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  • Attacks on Asian American Communities Rising

    Posted by John A. Powell | LA Progressive at Monday, March 22nd, 2021 11:30am

    When a new wave of anti-Asian violence was recently reported to be hitting the Bay Area, news media left us with an impression that we were in the midst of a conflict pitting Blacks against Asians.

  • CA eases way for schools to reopen full-time

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, March 22nd, 2021 10:48am

    California just made it significantly easier for K-12 schools to bring students back to campus full-time — but some of the state’s largest districts and most powerful unions are pushing back, suggesting that hundreds of thousands of students may not receive daily in-person instruction this school year.

  • Putting her children before the fields

    Posted by Manuela Tobias at Friday, March 12th, 2021 10:49am

    On average, one in eight Californians have been late on rent during the pandemic, and the majority of them are single mothers.

  • California to hit critical milestone for reopening today

    Posted by ANA B. IBARRA AND RACHEL BECKER at Friday, March 12th, 2021 10:46am

    Here’s what you need to know about what happens next when the state delivers 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low-income communities.

  • Newsom speech ushers in election season

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 7:13am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers the State of the State address at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 9, 2021

  • ‘We’re born Indian and we die white’: California Indigenous fear COVID deaths undercounted

    Posted by KATE CIMINI at Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 1:13pm

    California Native American leaders fear the deaths that have shadowed their communities this past year have been undercounted.

  • Newsom, lawmakers unveil plan to push some schools to reopen by April 1

    Posted by BY RICARDO CANO, LAUREL ROSENHALL AND BARBARA FEDER OSTROV at Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 6:01am

    The decisions to reopen, however, still rest with school officials and labor unions. Newsom hopes the funding bill will prod them into holding in-person classes. Parent activists say it’s not enough.

  • VaxFacts

    Posted by Anyel Z Fields at Monday, March 1st, 2021 8:03am

    Update on the historic effort to get all Angelenos vaccinated against COVID-19 and end the pandemic from the LA Mayors office

  • SNL rips Newsom, French Laundry

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, March 1st, 2021 8:00am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom was skewered in this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live for dining at the French Laundry and for California’s chaotic vaccine rollout — adding to growing national criticism as he fends off a potential recall.

  • California’s climate goals likely out of reach

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 12:10pm

    The first, from California State Auditor Elaine Howle, doesn’t mince words: “The state will fall short of meeting the 2030 goal” of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels “unless emissions reductions occur at a faster pace.” The audit, which found that transportation emissions have actually increased since 2013, rebuked the California Air Resources Board for overstating the impact of its emissions-reduction programs

  • CA GOP smooths party fractures ahead of recall

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, February 22nd, 2021 6:52am

    As the California GOP mobilizes behind the recall — to which it’s donated $125,000 — it will also have to reckon with Trump’s divisive legacy.

  • Tensions ramp up

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Friday, February 19th, 2021 2:46pm

    The bold step suggests that Newsom and lawmakers have significantly different interpretations of what’s necessary to get kids back in the classroom, especially when it comes to vaccines.

  • Texas sneezed & now K is catching a cold.

    Posted by Anyel Z Fields at Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 9:46am

    The last thing you want is for us to be taken out by a Texas storm.

  • Housing costs key factor

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 9:44am

    Goodbye, Silicon Valley. Hello, Silicon Slopes. The tech hubs of San Francisco and San Jose fell precipitously in this year’s ranking of U.S. cities’ economic performance.

  • After Trump Acquittal by GOP, Sunrise Movement Says 'Time Is Now to Abolish the Filibuster'

    Posted by Kenny Stancil at Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 7:54am

    "If Democrats don't deliver in this moment, future Presidents Days will recognize Trump's second term."

  • Trifecta of concerns

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Friday, February 12th, 2021 9:17am

    California is slated to launch on Monday its new vaccine distribution system helmed by Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente — one that will inherit longstanding concerns over supply, equity and speed.

  • “This Cannot Be the Future of America”: Rep. Jamie Raskin Gives Moving Account of Capitol Attack

    Posted by Democracy Now! at Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 9:40am

    Congressmember Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead Democratic impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, closed the first day of proceedings in the Senate with an emotional speech describing the terror of the January 6 Capitol attack.

