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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Much of the plan is concentrated on transportation — particularly cars and trucks — which is the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
The decision about the $1.4-billion plant in Huntington Beach is pivotal because it could steer the future of turning seawater into drinking water in California, buffering its vulnerable water supply against drought.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Decolonizing Wealth Project, an Indigenous and Black-led organization, will distribute $500,000 to California Indigenous communities and nonprofits.
In 21st-century California, a simple, practical, online application for available affordable housing is long overdue.
The researchers found that people who have social or economic advantages tend to believe they'll be harmed by policies that reduce inequality — even when those policies don't reduce their own access to resources.
What's emerging is a growing consensus and a body of (imperfect) laws that give people real control and companies more responsibility to tame the nearly limitless harvesting of our data. Given all the bickering, tacky lobbying tactics and gridlock, it might not look like winning from up close.

Monday, May 16, 2022

On April 19, the council passed an ordinance that would hike fees meant to provide funds for the construction of housing for low- and moderate-income families.
California Realtors, Habitat for Humanity and the California Building Industry Association — a housing coalition — echoes those calls to our legislative budget committee leaders working on revising the state budget to allocate a greater portion of the projected surplus to the construction of owner-occupied housing and down-payment assistance programs.
While 84% of all Californians 5 years and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, only about 57% of those in Medi-Cal, the health insurance program for low-income residents, have done so as of April, according to the latest vaccination update from the California Department of Health Care Services.
The California Air Resources Board's draft of its ambitious proposal, called a scoping plan, outlines policies that focus on reducing reliance on oil, capturing carbon dioxide emitted by industries and increasing dependence on renewable power sources, such as wind, solar and electric cars.

Friday, May 13, 2022

West's lawyer claims that the producers have committed the tort of false light invasion of privacy by creating a false impression about Mr. West that is highly offensive and injurious to his reputation and have also defamed Mr. West by attributing acts of rage to him that he never committed.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

It's no secret that as an institution, journalism has seen tough times of late. Its economics have been daunting, especially those of newspapers, and politically polarized voters often shun mainstream media in favor of outlets that pander to their personal biases.
More than a decade of research shows that starting in a remedial class makes students less likely to earn a degree. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, a Democrat from Camarillo, seeks to remove this barrier with Assembly Bill 1705.
The Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act would allow developers to fast-track local approval to build affordable housing where offices, strip malls and parking lots sit right now.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The war broke out a couple of years ago when the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) ramped up pressure on local governments to accommodate more housing construction, citing "decades of underproduction underscored by exclusionary policies (that) have left housing supply far behind need and costs soaring."
While North Orange County may not have the same drought burdens as other communities across California — given our robust aquifer — we know Brookfield-Poseidon's proposed Huntington Beach Ocean Desalination Project is not the answer to bringing new water resources to our region.
Poseidon Water has weaved through the state's complex and evolving regulatory landscape for nearly two decades in pursuit of that development permit.
Each of the system's 23 campuses implements COVID-19 safety measures based on their communities' needs, according to the Chancellor's office.
The program is a significant benefit to "small employers" subject to the CFRA.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

One in 20 University of California students, one in 10 California State University students and one in five California Community Colleges students have reported they were homeless at some point during the academic year.
A bill sponsored by Torrance Democrat Al Muratsuchi, AB 2220, would create a homeless courts pilot program, offering grants to counties which can tailor programs to their own communities.

Monday, May 9, 2022

There are the everyday functions — writing checks, conducting audits, making policy recommendations and serving on nearly 80 boards, including ones that oversee state employee retirement funds.
Images of volunteers providing medical aid, shelter and meals to injured and displaced civilians are a heartwarming antidote to the otherwise horrifying backdrop of war.

Friday, May 6, 2022

For the 2020-21 school year, the state froze funding for school districts at pre-pandemic levels.
A state fund to aid them hasn't been increased for decades from $490,000 a year, but now Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes to add $200 million annually.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

High-end shopping centers, trendy restaurants and seven-figure homes abound and those who live and work in the area complained for months about an encampment of about 30 homeless people in a grassy strip of land at the intersection.
Seeking to maintain the fierce devotion of GOP voters as he eyes another presidential run in 2024, Trump continues to hold regular campaign rallies that draw thousands of attendees,
Echoing similar announcements from competitors like Samsung and Apple, Pixel phone owners will be able to buy parts to make common repairs, such as swapping out a battery or display.
California lawmakers last year gave the system $120 million to help bring students back.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Behind the 1975 media sideshow, a high-powered political battle was underway, pitting physicians, hospitals and other medical care providers, with support from malpractice insurers, against attorneys who specialized in personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.
California's next challenge is to resolve the mismatch between coverage and quality care by making sure all of us have access to primary care.
The plan, which aims for an 80% reduction of greenhouse gases below 1990 levels by 2050, would cost an estimated $18 billion in 2035 and $27 billion in 2045.
Millions of people — broadly spread among the 65% of American households who own their home — have gained a share of this windfall.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Those are high stakes for an industry that could rake in over $3.5 billion each year from California bettors — and for a state that prefers to see itself as the startup capital of the world.
Last week, for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that gun deaths are now the leading cause of death for all children and teens in the U.S. — surpassing car accidents and drowning incidents.
The agreement, announced today, would replace the ballot measure with legislation raising the cap for a patient's "non-economic damages," or pain and suffering, although in a more incremental approach than the initiative would have.
Chen cites fraud in the Employment Development Department, and how money is being used within public schools, prisons and Medi-Cal.
Despite heavy showers in December and a refresher in April, the bulk of California's wet season was unusually rain-free. Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for a 15% voluntary reduction in residential water use, but we are far from reaching that goal.

