California

Amid Drought, California Contests Nestlé’s Water Rights

Nestlé siphoned 58 million gallons of water from a creek outside of LA last year. Are they taking more than their share?

Analysis: US Rent Debt Totals Nearly $20B due to Covid-19

Southern states have the largest share of renters with debt, although cities with the most people behind on rent are in California, New York, New Jersey and Florida, according to a recent report.

Report: 40% of Americans Live in Areas with Unhealthy Air Pollution Levels

The American Lung Association ranks the 25 most unhealthy places for air quality and the cities with the cleanest air.

EPA Moves to Restore State Authority Over Auto Emissions

Federal regulators are seeking to undo a Trump administration policy aimed at limiting California’s sway over tailpipe standards.

California and Texas Took Different Routes to Vaccination. Who’s Ahead?

California stresses equity for minority groups. Texas is all about personal choice and liberty. Both are struggling to vaccinate Latinos and contending with vaccine hesitancy among conservative communities.

Longer, More Frequent Droughts Hit Western US

COMMENTARY | Periods of drought in the western United States have become longer over the past 50 years, according to a new study.

Another Soda Tax Bill Dies. Another Win for Big Soda

A bill that would have allowed California cities and counties to once again pursue taxes on sugary drinks was just shelved in the legislature without a hearing. Public health advocates blame the political — and financial — clout of the soft drink industry.

California Bill Would Give Fast Food Workers Sway Over Labor Standards

The proposal would create a first-of-its-kind panel where businesses, employees and the state would hash out the guidelines together.

Child Care Benefits at Work: This App Helps your Employer Pay Your Family and Friends for Babysitting

Helpr, one of the fastest growing apps offering backup child care, is behind new legislation in California that would require big employers to give their workers subsidized backup care.

After a Deadly Year on the Roads, States Push for Safety Over Speed

Lawmakers in California and other states are rethinking how they set and enforce speed limits, and they’re proposing to hand more power to local authorities to slow drivers in their communities.

Ranking: The Worst States for Retirees

The least favorable places to live post-work years on the list, which was compiled from several sources, have high taxes and soaring housing costs, among other things.

Why Wall Street Investors’ Trading California Water Futures is Nothing to Fear – and Unlikely to Work Anyway

COMMENTARY | Futures won’t affect whether there’s water in the hose

National Homelessness Estimate Grows for Fourth Consecutive Year

The number of people who are homeless and without shelter has been on the rise.

U.S. Covid-19 Testing Has Dropped Dramatically

Nationwide, COVID-19 testing has decreased by a third in the past two months, causing public health experts to worry they could miss future surges.

In America, Covid Vaccine Eligibility Is a ‘Crazy Quilt’ of State Rules

Across the country, a mishmash of rules to qualify for the Covid-19 vaccine is creating difficulties for people seeking the shots.

A Troubling Rise in Drug Overdose Deaths Among Latinos

New research finds drug-related fatalities have been climbing for Latinos nationwide and in California and suggests policymakers should focus more on the issue.

Atlanta Shootings Fuel Fear Over Rising Anti-Asian Violence

More than 3,800 reports of anti-Asian discrimination or bias have been reported over the last year.

Growing Number of Cities Weigh Tribal ‘Land Acknowledgements’

In Arizona and other states, some local governments are formally recognizing Native American connections to lands.

CEQA Is an Abomination

COMMENTARY | How California’s signature environmental law got out of control, and how to fix it.

Chicago Ballparks Will Reopen to Limited Number of Fans

The city will allow about 8,000 people to attend upcoming Cubs and White Sox baseball games.