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California Government Blocks Request For Spending Records

California is the only state in the country that has refused to reveal public spending records to a government watchdog, prompting threats...
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California’s Population Stalls at 39 Million as State’s Growth Rate Slows

New numbers show that California’s population is currently stalled at around 39.9 million people as expensive housing prices and other factors convince...
Technology

San Francisco Creates Nation’s First Office of Emerging Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday signed legislation to create the nation's first Office of Emerging Technology.The...
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Super Slow: Delayed California Bullet Train Makes Push To Complete Contract

The California bullet train authority (CBTA) is pushing forward with an ambitious plan to issue its biggest contract in history.
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Former San Jose IT Manager Pleads Guilty To Securities Fraud Conspiracy

SAN JOSE (BCN)-A former Silicon Valley information technology manager pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose Wednesday to a charge of...
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4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes NorCal Coast

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake shook Petrolia in Northern California today. The 7:30 a.m. tremor was hit at around ...
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Governor Newsom Announces Healthy California For All Commission

Governor Newsom Announces Healthy California for All Commission Published: Dec 18, 2019 Appointments come same day that Covered California announced that more than 230,000 new consumers have joined Covered California during the current open enrollment period – up approximately 16 percent over this time last year. More than 1.15 million people have also renewed their [...]
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Judge Approves PG&E $24.5 Billion Plan For Wildfire Victims And Insurance Companies

A federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco on Tuesday approved two settlements totaling $24.5 billion offered by Pacific Gas and Electric Corp....
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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Paso Robles

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook Paso Robles in central California on Tuesday. The 10:29 a.m. tremor was centered 8...
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Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

Published: Dec 17, 2019 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments: Mario Guerrero, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislative affairs of the Department of Human Resources at the Government Operations Agency. Guerrero has been legislative director at the California Faculty Association since 2017. He has served as a lecturer at [...]
Department of Justice

Third Conspirator Pleads Guilty to Participation in a Ponzi Scheme Involving $2.5B in Transactions...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Robert A. Karmann, 53, of Clayton, pleaded guilty today to his participation in a massive fraud scheme involving a solar energy company in Benicia that defrauded investors of approximately $1 billion, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Those losses resulted from investment transactions in solar energy hardware valued at approximately $2.5 billion. Karmann is the [...]
San Francisco Mayor London Breed

Embarcadero SAFE Navigation Center Slated To Open By End Of Year In San Francisco

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 The 200-bed SAFE Navigation Center will soon provide temporary shelter and services, adding to Mayor Breed’s goal of opening 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of next year San Francisco, CA — The Embarcadero SAFE Navigation Center, a 200-bed facility to provide temporary shelter beds for unsheltered individuals, will open [...]
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Whoops: Audit Finds PG&E spent $123 Million Of Safety Funds; Declares Clear “Fraud Risk”...

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that PG&E diverted $123 million away from efforts at “undergrounding” power lines during the period between 2007 and 2016,...
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$1 Billion Waste: California Auditor Blasts State’s Costly Accounting Software Project “An Incomplete System...

This letter report highlights several urgent concerns with the project to implement the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal). Among our concerns is the manner in which the 2019 project plan update sets a formal end date for the project even though the FI$Cal project will not have implemented promised functionality. Specifically, the updated project [...]
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Thousands Of Voters’ Party Preference Wiped Put By “Glitch,” Bay Area Election Division Says

San Francisco- A press release sent out by the Contra Costa County Elections Division Tuesday, December 10, 2019, revealed voters were cautioned that during...
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At&t 5G Now Live In San Francisco And San Jose.

AT&T announced that as of Friday December 13, 2019, it has become the first wireless carrier to launch its 5G network in both Bay...
San Francisco Mayor London Breed

Mayor London Breed Issues Budget Instructions to City Departments

Mayor Breed emphasized the importance of funding homelessness services and behavioral health care, while closing the projected budget deficit Tuesday, December 17, 2019, San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed yesterday issued Budget Instructions to department heads to guide the budget process for Fiscal Years 2020-21 and 2021-22. Mayor Breed directed department heads to prioritize identifying funding [...]
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62 Cars Have Been Hit With Projectiles On The 101 And 156 Freeways In...

62 vehicles have been struck by projectiles along Highway 101 and the neighboring Highway 156 in the Prunedale area this year, resulting...
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‘Tool Box Killer’ of Five SoCal Teenagers Dies In San Quentin

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A death row inmate, dubbed one of the "Tool Box Killers'' for his gruesome torture killings of five...
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Environmental Group Seeks California Ban On ‘Super-Toxic’ Rat Poisons

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(Reuters) - An environmental group launched legal action on Thursday, December 12, 2019, seeking to ban commercial use of “super-toxic” rat poisons...
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Homeless Win: Supreme Court won’t review a decision that makes it harder for cities...

LOS ANGELES -- According to the Associated Press, The Supreme Court will not review an appellate decision that makes it harder for...

