Gavin Newsom

7,911 Added | 8 Magazines | 15 Likes | 4 Following | 39,207 Followers | @GavinNewsom | Former SF mayor & 49th Lt. Gov. of California. Dedicated to equal rights & the economic recovery of California. Author of Citizenville, available now: amzn.to/TLXFUF

LGBTQ Advocates Fear 'Religious Freedom' Bills Moving Forward In States

There are renewed efforts at the state level to pass so-called religious freedom bills. LGBTQ rights advocates believe that's because local lawmakers are anticipating support from the Trump administration.<p>In Alabama, there's a bill that allows adoption agencies that are religiously affiliated to …

Equality

Why California's eroding coast is a problem – and what the government can do

El Niño brought unprecedentedly powerful waves to the Pacific Coast in 2015-2016, while droughts starved beaches of sediment, according to a new …

Climate

'Dreamer' arrest a wake-up call for immigrant rights groups

<b>(CNN) —</b> Immigrant rights groups are reeling after the arrest of Daniel Ramirez Medina last week, a so-called "Dreamer" who they say is currently authorized to live and work in the United States under a program established by the Obama administration.<p>While his lawyers call Ramirez a "law abiding" …

Immigration

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.<p>On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress …

Adam Lanza

Senate clears roll back of background-check rule for president's signature

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a rule barring gun ownership for some who have been deemed mentally impaired, clearing the measure for President Trump's signature.<p>The Obama-era rule required the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries to The National …

Government

San Francisco is taxing the rich to pay for free community college

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to offer free community college to all residents starting this fall, Mayor Ed Lee announced this week.<p>The city will pay for it by taxes on properties selling for more than $5 million.<p>The real estate transfer tax, as it's called, …

San Francisco

Gun rights advocates prepare push for more guns in schools – grizzly bears or no

Attempts to allow more guns in K-12 schools were defeated in 15 states last year but second amendment campaigners are only encouraged by Trump’s election<p>Andrew McDaniel is a rural legislator from the gun-loving state of Missouri. But when he heard that America’s new secretary of education had …

Gun Control

California is not 'out of control,' leaders tell Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California leaders pushed back on Monday against President Donald Trump's claim that the state is "out of control," pointing to its balanced budget and high jobs numbers in the latest dustup between the populist Republican and the progressive state.<p>The state's top …

Government

The Bowling Green Massacre Is Fake. Mentally Ill Americans with Easier Access to Guns Is Real.

The Kellyanne Conway Chronicles.<p>DJ Kellyanne Conway can always get a gig. Cable news outlets continually book someone who has made it her post-election mission to undermine the concept of objective reality. Conway joined Chris Matthews last night to explain why we so desperately needed the …

Guns

These immigrants can go to college, but blocked from student loans

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Mitzie Perez is one of the 750,000 DREAMers who are allowed to legally go to college, but their status as temporary residents leaves them with few ways to pay for tuition.<p>They're not eligible for federal grants or loans. And it's widely known among DREAMers that banks are turning …

Loans

UC Berkeley erupts in protests over Milo Yiannopoulos speech

Protests erupted on the University of California at Berkeley campus Wednesday night over a scheduled appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.<p>Yiannopoulos, an editor for the far-right website Breitbart News who many identify with the alt-right, a white-nationalist movement, was set …

Bigotry

Red, blue states split over Trump's 'sanctuary city' order

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on "sanctuary cities" has triggered divergent actions from blue and red states, revealing the deep national divide on immigration as some move to follow his order and others break with the U.S. government to protect immigrants in the …

Government

Think States Alone Can’t Handle Sea Level Rise? Watch California

Last March, a paper by a geoscientist named Rob DeConto came out in <i>Nature</i>. And as far as geology papers go, it was a big deal: It outlined a new …

Climate Change

The Coolest Cannabis Farm in Oregon

The secret to growing really good weed is a lot of R.E.M.<p>In a dank, disheveled office on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, Richard Vinal is marveling at the handpan steel drum he has just unboxed, shipped here to Hillsboro from Asheville, North Carolina. "I know the guy who makes these," he crows. …

Cannabis

The 10 US colleges that stand to lose the most from Trump's immigration ban

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Opponents of the ban worry that the temporary travel ban will turn into a permanent one.<p>Around the …

