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Tracy and Kyle May: Entrepreneurs Glowing with Delight
The Christmas season is special, and many families take this time of year to pull out the stops decorating and getting into the holiday spirit. Lights are always a must, especially ornamenting the...
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Remodeled Turner Road/Highway 99 Interchange Opens Dec. 14
It took a full decade, but a project aimed at improving traffic flow and safety near Highway 99 is officially complete.
Galt Officials Sending a Clean Message
A ban on plastic bags at the Galt Flea Market won’t be implemented yet, but city staff will begin an educational campaign encouraging both patrons and vendors to clean up after themselves.
From New York Times...
Plan to Eliminate Catalina’s Deer Infuriates Locals
Conservationists intend to shoot all of the deer on Santa Catalina Island by helicopter. Some people are opposed, either for not wanting to eliminate the deer or for missing out on future chances to hunt them.
At-Home COVID Tests Can Be Reimbursable in California
Although the federal government is providing four free COVID tests per month, that’s not the only way to get them. Aetna and Blue Shield of California members can be reimbursed for up to eight at-home tests per month, while Kaiser Permanente is offering discounts on tests.
From Sacramento Bee...
Thousands of Migrant Farmworker Apartments Sit Vacant for Months
Even though California is facing a crippling housing shortage, one potential source remains untapped. The state allows thousands of apartments used for part of the year by farmworkers to otherwise sit vacant for three to six months.
From Los Angeles Times...
Hunter Biden Indicted in LA on Tax Charges
Hunter Biden, a Malibu resident, is facing nine tax-related charges between the years of 2016 and 2019. It is the second criminal indictment for the son of President Biden, aside from a pending firearms case.
Galt City Manager Announces Resignation
Galt City Manager Lorenzo Hines Jr. has submitted his resignation. His last day will be Feb. 2, 2024. Hired by the city in 2020, Hines came from Pacifica to replace interim city manager Thomas Haglund.
From Voice of San Diego...
Nearly Twice as Many Kids Since 2017 Are Being Homeschooled in San Diego County
Homeschool students in San Diego County are up by 88 percent since the 2017-18 school year, based on Washington Post data analysis. This tops an overall increase in the United States of 50 percent for this same timeframe.
Bay Area School District, Superintendent Clash Over Palestine Lesson
Oakland School District teachers planned lessons for students related to the history of Gaza. District superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell emailed parents and staff to say the teaching isn’t approved or sanctioned by the district.
Sacramento DA Adds to Lawsuit Against City Over Homelessness Response
Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho is adding environmental violations to his lawsuit against the city of Sacramento over what he calls its failure to act regarding the homelessness crisis.
Sacramento State Faculty Join Rolling Statewide Strike on Dec. 7
On a fall day taken straight from the pages of a Sacramento State brochure, a bright red table bearing the letters CFA—California Faculty Association—joined the foliage decorating the university’s library quad.
Moms Who Suffer Domestic Abuse Can Lose Their Kids. But Does This Policy Make Any Sense?
California’s “failure to protect” law allows child welfare agencies to take kids from households scarred by domestic violence. Advocates say the separation can worsen a family’s trauma.
State Might Soon Require Replacing Broken A/C Units
California energy regulators are considering requiring homeowners to replace broken air-conditioning systems with heat pumps or HVAC systems that are more energy efficient. The change would go into effect in 2026.
Native American Tribe to Get Back 40 Acres of Land from State
The Fort Independence Indian Community is getting the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at no cost in 2024. Native Americans had lived on this land for centuries before the hatchery’s construction.
After Release From Prison in 2013, Lodi Native Has Found Recipe for Success
There is an old adage that everyone deserves a second chance. For Lodi native Sajad Shakoor, that phrase has been his mantra.
As Atmospheric Rivers Become More Frequent, California Expands Research to Prepare
A new law expanding California’s atmospheric river research program goes into effect next year. It connects flood and reservoir control operations with new technologies and strategies that can help operators accurately predict the arrival of these storms.
From East Bay Express...
Cannabis Industry Struggling in California
Profits have been down for cannabis operators in California in recent years. While the industry is still big business in the state, it faces an uncertain future.
FBI and San Diego County DA Investigate Stadium Labor Arrangements
A recent investigation by Voice of San Diego revealed that nonprofits that provide staff at local stadiums could be raising money without doing charity work, while also paying labor below minimum wage and under the table. Now, multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating.
High-Speed Rail Project Connecting SoCal to Las Vegas Wins Grant
Private company Brightline secured a $3 billion grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation toward a 218-mile high-speed rail line from Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas. The line would allow people to make the trip to Sin City in a little over two hours.
Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ Experience Project to Preserve Historic Context, City Sites
In conversations about the history and present of Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Lavender Heights district in Midtown is often the first area to come to mind.
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