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By Gavin Newsom | The issues that I am focused on each and every day for each and every Californian.
SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are …Australia
Dozens of protesters chanted "End Oil Now!" and hoisted signs alongside an inflatable mock pipeline on a Santa Barbara beach on Sunday, demanding an end to fracking and other forms of "extreme oil extraction" days after a spill sent thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean and onto …Santa Barbara County
“We’ve gotten used to gridlock and stalemate at the national level. This is what it looks like for a city.” What civic dysfunction has in common with excessive CEO pay, and why it matters.
Last week I mentioned that a civic-bankruptcy drama was about to reach a climax in the beleaguered city of San …Bankruptcy
California not only leads the nation in the fight against climate change — in some ways it leads the world.
The Golden State has the world’s second least carbon-intensive economy, according to a new study from public policy group Next 10. Only France, with its large fleet of nuclear power plants, …Energy
Dozens of California farmers whose century-old claims to rivers and streams have assured them a nearly endless water supply, at least up until now, are offering to give up a quarter of their water in exchange for a guarantee that the drought-plagued state won’t come clamoring for a whole lot …Agriculture
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Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County over the coastal oil spill.
The move Wednesday night from the governor frees up emergency state funding and resources to help in the cleanup efforts.
Also Wednesday, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce …Pipelines
Goleta (Santa Barbara County) — Removing oil from the picturesque coastline here became a job for experts-only Thursday when volunteers who had descended on the beaches to help a day earlier were asked to leave.
While most had good intentions, state and federal fish and wildlife officials said they …Santa Barbara County
Crews are working around the clock to clean up the site of an oil spill in Santa Barbara County that has sent tens of thousands of crude into the Pacific Ocean and left even more saturating the soil.
Michelle Rogow, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the …Santa Barbara County
If you were the governor with extra bucks to burn, would you help the working poor? Or help the aged and disabled poor who are unable to work?
Another choice: Provide healthcare for immigrants in the country illegally? Or help poor kids get dental care.
Gov. Jerry Brown had these and many such …Earned Income Tax Credit
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
A senior water official told The Associated Press Wednesday that he would …California Drought
California Physicians Drop Opposition To Right-To-Die Bill In 'Breakthrough' For Death With Dignity Movement
A medical group that has long opposed doctor-assisted death has reversed course and dropped its opposition to the practice, saying the decision should be up to the patient and physician.
The California Medical Association, which represents more than 40,000 physicians in the Golden State, removed …California
Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a tub-thumping speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in Anaheim on Saturday, touching on the policy themes that have made her the increasingly popular champion of her party's liberal wing and bestowing conspicuous praise on state Atty. …Democrats
A judge has ruled that abstinence-only programs are in violation of California law and promote “medically inaccurate information.”
Abstinence-only programs don’t qualify as sex education and are in violation of California law, a Fresno County Superior Court judge has ruled.
In his groundbreaking …California
A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for nearly every child in California passed the state Senate on Thursday morning.
The controversial bill ensures that parents enrolling their children in California schools will be allowed to opt them out of immunizations only for medical reasons and may no …California
El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean that were first identified in March are strengthening, federal scientists said Thursday, renewing hope that the next winter could be a long-awaited wet one for California.
The weather phenomenon intensified from “weak” in April to “weak-to-moderate” in May, …El Niño
Droughts! Earthquakes! Economic meltdowns! Californians have grown blasé about living on the edge of Imminent Demise. As mandatory water restrictions take effect, V.F. charts the dark side of the California dream, with a handy guide to the hazards that threaten to change life in the Golden State …California
How will California look beyond renewables to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings and infrastructure?Energy
The street median isn’t just a patch of grass in the middle of the road. Or is it?
The leafy islands that have long brought calm to neighborhoods, and sometimes carry a sense of prestige — turning a mere street into a stately boulevard — are one of the targets of the state’s water conservation …San Francisco Politics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Elected officials in California will get 3 percent raises under a package approved Monday by the state's Citizens Compensation Commission, after it cut their salaries during the recession.
The commission voted unanimously for the increase at a meeting in Sacramento, …California
To the editor: Bravo to the workers at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Westside temple for being good citizens and setting an important example for our city by letting their expansive lawn go brown. It's a great first step. ("Mormon Temple in West L.A. lets its landmark lawn turn …California
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.
Players and the manager of the team expressed support for the ordinance signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee on Friday but also …San Francisco Bay Area
California adopted new rules Wednesday to help cities and water agencies figure out the best way to siphon water from the sea and turn it into drinking water without killing fish.
The plan, approved by the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento, marks the first time any state or country …Natural Resources
Two affiliates of a giant petroleum company that operates nearly 150 gas stations in the Bay Area will pay $11.5 million to the state for numerous violations of hazardous-waste laws, the California Attorney General announced Thursday.
Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips agreed to pay the fine as part of …California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.
The State Water Resources Control Board …California
Governor Jerry Brown has orders residents and businesses to cut water consumption by 25 per cent as state suffers record drought
Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, state regulators reported on Tuesday, saying residents and …California
ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — IN a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is …San Francisco Politics
Once again, California’s Silicon Valley is confirming its status as a mecca of high-tech entrepreneurship and wealth creation. But it is not a model …Silicon Valley
At three inches long, the delta smelt is one of the smallest fish in California -- but ounce for ounce, no species statewide carries more weight.
Endangered since 1993, the plankton-eating silver minnow is blamed by farmers, lawmakers and water officials up and down the Golden State for locking down …Natural Resources
Gov. Brown’s ‘Google Maps for health’ drives California to precision medicine lead - San Francisco Business Times
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By weaving together a hodgepodge of patient and clinical …