Kaiser’s Mental Health Professionals Strike Across California

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The union representing mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in the Southland and across the state plan...
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Former Employment Development Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Benefits Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pamela Emanuel, 59, of San Jose, pleaded guilty today for her role in a scheme to defraud the state...
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East Bay Residents Sentenced In Scheme To Sell Fraudulent Financial Instruments

OAKLAND - Sharon Ringgenberg was sentenced to 15 months in prison for her role in a scheme to commit wire fraud, announced...
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San Francisco Hopes To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness Living On Streets

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has promised to tackle her city’s homelessness crisis, a vexing situation involving drug abuse and mental illness that is...
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Mayor London Breed Announces Acquisition and Preservation of Affordable Housing in the Richmond

Thursday,December12,2019 Twelve residential homes will remain permanently affordable thanks to the City’s Small Sites Program San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer today announced the acquisition and preservation of 12 rent-controlled homes and one commercial space in the Richmond District. The building, located at 369 3rd Avenue, was preserved [...]
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East Bay Residents Sentenced In Scheme To Sell Fraudulent Financial Instruments

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, OAKLAND - Sharon Ringgenberg was sentenced to 15 months in prison for her role in a scheme to commit wire fraud, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Kareem Carter. [...]
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Lights Out: PG&E Study Finds Power Outages Could Become Rampant In Northern California If...

Continued power outages as a result of electric-wire failures in Northern California could drastically increase in the next few years if PG&E Corp. does not up its...
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Oracle Leaves: Pulls Tech Convention “OpenWorld” Out Of San Francisco

In the latest major business departure from San Francisco, Oracle is relocating its Tech convention "OpenWorld" to Las Vegas.
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Former Sacramento EDD Employee Pleads Guilty To Unemployment Benefits Fraud Scheme

Former EDD Employee Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Benefits Fraud Scheme SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pamela Emanuel, 59, of San Jose, pleaded guilty today for her role in a scheme to defraud the state of California by filing false unemployment insurance claims, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. Emanuel pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. [...]
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Mental Health San Francisco Legislation Approved Unanimously by Board of Supervisors

Tuesday,December10,2019 Comprehensive plan put forward by Mayor London Breed, Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Matt Haney will help address mental health and substance use challenges in San Francisco San Francisco, CA — Today the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of Mental Health SF, which is an overhaul of San Francisco’s mental health system and guarantees [...]
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Coffee And Crime: Former California Assemblyman Pleads Guilty In Coffee Shop Fraud Scheme

December 5, 2019, San Francisco - Terry Goggin, a former Democrat California state assemblyman, has pleaded guilty to money laundering.Goggin falsely lead...
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California Bans Insurers From Cancelling Fire Policies In Wildfire Zones

California passed temporary restrictions on Thursday banning insurers from declining or refusing to renew home-insurance policies for homeowners in certain wildfire-prone parts...
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Governor Newsom Launches 100-Day Challenge Initiative For California Cities & Counties To Fight Homelessness

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California will begin launching 100-day challenges for California cities and counties, replicating a successful national model to jumpstart action to fight homelessness. Following yesterday’s announcement that California cities and counties can start applying for hundreds of millions of dollars in Emergency Homelessness Aid provided through the 2019-2020 [...]
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California DMV Report: Wait Times Drop

A new report from the Sacramento Bee states that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) has cut the average wait...
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PG&E Found Responsible For Lack Of Powerline Maintenance.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E Corp.) has been found responsible for a lack of inspection and maintenance on transmission lies...
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Mayor London Breed Announces $2.2 Million in Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Mayor London Breed Announces $2.2 Million in Grants for Nonprofit Organizations Tuesday, December 03, 2019 Twelve neighborhood-serving organizations to receive Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative funding for the acquisition of new spaces and long-term leases to continue providing health care, access to arts and culture, and economic services San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed, the [...]
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Trading Water: Can Water Shares Help Save California’s Aquifers?

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By Carey L. Biron WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - California is by far the United States' most populous...
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Coastal Fog Linked To High Levels Of Mercury Found In Mountain Lions, Study Finds

Marine fog brings more than cooler temperatures to coastal areas. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have discovered elevated levels of mercury in mountain lions, the latest indication that the neurotoxin is being carried in fog, deposited on the land, and making its way up the food chain. Concentrations of mercury in pumas in the Santa [...]
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San Francisco Mayor Launches “Shop And Dine In The 49” To Support Local Businesses

Mayor London Breed Launches "Shop and Dine in the 49" to Support Local Busineses Monday, December 02, 2019 As holiday season begins, Mayor Breed encourages people to shop locally and “Park Smart,” and delivers disaster relief to businesses impacted by recent fire in the Castro San Francisco, CA — On Wednesday, November 27, Mayor London [...]
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Can Pacific G&E Follow San Diego G&E Approach to Wildfire Challenge?

PG&E’s role in the recent spate of wildfires is an issue being vigorously debated across the state. What the utility has done wrong and...
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Another Major Company Leaves California – Charles Schwab Moving Headquarters To Texas

Buried at the bottom of a press release issued Thanksgiving week Charles Schwab announced they are moving their San Francisco Headquarters to...
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Official Tsunami Inundation Maps for California

Maps by County Below are listed links to Tsunami Inundation Maps by California County Compiled by the California...
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California Earthquake Fault Activity Map of California 2010

The California Department of Conservation has an excellent map of California Earthquake faults. See the bottom of this page for a...
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California Unemployment Sets New Record: 3.9 percent In October

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held steady at 4.4% in October, compared to the previous month,...
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Fast Cash In A Slow Lane: CA DMV Earns $50M A Year Selling Drivers’...

