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Interior Department Completes Removal of “Sq___” from Federal Use in California

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced the Board on Geographic Names has voted on the final replacement names for nearly 650 geographic features featuring the word sq___, including 84 in California. The final vote completes the last step in the historic efforts to remove a term from federal use that has historically been […]

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Cal ISO: Consumers advised to be prepared for possible outages

FOLSOM, Calif. – The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is alerting Californians to be ready for potential rotating power outages on Tuesday evening, as the hottest weather of this historic heat wave is forecast to push electricity demand to an all-time high. If outages are initiated, consumers can expect to receive notifications from power providers […]

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Prepositioning of firefighting resources, personnel grows as extreme heat, fire conditions intensify

With fire conditions and extreme heat intensifying beginning Labor Day, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to deploy resources statewide as one of the largest prepositioning events is expanding. Cal OES has strategically prepositioned critical fire resources to include fire engines, water tenders, hand crews, dozers and dispatchers in 21 counties […]

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Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Improve Working Conditions and Wages for Fast-Food Workers

SACRAMENTO – On Labor Day, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed landmark legislation to empower fast-food workers with new wage and workplace protections to support their health, safety and welfare. Watch a video message from the Governor here.  AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), […]

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Plan Ahead on National Forests This Labor Day Weekend

VALLEJO, Calif., Sept. 2, 2022—With Labor Day weekend approaching, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region reminds visitors to recreate responsibly, plan ahead, and prepare for any forest closures and fire restrictions. This year, there have been more than 500 fires on California national forests with approximately 98 percent contained within the first 48 hours […]

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California Legislature ends 2021-22 session passing key bills to address climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the waning hours of the 2021-22 legislative session Wednesday night into Thursday morning, California lawmakers passed several hotly debated bills that could mitigate climate change and protect public health. This significant new legislation includes setting a goal for 90% of the state’s electricity to come from clean sources by 2035; prohibiting […]

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Jennifer Sherer: California’s FAST Recovery Act is a victory for fast food workers and a model for state labor policy

This week’s Senate passage of the California FAST Recovery Act, AB257, marks a historic breakthrough for workers and state labor policymaking with far-reaching national implications. As EPI and the National Employment Law Project noted in a statement endorsed by forty organizations earlier this year, AB257 “is important for workers across the country and for shaping the future […]

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Senate Leader Atkins, Senator Grove’s Legislation to Bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program to All of California Passes Legislature

Sacramento — Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) announced that their bipartisan legislation in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to establish California’s first Statewide Imagination Library Program unanimously passed the Senate Floor today and is headed to the Governor’s desk for signing. SB 1183, which would […]

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California Senate passes Safe Roads Bill, putting statewide wildlife connectivity within reach

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 30, 2022 — The California Senate passed the Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act on Monday in a 35-0 vote, paving the way for more wildlife crossings across the state’s roadway system. Assembly Bill 2344 now awaits approval from the governor after a concurrence vote in the Assembly, which it passed in May. “California lawmakers agree that […]

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CDFW Director Statement on FERC Release of EIS on Klamath Dam Removal

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham issued the following statement on the release today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed decommissioning of four dams on the Klamath River: “We applaud the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff for issuing the final […]

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Three companies agree to plead guilty to federal offense and pay nearly $13 million in federal fines and response costs for offshore oil spill

LOS ANGELES – A Texas-based oil company and two of its subsidiaries have agreed to plead guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, pay a $7.1 million criminal fine, and compensate federal programs approximately $5.8 million in connection with the discharge of approximately 25,000 gallons of crude oil last October during an offshore leak […]

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AG Bonta Releases California Criminal Justice Statistical Reports for 2021

OAKLAND, August 25, 2022 – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the release of the annual Homicide in California, Crime in California, Use of Force Incident Reporting, and Juvenile Justice in California statistical reports. The reports provide policymakers, researchers, law enforcement, and members of the public with vital statewide information on criminal justice statistics […]

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California moves to accelerate to 100% new zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035

Sacramento—The California Air Resources Board today approved the trailblazing Advanced Clean Cars II rule that sets California on a path to rapidly growing the zero-emission car, pickup truck and SUV market and deliver cleaner air and massive reductions in climate-warming pollution. The rule establishes a year-by-year roadmap so that by 2035 100% of new cars and light […]

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California Rural Counties Awarded $2.7 Million to Support Broadband Deployment

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the awarding of $2.7 million in American Rescue Plan grant funding through the Economic Adjustment Assistance program for the development of broadband strategic plans in 27 rural California counties. Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) will serve as the grant administrator for these planning funds, […]

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Padilla, Feinstein Announce $26 Million Headed to Klamath Basin from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) announced the Department of the Interior will provide nearly $26 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Klamath Basin restoration projects, including nearly $16 million for ecosystem restoration projects in the Basin and $10 million to expand the Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery. […]

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Older adults and adults with disabilities in California are in need of care, but financially strapped, study shows

Among adults with disabilities and older adults in California who need assistance caring for themselves and completing routine daily tasks, 40% receive no help at all or get only limited help, according to research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR). Their struggles are exacerbated by financial concerns, the research shows, with more […]

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Climate Change Projected to Increase Atmospheric River Flood Damages in the Western United States

A research team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has found that flood damages triggered by atmospheric river storms may triple from $1 billion a year to over $3 billion a year by the end of the century unless action is taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.  The damages could be […]

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