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California Leads Nation With Bold Action to Include and Support All Californians Regardless of Immigration Status

SACRAMENTO, CA – SEIU California members today celebrated the signing of AB 1876 (Ting), a huge step forward in the inclusion of California’s immigrant communities in our economic safety net. AB 1876 will expand California’s tax credit for people with low incomes (CalEITC) to include all undocumented immigrants who qualify by income. Hundreds of thousands […]

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A Meeting of Smoke and Storms

In September 2020, historic wildfires on the U.S. West Coast lofted plumes of smoke high into the atmosphere. Pushed by prevailing winds that sweep air from west to east, satellites tracked the smoke as it spread widely across much of the continental United States. A second hazard—tropical cyclones—also helped steer the high-flying smoke plumes as they streamed […]

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Sara Collins: Safe Data Act Falls Short of Providing Consumers With Comprehensive Privacy Protections

September 18, 2020 – Yesterday, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS), with co-sponsors Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced a comprehensive federal privacy bill, “Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability Act’’(SAFE DATA Act). Public Knowledge welcomes efforts to improve privacy online and observes that the bill demonstrates that there are a number […]

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House Intelligence Committee Presses Forward on Investigation of Politicization of Intelligence At DHS and I&A

Washington, DC, September 18, 2020 – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to Joseph B. Maher, the senior official performing the duties of the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, advising the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Office of Intelligence and Analysis […]

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House Chairs Demand Emergency IG Investigation Into AG Barr’s Efforts to Improperly Influence November Presidential Election

Washington, D.C. September 18, 2020 – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to open an emergency investigation into […]

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AAUW online auction for scholarships

September 18, 2020 – Where there’s a will, there’s a way! So, amidst the current pandemic, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch members put their talents to work creating marvelous artwork, a fetching array of aprons, tablecloths, and napkins; unique pine needle baskets, and other hand-made holiday gift items. Why? For the […]

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Below normal temperatures today, warmer weekend ahead

September 18, 2020 – Weather system moves across NorCal today bringing a few showers to the foothills and mountains along with cooler temperatures and locally breezy to windy conditions. Warmer and drier weather returns for the weekend into next week. Discussion Clear to partly cloudy skies cover NorCal early this morning as the mid/upper front […]

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Nevada County tire amnesty week, sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and partners

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. September 17, 2020 – Nevada County residents are invited to participate in the annual tire amnesty event Sept. 21-25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.  Residents of Nevada County, who have bald tires, flat donut replacements or worn out snow studs can bring them to this event for disposal. The […]

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Greenlining Institute California Proposition Endorsements: YES on Props. 15 & 16, NO on 22

OAKLAND, CA, Sept. 17, 2020 – With California voters facing multiple ballot propositions that will greatly impact the state’s struggle to overcome systemic racism and inequality, The Greenlining Institute has released its endorsements on key California ballot propositions, focusing on those with direct racial equity implications. “There is near-universal recognition that the anti-racist uprisings in […]

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CDPH and Rabbis from Three Jewish Denominations, Share a Message of Health for the High Holy Days

SACRAMENTO, September 17, 2020 – As the Jewish community prepares to observe the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Rabbis representing Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Judaism are reminding members of the faith to observe this important time of spiritual observance and community while still […]

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Kings Canyon National Park to Close Due to Significant Smoke Impacts and Hazardous Air Quality

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California September 17, 2020– Kings Canyon National Park announces that the park will close to all visitors due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. The park entrance station, facilities and parking lots will close beginning at 5:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020. Sequoia […]

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Report: Communities of Color in L.A. Shortchanged by Trump Admin’s PPP Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.Sept. 17, 2020 – A new analysis from government watchdog Accountable.US found significant racial disparities in the awarding of loans in the Los Angeles, California area under the Trump Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The CARES Act program was billed as a lifeline for struggling small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, but due to the administration’s poor design and management, Los Angeles zip codes […]

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Washington State Federal judge issues nationwide injunction blocking Postmaster General’s unlawful policies delaying mail

YAKIMA, Wash. Sept. 17, 2020 — A federal judge in Yakima, Wash., today granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to grant a nationwide injunction forcing the U.S. Postal Service to immediately halt drastic operational changes. Judge Stanley A. Bastian will issue a detailed written order this afternoon. In its motion for a preliminary injunction, Ferguson […]

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund Applauds House Passage of Critical Legislation to Protect Pregnant Workers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed critical legislation to protect pregnant people in the workplace. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant people and would help ensure workers don’t face discrimination or retaliation based on their pregnancy-related needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has […]

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California Tahoe Conservancy awards $523,500 in grants for forest health improvement, wildfire risk reduction, and climate change adaptation

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. September 17, 2020 – At its virtual meeting today, the California Tahoe Conservancy Board awarded $523,500 in grants to support programs and projects that will improve forest health and reduce the threat of wildfire to Lake Tahoe Basin (Basin) communities, and to accelerate adaptation to climate change. “At a time when […]

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Yosemite Park closing due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park

Yosemite National Park announces that the park will close to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. All park entrance stations and roads will close beginning at 5:00 pm tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020. With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous […]

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Government Accountability Project and Project South Send Letter to Congress on Behalf of Whistleblower Client

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2020 – Today, Government Accountability Project and Project South sent a letter to Congress outlining the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General complaint from client and whistleblower, Ms. Dawn Wooten, LPN, regarding the egregious health practices at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia. Her allegations encompass a variety of health and […]