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CA November Ballot Is Set, Finally


California lawmakers met into the night on July 3 to finish the November ballot before heading off on summer vacation until Aug. 5.

Gavin Newsom Says Never Mind on CA Crime Measure


Assemblymember James Gallagher speaks during the floor session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on June 13, 2024. Photo by Cristian Gonzalez for CalMatters

California Now Has Mandatory Water Conservation in Urban Areas: How Will the New Rules Affect Your Supplier?


The measures are substantially weaker than a previous proposal after an onslaught of criticism. But they will still save enough water through 2050 to supply the state’s entire population for a year, at a cost of $4.7 billion.

‘Nothing Will Be Protected’ — Why California Environmentalists Oppose a ‘Green’ Energy Bill


Nearly every major environmental group in California opposes a bill that would modify the state’s signature environmental law to speed up upgrades to power lines. Supporters say it would help free the state from fossil fuels and make the grid more reliable, but opponents fear it would damage state parks.

Does a Proposed $10 Billion Bond Favor Richer California School Districts?


Small and low-income school officials say the bond measure deal is unfair. The money is allocated through matching grants, so wealthier districts that can raise more local funds will get more money from the state.

Supreme Court Gives Cities in California and Beyond More Power to Crack Down on Homeless Camps


The ruling by the conservative court majority means cities no longer are prohibited from punishing homeless people for camping if they have nowhere else to go.

SCOTUS Rules Cities Can Ban Homeless Camps


The Supreme Court 6-3 ruling in the City of Grants Pass v. Johnson case found that the fining and arresting of homeless people does not violate Eighth Amendment rights.

Who Are the Wealthiest California Legislators? Good Question.


The total stock portfolio of the Legislature was worth as much as $112 million last year but experts say the public should know more about a politician’s total wealth.

California’s Debate Over Coastal Zone Reforms Has Created a False Choice Between Homes and Protections


A push to bolster housing production in California's coastal communities in recent years has led to heated battles over potential state reforms. Below, a veteran elected official believes the debate has created a false choice between housing and protections. The opposing view: A former attorney for the Coastal Commission says the state Coastal Act has failed to deliver on what it envisioned.

Drinking Water of Almost a Million Californians Failed to Meet State Requirements


Almost 400 suppliers, two-thirds in communities of color, don’t meet safety and reliability standards. Fixing them would cost billions.

‘Total System Breakdown’: California Firefighters With PTSD Face a Workers’ Comp Nightmare


Even when suicidal, California firefighters struggle to find medical help and navigate the workers’ comp morass to pay for it.

What You Need to Know About the California Budget Deal


Gov. Newsom and legislative leaders announce an agreement to bridge the state budget deficit by dipping into reserves and reducing some spending. The deal also calls for a bill in August to set aside more money and a 2026 constitutional amendment to grow the state’s rainy day fund.

90,000 Acres Burned So Far


Before the first official day of summer, almost 90,000 acres have been burned in California wildfires.

Still Need Your Landline? California Regulators Just Stopped AT&T From Pulling the Plug


The California Public Utilities Commission rejected the telecom’s bid to stop providing service in many parts of the state.

YIMBYs Endorse California Forever


On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

Environmental Groups Appeal Sites Reservoir Ruling


A new round of litigation began when environmental groups opposed to the Sites reservoir in Colusa County filed an appeal on a ruling which dismissed their suit seeking to halt the project from proceeding.

In Rain, Snow and Drought, California’s Fights Over Water Rights, Supplies Persist


Legal rights to use water — particularly those obtained prior to 1914 — lie at the heart of California’s perpetual wrangling over the allocation of increasingly limited water supplies.

Active Fire Season Forecasted


With multiple fires already burning in the state, forecasters predict the coming fire season will be "very active."

These Cities Have a New Tactic to Evade California Housing Laws. Legal Experts Are Dubious


A recent court ruling exempted five charter cities from a controversial housing law. That’s given anti-density advocates across California an idea.

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