California

End of Summer Travelers Urged to Take Precautions to Prevent Zika

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 19, 2016 - Travelers coming back from the Olympic Games in Rio and other vacation spots where the Zika virus is...

California Bill to Protect Youth Miranda Rights

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 18, 2016 - The California state assembly is considering a bill that would require a consultation with a lawyer for...

Legal Doubts Over California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Aug. 18, 2016 - The opinion of lawyers working for California’s lawmakers became clear in the spring. Without new laws, the state’s prominent cap-and-trade...

Blue Cut Fire in California spreads quickly (NASA sat photo)

August 18, 2016 - On Aug. 16, 2016, at around 10:30 a.m., a brush fire ignited in the Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles,...

State Water Board Releases Statewide ‘Stress Test’ Data

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 16, 2016 – The State Water Resources Control Board today posted “stress tests” submitted by water suppliers to demonstrate whether they have...

Mammoth Lakes Doctor Pleads Guilty to Removing Archeological Resources

FRESNO, Calif. August 15, 2016 - Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, of Mammoth Lakes, pleaded guilty today to unauthorized transportation of archeological resources and unauthorized...

Investigators Arrest Suspected arsonist related to the Clayton Fire

Lower Lake August 15, 2016 - CAL FIRE law enforcement officers, in cooperation with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County District...

Republican & Democratic Conventions Trigger Another Significant Spike in California Online Registration Activity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 15, 2016 - Do political conventions motivate people to register to vote? In a word: Yes.  During both the Republican and...

Wildfire Relief Fund re-opened in response to Clayton Fire

August 15, 2016 - North Coast Opportunities (NCO) and MendoLake Credit Union have re-opened the Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund in response to the...

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Chimney Fire

OAKLAND, Calif. August 15, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds...

FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Clayton Fire

OAKLAND, Calif. August 15, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds...

Excess nitrogen in California comes mostly from agriculture and fuel combustion

August 15, 2016 - Nitrogen is essential for agriculture but also has health and environmental impacts. The California Nitrogen Assessment, a new report from...

Man Indicted for Growing Marijuana on National Forest Land in Trinity County and Stabbing...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 12, 2016 - A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Francisco Barcellos-Ramirez, 34, of Mexico, charging him with...

Backpackers Now Required to Use Bear Canisters in Lassen Volcanic National Park

MINERAL, CA August 12, 2016 - As of this week, Lassen Volcanic National Park has implemented an emergency closure that affects how backcountry visitors...

Feds Say California’s Endangered Channel Islands Foxes Are Recovered

VENTURA, Calif. August 11, 2016 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the successful recovery of three out of four unique subspecies...

Delta Tunnels: CA Legislature to Audit CA “WaterFix” Funding

SACRAMENTO, CA, Aug. 11, 2016 - Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted to launch an audit into funding for the California WaterFix (Delta...

Groups Initiate Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Endangered Species from Offshore Fracking and...

SANTA BARBARA, Aug. 11, 2016 - EDC and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to...

Consumer Watchdog Posts Judge’s State Farm Refund Order; Commissioner Must Approve Or Reject

SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug. 10, 2016 - Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance made public a decision by an Administrative Law Judge, issued after...

CAL FIRE Investigators Determine Cause of Destructive Valley Fire

Sacramento, Calif. August 10, 2016 - After a comprehensive investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the 2015 Valley Fire was caused by a faulty residential electrical connection. Investigators were dispatched as part...

PG&E Found Guilty of Obstruction, Multiple Violations of Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 9, 2016—A federal jury found Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) guilty today of multiple willful violations of the Natural Gas...