POLICY & POLITICS
North SJ Valley:
The 2020 election focus will turn to south Modesto and its surrounding neighborhoods on Thursday as candidates vying to become the city’s next mayor and the supervisor to represent the area square off in back-to-back debates.
Modesto has allocated as much as $700,000 over the next two years for law firms and private investigators to look into suspected employee wrongdoing, such as supervisors harassing or discriminating against subordinates, workers sleeping on the job or engaging in time theft.
Central SJ Valley:
Robert Costa (PBS Wash Week) Returns to Discuss 2020 Election in Virtual President’s Lecture Series (Free)
Costa will be the featured speaker for a first-ever virtual version of the President’s Lecture Series at Fresno State, less than a month before the 2020 presidential election. The President’s Lecture with Costa is scheduled from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. It’s free to participate, by visiting Zoom at the time of the event.
Calif Sen. Kamala Harris will visit Fresno on Tuesday while on the trail for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias said. Harris, a historic choice as the Democratic vice presidential running mate, will visit a local fire station during her trip to town, Arias said. Other details are still being worked out.
Calif Rep. Devin Nunes has had little success in the battery of lawsuits he filed against media organizations and critics, but his efforts are running up legal bills for the groups he considers his adversaries. Take, for instance, the Republican political consultant Liz Mair.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims will be part of a roundtable conversation with President Donald Trump in Sac next week. The White House says President Trump will join local and federal emergency officials Monday during a trip to McClellan Park in Sac County.
As the number of COVID-19 cases remain high in Stanislaus County and in Turlock specifically, the state has worked to reduce testing turnaround times.
South SJ Valley:
Using funds from the city of Bakersfield, Kern County Supervisors will consider reviving the Kern Recovers forgivable loan program during their Tuesday board meeting. In addition, supervisors will consider a $1 million plan to house agricultural workers who have contracted or been exposed to coronavirus in local hotels in order to prevent the disease from spreading within their communities.
United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams will visit Kern County Monday for a roundtable discussion with community leaders. Adams will be meeting with Kern County Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop and Director of Public Health Matt Constantine to speak with business, education and medical community leaders, according to a press release from the county.
President Donald Trump will visit Sac County on Monday to be briefed on the deadly wildfires that have charred more than 3 million acres across the state, the White House said on Saturday. The visit will include local and federal fire officials responsible for battling the wildfires, said Judd Deere, a White House deputy press secretary.
In Calif, cradle of renowned tech startups and Silicon Valley, elementary school students have had to figure out how to work remotely, but lawmakers have not. As the end-of-session frenzy gripped the state Legislature in late August, pandemic no-nos spiked: Lawmakers gathered indoors in large numbers and huddled closely, let their masks slip below their noses, smooshed together for photos and shouted “Aye!” and “No!” when voting in the Senate, potentially spraying virus-laden particles at their colleagues.
The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet, populated by a masked alien culture. The air, choked with blown ash, is difficult to breathe. There is the Golden Gate Bridge, looming in the distance through a drift-smoke haze, and the Salesforce Tower, which against the blood-orange sky appears as a colossal spaceship in a doomsday film.
The Calif Legislature has a handy website that allows users to find and track the thousands of bills that are introduced during its two-year sessions. If one enters “Calif Environmental Quality Act” into the website’s search function, 171 bills pop up for the session that ended a fortnight ago, implying the Legislature’s penchant for tinkering with Calif’s landmark environmental legislation that then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed 50 years ago.
A new poll released Sunday puts President Donald Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic at 35%, Roughly two-thirds of the nation think the president acted too slowly and distrust what he has said about the coronavirus, the new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.
Political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have sought to change, delay and prevent the release of reports about the coronavirus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because they were viewed as undermining President Trump’s message that the pandemic is under control.
President Trump signed an executive order Sunday that he says lowers prescription drug prices “by putting America first,” but experts say the move is unlikely to have any immediate impact. The move comes nearly two months after the president signed a different executive order with the exact same name, but held it back to see if he could negotiate a better deal with drug companies.
