Tag: Newsom, Gavin

In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills

At a time when conservative states are sharply limiting abortion access, California signaled a new frontier in abortion-rights on Friday with the passage of legislation that would require all public universities in the state to provide medication abortion on campus. The bill, which would use money raised from private donors to equip and train campus […]

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California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis

California lawmakers enacted a statewide rent cap on Wednesday covering millions of tenants, the biggest step yet in a surge of initiatives to address an affordable-housing crunch nationwide. The bill limits annual rent increases to 5 percent after inflation and offers new barriers to eviction, providing a bit of housing security in a state with […]

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California Rent Control Bill Advances, Fueled by Housing Crisis

California’s escalating housing costs have yielded epic commutes and a rising tide of homelessness. Now they are close to producing a political milestone: a vast expansion of tenant-protection laws that would cap rents statewide. On Tuesday, the State Senate voted to advance a bill to limit rent increases to 5 percent a year plus a […]

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Why Kamala Harris Is Not a Lock in California in 2020

LOS ANGELES — At an auditorium here one evening this week, Atticus Tyagi stepped onstage with a canvas bag nearly as large as he is, bearing the name of his “Gammy” — Senator Elizabeth Warren — and the elementary schooler calmly chose raffle tickets to determine who in the audience of thousands would have a […]

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What to Know About California’s New Police Use-of-Force Law

ImageGov. Gavin Newsom held up the police use-of-force measure written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, left, that he signed. Stevante Clark, right, raised a photo of his brother, Stephon Clark, who was killed by the police in 2018.CreditRich Pedroncelli/Associated Press Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox, here’s the sign-up.) […]

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Trump Campaign Sues Over California’s Requirement to Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON — President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed a pair of lawsuits on Tuesday against officials in California, challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to be placed on the state primary ballot in 2020. The R.N.C. suit, which was filed in the Eastern […]

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California Requires Trump Tax Returns Under New Election Law

LOS ANGELES — President Trump will not be eligible for California’s primary ballot unless he releases his tax returns, under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday. The law requires that all presidential candidates release their tax returns in order to be placed on the ballot for the state’s primary next year, […]

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California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Two thousand homes lost and two-thirds of the land burned: The residents of Lake County, a sparsely populated area north of Napa Valley, understand better than most the devastating cost of wildfires in recent years. Yet few people in Lake County, or in many other fire-prone parts of California, could have anticipated […]

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California Lawmakers Give Utilities a Backstop on Wildfire Liability

Heading into another wildfire season, California’s political leaders have moved with unusual speed to help the state’s utilities erect a backstop against huge liability claims. The State Legislature gave final approval on Thursday to a measure that would set up a fund to help compensate victims for losses from fires started by the utilities’ equipment. […]

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The Gold Rush for Private Health Data

“Claim Your 31st Right,” declares the #My31 app’s splash screen. “Review, share, and confirm your HUMAN right to your data as your property.” (The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights currently has 30, so a right to data would presumably come next.) That’s why #My31 doesn’t bill itself as a business so much as a […]

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California Poised to Become First State to Ban Discrimination Based on Natural Hair

California is poised to become the first state to ban racial discrimination against people based on their natural hairstyle. The State Assembly voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the measure, which the State Senate approved in April. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, to be signed into law. The […]

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California Wildfire Fund Would Put Aside $21 Billion for Damage Claims

With the effects of climate change intensifying, California is under ever-greater siege from wildfires, often caused by the equipment that brings power to homes. One of the state’s utilities is already in bankruptcy largely because of the resulting liability claims. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out a proposal for helping to meet such claims […]

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ICE Is Expected to Begin Operation on Sunday Targeting 2,000 Immigrant Family Members

WASHINGTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to send agents into communities on Sunday morning to begin a coordinated operation deporting undocumented immigrant family members across the country, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials. The effort has been planned as a show of force to deter migration to the southwestern border, but […]

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Why Los Angeles Could Be the Setting for the ‘Most Important D.A. Race’ in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles has the biggest jail system in America and sends people to state prison at almost four times the rate of San Francisco, even though violent crime has fallen in both cities. And there has not been a death penalty case in San Francisco in decades, while prosecutors in Los Angeles […]

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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Wash., fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions from immunization. Activists protesting the bill converged on his legislative office; the resulting chaos led security officers to […]

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Here Is What Jessica Biel Opposes in California’s Vaccine Bill

A contentious bill that would make it more difficult for Californians to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their children leapt into national headlines this week when two high-profile opponents of the bill, the actress Jessica Biel and the anti-vaccination advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., visited state lawmakers to lobby against it. Here’s what you need to […]

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Jessica Biel Opposes California’s Vaccine Bill. Here’s What It Would Do.

A contentious bill that would make it more difficult for Californians to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their children leapt into national headlines this week when two high-profile opponents of the bill, the actress Jessica Biel and the anti-vaccination advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., visited state lawmakers to lobby against it. Here’s what you need to […]

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Newsom, Citing 29 Horse Deaths, Calls for Hold on Racing at Santa Anita Park

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California called on Tuesday for a moratorium on racing at Santa Anita Park until the horses are evaluated by independent veterinarians, after the thoroughbred death toll at the track reached 29 this week. “I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park,” Mr. Newsom said in a […]

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Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Many of the world’s largest automakers joined together Thursday to tell President Trump that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts — his plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles — threatens to hurt their profitability and produce […]

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