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City of Sacramento to activate weather-respite center Nov. 30
With the National Weather Service forecasting cold nighttime temperatures, the City of Sacramento is activating weather-respite operations at its Outreach and Engagement Center (3615 Auburn Blvd.)...
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From Capital & Main...
Right-Wing Takeover of SoCal School Board Stirs Angst
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 board’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
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.
From Los Angeles Times...
Express Lanes Open on Interstate 405
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.
From The Mercury News...
Stolen Blue Shield of California Data Could Hit Dark Web
Hackers stole data this week from Blue Shield of California. Historically, this type of data has sometimes wound up for sale on what’s known as the dark web, the part of the internet not typically included in search engine results.
From Sacramento Bee...
California Congressional Reps Overwhelmingly Vote to Expel Santos
Forty-eight of California’s 52 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of expelling George Santos. Of the other four members, all Republicans, Kevin McCarthy didn’t vote while three opposed Santos’ expulsion.
Science Points to ‘Climate Collapse’ as UN Chief Calls for Action
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 “deep trouble,” UN chief António Guterres said.
Utility Increases Loom for 16 Million California Households
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.
From Voice of San Diego...
San Diego County Might Wait on Implementing Conservatorship Rules
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
The Nov. 30 debate between governors Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis could be a win-win for both. DeSantis’s flagging presidential campaign could get a boost, while Newsom could increase his standing in Democratic circles.
2023 Shatters Records
2023 has broken climate records, accompanied by extreme weather which has left a trail of devastation, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
From Inside Climate News...
Monterey Farmers Try Novel Approach to Replenish Groundwater
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
California’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
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
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
An analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy found that with expected technology advances, the Salton Sea region’s total lithium resources could produce more than 3,400 kilotons of lithium, enough to support over 375 million batteries for electric vehicles—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
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 that’s been brewing since the summer.
Will Kids Still Take Their Medicine? New State Law Forces Pharmacies to Take Out the Flavor
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.
From New York Times...
More Migrants Getting Hurt Climbing Border Wall in California
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 ‘Apartment Buildings’
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
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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