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California made it hard to avoid vaccinating kids. Medical waivers have tripled. Now what?

Three years after California stopped allowing families to easily opt out of childhood vaccines, the number of kids getting medical waivers has tripled—the result, critics say, of some doctors loosely issuing exemptions to help families get around the law. The decrease has left some counties, including Nevada and Plumas, below the recommended vaccination rate required […]

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A political firestorm is about to hit the Capitol: Who will pay for wildfire damages?

July 16, 2018 – Asked this spring to identify the most important issue facing California lawmakers, the leader of the state Senate didn’t hesitate: wildfires. Two months later—with fires blazing from the Oregon border to San Diego—legislators are poised to wade into a political firestorm sparked by last year’s historic fires and mudslides, which destroyed […]

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California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters

August 17, 2017 – Against the sparkling backdrop of sailboats bobbing on San Francisco Bay, Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program, assuring that the most high-profile piece of the state’s fight against climate change persists for another decade. In a Sacramento hearing room two days later, the California Air […]

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Toxic Priorities: Switching cleanup rules, state risks leaving homes contaminated

March 16, 2017 – Struggling with what officials call the largest and most expensive toxic contamination in California history, embattled state regulators have changed the formula for assessing the level of lead-laced soil in residential areas—a move that could result in a significant number of homes falling off the priority cleanup list. The little-noticed switch […]

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Trump suggests yanking fed dollars if California’s a ‘sanctuary’ — can he do that?

February 9, 2017 – The burgeoning political standoff between California and the Trump administration took another step into unprecedented terrain this week when, on a pre-Super Bowl televised interview, the President denounced California as “out of control” and contemplated cutting its federal funding. The threat came in response to moves by the Democratic-controlled Legislature toward […]

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