Monday, April 27, 2015
California
Wall-Street-AFP-Resized

Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street

Wall Street fees paid by public workers’ pension systems have kicked off an intensifying debate over whether such expenses are necessary. Now, a report from an industry-friendly source says those huge levies represent only a fraction of the true amounts being raked in by Wall Street firms from state and local governments.

April 24, 2015
California, North Carolina, High-Speed Railway, Congress, Infrastructure, Trains

Amid Capitol Hill Opposition, High-Speed Rail Gets Second Wind

A high-speed railway could be coming to a state near you if Congressional Republicans don’t stop the plan dead in its tracks first.

April 23, 2015
Photo: Grook Da Oger via Wikimedia Commons

Mandatory Vaccine Bill Advances After Key Vote Of California Senate Panel

Legislation aimed at reversing California’s liberal vaccine exemption law took a major step forward Wednesday in the state Senate, only a week after support for the bill seemed to be on shaky ground.

April 23, 2015
California flag

Can The GOP Learn From California?

Republicans lost the state by trying to court non-white voters while saying, “Come support us, we like you, but we want to deport your children.”

April 20, 2015
Photo: Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California (AFP/Justin Sullivan)

California’s Measles Outbreak Is Over, But Vaccine Fight Continues

Legislation in Sacramento intended to induce more parents to get their children the measles vaccine and other shots stalled this week amid an outcry from anti-immunization forces who said the government should not tell parents what to do.

April 18, 2015
California Drought

Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up To Keep Lawns Lush

“How would we feel if you could pay extra to smoke on airplanes? When we decide something is a bad idea in general for society, we don’t want the rich to be able to buy their way out of it.”

April 16, 2015
Farm New England

Farming Moves North With the Temperatures

This is no endorsement of climate change — let’s make that clear — but rising temperatures are breathing new life into northern agriculture.

April 14, 2015
marijuana

Pot Legalization Across U.S. May Hinge On 2016 California Vote

A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other U.S. states.

April 13, 2015
Carly Fiorina, Environment, Politics, Time, Water Drought, California, Fish, Blame, Farms, Endagered Species

Carly Fiorina Right About Environmentalists And California Drought Woes, Farm Group Say

Carly Fiorina lays the blame for California’s water woes on liberals and environmentalists for wanting to protect the endangered Delta smelt.

April 9, 2015
Energy, Environment, Lifestyle, Water, California, Wealthy, Drought, Jerry Brown

California’s Wealthy Lagging In Water Conservation

When on average, wealthier neighborhoods consume three times more water than less affluent ones, drought-afflicted Californians look to enforce water conservation edicts.

April 8, 2015
California drought

Southern California Water Wholesaler Plans To Ration Water To Cities, Districts

Faced with dwindling regional reserves and a fourth year of drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expected to vote next week to ration imported water that it supplies to 26 water districts and cities, something the agency has done only twice before.

April 7, 2015
San Quentin, Prisons, Infrastructure, California, Jerry Brown, Death Penalty, Incarceration

As Death Row Runs Out Of Room, California Governor Covets Space Left By The Newly Sprung

California prisons are running out of room to house the condemned men it said it would kill but has yet to.

April 6, 2015
USC, African Americans, Education, College, Fraternities, Race, California

USC’s Black House Proposal Raises Questions About Racial Tensions

Marginalized black students at USC get a house on ‘The Row. ‘ Their neighbors will be the fraternities and sororities who will no longer be able to ignored them

April 2, 2015
California drought.. Uvas Reservoir, Santa Clara County

California Gov. Brown Orders Cities To Cut Water Use By 25 Percent Due To Long Drought

The directive comes as one of the most severe modern droughts drags into a fourth year.

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
Getty, Fortue, Death, California, Society, National News

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
Old person hands death

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
infrastructure, green energy, environment, california, clean energy, clean power,

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
I voted sticker

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-drought2

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