California's Legislative Analyst Predicts $31 Billion Budget SurplusCalifornia will have a $31 billion budget surplus next year as revenues continue to climb despite the pandemic, according to a new forecast from the state's independent Legislative Analyst's Office.
Amazon Pays $500K To Settle California COVID Workers Notification DisputeAmazon has agreed to pay $500,000 and be monitored by California officials to ensure it properly notifies its workers about new coronavirus cases, the state's attorney general said Monday.
California Could Introduce Ranking Systems For HeatwavesThe system would be similar to the way hurricanes, tornados and air quality are categorized.
Draft California Political Maps Would Reshape Key DistrictsNewly released political maps from California's redistricting commission would leave some members of Congress without a political home and others to face off against colleagues in their own party in the 2022 midterm elections, when the state will play a key role in determining which party controls Congress.
Gov. Newsom To Push Vaccines In Southern California SwingCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom will visit a COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot clinic in Los Angeles County on Wednesday to highlight the state’s ongoing efforts to increase vaccination rates heading into the winter season.
Gov. Newsom Makes 1st Public Appearance In Nearly 2 Weeks At Economic SummitCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom made his first public appearance in two weeks after speculation grew over why he withdrew for an extended period of time.
Gov. Newsom Remains Out Of Public Sight Amid Family IssuesCalifornia Gov. Gavin remains receded from public view to deal with unspecific family obligations a week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland.
AG Rob Bonta Puts Focus On Affordable Housing In CaliforniaCalifornia Attorney General Rob Bonta said Wednesday he is putting a new emphasis on trying to alleviate the state's seemingly intractable affordable housing problem, including by creating a “strike force” to focus on tenant protections, on local governments that don't comply with state housing laws, and related issues.
Theranos Trial Reveals Details of Federal Investigation at Troubled CA COVID Lab, Newsom Admin. Renews No-Bid ContractRegulators refused to release investigations into flawed tests at the CA COVID lab ahead of its contract renewal. However, in an interesting twist, we're learning more about what they found, thanks to the Elizabeth Holmes Theranos trial.
Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case Involving Catholic Hospital Near SacramentoThe Supreme Court is declining to wade into a case involving transgender rights and leaving in place a lower court decision against a Catholic hospital near Sacramento that wouldn't allow a transgender man to have a hysterectomy there.
Gov. Newsom Cancels Trip To UN Climate Conference In Scotland; Lt. Gov. To Take His PlaceCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday abruptly canceled his trip to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, forgoing a much-anticipated chance to appear on an international stage devoted to one of his signature issues.
California May Debate Changes To 110-Year-Old Recall Process Next YearThe California Assembly and Senate election committees plan to propose constitutional changes to the state's century-old recall process next year that will require approval from voters if they are to be enacted.
Judge Blocks Trump-Era Rule That Limits States' Ability To Review Federally-Approved Water ProjectsA judge has vacated a Trump-era rule that limited states' ability to review federally-permitted water projects.
Texas And Florida Beat California In Job Gains As Hiring Slowed In SeptemberNine of California's 11 industry sectors gained jobs in September, led by leisure and hospitality based on what state officials said was strength in performing arts and spectator sports.
California Proposes New Oil Drilling Ban Near NeighborhoodsCalifornia's oil and gas regulator on Thursday proposed that the state ban new oil drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health in what would be the nation's largest buffer zone between oil wells and communities.