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) has been revealed to be earning revenue of $50 million per year from the sale of...
A firefighter pulls a hose along Chalk Hill Road as he battles the wind-driven Kincade Fire in Windsor, California, U.S. October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Wildfire Outside Santa Barbara, California, Threatens homes, Causes Evacuations

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Nov 26 (Reuters) - Fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above Santa Barbara, California, early on Tuesday, causing...
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Up In Smoke: Cal Fire Sues In-N-Out For $1.2 Million Over San Luis Obispo...

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has filed a lawsuit against the California fast-food burger chain In-N-Out on Friday, alleging that...
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Taxes Get High: California To increase Pot Taxes January 1, 2020

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announced that it be would be instituting a new cannabis mark-up and cultivation tax rate...
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Meat industry Cannot Block California Animal Protection Law

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By Jonathan Stempel Nov 25 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Los Angeles refused to stop California from enforcing a voter-approved measure requiring farmers...
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More Californians Expected to Travel This Thanksgiving Than Ever Before

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - More than 55 million Americans -- including 7 million Californians, 4.3 million of them from the Southland --...
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CDC Issues Warning For Lettuce from Salinas, California After E. Coli Outbreak

The CDC has recalled almost 100,000 pounds of lettuce related products due to a possible E. coli contamination.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's...
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FPPC Fines Former Contra Costa Official $150,000 For Misuse Of Campaign Funds

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), California’s governmental ethics and campaign disclosure agency, today approved one of its largest penalties of the year against a former public official who used campaign funds for himself. The $150,000 penalty was levied against former Contra Costa County Clerk/Recorder Joe Canciamilla for personal use of campaign funds, one of [...]
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Housing Summit: California Leaders to Address Housing Issues Today at Mayoral Summit

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Dozens of California government officials will speak at the 2019 Mayoral Housing Summit today, days after a new...
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PG&E Issues Weather “All Clear,” Work to Begin in All Impacted Areas. Restoration Progress...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reported that the company issued a weather "all clear" for all counties...
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Tesla Picks a Fight with Detroit by Going After the Pickup Market

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By Ben Klayman Nov 21 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has talked for years about building an...
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PG&E Cuts Power to 50,000 California Homes and Businesses During Wildfire Risk

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By Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman Nov 20 (Reuters) - About 50,000 homes and businesses across Northern California were without...
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California stiffens oversight of oil and gas drilling

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Nov 19 (Reuters) - California, the seventh-biggest U.S. oil-producing state, on Tuesday unveiled new regulations for drillers as it seeks to wind down...
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California’s PG&E Customers Face New Round of Mass Outages

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By Steve Gorman Nov 19 (Reuters) - Power supply to about 150,000 California homes and businesses is expected to be...
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Fire Threat On High Alert: PG&E Could Leave Thousands of Californians Without Power

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Nov 17 (Reuters) - About 180,000 customers in California could find themselves in the dark as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) warned...
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California To Stop Buying GM, Toyota, And Fiat Chrysler Vehicles Over Emissions Fight.

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state...
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California Republican Party Goes On Record to Support Recall Efforts Against Governor Gavin Newsom

BREAKING.... In a vote this weekend, the Executive Board of the California Republican Party has decided to support the...
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Housing Shortage At The Core of Sacramento’s Homeless Crisis

Like many who commute to work in California’s capital city, Noel Kammermann begins his day driving toward 16th Street before turning onto North C...
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Suit Filed by California Truckers Against New Gig Economy Law

On Tuesday, The California Trucking Association (CTA) filed its first lawsuit as an attempt to challenge a sweeping new labor law that...
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Wildfire Threat Darkens California Dream, Residents Say

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By Ellen Wulfhorst HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - K insey Metts moved to California for its wilderness...
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California Coastkeeper Alliance Releases Climate Change Plan for Coastal Areas

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The California Coastkeeper Alliance released its Ocean Climate Resiliency Action Plan today, a roadmap to mitigate the effects...
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California AFSCME Union Workers on Strike: Accuse the University of California of Illegal Outsourcing

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Thousands of unionized service and patient technical-care workers are holding picket lines at University of California facilities across...
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Hospital Saftey Rankings Released: Two CA Hospitals Fail

Hospital safety grade.org has just released its yearly hospital rankings for America's hospitals. Unfortunately, two California Hospitals received a failing grade of...
Chesa Boudin Election Night 2019, San Francisco California

Chesa Boudin, Son Of Weather Underground Terrorists, Wins Race for District Attorney of San...

Chesa Boudin, Son of Convicted Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, was just elected to be San Francisco District Attorney.
Homelessness in Sacramento

Sacramento County Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Count Shows 19% Rise in Homelessness

Sacramento County Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Count Shows 19% rise in homelessnessIncrease is consistent with California and West Coast trends

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