College & University

GUNMAKER CEO: Fewer people are buying ammunition after the election because Hillary Clinton didn't win

People seem to be easing up on their ammunition buying after the presidential election.<p>John Fischer, CEO of Winchester-maker Olin Corporation, said that gun retailers are seeing slower than expected sales of bullets and ammunition post-election.<p>"Winchester did experience a slowdown in commercial …

Elections

Californians are calling for a split from the US — but one secessionist group has odd ties to Russia

The tweets began within hours of President Trump's victory on November 8.<p>"We'll just take our avocados and legal weed and go#CalExit," one person tweeted.<p>"#Calexit I'm all in for this! We're basically in our own little world anyway. And let's elect #BernieSanders as our supreme leader!" another …

Russia

How Legalization Is Changing The Aesthetic Of Smoking

As legalization spreads across the U.S., designers are appealing to consumers who "don’t want a gross bro" bong.<p>This November, throngs of cheerful shoppers clutching cocktails navigated the stalls of West Coast Craft, a massive biannual design show held in a cavernous warehouse on the San Francisco …

PG-13 Movies Contain More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Movies

But rarely any consequences.<p>There is more gun violence in popular PG-13 movies than in the biggest R-rated movies, according to a new study published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i>. The study, which continues from a 2013 study on the same subject, found that gun violence continues to grow in movies …

Here’s What Experts Know About How Marijuana Affects Your Body

A comprehensive 440-page report seeks to dispel fact from fiction<p>Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and eight of those states plus D.C. allow pot for recreational use, too. The legal landscape is changing, but lots of questions still remain regarding …

Marijuana

San Francisco sues Trump over executive orders it claims are unconstitutional

San Francisco sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, charging that its crackdown on sanctuary cities violates the state rights provisions of the U.S. Constitution.<p>The filing in federal court comes less than a week after President Trump issued orders putting cities and counties on notice that …

San Francisco

San Francisco sues Donald Trump over order targeting 'sanctuary cities'

Executive order mandates federal government withhold grants from localities that limit cooperation with immigration enforcement<p>San Francisco filed suit against Donald Trump on Tuesday, becoming the first city to bring a legal challenge against the president’s executive order targeting sanctuary …

San Francisco

Lt. Gov. Newsom joins marijuana regulators to speak with business leaders in SF

After spearheading California’s successful initiative to legalize marijuana, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to offer his support to the cannabis community.<p>Newsom will join the state’s leading marijuana regulators and business people at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San …

Marijuana

California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A handful of California government workers face a difficult task: By Jan. 1, craft regulations that will govern the state's emerging legal pot market.<p>Californians last year approved a ballot measure that legalized the recreational use of marijuana, starting next year.<p>Now, …

Cannabis

How close is 1.5°C? Depends when you measure from

A new study calculates that temperatures have warmed at least 1°C since the early 1880s<p>Most scientists studying global warming compare today’s temperatures to those of the late 19th century because that is as far back as quality temperature observations go. But a new study makes the case for a …

Climate Change

As the White House changes course on climate change, California stubbornly presses forward

With cheese and shrimp cocktail piled on their plates, guests strolled the exhibit like patrons at an art gallery, sipping beer and pausing to ponder the displays that lined the room. But instead of paintings or sculptures, they were examining scientific charts about climate change at a state …

Climate Change

What Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Does—and Doesn't Do

The Trump administration appears to have reversed the ban on green-card holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries.<p><i>Updated on Monday, January 30, at 1:01 p.m.</i><p>President Trump signed on Friday an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all …

Government

I Went Through America’s Extreme Vetting

I’m a Syrian refugee. Trust me, it’s plenty tough.<p>I’m a Syrian refugee living in the United States. My family, which fled to Turkey in 2011 as protests against the government grew, is Muslim. And on Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that would have made it difficult, if not impossible …

Refugees

Trump has two paths he can take on marijuana legalization — here's how they could affect you

President Donald Trump set an ambitious agenda in his first full week in office.<p>After his inauguration on January 20, Trump signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act, revived two controversial oil pipelines, staged a war on the media, and …

Marijuana

Federal judge halts Trump’s immigration order — but only for those already

The Trump administration can’t deport the people it’s currently holding in airports.<p>Federal Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York has handed an early victory to the lawyers challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants and travelers from seven …

Government