California Commentary

A previous effort to ban automobiles that burn fossil fuel by 2040 was never able to gather enough support to be approved by the California legislature. Yet through the power of a pen, a phone, and a stylish California bear jacket, Gov. Gavin Newsom has...

Title: Budget trailer bill expands paid leave in California; lawmakers pass on health care consolidations requiring approval from attorney general By: Sarah Downey, Northern California Record A bill that would have mandated the attorney general approve health care provider consolidations failed to pass the Legislature late last month, but...

Los Angeles Times readers might think the first night of the Republican National Convention was nothing more than a non-stop attack on California. In its coverage of the first evening’s events, the paper posted the headline “RNC speakers paint California as a dangerous dystopia.” Missing from...

California was hit last month with rolling blackouts, for the first in nearly two decades. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he knows why. His answer is not politically popular. But it is correct. According to Politico, “the exact root” of the trouble “is still unclear as more power outages...

Just as he rejected pleas to suspend the execrable Assembly Bill 5 to ease the financial squeeze caused by the pandemic lockdowns, Gov. Gavin Newsom has declined to put off the state’s coming minimum-wage hike. The small businesses that worked hard enough to survive 2020’s...

Title: New federal relief bill includes liability protections during COVID-19 pandemic; ‘An important improvement to the litigation landscape’ By: Sarah Downey Federal lawmakers last week unveiled a stimulus package of COVID-19 relief legislation that includes further payments to unemployed workers and liability protections for health care workers,...