California declares state of emergency over wildfires, winds

U.S. 10/27/19, 16:28

California's governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday after officials ordered nearly 200,000 people to leave their homes as hurricane-force winds drove multiple wildfires through bone-dry vegetation. Meanwhile, the state's largest utility cut electricity to millions of residents as a precaution ...

California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

U.S. 10/12/19, 23:25

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure ...

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

U.S. 10/10/19, 22:18

Even as the winds gusted dangerously as forecast, California's biggest utility faced hostility and second-guessing Thursday for shutting off electricity to millions of people to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Pacific Gas & Electric and ordinary ...

California governor, lawmaker alter proposed vaccine rules

U.S. 06/18/19, 13:03

California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on ...

California taps clean air money to pay for drinking water

U.S. 06/10/19, 17:41

California legislative leaders agreed Sunday to spend $130 million a year to improve water systems in communities where people can't drink from their taps, something Democratic leaders say amounts to a crisis in one of the nation's wealthiest states.To pay ...

California has housing crisis, Legislature has no fix yet

U.S. 06/02/19, 12:17

Crisis. Emergency. California lawmakers are describing the state's housing crunch in dire terms.But few seem to agree on what to do about it.The political wrangling over the last few weeks around bills to cap rent increases, set new rules for ...

California governor has doubts about tougher vaccine rules

U.S. 06/01/19, 17:04

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren.The measure would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip ...

Head of California Public Utilities Commission to retire

U.S. 05/30/19, 18:05

The head of the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that he will retire after almost five years on a job dominated by oversight of devastating wildfires.Michael Picker said at a commission meeting in San Francisco that he won't leave ...

California governor backs bill expanding racing board powers

U.S. 05/30/19, 16:03

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he's supporting legislation that would give the California Horse Racing Board authority to quickly suspend a meet license when necessary to protect the health and safety of horses or riders.The announcement Thursday follows the deaths of ...

California leaders won’t change utilities’ liability for now

U.S. 05/29/19, 21:15

A California commission set up to study wildfire issues recommended Wednesday that the state change a liability standard imperiling major utilities, but Democratic leaders immediately said they won't tackle the hot-button topic for now.Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature's two ...

California sues over $1B in canceled high-speed rail money

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:18

California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project, escalating the state's feud with the federal government. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money ...

California governor launches task force on homelessness

U.S. 05/21/19, 13:47

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is creating a task force on homelessness as the state grapples with a housing crisis.The Democratic governor made the announcement Tuesday in Oakland, where county officials reported last week that the number of people experiencing homelessness ...

Trump administration pulls $1B from California rail project

U.S. 05/16/19, 16:39

The Trump administration cancelled nearly $1 billion Thursday in federal money for California's high-speed rail project, further throwing into question the future of the ambitious plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco. The administration said it might also try to ...

California Senate rejects governor’s proposed water tax

U.S. 05/15/19, 19:16

The California Senate has rejected a new tax on most residential water bills, opting instead to use existing tax dollars to improve drinking water in some of the state's poorest areas.State officials say in 2017, more than 450 public water ...

California governor pardons 2 ex-refugees facing deportation

U.S. 05/13/19, 20:50

Two former Cambodian refugees facing deportation for crimes committed as young adults were among seven people granted clemency Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his first pardons since taking office in January. Newsom pardoned Kang Hen, of San Jose, who ...

X Prize Foundation to develop wildfire-fighting prize

Tech 05/10/19, 19:20

The X Prize Foundation is developing a contest for technology that can detect and extinguish wildfires before they grow too large.X Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis (dia-MOND-us) made the announcement Friday at the Near Future Summit in La Jolla, California. ...

End of content

No more pages to load