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How California can address economic disparities between coastal and inland regions

As the economies in California's coastal metropolises flourished in recent decades, its rural and inland regions have been left behind. The state has set aside billions to support regional growth, but more work is needed to ensure those resources are …

Reimbursement lagging to clinics that provided mpox vaccines

Cash-strapped clinics provided thousands of mpox vaccines, but their reimbursements have been mired in red tape.

Bills, bills and more bills at CA Legislature

They’ve been back for nearly a month, so it’s time for California lawmakers to deliver on some of their campaign promises. That means the legislative session is starting to pick up steam. Let’s get to the highlights from a busy …

Image caption: Has Google established a monopoly over online advertising? The feds say yes.
DOJ Lawsuit Seeks To Force Google to Sell Ad Service

Google may be forced to sell off its $200 billion online advertising service if a new lawsuit by the federal Department of Justice claiming that Google acts as a monopoly succeeds.

El ‘Reparation Task Force’ de California se concentra en quién sería elegible para una compensación

EN RESUMEN El primer ‘Reparation Task Force’ (Grupo de Trabajo para Compensaciones) de California acordó que los residentes deberían calificar para una compensación. Pero, ¿deberían ser elegibles ciertos antiguos residentes “vulnerables”, como los niños de crianza temporal o los exprisioneros? …

Ladrones roban millones de las tarjetas de beneficiarios de CalFresh y CalWORKs, las familias esperan y los contribuyentes pagan

EN RESUMEN Las tarjetas EBT que usa el estado para brindar asistencia financiera a los residentes de bajos ingresos carecen de las características de seguridad comunes a las tarjetas de crédito y débito. Los funcionarios de California planean actualizarlas. Mientras …

Thieves drain millions off CalFresh and CalWORKs recipients’ cards, families wait and taxpayers pay

The EBT cards the state uses to deliver financial assistance to low-income residents lack security features common to credit and debit cards. California officials plan to upgrade. Meanwhile, they're paying millions to replace stolen money and food stamps.

California reparations task force zeroes in on who’d be eligible for compensation

California’s first-in-the-nation task force on reparations agreed residents should qualify for compensation. But should certain “vulnerable” former residents, such as foster kids or ex-prisoners, be eligible?

Deal or no deal (Colorado River edition)

California and six other drought-parched states have until Tuesday to hammer out a deal to cut their voracious thirst for Colorado River water by up to 30%. Don’t hold your breath. As the New York Times reported over the weekend, …

High-impact measures headed for 2024 California ballot

At least a half-dozen high-impact measures are likely to appear on the 2024 California ballot, generating multi-million-dollar campaigns for and against.

Image caption: Ever little bit helps in the fight against climate change.
Small Steps in the Right Direction

Don’t just be a spectator in the fight against climate change. Here are some small steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

California economy surges, but future cloudy

Although 2022 was a strong year for California's economy, with impressive job growth, the state's economic future has become cloudy.

Image caption: Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance

California is a leading producer of agricultural crops. So it’s not surprising to find cutting-edge ideas taking root here.

UC intends to dock pay of workers who went on strike

The University of California said it would claw back wages paid to workers who went on strike in late 2022. The move affects 48,000 workers.

Más de un millón de inmigrantes indocumentados obtuvieron licencias de conducir en California

EN RESUMEN Siete años después de que la Ley de Conductores Seguros y Responsables (Safe and Responsible Drivers Act) otorgara a los residentes indocumentados una licencia para conducir, el estado está listo para expandir su impacto, pero la ley todavía …

More than a million undocumented immigrants gained driver’s licenses in California

Seven years after the Safe and Responsible Drivers Act gave undocumented residents a license to drive, the state is ready to expand its impact, but the law still has detractors.

Gimme Shelter: CARE Courts coming to California in 2023

A new court system to address the needs of people with severe mental illness who are often homeless will launch in some counties in 2023.

Can CA go any stronger on gun laws?

Has California reached an upper limit on what it can do to regulate guns? Following a pattern as old as gun control itself, state lawmakers are responding to the back-to-back mass shootings that killed 18 people this week with more …

Aumentarán las entregas de agua del estado a ciudades y serán las más altas en 6 años

EN RESUMEN Los productores y las ciudades del sur de California que obtengan agua del acueducto estatal recibirán el 30% de las asignaciones solicitadas. Esa es la mayor cantidad en enero desde 2017, después de que las fuertes lluvias alimentaran …

State water deliveries to surge — highest amount in 6 years

State officials announced today that water deliveries from the state’s aqueduct will be increased to 30%, the highest amount for January that growers and Southern California cities have received in six years. Less than two months ago, amid forecasts of …

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