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Friday, June 21, 2024

The legal battle against Kroger serves as a reminder of the critical role played by regulators and consumers in holding corporations accountable for their advertising claims.
The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine and other parties did not have standing to challenge the FDA's approval of the abortion-inducing drug mifepristone in 2000, nor the FDA's relaxations of some restrictions on the drug's use.
Thinking out loud about revised Civil Code 2924m, which allows more time for bidding and may permit a bankruptcy filing after the foreclosure auction.
Legal rights to use water — particularly those obtained prior to 1914 — lie at the heart of California's perpetual wrangling over the allocation of increasingly limited water supplies.
Academic success is as much dependent on how students feel about themselves as the letter grades that fill their transcripts. In fact, the two might be more correlated than they appear.
Several members of California's Legislative Black Caucus launched a statewide tour in San Diego Saturday to promote a slate of 14 reparations bills, including a measure that could change the state constitution to end forced prison labor.
When a judge ruled recently that a controversial state housing law did not apply to a handful of southern California cities, Julie Testa saw it as an invitation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

A plot of land where Interstate 5 crosses the American River in Sacramento was once occupied by the Rusty Duck and Hungry Hunter restaurants, but they've closed and their buildings have long been vacant.
After legislative leaders failed to reach an agreement with Gov. Gavin Newsom about how to close California's projected multibillion-dollar deficit, the Legislature passed a placeholder state budget Thursday, just ahead of a mandatory deadline.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

California has 44 state symbols, including a state folk dance, dinosaur and mushroom. But Assemblymember Diane Dixon says we need another — an official state seashell.
Several dozen dams throughout California could store up to 107 billion more gallons of water if they underwent repairs to fix safety problems. But facing a staggering state deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed cutting funding for a dam repair grant program in half this year, while state legislators want the $50 million restored.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom has removed one member and demoted the chairperson of a state workplace safety board who criticized his administration's handling of a proposed heat protection rule this year.
You can talk about guns at California state fairgrounds. You can advertise guns there, too. You can even, in the words of a gun rights group, host "a celebration of America's gun culture." What you cannot do, according to a ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is buy or sell a firearm on property owned by the state.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

As lobbyists for businesses and labor groups negotiate with Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on how to amend a unique California labor law that allows workers to sue their bosses, the two sides seem to agree on at least one puzzling reality.
Imagine growing up in a home where tap water consistently runs a stomach-churning brown, sometimes with an odor.
As many as 300,000 Californians have until June 30 to take advantage of a one-time offer to qualify for faster student loan forgiveness, lower monthly payments or outright forgiveness for federal loans borrowed before 2010.
One year after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed changing the U.S. Constitution to place new restrictions on gun ownership, no other states have joined his campaign for a 28th amendment.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Many adults in California are missing out on financial aid for college — and for years, the state declined to help.

Monday, June 10, 2024

As Dr. Rishi Patel's street medicine van bounces over dirt roads and empty fields in rural Kern County, he's looking for a particular patient he knows is overdue for her shot.
President Biden's long-predicted executive actions restricting asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border were expected to take effect at midnight Tuesday in remote parts of California where some migrants gather in open-air camps to await federal processing.

Friday, June 7, 2024

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Southern Pacific Railroad wielded almost total control over California's politics, angering farmers who believed they were being gouged by high freight rates and fueling a powerful populist movement.
When La Prensa publisher and longtime Chula Vista resident Art Castañares first filed a public records request in 2021 to review video footage from police department drones, he wanted "to see how police use the new drones and whether they may be violating people's privacy rights as they fly over thousands of homes around the city."
Your children could be some of a growing number of California kids having their writing graded by software instead of a teacher.
Some of the most liberal and conservative members of the state Senate agreed recently that if you buy an iPhone in Los Angeles it shouldn't help pay for police in Cupertino.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

On paper, the U.S. economy seems to be doing well with historically low unemployment. Yet most Americans have a sour view in recent polls, with stubborn inflation in living costs cited as the reason for that pessimism.
Thanks to Proposition 28, California's K-12 schools are awash in nearly $1 billion in new arts funding. But a coalition of nearly 100 arts groups says that some school districts may be misspending the money, deepening longstanding inequities in arts education.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

California politics being what they are – deeply blue domination by Democrats – means that many of the races on the November ballot are already decided.

Monday, June 3, 2024

It's time for the folks in California's Capitol to play let's-make-a-deal – or actually, many deals.
Remarkably, it looks like California's public school system will make it through the state's multibillion-dollar budget shortfall more or less intact.
Democratic Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, a former tech insider, is taking on the industry with a far-reaching bill that would require artificial intelligence developers to disclose what data they use to "train" their systems.
While the federal government appears content to sit back and wait, more than 40 U.S. states are considering hundreds of AI regulation bills.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Trail immunity is a confusing area of law that applies a broad definition of what constitutes a trail, and plaintiffs face a high burden in overcoming the immunities granted by the Government Code.
When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Financial support for the nearly 6 million students in California's public schools is not only the largest chunk of the state budget, but for the past half-century it has been its most contentious element.
In the relentless battle against wildfires in California, it's clear that agencies and landowners must prioritize and implement wildfire prevention measures while continuing to build and maintain firefighting resources.
Homelessness gets top billing in a measure likely to make it onto your November ballot. Whether the measure has anything to do with homelessness is debatable.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that's plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can't count on a booming economy to make their task easier.
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