I want a coronavirus vaccine to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and distributed for inoculation as soon as there is scientifically approved evidence of its safety and efficacy — but not one moment sooner. There is a moral imperative, but no political imperative whatsoever, to move forward as soon as possible.
That’s what big pharmaceutical companies are implicitly begging the Trump administration to do, because of a public crisis of confidence in any forthcoming covid-19 vaccine. The plea is surprising on its face. It also rebuts the GOP’s entire understanding of regulation — specifically, that regulation is necessarily bad for businesses, consumers and economic growth.
Democrats’ bid to retake the Senate after six years of Republican control hinges on Joe Biden carrying the party’s candidates across the line in closely contested races. President Donald Trump’s stubbornly low approval ratings, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Biden’s lead in polls of the presidential contest are a drag on Republican candidates and an opportunity for Democrats eight weeks before the election.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
● John Hopkins University & Medicine John Hopkins University
● Tracking coronavirus in Calif LA Times
● Coronavirus Tracker SF Chronicle
● Coronavirus Daily NPR
● Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads Financial Times
● Coronavirus in Calif by the numbers CalMatters
Sac County officials are criticizing the use of a nationwide mail-in election circular meant to inform Americans about mail-in voting as many states eye remote democracy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Biden is passing up a chance to make fighting climate change the centerpiece of his campaign, environmentalists say, at time when wildfires have incinerated an unprecedented 3 million-plus acres in Calif, a record hurricane season is battering the Southeast and one of the worst windstorms ever to hit Iowa caused $4 billion in damage.
As Election Day nears, GOP congressional hopefuls in Calif swing districts are zeroing in on a particular strategy: That means reminding voters that Democrats are in charge of Calif, and that life in Calif kinda sucks at the moment. Cue the attack ads featuring tent encampments, raging wildfires, smashed storefronts — and a state law making it harder to classify “gig economy workers” as independent contractors.
The president clearly enjoys needling the nation’s most populous state. Since his inauguration, Donald Trump has taken aim at Calif for its policies on immigration and environmental protection, its left-leaning cultural institutions, its poverty rate (which, if you factor in the cost of living, is the highest in the nation), its crime rate (which isn’t), its liberal governor and its alleged tolerance of voter fraud (a charge that’s completely unfounded).
As the coronavirus continues its spread across the United States, strong majorities of Hispanic registered voters say the economy, health care and the COVID-19 outbreak are very important to their vote in the 2020 presidential election, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted July 27 to Aug. 2.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagreed over nearly everything, including the extent to which Black adults in this country are disadvantaged because of their race and women because of their gender.
Many Americans are concerned about voting in November amid the coronavirus pandemic and worries over the U.S. Postal Service’s capacity to deliver ballots on time. Democrats, however, are more concerned than Republicans about the ease of voting and the broader integrity of the election.
From her home in the Philadelphia suburbs, Nin Bell works for an answering service, taking calls from people trying to reach more than 10,000 funeral homes and end-of-life companies. As the coronavirus began to sweep the country earlier this year, the number of calls related to new deaths tripled.
● Why Trump Is Winning Over Hispanics National Review
Top Latino Democrats are voicing growing concern about Joe Biden’s campaign, warning that lackluster efforts to win the support of their community could have devastating consequences in the November election.
Facebook became the latest major employer Friday to give workers paid time off to vote in the November election and serve as poll workers, as the continuing global pandemic scuttles normal voting patterns, and both Democrats and Republicans fret about getting their supporters to the polls.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. managed to shock both political parties with a tweet accusing Joe Biden of conspiring to raise taxes for 82 % of Americans. And this would be extremely jarring — if it were true. Instead, Don Jr. mostly he shocked Twitter with his inability to do math and attempt to fear-monger the masses over Biden’s tax plan.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is pledging to dismantle the sweeping changes President Trump has made to the American immigration system, if he wins the White House in November. But that’s easier said than done.
