typically included in search engine results.

California Congressional Reps Overwhelmingly Vote to Expel Santos

12/01/2023

Forty-eight of Californiaā€™s 52 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of expelling George Santos. Of the other four members, all Republicans, Kevin McCarthy didnā€™t vote while three opposed Santosā€™ expulsion.

Science Points to ā€˜Climate Collapseā€™ as UN Chief Calls for Action

11/30/2023

The world is heating up at an unprecedented pace, new climate data shows, and leaders gathered for the COP28 conference in Dubai must get us out of ā€œdeep trouble,ā€ UN chief AntĆ³nio Guterres said.

Utility Increases Loom for 16 Million California Households

11/30/2023

Utility giant PG&E is set to raise its rates an average of 13% on Jan. 1. That equals an extra $32.50 a month, or $390 for the year.

San Diego County Might Wait on Implementing Conservatorship Rules

11/30/2023

A member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has asked that the county wait until 2025 to implement pending state policy around conservatorships. The policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1, makes people suffering from severe addiction eligible to receive conservatorships.

Newsom-DeSantis Debate Could Benefit Each Man

11/30/2023

The Nov. 30 debate between governors Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis could be a win-win for both. DeSantisā€™s flagging presidential campaign could get a boost, while Newsom could increase his standing in Democratic circles.

2023 Shatters Records

11/29/2023

2023 has broken climate records, accompanied by extreme weather which has left a trail of devastation, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Monterey Farmers Try Novel Approach to Replenish Groundwater

11/29/2023

Water managers in Pajaro Valley are paying farmers for water they get back into the ground. The move comes as California has grappled with water shortages in recent years.

Retailers Boost Pay Ahead of California Minimum Wage Increase

11/29/2023

Californiaā€™s minimum hourly wage will rise from $15.50 to $16 on Jan. 1. Ahead of this, retailers like Costco and Target have raised their minimum pay in recent years.

Sewage Spill Closes Southern California Beach

11/29/2023

Two miles of public beach were closed in Laguna Beach following a spill of 94,500 gallons of sewage. Orange County is testing water to determine when the beach will be safe to reopen.

With DACA Eligibility for Undocumented Students Dwindling, California Colleges Struggle to Find New Ways to Help

11/29/2023

Most undocumented college students in California are not eligible for DACA anymore, creating new dilemmas for students and colleges around employment, financial aid and the threat of deportation.

DOE Analysis Confirms Salton Sea Is a Rich Domestic Lithium Resource

11/28/2023

An analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy found that with expected technology advances, the Salton Sea regionā€™s total lithium resources could produce more than 3,400 kilotons of lithium, enough to support over 375 million batteries for electric vehiclesā€”more than the total number currently on U.S. roads.

California vs. Florida: Need-to-Know Facts About the Rival States Ahead of Newsom-DeSantis Showdown

11/28/2023

Political wonks in California, Florida and maybe a few states in between, will be glued to their screens Thursday night to watch Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Ron Desantis square off in a highly-anticipated Blue vs. Red State debate thatā€™s been brewing since the summer.

Will Kids Still Take Their Medicine? New State Law Forces Pharmacies to Take Out the Flavor

11/28/2023

Parents say flavored medication can help ensure their kids finish a prescription. Far fewer California pharmacies are offering that service as they await new rules from a state regulator.

More Migrants Getting Hurt Climbing Border Wall in California

11/27/2023

Seven times as many patients have been admitted to the trauma unit at UC San Diego Health since the Trump administration raised the height of the border wall to 30 feet in California. The hospital also notes that 23 people have died in falls from the wall since 2019.

How San Diego Hacked State Housing Law to Build ADU ā€˜Apartment Buildingsā€™

11/27/2023

A 2021 state law has radically changed the housing equation in San Diego. Advocates, developers, and policymakers are split on whether it should be exported to other jurisdictions.

USC Grad Students Avoid Strike After Reaching Deal with University

11/27/2023

A graduate student workers union and the University of Southern California have agreed to a three-year labor contract that averts a looming strike. The deal calls for pay increases each of the three years.

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