  • Schumer: GOP Embracing 'Fringe Legal Theory' With Claim That Trump Trial Is Unconstitutional

    Posted by Kenny Stancil at Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 10:07am

    Given that the Constitution permits the Senate to impose the penalty of permanent disqualification only on former officeholders, it defies logic to suggest that the Senate is prohibited from trying and convicting former officeholders.

  • School reopening deal coming

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 10:01am

    At a Monday press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom rattled off a list of big-ticket items likely to be unveiled within the next week. Here’s a closer look at what’s coming

  • Churches can reopen indoors

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, February 8th, 2021 8:59am

    The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive authority when it knocked down California’s ban on indoor worship, ruling that the governor’s pandemic restrictions unfairly targeted churches in violation of the First Amendment.

  • SF sues itself

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Thursday, February 4th, 2021 6:51am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom at a Wednesday press conference said he believes schools can safely reopen before all teachers have received the COVID-19 vaccine — a stance that puts him at odds with the powerful California Teachers Association and is an indication of how difficult it’s been for unions and elected officials to reach a consensus, San Francisco on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of suing its own school district and board of education to force campuses to reopen.

  • Obsession With GDP, Disregard of Nature Leading Towards Ecosystem Collapse: Report

    Posted by Andrea Germanos at Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 8:49am

    A new report out Tuesday from the U.K. government framing the natural environment as "our most precious asset" says the world's destruction of biodiversity has put economies at risk and that a fundamental restructuring of global consumption and production patterns is needed for humanity's survival.

  • Let Them Play Effort Ramps Up

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, February 1st, 2021 7:51am

    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $2 billion proposal required districts to submit reopening plans to the state by today in order to access grant money that would allow them to welcome their youngest students back to campus on Feb. 16. But the governor’s plan fizzled amid strong criticism from the state Legislature, large school districts and teachers unions

  • Two audits tell a story

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Friday, January 29th, 2021 8:13am

    Despite repeated warnings from federal authorities that fraudsters would target California, EDD waited six months and processed 7.4 million claims before it began flagging addresses with unusually high numbers of claims, the audit found.

  • Not Guilty Again! And Not Just Because of Hard Nosed GOP Partisan Politics

    Posted by Earl Ofari Hutchinson at Thursday, January 28th, 2021 9:02am

    There is no surprise that most GOP senators say they are wary of convicting Trump. Their reluctance, really refusal to convict him, is routinely chalked up to naked, raw, hard-nosed partisan politics, with a heavy dose of fear. The fear is that Trump’s millions of backers and true believers will be so enraged at a conviction that they’ll punish GOP senators as “No Trump Republicans,” at the polls down the line.

  • 'Not Just Bad Economics, But Terrible Politics': Khanna Warns Democrats Against Restricting Eligibility for $1,400 Checks

    Posted by Jake Johnson at Thursday, January 28th, 2021 6:58am

    Progressive Congressman Ro Khanna on Wednesday cautioned President Joe Biden and the Democratic leadership against further restricting eligibility for any future round of direct coronavirus relief payments, warning that excluding many struggling middle-class Americans from checks would be misguided and politically disastrous.

  • EJ Groups Flex Muscle

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Thursday, January 28th, 2021 6:51am

    Among Biden’s directives was a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land — throwing into limbo seven Kern County leases the Trump administration auctioned off in December against California’s wishes.

  • What Biden’s presidency means for California’s environment

    Posted by Julie Cart at Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 11:00am

    Like a defeated and retreating army, Trump administration officials left Washington, D.C., burning and shredding environmental laws and policies even as they walked out the door.

  • State takes reins

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 10:54am

    The new strategy, which state health officials unveiled Tuesday, upends months of planning by numerous working groups. It also appears to be a work in progress

  • Grant program under scrutiny

    Posted by Emily Hoeven at Monday, January 25th, 2021 7:25am

    The Golden State’s unemployment rate grew to 9% in December, triggering the first month-to-month increase since April 2020, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department. While the nation’s unemployment rate remained static in December, California’s rose 0.9% as the state shed 52,200 jobs — a staggering 37% of all U.S. jobs lost that month.

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