President Trump’s campaign says it knocks on a million doors a week. Joe Biden’s campaign hasn’t knocked on any doors to talk to voters for months. In lieu of in-person meetings, Democrats are focused on conversations they can have virtually.
I endorse Proposition 15 because it is critical to Calif’s long-term economic recovery strategy. As someone who grew up in a small business household and has served on the Board of Equalization and now as State Controller, I know the impacts and implementation of this measure matter.
In a recent phone conversation — a catch-up during COVID isolation — a longtime friend talked of a memory that seemed especially relevant these days. A fellow cradle Catholic, whom I met at a Catholic university, she recalled how startled she was on entering my childhood parish for my decades-ago wedding and finding herself surrounded by statues of the saints and Christ on the cross, familiar to her but so very different.
The presidential elections of the 21st century have taught us to expect the unexpected. Still, as the current race heads into the post-Labor Day home stretch, some fundamentals have become clear.
Calif Economic Summit
We have all seen the images and heard stories: students without Internet access sitting in parks, parking lots or fast food restaurants to use public Wi-Fi to do homework. COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders illuminated how essential it is to be connected to the internet for education, healthcare work, and even public safety.
Three-quarters of U.S. adults say technology companies have a responsibility to prevent the misuse of their platforms to influence the 2020 presidential election, but only around a quarter say they are very or somewhat confident in these firms to do so, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted July 27-Aug. 2.
Short for “anti-fascist,” the label “antifa” gained notoriety in 2017 over the course of several high-profile conflicts between left-wing protesters and the far right in Berkeley, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Charlottesville; and elsewhere. But antifa has been a staple of radical politics across Europe, Latin America and beyond for decades.
MADDY INSTITUTE PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAMMING
Sunday, September 20, at 10 a.m. on ABC30 – Maddy Report: Countdown to the 2020 Census – Guests: Laura Hill with the Public Policy Institute of Calif., Taryn Luna with the Sac Bee, Dan Walters with CALmatters, SOS Padilla, Sarah Bohn- PPIC and John Myers, LA Times. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.
Sunday, September 20, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition: “Census & Immigration: Distinctly Different Issues Intersect.” – Guests: SOS Padilla, Sarah Bohn- PPIC and John Myers, LA Times. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.
Availability of N95 masks for farmworkers looked as hazy as the orange sky in Calif this week. The respirator masks are the most effective shield against toxic air for workers who have to remain outside as wildfires rip through the Golden State. But farmworker groups reported workers have virtually no masks, while the state and ag groups say they have distributed millions.
A goat farm from the foothills has found itself in limbo as the flames from the Creek Fire scorch the land. The goats are the heart of Basilwood Farm. Prather resident Jill Spruance runs the tight-knit family business and suddenly found danger coming closer when the Creek Fire burned.
At Bakersfield’s sprawling Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, multimillion dollar technology fills entire rooms: MRIs, CT scans, PET imaging, radiation therapy, cyber knife treatments and more. But in a wing of the building not far from its front door, employees and volunteers have been cooking up treatments for more common ailments — like food insecurity, hunger and want.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE/FIRE/PUBLIC SAFETY
Calif Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation changing the state’s sex offender law to allow judges to have a say on whether to list someone as a sex offender for having oral or anal sex with a minor.
When Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp decided not to bring criminal charges against four local restaurants for violating state COVID-19 rules, it was not necessarily an applause-worthy decision, but an understandable and right one.
Evidence shows that wildfires have become more widespread and severe over the years, with the ongoing West Coast blazes bearing testament to the worrying trend. Firefighters and farmers have tricks of their own to prevent fires from sparking and to contain them enough for successful defeat. But there might be a secret weapon that hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves.
The Creek Fire, rampaging in the Sierra National Forest in eastern Fresno and Madera counties, has charred an estimated 196,667 acres as of Saturday and devastated dozens of homes and businesses in the mountain communities.
● Creek Fire continues to rage county Madera Tribune
The Tulare County community of Three Rivers was placed under an evacuation warning Sunday night as flames from the weeks-old Sequoia Complex Fire chain crept closer to the foothill town. An evacuation warning means there is a potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock, are urged to leave immediately.
