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Latest unemployment scandal: State paid inmates $1B in fraudulent claims

California may have paid up to $1 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims filed on behalf of prison and jail inmates in what prosecutors are calling “the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history.” The state paid more than 35,000 claims under state prisoners’ names, with one inmate collecting nearly $49,000, a group of […]

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Protests heat up across California

Good morning, California. It’s Friday, August 28. Police reforms uncertain Protests over racism and police brutality are reigniting across California following the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake, even as state lawmakers back away from a slate of police reform bills introduced after George Floyd’s death as the legislative session draws to a close. As […]

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Lawmakers running out of time

Good morning, California. It’s Thursday, August 27. Deadlines fast approaching The clock is ticking for lawmakers to chart a recovery path for the world’s fifth-largest economy, keep millions of Californians from being evicted and respond to fires of historic proportions. They have until Friday to introduce new bills. The legislative session ends Monday, and lawmakers […]

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A pivotal week for California

Good morning, California. It’s Tuesday, August 25. Lots on the line This week will be decisive for California’s battles against crises ranging from wildfires to the pandemic to a looming eviction cliff. Here’s a look at what lies ahead. —Wildfires. More than 14,000 firefighters are fighting about 625 fires, including two of the three largest […]

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Los hogares de personas mayores no estaban preparados para una pandemia. Tampoco están listos para responder a un incendio forestal.

Hello! We’re publishing more of our work in Spanish to better serve our diverse state. Make sure to click here to read the article in English. Cuando el siniestro pitido de una alerta de emergencia despertó a Mark y Kathy Allen de la cama en Sebastopol el 9 de octubre de 2017, el incendio Tubbs se dirigía […]

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Newsom inks another big mask deal

Good morning, California. It’s Thursday, July 23. Sent 17 million masks to other states California is burning through 46 million masks a month even as hospital systems and frontline workers face shortages, leading Gov. Gavin Newsom to ink another multimillion-dollar mask contract with plans to strike an even larger deal in the next few months. […]

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How California lost control of the pandemic

Good morning, California. It’s Monday, July 13. From model to not-so-model state About two months after Gov. Gavin Newsom began easing California’s stay-at-home order — the country’s first, which cemented the Golden State as a national model — the state is monitoring 31 of 58 counties for concerning coronavirus trendlines. Bars and indoor restaurants are […]