Thursday, April 2, 2015
Environment, Infrastructure, Water, California, Sierra Nevada, National News, Local Governments, Resevoirs, Snow Pack, Drought, Governor Jerry Brown, Restrictions

Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions In California

California governor Jerry Brown implements stern restrictions on water usage as drought worsens.

April 1, 2015
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Andrew Getty May Have Died Of Natural Causes Or Accident, Officials Says

Heir to a massive oil fortune, Andrew Getty, circumstances surrounding his death — accident or no? — have not yet been released.

April 1, 2015
Health Care, Medicaid, Supreme Court, Health, National News, Top News, Idaho, California, States Rights, Reimbursements

Supreme Court Bars Judges From Setting Medicaid Rates

Medicaid rates are so low that the Supreme Court was needed to forbid health care providers from continually suing certain states.

March 31, 2015
Environment, National News, California, Pine Beetle, Sierre Nevada, Pine, Coniferous, Sequoia, Trees, Drought, Forest Fire, Die-Off, Sap, Yosemite

Sierra Nevada Pine Tree Die-Off Worsens As Beetles Thrive In Drought

Hardy beetles and an ensuing drought threaten to worsen the die-off of California forests. Residents and scientists are fearful of living in a tinderbox, “it’s like a can of gasoline everywhere.”

March 30, 2015
Andrew Keegan, Spirituality, Religion, Cult, California, Full Circle, Wellness, Yoga, Lifestyle, Blessed

Full Circle ‘Church’ Blessed By Millennials’ Appetite For Free-Form Spiritual Awakening

Millenials feel so blessed at the free-form wellness exercises at the California-based Full Circle group.

March 26, 2015
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California Senate Panel Endorses Bill Allowing Terminally Ill To Commit Suicide

Supporters of California’s so-called right-to-die legislation say a change is desperately needed to give the terminally ill greater control.

March 26, 2015
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California’s Push For Clean Energy Has A Problem: No Place To Store It

Peak demand for electricity rarely coincides with the brightest sunshine or the strongest winds, so finding a way to store clean power and deliver it when needed will be critical as California relies more on renewable energy.

March 25, 2015
Darrell Issa

California’s Darrell Issa Loses Power With House Oversight Committee Post

Darrell Issa’s confrontational style managed to wear not only on Democrats, but on members of his own party.

March 24, 2015
LGBT flag

California Officials Powerless To Stop Proposed Anti-Gay Initiative

There appears to be nothing that can stop a proposed initiative submitted by a Huntington Beach attorney that would authorize the killing of gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head” — or “any other convenient method” — from getting on the ballot.

March 24, 2015
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San Francisco 16-Year-Olds Could Vote Under Proposed Amendment

San Francisco is considering a big step to expand voting rights.

March 23, 2015

California’s Governor Brown, Lawmakers Plan Short- And Long-Term Strategy On Drought

Learn more about California’s $1 billion drought plan.

March 20, 2015
Native Americans, Salinan Indians, Northern Cumash Tribe, California, Morro Rock, Legal Battle, Sacred Space, Rights

To Climb Morro Rock Or Not? Question Divides Two Native American Tribes

Two Native American tribes refuse to budge when it comes to right-of-use for a shared sacred space.

March 18, 2015
Log Cabin Republicans, Gay GOP group, acknowledged by state party

Gay Group Wins Formal Recognition From State Republican Party

The California GOP is welcoming a gay group for the first time.

March 3, 2015
Death Valley in winter: Perhaps the only sane time to visit

Death Valley In Winter: Perhaps The Only Sane Time To Visit

In winter, the landscape of Death Valley takes on a brooding, almost vulnerable presence, far removed from the fiery malevolence of summer

February 27, 2015
Kamala Harris

Poll: Senate Candidate Kamala Harris Unknown To More Than Half Of California Voters

Kamala Harris may be a weaker frontrunner than many pundits assume.

February 27, 2015
Climate change may flatten waves at prime surfing spots in california

Climate Change May Flatten Famed Surfing Waves

Climate change could cause a sea change for west coast surfers.

February 25, 2015
Anti-Vaxxers and parents who fail or cannot vaccinate their children spread otherwise preventable sicknesses

The Reason Why So Many Kids Aren’t Vaccinated? It’s Not Always Anti-Vaxxers, Some Just Don’t Follow Up

Overburdened and without health care, some parents forgo vaccination.

February 24, 2015
becoming richard pryor

Book Review: ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’

Scott Saul’s adroit biography makes the strongest possible case for Pryor’s cultural centrality.

February 21, 2015
California drought

Chance Of ‘Megadrought’ In U.S. Southwest Now 50 Percent, Study Concludes

The American southwest may be looking at another dust bowl.

February 13, 2015
California Flag

In California, A ‘Golden’ Political Opportunity Carries Risks

At least four House members are considering jumping into the Senate race.

February 12, 2015

California Study Finds It Cheaper For Students To Buy Insurance Than Go Without

The Koch brothers were wrong: College students should buy health insurance.

February 10, 2015
Castro flag

Mormon Church’s Shift On Gay Rights Follows Series Of Defeats In California

The bruising battle over Proposition 8 caused a Mormon shift on gay rights.

January 28, 2015

Late Night Round-Up: Vaccines Getting Their Shot

Larry Wilmore highlighted the ultimate ‘First World Problem': Vaccine deniers.

January 28, 2015
Tom Steyer

Environmentalist Tom Steyer Opts Out Of Senate Race In California

The billionaire environmentalist is passing on a run to replace Barbara Boxer.

January 22, 2015
Birth Control protest

7 Reproductive Rights Issues To Watch in 2015

2015 could be a difficult year for women’s health.

January 20, 2015