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In a California gold rush town, some Black families are fighting for land taken from their ancestors

Jul. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

COLOMA, Calif. (AP) — In a tiny town where the California gold rush began, Black families are seeking restitution for land that was taken from their ancestors to make way for a state park now frequented by fourth graders learning about the state's history. Their efforts in Coloma,...

California passed a law to fix unsafe homeless shelters. Cities and counties are ignoring it

Jul. 17, 2024 15:37 PM EDT

Now that the Supreme Court has granted cities more power to ban sleeping outside, homeless Californians face a crucial decision: Try to get into a shelter, or risk going to jail. Those able to find a shelter bed will step into a world rife with reports of violence, theft, health...

Judge temporarily halts state plan to monitor groundwater use in crop-rich California region

Jul. 16, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked a plan by a California state water board to take over monitoring groundwater use in a portion of the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley, according to a copy of the decision obtained Tuesday. Kings County Superior Court Judge Kathy...

A prison union's big spending on Gavin Newsom: Is it an ‘800 pound gorilla’ or a threatened species?

Jul. 15, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

A year after he took the top job in 2019, the president of one of California’s largest and most powerful unions said in a newsletter that he wanted to be “the 800 pound gorilla” in Sacramento politics. Since then, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the...

Some cities facing homelessness crisis applaud Supreme Court decision, while others push back

Jun. 28, 2024 19:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing cities to enforce bans on sleeping outside in public spaces will allow San Francisco to begin clearing homeless encampments that have plagued the city, the mayor said Friday as she applauded the ruling. The case is the...

Divided Supreme Court rules in major homelessness case that outdoor sleeping bans are OK

Jun. 28, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cleared the way for cities to enforce bans on homeless people sleeping outside in public places on Friday, overturning a ruling from a California-based appeals court that found such laws amount to cruel and unusual punishment when shelter space is lacking. ...

Number of homeless residents in Los Angeles County decreases in annual count

Jun. 28, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of homeless residents counted in Los Angeles County has dipped slightly, decreasing by about 0.3% since last year as California continues to struggle with the long-running crisis of tens of thousands of people sleeping in cars and encampments. Results...

California bill crafted to require school payments to college athletes pulled by sponsor

Jun. 27, 2024 18:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal that would require California universities to pay their athletes through a “degree completion fund” has been withdrawn from consideration at the state legislature. Assemblyman Chris Holden pulled his proposed bill, the College Athlete...

California voters to weigh proposal to ban forced prison labor in state constitution

Jun. 27, 2024 16:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether to remove an exemption for involuntary servitude from the state constitution under a proposal the state Legislature approved Thursday. In California and many other states, the state constitution bans...

Bay Area will decide California’s biggest housing bond ever

Jun. 27, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

The largest affordable housing bond in California history is officially headed to the November ballot — just not for all Californians. On Wednesday, commissioners of the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority — a first-of-its-kind regional agency with the ability to borrow and spend...