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Democrats Held Ground in Sacramento-Area School Board Elections

Energized by activism against COVID-19 education mandates, conservative parents all over California took aim at seats on local school boards. Some saw the makings of a GOP wave in a blue state. It didn’t happen.

(Nov. 27, 2022) → Read the full Sacramento Bee report
Citrus Heights Considers Putting Police Officers in Every School

Prompted by school shootings across the U.S., the city is studying the feasibility of putting a police officer on every public school campus in the city.

(Nov. 26, 2022) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Middleton Holds Slim Lead in Citrus Heights Council Race

The latest vote count totals released Nov. 22 show Mayor Porsche Middleton has regained a slight lead of 29 votes in the race for Citrus Heights City Council District 5.

(Nov. 26, 2022) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Drought Dramatically Shrinking California Farmland

In the fall, rice fields in the Sacramento Valley usually shine golden brown as they await harvesting. This year, however, many fields were left covered with bare dirt.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Ecosystems and Rural Communities Will Bear the Brunt of Intensifying Drought

Drought, human-caused climate change, invasive species and a “legacy” of environmental issues are permanently altering California’s landscape and placing some communities and ecosystems at increasing risk.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
California Appeals Court Axes District COVID-19 Student Vaccine Mandate

Just 67 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds and and 38 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds have had the primary two-shot COVID-19 vaccine series.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
“Potentially Transformative” Space Opens in Rancho Cordova

The Rancho Cordova Youth Center, which opened Nov. 4, is the first local center to provide a safe haven for year-round youth programs and show young people that the community cares about their success.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Sacramento News and Review report
Pandemic Impact Continues at Cal State With Fall 2022 Enrollment Decline

Overall undergraduate enrollment for the Cal State system fell once again, to 404,820 students this fall—about 17,500 fewer students than the previous year.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Work-From-Home Culture Takes Root in California

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows a large segment of Californians are working from home for part or all of the week. Researchers say the shift will ripple through the broader economy in ways big and small.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Panel Discusses Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

A discussion on the possible outcomes of the SCOTUS decision in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. the online event delved into the impact of banning the consideration of race as a factor during the college admission process.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report
10% of California Legislature Now Identifies as LGBTQ

While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Opposition by Realtors and Landlords Killed ‘Homes for Families’ Bill

A postmortem of how one of the most-anticipated housing bills in California met its demise in the State Legislature this year.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Sacramento News and Review report
Election Results: Elk Grove Unified School District

Attorney and law professor Michael Vargas will make history as the Elk Grove Unified School District’s first openly gay trustee. Vargas won the Nov. 8 election with 3,855 votes to parent Stephanie Spurlin’s 3,271. Current board members Gina Jamerson and Beth Albiani had no challengers.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Elk Grove Tribune report
Is Racism Causing Black Folks’ Brains to Age Faster?

Research published Nov. 14 in the journal JAMA Neurology shows that Black adults experience brain aging much quicker than other groups. Researchers concluded that chronic exposure to social and economic discrimination could be the cause.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report
New Law Will Provide Health Insurance Subsidies for Workers During Labor Disputes

The bill, which takes effect in July, was sponsored by the California Labor Federation, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report Finds Racial Bias in Hiring Leaders at UC, CSU and Community Colleges

A report from the College Futures Foundation says racial bias plays a role in hiring for executive-level posts at the UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
After Election Win, Bonta to Investigate Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias

California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Could These Antiviral Pills Treat Long COVID?

Stanford launches the nation’s first study of an antiviral strategy for long COVID.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
American River Conservancy Preserves Greenwood Creek Area

American River Conservancy recently announced the completed purchase of 972 acres protecting 3 miles of creek frontage and important oak woodland and forest habitat near the South Fork American River in El Dorado County. The property, Lewis Ranch, is a working cattle ranch and contains remnants of an historical homestead.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Folsom Lake College to Begin Work on Science Building

Folsom Lake College invites students, faculty and staff and members of the community to a groundbreaking event for the new science building on Nov. 30.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Citrus Heights Council District 5 Race Tied

The latest vote tally released Nov. 18 shows the race for the District 5 Citrus Heights City Council seat is now tied, with each candidate receiving the same number of votes.

(Nov. 19, 2022) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Housing Proposed for Former Retail Site in Natomas

A housing development is being proposed in place of a long-planned shopping center shelved as a result of the pandemic. New plans have been filed for a project at 2631 Del Paso Road, between Town Center and Via Ingoglia.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full The Natomas Buzz report
AAA Buys Auto Shop in Citrus Heights, Eyes Additional Properties

Walt’s Auto Service on Auburn Boulevard is under new ownership after three decades of operation.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Pelosi to Step Down as House Democratic Leader

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not seek to lead House Democrats for another term, but will remain in Congress.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Eureka Ran Its Chinese Residents Out. Now the Story Is Finally Being Told

Beauty drew Brieanne Mirjah D'Souza to Eureka.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Board Approves $23 Million Purchase for Shelter

On Nov. 15, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of a $23 million piece of real estate that will ultimately serve as the county’s third and largest, to date, Safe Stay Community.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Rio Linda Messenger report
Appeal Against Natomas Costco Turned Down

The Sacramento City Council turns down an appeal by Natomas citizen against a 160,000-square-foot Costco, citing huge demand for the Costco by the community.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Silicon Valley Business Journal report
Latest Tallies in Folsom City Council Races

With 140,000 ballots remaining to be counted, Anna Rohrbough has a 29-vote lead over Mayor Kerri Howell for District 5 seat. Incumbents Mike Kozlowski and Sarah Aquino have significant leads over their challengers.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Auburn Journal report
Supes Buy Third Stay Safe Center for $23 Million

Sacramento Board of Supervisors fights homelessness by purchasing a 129,000-square-foot warehouse as a third Stay Safe Center: room for 140 cabins inside with space for 50 RVs in the parking lot.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Rio Linda Messenger report
Democrat Malia Cohen Prevails in California State Controller Race

Democrat Malia Cohen has won the race for California controller, beating out a Republican who gave his party its best shot in years to end its losing streak in statewide elections.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report: California Likely to Have Budget Deficit

California will likely have a $25 billion budget deficit next year, state officials announced—a warning to other states about a potential recession.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report: Low Screenings, Lack of Treatment

According to a report by the American Lung Association, mixed results slate California as the worst state in the country for lung cancer treatment.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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