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Newsom’s Mental Health Plan Heads to Voters. What Does it Say?

California collects a special tax on high incomes to fund mental health services. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change how the money is spent so a share of it can be used to fund housing for homeless people with mental …

Sustainability Now! Sunday, September 17th: Why are some people so up in arms about CEQA? with Professor Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law School

Why are some people so up in arms about CEQA? with Professor Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law School What do you know about CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970 and signed into law by then-Governor Ronald Reagan? For …

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The State Water Board seeks to weaken regulation on fertilizer application. Lives are at risk.

In 2021, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board issued an order, after years of public hearings and review, calling for a limitation on runoff from agricultural fields.

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Rivas authors bill to speed up Pajaro levee rebuild

California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas on Tuesday introduced legislation intended to speed up the $400 million rebuild of the Pajaro River Levee. Assembly Bill 876 would expedite the work by exempting certain aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). …

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New Bill Would Expedite Levee Repairs

If passed, construction to upgrade the Pajaro levee could begin as early as next year

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Watsonville Hospital to get financial help

Watsonville Community Hospital is one of 17 medical facilities in California that will receive immediate multimillion-dollar financial assistance in the form of zero-interest loans from the State of California. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the $300 million Distressed Hospital …

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State Education Department’s Strict Control over Data Challenged by Stanford Prof

The California Attorney General's Office defended the department's position in a brief it filed in the case last week.

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Scotts Valley leaders map potential housing projects

Hundreds of new homes slated for Town Center, Scotts Valley Drive.

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An apple a day: Food can be medicine for low-income Californians under health care plans

An innovative program for Medi-Cal patients demonstrates food, when prescribed, can change health outcomes. Why did the state Assembly derail it? By George B. Sánchez-Tello,...

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Robert Rivas sworn in as State Assembly Speaker

Robert Rivas was sworn in as the 71st Speaker of the California State Assembly during a special session Friday at the Capitol. “California is still the greatest state in the union,” Rivas, a Hollister Democrat who represents the 29th Assembly …

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As workplaces become more violent, California calls for stricter protections

Industry opposes a legislative bill to enact protections, but could support less stringent proposed Cal/OSHA safety requirements. By Dan Ross, Capital & Main This story...

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Caste Action

State Senator Aisha Wahab of District 10 is confident her bill to end caste discrimination will fare well in the State Assembly before the summer recess begins pending budget approval on July 14. Co-authored with Assemblymember Jasmeet Bains, the bill …

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California Forest Resilience Task Force Holds Forum on Wildfire Management

The all-day seminar featured California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and other experts.

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How Free Trips Lead to Bills

Members of the California Legislature took nearly $1 million worth of trips sponsored by interest groups in 2022. The California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy accounted for 40% of the travel spending. Over the years, some of its …

Image caption: In a photo posted on social media, Gov. Gavin Newsom poses with members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus after signing a series of bills.
Both Sides Now

The Problem Solvers Caucus wants to put policy before partisan politics. Can such bipartisan caucuses change the California Legislature?

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CA Attorney General intervenes in Amah Mutsun lawsuit

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is stepping in on behalf of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in their lawsuit against San Benito County to stop the embattled Betabel Road commercial development project, according to a motion filed by Bonta’s office …

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San José Mayor Endorses New State Bill in Bid to End Unsheltered Homelessness

SB 634 would make the task of housing unhoused and low-income residents on vacant land easier for California cities.

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New State Audit of Homelessness Spending to Target San Jose

The state has spent billions of dollars on homelessness in recent years. So why is the crisis statewide and in San Jose getting worse instead of better? The need for more affordable housing as a solution to growing numbers of …

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Gov. Newsom requests federal disaster declaration for Monterey County in wake of March storms.

Gov. Gavin Newsom officially sought federal assistance for Monterey County and other California communities impacted by recent storms and flooding on Tuesday, March 28 by requesting a presidential major disaster declaration from the Biden Administration that would allow resources from…