Road to Zero: The state’s bumpy road to electrify cars and trucks
It could slash fossil fuel use and help clean the state’s dirty air — but a lot of questions still must be unanswered.
California schools turn to the courts to combat social media
As state lawmakers struggle to overcome the influence of tech giants, local schools are looking elsewhere for help.
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California should examine SoCalGas ties to lawsuit against Berkeley’s natural gas ban
Environmental advocates uncovered ties from SoCalGas to the California Restaurant Association lawsuit that overturned Berkeley’s ban on natural gas hookups in new buildings, asserting that the private utility improperly used ratepayer money to support the legal firm.
California investors care about environmental, social risks. It has little to do with politics
“Environmental, social and governance,” or ESG, investing has been wrongly positioned along ideological lines. ESG risks are merely long-term business risks. More importance should be given to corporate disclosures to help California investors decide what sort of environmental, social and governing realities a public company is facing.
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Rooting out local government corruption in California starts by ending pay-to-play
A new California law takes aim at the practice known as “pay-to-play” in which special interests make campaign contributions to local officials to sway a decision. The state senator who authored the law calls for its preservation and expansion after a judge tossed out a lawsuit trying to prevent it from taking effect.
Senate Democrats: Mega corporations that conduct business in California should pay their fair share
As Republicans stymie President Joe Biden’s budget proposal to reverse Trump-era tax cuts and increase the corporate tax rate, Senate Democrats in California want to follow through at the state level to help close the budget deficit and keep various spending programs intact. They also proposed a 25% cut for smaller businesses and additional relief…
With chronic absenteeism on the rise, why is California making school transportation harder?
A California bill seeking to further regulate school transportation could make it needlessly difficult for third-party services that support vulnerable students, such as foster or homeless youth, to meet the arduous requirements.
Black women in California need more than short-term solutions for maternal health disparities
Despite various investments and political action, maternal death rates have climbed in recent years, especially for Black women. California passed a law in 2021 to confront racial disparities in maternal and infant health, but advocates say there needs to be mechanisms for transparency and accountability and deeper investment.
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California transit systems’ pleas for aid haven’t moved the Capitol
California’s public transit systems say they are facing a “fiscal cliff” and are pleading for state aid, but so far haven’t gained much traction in the Capitol.
Flavoring medicine is vital for kids. California may soon make it harder
The California State Board of Pharmacy is considering regulatory changes that could make it more difficult for pharmacies to add flavoring to medicine, a generally safe and increasingly sophisticated practice that helps children take medication.
In 2024, California voters will have a chance to make quality education a civil right
In the aftermath of prolonged school closures and learning losses during the pandemic, a coalition has vowed to put forward a ballot proposition that would enshrine high-quality public education as a civil right in California.
How adding a right to housing in the California constitution could alleviate the crisis
If passed, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 10 would give California voters the opportunity to enshrine housing as a fundamental right in the state constitution. The amendment could dramatically reshape how the state confronts the housing crisis.
California victims of police violence deserve help with funeral costs and recovery, too
Californians who lose a loved one to a violent crime can receive support for funeral costs, counseling and other expenses from the state’s Victim Compensation…
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Which California bills will beat the deadline?
The end-of-week deadline to pass bills in their house of origin is only one day away, so legislators have been busy advancing a litany of measures. On Wednesday alone, the…