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Some worry California proposition to tackle homelessness would worsen the problem

Feb. 14, 2024 19:52 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging voters to approve a ballot initiative that he says is needed to tackle the state's homelessness crisis, a change social providers say would threaten programs that keep people from becoming homeless in the first place. ...

Things to know about California's Proposition 1

Feb. 14, 2024 19:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters this March will decide on a statewide ballot measure that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said would transform the outdated mental health system and address the ongoing homelessness crisis. Proposition 1, the only statewide initiative on...

California may have to pay $300M for COVID-19 homeless hotel program after FEMA caps reimbursement

Feb. 13, 2024 21:30 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California cities and counties still don't know how much they'll have to pay for Gov. Gavin Newsom's pandemic program to house homeless people in hotel rooms after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in October that it was limiting the number of days eligible for...

California governor to send prosecutors to Oakland to help crack down on rising crime

Feb. 08, 2024 18:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California's governor announced plans Thursday to send prosecutors to Oakland in his latest move to crack down on rising crime in the San Francisco Bay Area city where brazen robberies in broad daylight have drawn national attention. Gov. Gavin Newsom days...

California bill would ban all plastic shopping bags at grocery stores

Feb. 08, 2024 18:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would ban all plastic shopping bags in 2026 under a new bill announced Thursday in the state Legislature. California already bans thin plastic shopping bags at grocery stores and other shops, but shoppers at checkout can purchase bags made with...

California recommends changes to leasing properties under freeways after major fire

Feb. 07, 2024 22:59 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three months after an arson fire at a state-leased storage space shut down a major Los Angeles freeway, California transportation officials are recommending changes to the leasing program that would explicitly ban storage of hazardous materials like wood pallets and gasoline...

Ex-Oakland police chief sues city and mayor to get his job back

Feb. 07, 2024 16:21 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A former California police chief fired from his post last year has sued the city of Oakland and its mayor, saying he was unlawfully terminated in retaliation for criticizing the federal court-appointed monitor overseeing the department. LeRonne Armstrong...

California could legalize psychedelic therapy after rejecting 'magic mushroom' decriminalization

Feb. 06, 2024 14:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A pair of California lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday to allow people 21 and older to consume psychedelic mushrooms under professional supervision as part of an agenda to tackle the state's mental health and substance use crises. It comes...

Who will run the US House in 2025? Once again, control could tip on California swing districts

Feb. 05, 2024 00:38 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavily Democratic California might appear an unlikely national battleground, but a string of competitive U.S. House contests is again poised to play a crucial role in determining control of the chamber as Republicans look to maintain their fragile majority in a deeply divided...

New California Senate leader says his priorities are climate change, homelessness and opioid crises

Feb. 03, 2024 00:44 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When California Sen. Mike McGuire takes over as leader of the state Senate on Monday, it will be the first time in decades that the state’s top two legislative leaders aren’t from a major urban center. But McGuire says the issues that most afflict...