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California Fails to Track Its Homelessness Spending or Results, a New Audit Says


There’s so little data available, it’s impossible to even tell if several of California’s largest homelessness programs are working, according to a statewide audit released Tuesday.

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.

These Californians Just Got Protection From Big Rent Hikes


Tenants in many new privately owned, low-income units will be protected from double-digit increases. So will some in existing units, after a state committee on affordable housing imposed a rent cap.

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.

Homeless Infants and Toddlers Largely Unenrolled in Early Ed Programs


Evictions have exacerbated homelessness nationwide, increasing the rate of homeless infants and toddlers. Most of those children are not enrolled in early education programs.

Your Doctor or Your Insurer? Little-Known Rules May Ease the Choice in Medicare Advantage


Disputes between insurers and providers can lead to entire hospital systems suddenly leaving the plans.

Elk Grove Unified Schools Considers Bond Measure


Elk Grove Unified School District trustees are exploring whether and how to put a $600M bond measure on the November ballot to finance the repair and building of new facilities in the district.

South Natomas Library to Close Temporarily


According to an email sent to library patrons and posts on social media, the library will be closed March 30-April 12.

California Unlikely to Meet Landmark Goals for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions


California will miss its goals unless it can increase emission reductions threefold, according to a new study.

Border Patrol Is Dropping Off Hundreds of Migrants at San Diego Trolley Station


“Street releases” have resumed after the nonprofit that operated a migrant welcome center announced its “finite resources have been stretched to the limit.”

With State Approval, Rancho Palos Verdes to Fast-Track Landslide Mitigation


State officials determined that Rancho Palos Verdes can utilize an already-established state of emergency to expedite landslide stabilization efforts as the crisis escalates.

San Francisco Is Ready to Apologize to Black Residents. Reparations Advocates Want More


“An apology is just cotton candy rhetoric,” said the Rev. Amos C. Brown, a member of the San Francisco reparations advisory committee. “What we need is concrete actions.”

California’s Polluted Communities Could Miss Out on Billions Under Flawed System


The state’s environmental tool skews which communities are designated as disadvantaged, researchers say. Some immigrant neighborhoods could be left out, while other groups are overrepresented.

Interactive Map Shows Cleanup Efforts in Citrus Heights


One of the city’s newest mapping tools for tracking beautification and cleanup efforts around Citrus Heights is available for the public to view on the city's website.

Citrus Heights Eyes Changing Standard Days for Council Meetings


During the Citrus Heights City Council’s meeting earlier this month, a proposal was brought forward to get public input on potentially changing the city’s traditional Thursday nights for council meetings.

Conservation Groups Initiate Legal Action Against Feds for Failing to Protect Wolves


Ten conservation groups filed an intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to list western wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

How a City Is Organized Can Create Less-Biased Citizens


A study in the latest issue of Nature Communications helps explain why there is more unconscious, or implicit, racial bias in some cities than others.

Citrus Heights Eyes Improving Appearance of Sound Walls


The Citrus Heights City Council will consider awarding a contract to move forward on a “Sound Wall Beautification Project,” using up to $155,000 in federal pandemic recovery funds.

Galt Council to Decide on Interim City Manager


The Galt City Council will consider appointing Chris Erias as interim city manager during its Feb. 20 meeting, the city announced.

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?

L.A. Is Being ‘Stripped for Parts.’ Here’s What the City Council Wants to Do About It


Among growing concern over copper wire thefts, L.A. City Councilmembers Kevin de León and Traci Park proposed a task force anchored by the LAPD.

California Becomes First State to Break Down Black Employee Data by Ethnicity


Applicants now have the option to check boxes under Black or African American that declare whether or not they are a descendent of persons who were enslaved in the United States.

A Guide to License Plates


The numbers and letters on your car can reveal more than you think.

Will $20 Minimum Wage Crush Fast Food in California?


Fast food lives in a consumer sweet spot: demand, convenience and relative affordability. And this pay hike—equal to minimum wage increases during the past five years—will create grand economic unknowns.

How California Budget Rules Can Prevent Saving for a Rainy Day—and Why Newsom Wants to Change That


The swing from a $100 billion surplus to a deficit somewhere between $38 and $68 billion in just two years illustrates the volatility of California’s tax system.

California Court Ruling Could Threaten Key Source of Funding for Disputed Delta Water Tunnel Project


A California judge says a nearly 65-year-old law does not give the state permission to borrow the billions of dollars it would need to build a large water project.

It’s All Business at Black Caucus’ Annual MLK Breakfast


Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus, local officials and supporters convened Jan. 11 for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Sacramento.

Newsom Blocks Proposed Ban on Youth Tackle Football


Proposed California legislation that would ban tackle football for kids under 12 had gained momentum until Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear he’d veto the bill.

Despite Deficit, Newsom’s Budget Guarantees Funding for Essential Programs


Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a $291 billion spending plan to the California Legislature that avoids making cuts to critical expenditures in education, public safety, mental health care reform, and other issues that are priorities.

Program to Clear Encampments Shows Signs of Success, But Housing Remains Elusive


A multi-year, $750 million California program aimed at doing away with homeless encampments has had mixed results. Local leaders say ongoing funding is needed.

Fourth Graders Might Lose Free Access to California State Parks


California’s projected budget deficit of close to $38 billion likely means some cuts are coming. Among them, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed ending the California State Park Adventure Pass, which offers free access to some state parks for fourth graders.

LAPD Chief Announces Departure at End of February


Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, announced he will resign. The departure of Moore, who has been in the job since 2018, will spur the appointment of an interim chief and a nationwide search for his replacement, according to Mayor Karen Bass.

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