Thursday, November 26, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, Iowa

Three Key Areas That Give Republicans Trouble In California

As Donald Trump and other Republicans talked tough on illegal immigration during last week’s presidential debate, Republican leaders in many states, like California, were once again despairing. The current brouhaha over illegal immigration is important because new voters will carry their views of the political parties with them for a very long time.

November 15, 2015
Graphic of wildfires in recent California history. Los Angeles Times 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Link Between Climate Change And Wildfires Is Unsupported, Fire Experts Say

It is easier to make a political case for change using immediate and local threats, rather than those on a global scale, especially given the subtleties of climate change research, which features probabilities subject to wide margins of error and contradiction by other findings.

November 2, 2015
baby mom feeding

California Shows How Paid Leave Law Affects Businesses: Not Much

Paid family leave is becoming one hot topic in the debates this year.

October 26, 2015

West Coast Wasteland: Why The GOP Struggles In California

As 2016 quickly approaches, Republicans are struggling to find top recruits in a trio of competitive House districts in California — a state where the party has suffered defeat at the congressional level for decades.

October 24, 2015

Gov. Brown Signs Controversial Assisted-Suicide Bill In California

California becomes the fifth state to allow so-called assisted suicide, following Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.

October 5, 2015
Google sets to launch drones and balloons that will stream Internet across the world.

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015
Valley fire in Northern California grows to 61,000 acres and is 5% contained

3 Major Fires Burn Out Of Control In California; Governor Warns ‘There Is More To Come’

“The fires are acting more aggressively, more unpredictably,” he said. “It’s scary stuff. … We are really in a battle with Mother Nature, and nature is more powerful than we are.”

September 15, 2015
Firefighter lights a backfire while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas

Thousands Evacuated As California Wildfires Sweep On

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday in Northern California areas hit by a fast-expanding wildfire that injured four firefighters and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

September 13, 2015
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Water Conservation Has Costly, And Stinky, Downsides

In a paradox of conservation, water agencies say the unprecedented savings in water conservation in California are causing or compounding a slew of problems.

September 9, 2015
Push is on for mandatory kindergarten in California

Push Is On For Mandatory Kindergarten In California

Kindergarten is what first grade used to be.

August 31, 2015
California water drought tree sign

Californians Cut Water Use By 31 Percent In July

Californians again earned good grades for water savings last month, cutting overall urban use by 31 percent compared with July 2013, officials said.

August 27, 2015
A dry ditch is seen on Gless Ranch in Kern County

Study Finds Climate Change Makes California’s Drought Worse

A Columbia University study estimates between 8 and 27 percent of California’s drought is likely attributable to climate change.

August 21, 2015

Old Sacramento Tours Descend To History Underground

The Old Sacramento Underground Tours, started six years ago by city historian Marcia Eymann, offer both a family-friendly interactive history tour and an adult tour that also covers gambling, crime and prostitution in Sacramento.

August 17, 2015
Big Sur

California’s Central Coast Is Amazing At Every Turn

Quirky beach region Big Sur combines quintessential California beaches with a unique bohemian vibe that attracts 3 million visitors each year.

August 15, 2015
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High School Graduation May Require More Than Just Grades, Test Scores

Defenses mean students actually get to showcase what they’ve learned, rather than taking school cavalierly.

August 11, 2015
A fire fighter monitors a backfire during the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

U.S. Forest Service Says Spending More Than Half Of Budget On Fires

Since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest fires on record, the agency said.

August 5, 2015
Firefighters work to dig a fire line on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, California July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Northern California Fire Explodes; 24 Homes Lost, Thousands Threatened

In addition to the large blazes, thousands of lightning strikes on bone-dry landscape have sparked hundreds of smaller fires.

August 2, 2015
Los Angeles county firefighters battle wild land fire call the Pine Fire in Wrightwood, California

Firefighter Dies Battling Northern California Wildfire

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday for Northern California counties hit by wildfires.

August 1, 2015
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Judge Orders Release Of Immigrant Children, Mothers From Detention Centers

A federal judge has ruled that families held in immigration detention facilities must be released after finding that their detention was in serious violation of an earlier court settlement.

July 25, 2015

Wildfire Grows To 6,000 Acres Near Napa Valley; Evacuations Ordered

An estimated 525 firefighters are battling the flames.

July 23, 2015
Donald Trump immigration pinata

On Immigration, Trump Takes A Page From Pete Wilson’s 1994 Playbook

Some people are calling Trump’s comments “fringe rhetoric.” But others are worried that the Republicans will take on anti-immigration and anti-Latino sentiment.

July 14, 2015

Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For His California Ranch

The water utility points the finger at “Magnum, P.I.” star Tom Selleck — and they say they hired a real P.I. to prove it.

July 9, 2015
California drought.. Uvas Reservoir, Santa Clara County

To Encourage Californians To Conserve, A Tweak In Wording Can Help

Fighting California’s drought is a bit like running a political campaign, complete with carefully calibrated messages crafted with polling data.
Even details like colors are used for maximum effect.

July 5, 2015
Disneyland Castle lights water magic

California Governor Signs Tough New Vaccination Law

California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states to ban vaccination waivers based on religion.

July 1, 2015
Salinas Valley California, green space fracking sky

Just How Green Are State Governments?

States have employed a host of energy-saving programs, green-purchase requirements, building efficiency standards and financial incentive arrangements to meet those goals. So how are they doing in meeting targets they have set for themselves?

July 1, 2015
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