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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…

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As California Celebrates Diversity, It Also Confronts Hate

California’s Legislature has become more diverse than ever. At the same time, a rally against transgender healthcare was held at the state Capitol and anti-semitism in the state is on the rise.

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California Bill Would Force Big Tech to Pay for Content from Local News Outlets

The California Journalism Preservation Act directs big tech companies to pay publishers a “journalism usage fee” each time they use local news content and sell advertising alongside it. In turn, the bill requires news publishers to invest 70% of the …

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State appoints Caballero to represent San Benito through 2024

This article was written by BenitoLink intern Michael Koteles State Senator Anna Caballero will remain San Benito County’s representative in the Senate through 2024. According to her news release on Feb. 9, the Senate Rules Committee appointed her to continue …

Image caption: DWR’s report on groundwater sustainability plans was illustrated with this photograph of a wheat field irrigated by groundwater in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
DWR Flushes Six Groundwater Plans

The San Joaquin Valley plans, serving low-income Latino communities, were deemed inadequate for preventing dry wells and sinking land.

Image caption: The snow-lined South Fork of the American River on March 3, 2023.
Too Much, Too Early

When warm storms melt snowpack early, reservoir managers must release water to prevent flooding—which sends this precious resource into the ocean.

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Lieutenant Governor Visits Capitola

The damage to the City is estimated at $2.6 million, with repairs to the Capitola Wharf at about $9 million.

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CA Pandemic Emergency Officially Ends Feb. 28

California's coronavirus emergency declaration will expire on Feb. 28, almost three years after it began. It gave Gov. Gavin Newsom broad power to issue mandates intended to slow the spread of the virus, as well as to bypass certain state …

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Newsom proposes budget with $22.5B deficit

California faces a $22.5 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Jan. 10 as he proposed billions in cuts and deferred spending amid a significant drop in capital gains tax revenue. After the state’s revenue boomed a year ago due …

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Cortese introduces bill to tackle youth fentanyl crisis

State Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) recently introduced legislation to prevent opioid and fentanyl overdoses and death among California’s youth. Senate Bill (SB) 10, should it be approved and signed into law, would expand statewide prevention and education efforts to …

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Criminal justice, healthcare and more among new laws for ’23

With a flurry of new laws ready to take effect, the Pajaronian took a look at a handful of the more notable ones, which take on several aspects of criminal justice, health services and firearms.  WALKING A FINE LINE Before …

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California Politicians Stash $35 Million in Campaign Cash

Nearly 100 committees are sitting on $35 million in leftover campaign funds. Candidates could give the cash to charity or return it to their donors, but many hold on to the money to retain political influence or to possibly run …

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More Housing, Fewer Prisons: California's Game Plan

Hanging over the heads of California's newly sworn-in state lawmakers — and likely to be top of mind when they return to Sacramento next month — are the state's intertwined housing and homelessness crises. That was made clear Tuesday, when …