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California attorney general puts focus on affordable housing

Nov. 03, 2021 21:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general said Wednesday he is putting a new emphasis on trying to alleviate the state's seemingly intractable affordable housing problem, including by creating a “strike force” to focus on tenant protections, on local governments that don't...

Leading law school seeks to remove genocidal founder's name

Nov. 02, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California Hastings College of the Law will work on removing the name of its founder, who sponsored massacres of Native Americans in the 1850s, the board of directors voted Tuesday. The vote authorizes one of the nation's leading...

California governor vetoes bill to pay people to stay sober

Oct. 08, 2021 23:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a bill that would have made California the first state to pay people to stay sober. But just because Newsom vetoed the bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener on Friday does not mean the drug treatment program won't...

California extends cocktails-to-go and outdoor dining rules

Oct. 08, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets as officials try to help restaurants recover from the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a pathway for these businesses to...

California ends mandatory minimum drug sentence rules

Oct. 05, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes in the nation's most populous state on Tuesday, giving judges more discretion to impose alternative sentences. The mandatory sentencing law Newsom signed...

California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 17, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

Here's what the California Legislature did this year

Sep. 11, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers finished their work for the 2021 legislative session Friday night, just four days before voting concludes in a statewide recall election targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Whatever the outcome of the recall election,...

California may end arrests for loitering for prostitution

Sep. 10, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in California would no longer be able to arrest anyone for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Friday amid debate over whether the move would help or harm sex trafficking victims. ...