Tag: Newsom, Gavin

California Governor Rejects PG&E’s Restructuring Plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said on Friday that Pacific Gas & Electric’s restructuring plan did not comply with a state law, throwing up a new hurdle to the company’s effort to resolve its bankruptcy. The move was not surprising given that Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, has criticized PG&E for starting devastating wildfires, not moving […]

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His White House Engulfed, Trump Keeps California in the Cross Hairs

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump has never been one to dive into the details of policy, especially now, as an impeachment inquiry threatens to engulf his administration. In recent days, he has allowed his son-in-law to lead a major policy shift […]

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California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — California’s government has hit back at automakers that sided with President Trump over the state on fuel efficiency standards, saying Sacramento will halt all purchases of new vehicles from General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers that […]

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Tech Giants Pledge Billions for Housing, but Will It Matter?

SAN FRANCISCO — A mile from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino lies the sun-faded carcass of the Vallco Shopping Mall. At the moment it consists of empty, buff-colored buildings, acres of black asphalt and a pile of rubble where the parking garage used to be. About a year ago, a developer submitted a proposal to build […]

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California Mayors Back Plan to Make PG&E a Cooperative

Frustrated with wildfires and intentional blackouts caused by Pacific Gas & Electric, more than two dozen California mayors and county leaders are calling for a customer-owned power company to replace the giant utility. In a letter delivered Tuesday to the California Public Utilities Commission, the local officials embraced a proposal by Mayor Sam Liccardo of […]

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5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires

The fires that raged in California over the past two weeks consumed thousands of acres and drove residents up and down the state to flee their homes. The Kincade and Getty fires, both of which were mostly contained by Monday, captured the headlines. But violent winds ignited multiple fires — at one point 16 were […]

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Here’s How to Compensate College Athletes

A month ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed legislation that will allow college athletes in the state to profit from their sports celebrity by promoting products and companies. Other states quickly moved in the same direction, and on Tuesday the N.C.A.A., the governing body of college sports, bowed to the inevitable after long opposing […]

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One Week Before Breeders’ Cup, Another Horse Dies at Santa Anita

As the Breeders’ Cup World Championships approaches next weekend, another horse died at Santa Anita Park — the event’s host — on Sunday, bringing the track’s death toll to 36 and renewing anxiety over whether the landmark California racetrack is safe enough to welcome the world’s best racehorses and host North America’s richest days of […]

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California Endures More Blackouts With Generators and Grit

State officials and regulators have insisted that the situation cannot become the new normal. But for many Californians, it is beginning to feel familiar: huddling in the dark because of pre-emptive power shut-offs, or getting ready to do so. Hundreds of thousands of customers of California’s three investor-owned utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern […]

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PG&E Will Shut Off Power to 179,000 California Customers

Two weeks after a vast power shut-off that it acknowledged it had mishandled, California’s largest utility said Wednesday that it would begin cutting electricity to 179,000 customers later in the day in the face of a new wildfire threat. The utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, said the shut-offs were expected to begin around 2 p.m. […]

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PG&E Chief Says Blackout ‘Cannot Become the Status Quo’

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric presided over a blackout. Now it is under the spotlight. PG&E’s chief executive said Thursday night that the utility did a poor job in executing the blackout, even if its intentions — pre-empting wildfires caused by its equipment — were sound. “We understand that the size and scope […]

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The Haves and Have-Nots of (Electrical) Power in California

PARADISE, Calif. — The intentional blackout by California’s largest utility this week put Forest Jones out of work and his son out of school. On Friday morning Mr. Jones, a handyman and single father, sat in his apartment above a tattoo parlor waiting for the power to come back on and for school to reopen. […]

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California Makes H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs Available Without a Prescription

California will become the first state in the country to allow pharmacies to dispense H.I.V.-prevention drugs over the counter, a move that supporters say is an important step toward ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Under a new law, pharmacists who undergo special training will be able to provide 60-day supplies of pre-exposure […]

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California Tells the N.C.A.A. to Share, and It Pitches a Fit

The pooh-bahs who run college sports know little shame. Investigations and trials this past year or so have laid bare top college hoops teams as embedded in a web of procurers and hustlers and byzantine payoffs. The United States Justice Department talked tough, but its prosecutions were perverse affairs, nailing the low-level hustlers, not the […]

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Trump Governs by Grudge in California

In 1961, at a news conference three years before he became the Republican presidential nominee, the right-wing Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, surveying the progressive tendencies of voters in New York and its neighbors, was moved to observe: “Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard […]

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Time’s Up for the N.C.A.A.

The pooh-bahs who run college sports know little shame. Investigations and trials this past year or so have laid bare top college hoops teams as embedded in a web of procurers and hustlers and byzantine payoffs. The United States Justice Department talked tough, but its prosecutions were perverse affairs, nailing the low-level hustlers, not the […]

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N.C.A.A.’s Defeat in California Shows Limits of a Besieged Juggernaut

The word went out minutes into last Wednesday’s meeting of California State trustees: The university had asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill to let student-athletes seek money beyond the costs of attendance. But few, if any, of the university leaders knew that Newsom had already decided to sign the measure and push the […]

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Why He Wants College Athletes to Get Paid

ImageCollege athletes, like the football players who turned out for the University of Southern California and Fresno State in August, could sign endorsement deals under a new California law.CreditMark J. Terrill/Associated Press Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today by email, here’s the sign-up.) Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he had signed […]

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Says Horse Racing in California Needs Reform

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said Monday that horse racing is dangerously close to being out of business in his state and suggested he would curb horse owners and breeders with direct financial interests in the sport from serving on its regulatory board. With Santa Anita Park returning for its fall season on Friday after […]

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San Francisco to Get Environmental Violation for Homelessness, Trump Says

WASHINGTON — President Trump said late Wednesday that his administration would issue a notice of environmental violation against the city of San Francisco because of what he described as its homelessness problem. Traveling aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from a three-day trip to California and New Mexico, Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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Trump and California See Same Homeless Problem, but Not the Same Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO — Open-air heroin use. Sidewalks smeared in human feces. Blocklong homeless camps and people with severe mental illnesses wading through traffic in socks and hospital clothes. You would be forgiven if you thought that those descriptions of California’s urban ills came from the mouth of the state’s biggest detractor, President Trump. After all, […]

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California to Target Counterfeit Vaping Products

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced on Monday that the state will ramp up its efforts to regulate electronic cigarettes — known as e-cigarettes or vapes — with new health-warning standards, a $20 million campaign to raise awareness about the products’ harmful health effects, and increased enforcement of counterfeit flavored products sold on […]

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