The California Building Standards Code will soon mandate energy storage system readiness on all new home construction and accessory structures such as sheds and barns will need to be built out of fire-resistive material when located within 50 feet of a property line.(Dec. 2, 2022) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
After a nationwide search, Jane Christenson has been selected to permanently fill the position of county executive officer for Placer County. She has been acting CEO since June 2022.(Nov. 29, 2022) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
For years, consumer advocates and some legislators have been battling to rein in escalating health care costs. Now the state has created a new agency to limit future growth in health care costs — and it will have the power …
Proposition 13, the popular tax reform law passed in 1978, has driven increases in economic inequality and racial wealth disparities in California. Here’s how.
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.
California's government was born out of utter chaos. Here's how the state developed some sort of order to the way it operates, and how it makes and enforces laws.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has won three gubernatorial elections with historic support. He should use his popularity to unite constituencies and improve some of California’s intractable problems.
California is full of places and communities, but most are not cities. Here's what it takes for a community to become a city, the benefits of being one—and why the state has a 'de facto moratorium' on new cities.
Elon Musk says he plans to make Twitter a haven for 'free speech,' but a look at his list of investors suggests that the world's richest person may have other reasons for purchasing the highly influential social media platform.
California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is the housing crisis a cause?
California’s governor is spending more time and money on two ballot measures and a possible presidential run than his own reelection campaign.
California will likely reject legal sports betting, despite being the state with the most pro sports franchises and the biggest potential gambling market.