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Patients Embrace Legislative Deal to Update Malpractice Cap, Forestall Ballot Fight on Fairness for Injured Patients Act in November

Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2022 – The California families harmed by medical negligence who launched the Patients for Fairness coalition (http://www.patientsforfairness.org) responded favorably to news of a potential legislative deal to raise the 47 year old cap on medical malpractice damages. The families said the legislation would eliminate the need for the Fairness for […]

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State Auditor: Law Enforcement Departments Have Not Adequately Guarded Against Biased Conduct

Our audit of five law enforcement departments throughout the State uncovered the actions of some officers at each department who engaged in biased conduct, either during their on-duty interactions with individuals or online through their social media posts. Although we did not find officers who were members of hate groups, some officers made statements indicating […]

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Stanford experts discuss California’s 30×30 initiative – one of the most ambitious conservation efforts ever

April 25, 2022 – One of the most ambitious conservation efforts ever, California’s 30×30 initiative(link is external) aims to protect plant and animal life across 30 percent of the state’s most critical land and water by 2030. Gov. Gavin Newsom has described the plan as an important step toward ensuring community well-being, equity, and economic sustainability while […]

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California Supreme Court ends bail company’s bid to continue violating consumer protection laws, halting debt collection of $38m

ALAMEDA —  Last week, the California Supreme Court declined to review the California Court of Appeal’s decision holding that bail bonds companies cannot operate their businesses in violation of consumer protection laws — which protects Californians from unscrupulous business practices. The Court of Appeal’s decision affirmed a preliminary injunction from Alameda County Superior Court that […]

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Ninth Circuit Deals Latest Blow to Big Oil, Ruling that California Climate Lawsuits Belong in State Court

San Mateo, California — Lawsuits from six California cities and counties seeking to hold major oil and gas companies — including ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell — accountable for the cost of climate damages they knowingly caused should proceed in state court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today.  The unanimous […]

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New report and web page shine light on insurance companies’ fossil fuel investments as well as green investments

LOS ANGELES – Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today issued a new report and web page detailing insurance companies’ investments in fossil fuels as part of his comprehensive effort to protect consumers from the impacts of climate change. The report is the most exhaustive study of fossil fuel investments by insurance companies ever done by any U.S. state. For […]

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Feinstein, Padilla, Booker, Stabenow to Secretary Vilsack: Support California Prop 12

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to support California’s Proposition 12 before the Supreme Court.             In 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, which set humane standards for farm animal products sold in California. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed […]

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Attorney General Bonta Defends State Housing Density Law

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today filed a brief in defense of Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), which allows local governments to rezone certain neighborhoods for denser housing, irrespective of local restrictions. SB 10 was part of a package of bills passed by the Legislature last year to alleviate California’s housing crisis. Following its passage, a Los Angeles-based […]

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DWR to Use Innovative Airborne Technology to Map State’s Groundwater Basins

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is using an innovative, helicopter-based technology to gather information about the state’s groundwater aquifer structure to support drought response and the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). DWR’s use of airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys advances Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio goal of using technology […]

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CDPH Statement on Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in Schools

SACRAMENTO – The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet fully approved COVID-19 vaccines for individuals of all ages within the 7–12 grade span. The State of California announced last October that full approval by the FDA was a precondition to initiating the rulemaking process to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations […]

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Prop. 13 offers bigger tax breaks to homeowners in wealthy, white neighborhoods

In summary A new study finds white, wealthy homeowners in Oakland receive thousands more in tax breaks than owners of homes in minority neighborhoods. Homeowners in wealthy, white neighborhoods in Oakland received thousands of dollars more in property tax breaks than their counterparts in neighborhoods with large Black, Asian and Latino populations, according to a […]

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EPA Awards $100,000 to UC Berkeley for creating technology to remove high levels of arsenic from groundwater

SAN FRANCISCO (April 11, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced it awarded $99,998 in funding to an interdisciplinary student team at UC Berkeley for creating a new technology that removes arsenic from groundwater as part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Program.  “Congratulations to these students for their hard […]

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California Department of Education Releases 2021–22 Statewide School Enrollment Data

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today released K–12 public school enrollment data for the 2021–22 academic year. The annual snapshot of fall enrollment shows a fifth year of decline as the state emerges from two challenging years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The release provides yet another data point in the continuing analysis of California’s […]

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CDFW Warns Dog Owners to be Mindful of Salmon Poisoning Disease

Dog owners in northern California are reminded to take precautions to protect their pets from Salmon Poisoning Disease. Salmon Poisoning Disease is a potentially fatal condition seen only in dogs after they eat certain types of raw or cold smoked fish like trout and salmon that are infected with a bacteria-like organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which […]

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CDFW Moves Quickly to Close the Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Statewide in Response to Humpback Whale Entanglements

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has assessed entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP) and announced the closure of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the Oregon state line) effective at noon on April 20, 2022. This closure […]

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Naturopathic Doctor pleads guilty to fake COVID-19 immunization and vaccination card scheme

SAN FRANCISCO – A California-licensed naturopathic doctor pleaded guilty today for scheming to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets and for falsifying COVID-19 vaccination cards by making it appear that customers had received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized Moderna vaccine. The Hon. Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge accepted the plea. “Juli Mazi has admitted […]

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Property Tax Postponement Deadline Extended to May 11 for Homeowners in Counties Hit by Severe Storms or Wildfires

SACRAMENTO—State Controller Betty T. Yee today reminded Californians that homeowners in counties with declared emergencies have extra time to apply for California’s Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program for the 2021-22 tax year. While the standard application deadline was February 10, homeowners in 23 counties affected by wildfires or severe October storms have until May 11, […]

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California adopts new regulation to protect environment and residents from PFASs in after-market treatments for textile and leather products

SACRAMENTO – To protect California’s environment and public health from ongoing releases of a large group of hazardous chemicals, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has adopted a new rule that requires manufacturers of certain after-market treatment products to consider safer alternatives. The regulation applies to treatments containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), such as cleaners, […]

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LAO reports: Climate Change Impacts Across California

This series of six reports is intended to help policymakers think about how climate change will impact various sectors and, consequently, what key corresponding policy and fiscal issues the Legislature will face in the coming years. They are intended as framing documents to help the Legislature adopt a “climate lens” across policy areas. See the Executive […]

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AG Bonta Issues Statement on Mass Shooting in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Sacramento on Sunday: “My heart aches for the families devastated by this morning’s mass shooting in downtown Sacramento. As the investigation continues, my office is closely monitoring and has reached out to the Sacramento Police Department to offer assistance with this investigation. I also urge the […]