It all comes down to weather. After two days of somewhat favorable conditions that allowed firefighters to gain ground on 28 major wildfires burning across the state, winds are forecast to return Sunday, posing new challenges to quench the flames.
Tulare County authorities say the SQF Complex Fire made a big push to the west Saturday night. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux has now added a new mandatory evacuation order. It covers Highway 190 from the intersection at Balch Road north to Blue Ridge Lookout, east to Moses Mountain, and south to Mahogany Flat.
● Sequoia Complex update: Firefighters work to develop firelines Porterville Recorder
With Calif wildfires, it seems that every year brings a new record for “more”: More acres, more frequent, more extreme, more deaths, more destruction. So it figures that along with all the other misery that 2020 has piled on us, it’s shaping up as one of the worst fire seasons on record. By Labor Day, more than 2 million acres had burned, and the worst of the season is just getting started.
If it seems that wildfires are burning nearly all the time these days, that there’s no longer a definable fire season in Calif, you’re right. Fourteen of the 20 most destructive fires in state history have occurred since 2007, and Calif has 78 more annual “fire days” now than it had 50 years ago.
For decades environmentalists have warned that the world is going to burn. Mostly, they meant it figuratively. But footage of fires sweeping through the Siberian steppe, the Amazon forest, parts of Australia and now, once again, Calif, make it easy to believe the planet is, literally, on fire.
We’ve got the North Complex fire and the August Complex fire. Then there’s the CZU Lightning Complex fire and the LNU Lightning Complex fire, not to mention the SCU Lightning Complex fire. It’s just all so complex.
Local small businesses impacted by the pandemic have a place to turn for financial help. Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation is teaming up with the City of Fresno and County of Fresno to offer grants that will aid small businesses in underserved neighborhoods impacted by COVID-19.
As fall fast approaches and temperatures begin to moderate, restaurants in downtown Bakersfield are exploring new ideas and opportunities for outdoor dining. And things are moving fast.
On September 9, 2020, Calif Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1867, a five-part bill that: (1) codifies existing COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (CPSL) requirements for certain food sector workers, (2) adds CPSL requirements for other employers, (3) creates a small-employer family leave mediation pilot program,1 (4) codifies existing COVID-19 handwashing requirements,2 and (5) amends enforcement provisions in Calif’s pre-COVID paid sick leave law,3 the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014. In this article, we focus exclusively on the emergency paid sick leave requirements.
Early this year, the organizers of a small Bay Area theater told Alicia Dattner they wouldn’t be able to pay her for an upcoming comedy act. The reason: A new Calif law that reclassified gig-economy workers, such as Uber drivers, as employees meant it would be too expensive to hire her.
As one of the tens of thousands of Calif workers who drive a car for Uber or Lyft, I have never received any of those basic worker benefits and protections. But we had every reason to believe that Labor Day 2020 would at last be a day we could celebrate.
Just over a year ago, The Hamilton Project released an economic analysis on private sector labor unions. In that piece, we documented private sector unions’ decades-long decline (see figure 1), discussed the labor market effects of unions, and explored policies to make collective bargaining easier for workers.
On June 8, the Business Cycle Dating Committee officially declared that the United States entered a recession in February. Young workers are typically hard hit in recessions, and research suggests that entering the labor market during a recession has a negative impact on future earnings and job prospects. In this post we examine the labor market experience of young workers since the onset of the pandemic and provide some thoughts on policy implications.
On September 10, Center for Technology Innovation Senior Fellow Darrell West testified before the House Committee on the Budget for a hearing titled “Machines, artificial intelligence, & the workforce: Recovering & readying our economy for the future”.
A seventh-grade online class was hacked Friday morning with an explicit message, Fresno Unified officials confirmed. The class at Computech Middle School was interrupted around 10 a.m., Trustee Terry Slatic told The Bee. Slatic received a screenshot of the message seen by students in the virtual class that he shared.
