California

California’s Drought Reckoning Could Offer Lessons for the West

State officials and experts argue strongly for water-saving measures.

Best Places for Winter Outdoor Activities

A new list from Outside magazine recommends some of the nation’s top spots for a winter vacation.

Mattresses and Mold Removal: Medi-Cal to Offer Unconventional Treatments to Asthma Patients

MADERA, Calif. — Growing up amid the dusty agricultural fields of the Central Valley, Ruby Marentes-Cabrera can’t recall a time when it wasn’t difficult to breathe.

Bills Modeled on Texas Abortion Law Target Sex Abusers, Gun Sellers

California’s governor wants to use Texas tactics to go after assault weapons sold in his state, while an Illinois state lawmaker seeks to penalize sex offenders.

What a Progressive Utopia Does to Outdoor Dining

COMMENTARY | In San Francisco and elsewhere in California, the red tape that prevented dining alfresco before the pandemic is starting to grow back.

Smashed Cars, Burnt Trees, Soggy Insulation: Post-disaster Cleanup Is Expensive, Time-consuming and Wasteful

COMMENTARY | Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, like the Dec. 10-11, 2021 tornados. But one issue doesn’t get enough attention: cleaning up the mess left behind.

California’s Water Supplies Are in Trouble as Climate Change Worsens Natural Dry Spells

The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0% for 2022. A California water expert explains why.

One County Will Give $76 Million in ‘Hero Pay’ to Public Employees for Covid Response

Most full-time workers in California’s Santa Clara County will receive $2,500 bonuses, all paid for with the county's federal Covid-19 relief allotment.

Why Building More Homes Won’t Solve the Affordable Housing Problem for the Millions of People Who Need It Most

COMMENTARY | California and other states plan to build more homes in an effort to fix America’s affordable housing problem. But that’s not the main reason housing remains unaffordable for millions of people.

Taking Race Out of Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Yolo County, California, are attempting “race-blind charging” by using software to redact identifying information, including race and other descriptors, from police reports.

The Best and Worst Cities to Retire Are Surprising

Orlando, Florida tops the list for best cities to retire while San Bernardino, California comes in last, according to a report.

California First State to Outlaw Gas-powered Lawn Mowers and Leaf Blowers

The legislation comes with $30 million in funding to help aid the transition. Other states and localities have or are considering restricting the equipment.

Wildfire Burn Scars, Raising Risk of Mudslides—This Is What Cascading Climate Disasters Look Like

Studies show climate change is raising the risk of cascading hazards that alone might not be extreme but add up to human disasters. Communities and government agencies aren’t prepared.

Cracking Cold Cases: Police Turn to Podcasts to Track Down Killers

Law enforcement officials say that department-sponsored podcasts—free, easy to download and available on demand—are perfect for disseminating information. (America’s true-crime obsession doesn’t hurt.)

Past Due: How to Fix the Broken Emergency Assistance Programs

COMMENTARY | The eviction cliff demonstrates that the United States needs to build stronger financial safety nets for the American people.

Tesla to Move Headquarters From California to Texas

CEO Elon Musk cited housing affordability and commute times in announcing the relocation, which follows a clash between the billionaire and California officials last year.

Disinformation May Be the New Normal, Election Officials Fear

Races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia this year could face election falsehoods.

A State Moves to Establish a Process for Revoking Police Officer Licenses

California is one of just four states without such a system in place. A bill that would change that is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.

Secretly Removing a Condom During Sex is Technically Legal. One State is Poised to Change That.

Lawmakers in California approved legislation to ban “stealthing.” If signed into law, the state would be the first to explicitly outlaw the practice.

Voters Have No Clue How Much Money State Lawmakers Make

Registered voters overshot their lawmakers’ annual pay by large margins in a recent survey. When given the correct salaries, respondents were more likely to support pay increases for legislators.