Monday, May 2, 2022

This week, Newsom's Healthy California for All Commission delivered its report, endorsing — in concept — "unified financing" that would pay for universal health care coverage, but stopping well short of a specific proposal.
Proposed by State Sen. Melissa Hurtado, a Democrat from Sanger, Senate Bill 1066 would allocate $20 million to create the California Farmworkers Drought Resilience Pilot Project, a state-funded project that would provide unconditional monthly cash payments of $1,000 for three years to eligible farmworkers, with the goal of lifting them out of poverty.
In 2021, the inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, rose by 7.0 percent, the largest annual change in living costs since the early 1980s.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Going forward, courts will likely consider new circumstances, and given the exponential increase in volume of remote work, new laws may be enacted.
To become more relevant, California Republicans must present the right identity to voters.
The Ninth Circuit concluded then that HiQ was not violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") because its activities were directed at publicly available information and therefore, it was not accessing LinkedIn's computer systems either without authorization or in excess of such authorization as required to establish liability under the CFAA.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

"The purpose of this agreement, which I support, is to bring more housing sooner, not wait around, and develop it right so working families can see which homes they can afford sooner," said Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria asked the law firm in more than 30 of its cases to detail its clients' plans in sworn declarations to return to the businesses they accuse of experiencing discrimination at and provide detailed allegations of the discrimination the plaintiffs suffered in each case.
High school students will feel pressure to participate in the prayer because they might lose their starting position, even if that never happens, Justice Brett Kavanaugh said during oral arguments Monday.
Richard Heimann, San Francisco partner at Leiff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, detailed the three levels at which the city says Walgreens was culpable for violations of California's public nuisance and unfair competition laws.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Republicans and conservative independents are hoping that 2022 might finally be the year they break the winning streak. And they're pinning their hopes on the race for California attorney general.
One in 15 current home borrowers, or about 7 million Americans, uses alternative financing, including arrangements in which they make payments directly to the seller instead of to a lender, according to a recent survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson told reporters she should step down if President Biden picks her former clerk to fill the slot.
Gregory Fortescue, lead attorney at the state Supreme Court, said during a Wednesday meeting: "Paraprofessionals can be employees … they can form a partnership. But we have to remove the term 'lawyer.' … They cannot form a firm without a lawyer."
The painting was bought and sold several times since its theft, and ended up in the hands of Swiss billionaire Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, who sold it as part of a collection to the Kingdom of Spain in 1993. The oil on canvas now hangs at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

Monday, April 25, 2022

While everyone's journey is different, I know from my years of experience as a financial advisor that there are common themes when it comes to questions about retirement.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Their payments underscored California's well-deserved reputation of being a high-tax state. Measured by either a percentage of personal income or a share of economic output,
A coalition of anti-poverty organizations is calling for the state to send a one-time payment of $2,000 per child to families making up to $30,000 a year.
Medi-Cal is the state and federally funded program offering health care to low-income residents.
Various productivity applications, often on workers' smartphones or other devices, track and predict delivery drivers' and warehouse workers' every move, collecting data on their location, speed, and accuracy in finishing orders, according to a study by UC Berkeley's Labor Center.
"If I want to go ahead and legislate California policy, I'd run for the state Assembly or the state Senate or maybe even for the governor," he said.
Some things, referred to as patent-ineligible subject matter, are not patentable: laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Republicans, who have become virtually powerless in California, quickly pointed the finger of blame at Gov. Gavin Newsom because one of the alleged shooters, Smiley Martin, had served just five years of a 10-year prison term for spousal abuse due to the state's recently loosened parole standards.
Now, the need for the state to extend renter protections to prevent a flood of evictions creates even greater urgency to find solutions to our housing shortage.
After a decade in the GOP's (super)minority in Sacramento, Dahle said he knows how to build relationships across the aisle and pass bipartisan legislation — inviting colleagues to his seed farm in Lassen County, bringing them fresh peaches from a neighbor and annually gifting them See's candies, purchased through a fundraiser to help a local eighth grade class visit the state Capitol.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Due to AB 124 and other recently passed laws, it is more imperative than ever for lawyers and judges to be aware and informed about every criminal defendant with known mental health issues.
The bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who chairs the Senate Health Committee, would have granted no personal belief exceptions to the requirement that all children get the COVID vaccine to attend school or child care.
Newsom's mandate hinged on the federal Food and Drug Administration's granting full approval to the vaccines for all school-age children, which has yet to happen.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The vote was contentious and emotional, and the task force was split 5-4.
Under the proposal, all vehicle owners with cars registered in the state would receive a $400 debit card mailed directly to their homes, with those owning multiple cars receiving $800.
By 2019, young women's pay had grown to 93% of men's pay, which, while not ideal, can certainly be considered progress.
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