Students will once again flood the hallways of St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School and Hanford Christian School on Monday. The two local schools can open up their classroom for in-person learning after both were granted waivers by the Kings County Department of Public Health.
St. Anne’s School principal Kayla Trueblood said she was disappointed at first when the school couldn’t open to for K-6 grades – but only at first. Trueblood said St. Anne’s is ready for its first day of school so to speak when it can again open for in-person instruction for K-2 grades on Monday.
Early this month, the state announced it would allow school districts, even in counties like Kern that are on the most restricted tier for COVID-19, to bring back key groups of students for in-person learning. This week, the boards of two school districts, Arvin Union and Fruitvale, passed plans to bring back some of the students they say have the most to lose in a distance learning environment.
Communities across the United States are facing challenges of remote learning as K-12 schools have shifted to online classes or been forced to go remote after students or staff tested positive for COVID-19 early in the term.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in at least one positive thing: a much greater appreciation for the importance of public schools. As parents struggle to work with their children at home due to school closures, public recognition of the essential caretaking role schools play in society has skyrocketed.
Over the past few decades, we have witnessed multiple predictions that technology would “disrupt” education (remember when the $100 laptop was going to revolutionize education in the developing world?). The current COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception.
As mid-September approaches, some universities have already decided not to bring students back to campus this school year. The Calif State University system – including Fresno State – is among the first to announce they will not be reopening campuses this spring. Ed Lab’s higher ed reporter Ashleigh Panoo broke the story this week.
● Stanislaus State instruction to remain virtual this spring Turlock Journal
Fresno City College is joining the growing number of colleges, universities, and other institutions across the nation in renaming facilities after The Fresno Bee revealed the namesake of the college’s baseball park was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Chittawan Boonsitanon started junior year at Michigan State University last week from his home in Bangkok, 8,500 miles and half a world away. Boonsitanon said many international students decided months ago to take classes online, before Michigan State administrators in mid-August urged all undergraduates to stay home.
Smoke from wildfires raging across the West Coast has drifted 1,000 miles or more over the Pacific Ocean, where it has been pulled into a cyclone, satellite images show. A video posted Saturday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows smoke from the fires in Calif, Oregon and Wash being pulled into a swirl over the ocean.
With crews battling wildfires that have killed at least 33 people, destroyed neighborhoods and enveloped the West Coast in smoke, another fight has emerged: leaders in the Democratic-led states and President Donald Trump have clashed over the role of climate change ahead of his visit Monday to Calif.
To combat climate change, Calif must reach 100% green electricity much faster than state officials had planned, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. “We’re in the midst of a climate emergency,” Newsom said. “We’re experiencing what so many people predicted decades ago… I’m exhausted that we have to continue to debate this issue.”
Climate change is causing Calif’s already volatile climate to produce increasingly extreme droughts, floods, heatwaves, and wildfires. The Calif Resilience Challenge is a statewide effort, led by businesses and a diverse range of partners, to build local climate resilience and support a shared vision for a resilient Calif in the face of increasing climate threats.
A new study published Friday is the latest linking pollution exposure to a greater risk of dying from the coronavirus. The study published by IOP found that an increase in the concentration of multiple pollutants from a class known as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) was associated with a 9 % increase in COVID-19 mortality.
A solar array under construction at the local headquarters of oil field services giant Halliburton Co. is the latest sign of conventional and renewable energy coming together in Kern. County officials say the 1.6-megawatt photovoltaic installation going up at the northwest corner of 7th Standard and Coffee roads in Oildale is intended to generate power to support the facility’s operations.
The wildfires sweeping through Calif and the Pacific Northwest are terrible to behold, with some 10% of Oregon residents forced to leave their homes and 20 times more land in Calif burned than this time last year. The fires again underscore the need for active forest management, as they also expose the weaknesses of green-only energy policies.
This July, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released his $2 trillion climate plan, touching on many interconnected themes, from clean energy to resilient infrastructure to environmental justice. But the plan’s emphasis on jobs was most apparent. “When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs,’” Biden said in his announcement.
