Tag Archives: California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom To Halt Executions

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have tied up in courts and shuttering the new execution chamber at San …

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California’s “Glory Hole” Sucks In Record Rainfall

The Guardian reports: Some say it looks like a a toilet being flushed; in more generous interpretations, it is a beautiful inverted fountain. In a rare occurrence, the water level in the Lake Berryessa reservoir, 75 miles north of San Francisco, has risen so much that it is pouring into a 200ft-deep circular pipe constructed in its corner. The 72ft …

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CALIFORNIA: Popular LGBT Resort Town Flooded, Under Evacuation, “Guerneville Is Officially An Island” [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Two California communities north of San Francisco were accessible only by boat Wednesday after a rain-swollen river overflowed its banks and inundated low-lying areas around them overnight, authorities said. One of them, the small city of Guerneville, “is officially an island,” the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A short time later, an official …

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Top California Democrats Endorse Kamala Harris

Politico reports: In a show of force aimed at locking down support in California — an early primary state critical to her 2020 hopes — Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday announced the backing of a score of Democratic California statewide officers. The Harris campaign Tuesday will announce the backing of California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, …

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Court Grants Birthright Citizenship To Twin Son Of Gay Couple, One Son Has US Dad, Other Has Israeli Father

NBC News reports: A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks, District Judge John F. Walter found. …

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RETRIBUTION: Trump Cancels Funding For CA Bullet Train After State Leads Suit To Block Fake Emergency

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Trump administration said Tuesday it would cancel almost $1 billion in funding for the California high-speed rail network, casting doubt on whether the state will be able to complete even the first phase of the troubled project. In a letter to state officials, Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory said the administration is planning to …

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San Francisco Approves Leather-Themed “Eagle Plaza”

San Francisco Curbed reports: San Francisco Mayor London Breed says that she’s signed legislation giving the go-ahead to Eagle Plaza, a long planned new park in west SoMa nearly four years in the making. The designs for the 12,500-square-foot space include a prominent Leather Pride flag to acknowledge SoMa’s history with the LGBTQ and leather communities. The Eagle Plaza name …

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Trump Cultist Ejected From Disney Park For Third Time After Hanging Trump Banner From Riverboat [VIDEO]

The Orange County Register reports: A Disneyland visitor was ejected from the park Wednesday afternoon after he unfurled a large banner on the side of the Mark Twain riverboat that proclaimed “TRUMP 2020.” The guest, who identified himself on Facebook as Dion Cini, live-streamed the event on his Facebook page, reporting that he was expecting to be removed afterward. Disney …

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Trump Demands “Money Back Now” For CA Bullet Train

NBC News reports: President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom traded tweets Wednesday over federal funding for the state’s scaled-back bullet train project. “California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars,” Trump said. “They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money …

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CALIFORNIA: Governor Pulls Plug On LA-SF Bullet Train

Sacramento’s CBS affiliate reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday he’s abandoning a plan to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project with an estimated cost that has ballooned to $77 billion. “Let’s be real,” Newsom said in his first State of the State address. “The current project, as planned, would cost too much …

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Nation’s Largest Utility Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Associated Press reports: Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the nation’s biggest utility, filed for bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday in a bid to relieve itself of some of the billions of dollars in damages it could face as a result of California’s devastating wildfires. The Chapter 11 filing allows PG&E to continue operating while it puts its finances in order. But …

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California’s PG&E To Declare Bankruptcy Over Wildfires

The Wall Street Journal reports: PG&E Corp. said it will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a day after the company’s CEO stepped down over the financial fallout spurred by the utility’s role in helping spark the California wildfires. The company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., said they plan to file a petition on or around …

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REPORT: Kamala Harris To Launch WH Bid On MLK Day

CBS News reports: Sen. Kamala Harris has decided to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, sources close to her told KCBS Radio. She’ll announce her candidacy on  Martin Luther King Day, probably at a campaign rally in Oakland, the sources said. Harris, 54, has been making the rounds of television talk shows and appearing at several events this week …

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Trump: I’ve Cut Off California’s FEMA Aid For Wildfires

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump said in a Wednesday tweet that he is cutting off federal money to fight California wildfires, claiming the money is being wasted. State officials have accused Trump of playing politics with the California wildfires, and said he does not understand the issues involved in fighting fires. Trump’s declaration comes as he takes political heat …

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California’s PG&E Mulls Bankruptcy Over Wildfires

Reuters reports: California utility company PG&E Corp is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities related to fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The company is considering the move as a contingency, in part because it could soon take a …

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CALIFORNIA: Legal Weed Was The Hot Holiday Gift

San Francisco’s NBC affiliate reports: Customers have been lining up and packing into Bay Area cannabis dispensaries to buy holiday gifts including gummies, chocolates, cartridges and flowers. “From the moment we were open at 9 o’clock we had a line,” Magnolia assistant general manager Kysa Butler said. “We’ve been knocking the lines out quickly but they’ve been steady, too.” Pot …

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Los Angeles Freeway Renamed For President Obama

CBS Los Angeles reports: A portion of the 134 Freeway between Glendale and Pasadena is now officially named the President Barack H. Obama Highway. Caltrans crews have installed signs renaming the busy stretch of the 134 Freeway. Obama attended Occidental College from 1979 to 1981 and lived in Pasadena during his sophomore year. State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who co-authored …

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California GOP Writes Own Obituary Because Trump

The Los Angeles Times reports: Zero Republicans hold statewide office. Democrats enjoy a supermajority in the California Assembly and the state Senate. In races for the U.S. Senate, Republican candidates can’t even make it to the general election, now that the top two vote-getters in primary contests advance regardless of party. And when the House of Representatives reconvenes, the California …

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CALIFORNIA: Openly Gay State Democratic Party Chair To Resign After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

The Los Angeles Times reports: California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, leader of one of the most influential political forces in the nation, said Thursday he intended to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior toward party staff members and activists. Bauman’s decision to resign follows a report from The Times on Wednesday that said 10 party staff …

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CALIFORNIA: Democrat Flips 40th US House Seat

The Los Angeles Times reports: TJ Cox defeated three-term Republican Rep. David Valadao on Wednesday, giving Democrats a gain of seven House seats in California and 40 nationwide — the party’s strongest midterm showing since the Watergate era in the mid-1970s. Cox clinched his victory more than three weeks after election day, when updated results from Fresno and Kings counties …

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