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Posted inCalifornia Legislature, Environment, Politics, Water

Why a California lawmaker wants to ban cigarette filters and disposable vapes

California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to curb litter from cigarette butts and electronic cigarettes cleared the Senate but approaches its next hurdle in the Assembly. The bill aims to tackle hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts that litter the state’s coasts and hold the tobacco and e-cigarette industry accountable for the mess that its products make.

Posted inNewsletters, WhatMatters

Politicians at play in Pebble Beach, San Diego

Happy Friday, California. Well-educated, high-earners are still moving to California. But with housing prices at an all-time high, there’s an exodus of low-wage workers, reports Next10, a nonpartisan group, with research by Beacon Economics. Putting ‘fun’ back in fundraising Democratic legislators will spend this weekend attending the 21st annual Speaker’s Cup, a golf and fund-raising […]

Posted inHealth, Politics

Despite dire OB-GYN shortage, lawmakers won’t expand role of nurse-midwives

Affordable homes with ample lots lure many families to the town of Apple Valley in the Mojave Desert. But amenities are limited—no department stores, no Costco and, more importantly, few affordable medical care options for pregnant women. For Cassandra Lindstrom, that meant scheduling the birth of her second baby at a hospital at least an […]