Latest California state government News

Progress made on California fire that displaced thousands

Sep. 26, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Sunday on a forest fire that displaced thousands of people and destroyed more than 100 buildings near Shasta Lake in Northern California. Lighter winds and cooler temperatures slowed the Fawn Fire as it...

Firefighters hope cooling temps help battle California blaze

Sep. 25, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters hope shifting winds and cooling temperatures over the next few days will aid their efforts to battle a destructive wildfire in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north that has displaced thousands of people and burned at least 100 structures....

California to replace the word 'alien' from its laws

Sep. 24, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “an offensive term for a human being” that has “fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative.” Newsom on Friday signed a law that...

California to replace toppled statue with memorial to tribes

Sep. 24, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than a year after protesters toppled a statue of a Spanish missionary on the grounds of the California Capitol, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday to replace it with a memorial for the state's Native Americans. A statue of Father...

California GOP looks to 2022 contests for House, Legislature

Sep. 24, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Republicans are undeterred after a failed effort to unseat Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election and are taking aim at seats in Congress and the Legislature in the 2022 elections, Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson said Friday. ...

Suspected arson wildfire forces evacuations in California

Sep. 24, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Friday and many others were on notice to be ready to flee as a destructive wildfire raged in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north. A woman suspected of starting the Fawn Fire was...

Woman arrested on suspicion of starting California blaze

Sep. 24, 2021 00:45 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of starting a Northern California wildfire that spread rapidly, burning homes and prompting evacuation orders Thursday in a rural community, authorities said. Workers at a nearby quarry reported seeing a...

Climate change fuels California emphasis on preventing fires

Sep. 23, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Having spent billions of dollars in a losing battle to control wildfires in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved nearly $1 billion in new spending aimed at stopping the blazes before they start. California spent $3.4 billion on...

California 1st to set quota limits for retailers like Amazon

Sep. 22, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday became the first state to bar mega-retailers from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas that interfere with bathroom and rest breaks under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that grew from Amazon's drive to speed goods to consumers...

California governor signs privacy laws for abortion patients

Sep. 22, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Wednesday that aim to protect the privacy of abortion providers and their patients, declaring California to be a “reproductive freedom state” while drawing a sharp contrast with Texas and its efforts to limit the procedure....