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California’s challenging new reality

Good morning, California. It’s Tuesday, June 22. California has a lot of moratoriums it needs to worry about. Even as Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers rush to extend California’s eviction moratorium before it expires next week, another big deadline looms on the horizon. In November, the state’s moratorium on insurance companies dropping coverage for Californians living in wildfire-prone areas is set to end — meaning at least 2.1 million residents could soon find themselves without homeowners’ insurance.
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Pushing California schools to help at-risk kids

Jerry Brown counts the awkwardly named Local Control Funding Formula as a signal achievement of his second governorship. Enacted in 2013, LCFF overhauled California’s system of financing public education with the avowed goal of closing an academic “achievement gap” separating poor and English-learner students from their more privileged classmates. It provided additional state money to school districts with large numbers of at-risk students on the expectation that it would be spent to close the gap.
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How should California confront wildfire threat?

Physicist Albert Einstein is widely, albeit erroneously, thought to have said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” but regardless of its source, the aphorism accurately reflects California’s attitude about wildfires. Year after year, destructive fires whip through communities in the “wildland-urban...
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Newsom spills on his pandemic life

Good morning, California. It’s Friday, June 18. Gov. Gavin Newsom is peeling back COVID-19 restrictions and handing out prizes, but as California tries to regain its balance, much of the fallout is landing at his feet. Cal/OSHA, the state’s workplace safety agency, voted Thursday to allow most fully vaccinated workers...
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California Legislature passes a self-serving sham budget

The Legislature’s Democratic supermajority put on something of a show Monday as they pretended to pass a new state budget. There were floor speeches, formal roll call votes and a deluge of self-congratulatory statements after the day’s activities. “The budget we’re sending to Governor Newsom reflects responsible budgeting as the...
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After 453 days, California reopens

Good morning, California. It’s Tuesday, June 15. Today’s the day — at last. A staggering 453 days after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s first stay-at-home order, shutting the state down overnight, most businesses will be able to reopen at full capacity. Fully vaccinated Californians will be able to ditch their masks in most situations. And the term “physical distancing” may begin to disappear from our collective vocabulary.
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EDD’s management woes go way back

Re “Newsom owes apology for EDD’s failings”; Commentary, Dan Walters, June 9, 2021. Yes, Gov. Newsom does owe a huge apology to those impacted by the debacle at the Employment Development Department. Sadly though, EDD difficulties predate the pandemic by at least a decade. As a company human resources director...
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Hold social media companies to founding principles of free speech

Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, a Republican from Rocklin, represents the 6th Assembly District, assemblymember.Kiley@assembly.ca.gov. Assemblymember James Gallagher, a Republican from Yuba City, represents the 3rd Assembly District, assemblymember.Gallagher@assembly.ca.gov. In the mid-20th century, California was the birthplace of a free speech movement that swept the nation. At the beginning of the 21st,...
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Profit-thirsty Big Ag makes a bad thing worse

In dry years, Californians talk about the drought as if it were a war — a battle of north versus south, haves versus have-nots, fish versus farmer. When a critical resource is scarce, we want to fight for it. But let’s not drown in the fake narrative of environmentalists against growers. It’s a false dichotomy that distracts from the real heart of California’s water woes: an outdated system that prioritizes the financial interests of a wealthy few over the health and well-being of many. This keeps us from finding honest solutions to drought conditions that the climate crisis will only intensify.
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California Drought sharpens perpetual water conflict

California never has enough water to meet all demands and even when supplies are relatively robust there’s a triangular competition over their allocation. Farmers, municipal users and environmental advocates vie for shares of water that has been captured by California’s extensive network of dams and reservoirs. Their battles are waged...
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Put legal aid in reach of all Californians

Imagine walking into a hospital with two sections: one teeming with doctors ready to meet the needs of those who could afford to pay; the other a sort of do-it-yourself center, where you could watch YouTube videos, access a few tools and try to patch yourself up. Sounds like an...
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Don’t delay governor’s broadband plan

Lea este artículo en español. Joy Sterling is a member of the California Food and Agriculture Board, joy@ironhorsevineyards.com. The governor has put forward what may be a generational proposal for bridging the digital divide with billions of dollars in federal and state surplus funding. It sounds like a no-brainer: The Legislature’s budget proposal contains $7 billion in funding with the financing/implementation details to be worked out later, after the budget deadline, June 15.