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  • California's Newsom cruises to easy primary victory

    Adam Beam, The Associated Press|Updated Jun 7, 2022

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday's primary barely one year after surviving a recall attempt, advancing to the November general election where he will be an overwhelming favorite to defeat a little-known Republican state senator. Early returns Tuesday showed Newsom receiving just over 60% of the vote. He was far ahead of second-place finisher Brian Dahle, a Republican state lawmaker and farmer from the sparsely...

  • California weighs extending eviction protections past June

    ADAM BEAM, The Associated Press|Updated Jun 23, 2021

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will pay off all the past-due rent that accumulated in the nation's most populated state because of the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a promise to make landlords whole while giving renters a clean slate. Left unsettled is whether California will continue to ban evictions for unpaid rent beyond June 30, a pandemic-related order that was meant to be temporary but is proving difficult to undo. Federal...

  • California readies to prevent blackouts, but threats remain

    Adam Beam, The Associated Press|Updated May 26, 2021

    California’s top energy regulators said the state is better prepared to avoid last summer’s rotating blackouts, but they cautioned the power grid of the nation’s most populous state is still vulnerable to extreme heat waves that could force more outages later this year. State officials say they have acquired an additional 3,500 megawatts of capacity ahead of a likely scorching summer that threatens to increase demand beyond what the grid can handle. That includes an additional 2,000 megawatts of batteries designed to...

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    Signs of recovery appear as California adds jobs for 2nd month

    Adam Beam, The Associated Press|Updated Apr 21, 2021

    California employers added 119,600 new jobs in March, the second straight month of growth following a topsy-turvy year of enormous losses and inconsistent gains during an unpredictable pandemic. New unemployment claims, both for traditional employees and independent contractors, are at their lowest levels since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Restaurants and hotels, which have weathered heavy losses during a year of stay-at-home orders, accounted for more than half...

  • Signs of recovery as California adds jobs for 2nd month

    ADAM BEAM, Associated Press|Updated Apr 18, 2021

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California employers added 119,600 new jobs in March, the second straight month of growth following a topsy-turvy year of enormous losses and inconsistent gains during an unpredictable pandemic. New unemployment claims, both for traditional employees and independent contractors, are at their lowest levels since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Restaurants and hotels, which have weathered heavy losses during a year of stay-at-home orders, accounted...

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    Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

    Adam Beam, Associated Press|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    ELK GROVE, Calif. – The majority of California's 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday, March 1, by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate. Most students in the nation's most populous state have been learning from home for the past year during the pandemic. But with new coronavirus cases falling rapidly throughout the state, Newsom and lawmakers have been und...

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    California measure aims to pay off 80% of most unpaid rent

    Adam Beam, The Associated Press|Updated Feb 4, 2021

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top two legislative leaders pledged Monday, Jan. 25, to pay off 80% of most people's unpaid rent that has piled up during the coronavirus pandemic – but only if landlords agree to forgive the other 20%. The proposal, which must be approved by the Legislature, could wipe out potentially billions of dollars in debt hanging over renters in the nation's most populous state by using federal relief money to compel landlords to forgive...

  • Amid smoke and ash, wildfire-scarred Paradise rebuilds

    Adam Beam, The Associated Press|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    When flames chased Chuck and Janie Dee down the mountain two years ago, they thought they'd never be back. Yet there they were Sunday, Sept. 13, parking a camper next to their dirt lot and the shell of what had been their swimming pool, excited for their role in restoring their hometown of Paradise to what it was before the deadliest wildfire in California history destroyed their home and most of the community. They installed a septic tank. They filed for a building permit....

  • Now hiring: California offers credits to small businesses

    ADAM BEAM, Associated Press|Updated Sep 9, 2020

    Sep 09, 2020 2:47 PM  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - With millions of people out of work in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a law giving tax breaks to small businesses that hire more workers by Dec. 1. The law will reduce how much state taxes some small businesses owe if they have more employees working between July 1 and Dec. 1 than they did between April 1 and June 30. Businesses of 100 employees or less would get a $1,000 credit for the net increase of each...

  • California Senate OKs state reviews for police shootings

    Don Thompson and Adam Beam, The Associated Press|Updated Sep 4, 2020

    The California Senate voted Sunday, Aug. 30, to require the state’s top prosecutor to investigate all police shootings that kill an unarmed civilian, advancing one of the highest profile reforms introduced this year in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Senate OK’d the bill despite opposition from Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who called a previous version of the bill “untenable and unreasonable” because it would cost his office up to $80 million a year. But the legislation had enough votes to pass the Se...

  • California governor signs eviction relief bill amid virus

    ADAM BEAM, Associated Press|Updated Sep 4, 2020

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Californians who haven't paid their rent since March 1 because of the coronavirus can stay in their homes through at least Jan. 31 under a new state law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed late, late Monday – one day before statewide eviction protections were set to expire. The bill does not halt foreclosures for landlords whose tenants have stopped paying rent, but it does extend some state protections to rental properties of four units or less – protections previously only available to owner-occupied...

  • California lawmakers OK more exemptions from labor law

    Adam Beam and Don Thompson, The Associated Press|Updated Sep 4, 2020

    California lawmakers OK’d exemptions to about two-dozen more professions Monday, Aug. 30, from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of independent contractors. Among other things, the legislation would end what critics had said were unworkable limits on services provided by freelance still photographers, photojournalists, freelance writers, editors and newspaper cartoonists with certain restrictions to make sure they are not replacing current employees. Lawmakers separately approved...