Going out to eat is riskier than other activities during the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a new report. In a study with 314 adults who were tested for COVID-19, the CDC found adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely than those who tested negative to have gone to a restaurant before getting sick.
There are six new deaths from coronavirus and 113 new confirmed cases, the Kern County Public Health Services Department reported Sunday. That brings the total deaths in the county to 332 and the cases to 30,745 since reporting began in mid-March.
● Merced County reports one new death, 54 more coronavirus cases on Friday Merced Sun-Star
As the pandemic continues to threaten the physical health and well-being of many Califns, mental health professionals across the state have also acknowledged its widespread psychological impact.
During this period which has taken its toll on the mental health of many, local support services are offering spaces online where the community can help each other cope.
People in Kern County diagnosed with COVID-19 who are managing the illness at home can participate in a clinical trial to test the efficacy of a common anti-inflammatory drug in reducing hospitalizations and death from the coronavirus.
In the Kern River Valley, coronavirus testing peaked after Memorial Day, when a well-known member of the community contracted COVID-19. “Everybody and their brother (came in),” said Tim McGlew, CEO of the Kern Valley Healthcare District. “We were up probably well over 100, 120 a day immediately for probably two or three weeks after that.”
Black patients are some of the most reluctant to participate in clinical trials, according to FDA statistics. And their inclusion in the coronavirus vaccine trials has been a stated priority for the pharmaceutical companies involved, since African American communities, along with Latinos, have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic.
The revelation that AstraZeneca paused its clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine has focused attention on the company and the clinical trial process. The hold occurred after a participant in the trial developed symptoms consistent with a rare but serious spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis.
The coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, has fundamentally transformed our lives and communities, contributing to economic declines, disruptions in schooling, and distressed hospital systems. However, the pandemic has generated some silver linings, including the widespread adoption of telehealth that has helped to mitigate the risk of community spread by reducing unnecessary hospital visits and ensuring real-time access to medical providers for millions of Americans.
Out of work for months in the spring, Mariana, who cleans houses, and her husband Gerardo, who is a door-to-door salesman, paid their landlord just $300 of their $1,200 rent for a one-bedroom apartment they crowd into with their 2-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, in National City.
When Juliana Ximenes Coutinho Dias submitted her naturalization application last December, the possibility of finally becoming a U.S. citizen and getting to vote in the country she has called home for the past six years electrified the Brazil native.
The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.
The Calif Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Saturday that 49 of its properties will be closed to the public through Monday due to the high danger that wildfires across the state pose to visitors. The areas are within or near U.S. Forest Service lands. The federal agency closed all of its forests to public use on Wednesday in order to prevent more wildfires.
Fearing one disaster will feed another, relief groups are putting some people who fled their homes during West Coast wildfires into hotels to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, stringing up shower curtains to separate people in group shelters and delivering box lunches instead of setting up buffets.
An uptick in home mortgage defaults and trustee sales in Kern County since April may suggest foreclosures stemming from the COVID-19 economic slowdown could slow an otherwise strong local single-family housing market.
Despite entering 2020 with the governor and many legislators pushing for an increase in housing production, none of the bills put forth went into effect. The coronavirus pandemic has also put prospects for such bills in 2021 in doubt.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced his support for the “split-roll” property tax measure on the November ballot, an endorsement long sought by labor unions backing the initiative that would raise billions of dollars for schools and other public services.
In a roundabout, passive way, the Calif Supreme Court last week handed a big victory to the advocates of higher taxes. Without comment, the justices declined to take up a state appellate court decision that would allow specialized local government taxes to be increased by a simple majority of voters, if they are placed on the ballot by initiative petitions rather than by the governments themselves.
It was just last year that Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would need to downsize Calif’s ambitious bullet train project, because the state could afford only a limited system from Merced to Bakersfield.
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Garberville Sanitary District has agreed to pay $40,000 to the State Water Resources Control Board after violating a 2012 Cease and Desist Order by repeatedly selling unauthorized bulk water.
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