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In Unprecedented Law, CA Will Seal Most Criminal Records

The new law makes California the first state that will automatically seal most criminal records for those who complete their sentences.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom explains why he withheld, then released, $1 billion for local governments to reduce California homelessness. The two sides met in Sacramento on Nov. 18, 2022.
About-Face: Newsom Relents; Releases $1 Billion for Homeless Plans

The governor threw communities into disarray two weeks ago by withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding for plans he saw as unambitious. But local officials said the assignment itself discouraged ambition. Now Newsom is yielding.

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Villescaz Concedes State Senate District 6 Race

Paula Villescaz (D) concedes and congratulates her rival, former assemblyman Roger Niello (R). He will be returning to the capital as a state senator for the recently redrawn District 6.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full The Galt Herald report
Native American Monument Coming to Capitol Park

Ground has been broken for a monument at Capitol Park, to replace the toppled Junipero Serra statue. The monument, designed by Sacramento sculptor Ronnie Frostad, will be installed by next spring.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Elk Grove Citizen report
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