California

PG&E Lawyers Cashing in on the “Most Expensive” Bankruptcy Ever

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 3, 2019 - -A US trustee has demolished PG&E’s claim for $140 M in lawyers’ fees for the first few months...

Governor Newsom Signs Charter School Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 3, 2019 – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 1505 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), which significantly reforms the Charter Schools...

EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses...

San Francisco, Oct. 3, 2019 - Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) have reached...

New legislation expands California’s tax credit for food donations – fighting hunger and food...

Sacramento, California, October, 2, 2019 -- Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 614 (Eggman), expanding the Farm to Food Bank Tax...

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 3, 2019 - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jim...

Governor Newsom Signs Bills to Enhance Wildfire Mitigation, Preparedness and Response Efforts

SACRAMENTO October 3, 2019 - Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a series of bills aimed at improving California’s wildfire prevention, mitigation and response efforts...

Governor Newsom Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro

SACRAMENTO October 2, 2019 - Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of CAL FIRE Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro: “Jennifer and...

Water Year 2020 Begins with Robust Reservoir Storage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. October 1, 2019 - California begins a new water year today with significantly more water in storage than the previous year thanks...

Gov. Newsom Signs Legislation Allowing Child Care Providers the Right to Unionize

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 30, 2019 – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 378 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) giving child care workers the right...

New poll: Vaccine rule widely supported by California voters

Sept. 30, 2019 - Just 16% of voters are opposed to a new California law requiring parents vaccinate their children, according to a new...

California Court Upholds Challenge to Controversial Walt Ranch Vineyard

NAPA, Calif. Oct. 1, 2019 - A California appeals court ruled yesterday that Napa County violated state law in approving the large Walt Ranch...

Insurance Companies Use Occupation and Education to Segregate and Overcharge California Drivers

Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 1, 2019 - An analysis of new data obtained from insurance companies by the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) confirms...

New CA Law Creates Strictest Lead and Cadmium Limits in Jewelry in U.S.

SACRAMENTO, October 1, 2019 - Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly...

Study takes the long view of Santa Barbara coastline vulnerability, provides adaptation options

SANTA BARBARA, CA, Sept. 30, 2019  - Santa Barbara County residents love their coastline, from the small-town beaches of Carpinteria to Santa Barbara’s waterfront...

CAL FIRE Makes Arson Arrest in Shasta County

Redding, Calif. September 27, 2019 - On September 27, 2019 at approximately 8:30 am, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers, Anderson Fire Department, Shasta Interagency...

Most CA Fires Occur in Area of Wildland-urban Interface with Less Fuel and More...

Madison, WI, September 24, 2019 - In California, the state with more building destruction by wildfire than all of the other states combined, new...

Insurance Companies Should Cut Ties with Fossil Fuels in the Wake of Climate-Related Rate...

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 25, 2019 -  As the 2019 wildfire season begins, many homeowners in at-risk areas have once again seen their insurance...

First known cases of sudden oak death detected in Del Norte County

Sept. 24, 2019 - A team of collaborators including the citizen science project SOD Blitz have detected the first cases of the infectious tree-killing...

New State Data: Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Widespread in California Drinking Water Sources

SAN FRANCISCO September 25, 2019 - Drinking water sources for 74 community water systems serving 7.5 million Californians are contaminated with the highly toxic...

AG Becerra Joins Coalition in Calling on Congress to Pass Cannabis Banking Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 24, 2019 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 21 state attorneys general, urged Congress to pass the...