California declares state of emergency over wildfires, winds

California 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 to prevent more areas from igniting. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in ...

California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

California 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 to be built on state property. It makes it difficult ...

California utility faces gripes over deliberate blackouts

California 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 customers complained about the inconveniences caused by the unprecedented blackouts ...

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 fraudulent exemptions issued by sympathetic doctors.The updated measure by Sen. ...

California taps clean air money to pay for drinking water

California 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 for it, the state would tap a fund dedicated to ...

California has housing crisis, Legislature has no fix yet

California 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 evictions and cut red tape to build more housing reveal ...

California governor has doubts about tougher vaccine rules

California 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 their shots before attending school. It's being considered by the ...

Head of California Public Utilities Commission to retire

California 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 his job as president of the state's utility regulator until ...

California governor backs bill expanding racing board powers

California 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 26 horses at Santa Anita since Dec. 26."The recent horse ...

California leaders won’t change utilities’ liability for now

California 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 leaders said they will push for other changes outlined in ...

California water utilities seek relief from fire lawsuits

California 05/29/19, 17:55

Facing more wildfires and the lawsuits that come with them, a group of public and private California water systems are campaigning to convince lawmakers to shield them from having to pay damages caused by fires they did not start but failed to help put out.While wildfire lawsuits have typically targeted ...

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

California 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 awarded by Congress nearly a decade ago, arguing that the ...

California governor launches task force on homelessness

California 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 increased 43 percent over the last two years.Newsom described homelessness ...

Trump administration pulls $1B from California rail project

California 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 force California to return $2.5 billion that has already been ...

California Senate rejects governor’s proposed water tax

California 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 systems did not comply with safety standards, affecting more than ...

California governor wants to help more buy health insurance

California 05/14/19, 18:35

Sydney Winlock owns a small business with his wife in Northern California, and they had a strange conversation recently: Should they make less money so they can afford their health insurance?The couple makes too much money to qualify for help from the federal government in paying their monthly insurance premiums, ...

California governor pardons 2 ex-refugees facing deportation

California 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 pleaded guilty to being the getaway driver during an attempted ...

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. Diamandis says it will take about 100 days to develop ...

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