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Treasurer Chiang Helps Communities Impacted by California’s Recent Wildfires Gain Access to Recovery Financing

Treasurer Chiang Helps Communities Impacted by California’s Recent Wildfires Gain Access to Recovery Financing

SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer John Chiang announced today that his office is introducing new financing programs and making current programs more accessible to residents, small businesses, advanced and green manufacturers, and community health clinics damaged by recent devastating wildfires. The State Treasurer’s Office offers low-cost financing and tax incentives for construction, manufacturing equipment, waste hauling, recycling […]

California treasurer wants state to study public bank option for pot businesses

California treasurer wants state to study public bank option for pot businesses

LOS ANGELES — California Treasurer John Chiang wants the state to consider creating a government-owned bank that could serve cannabis businesses, one of several recommendations aimed at helping bring …

Judge Halts California Law Forcing Pro-Lifers to Advertise Abortions

Judge Halts California Law Forcing Pro-Lifers to Advertise Abortions

In a major victory for free speech, Riverside County Superior Court Justice Gloria C. Trask ruled late Monday that California must not force pro-life pregnancy medical clinics to promote abortions …

In California, new grassroots activists lead Trump ‘Resistance’

In California, new grassroots activists lead Trump ‘Resistance’

Talia Osteen had never considered herself particularly political before the election of Donald Trump last year. The 34-year-old musician from California was concerned by social issues and often …

Democratic candidates for California governor reveal positions on single-payer health care and education

Democratic candidates for California governor reveal positions on single-payer health care and education

by Chris Reed The 2018 governor’s race got off to an informal start last week with candidate forums in Anaheim and San Francisco. Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom leads all gubernatorial candidates in polling and fundraising. A September Berkeley IGS survey showed he had support from 26 percent of likely voters, followed by Republican businessman John Cox with 11 percent. […]

Will wildfires leave lasting economic scars on California’s vital wine country?

Will wildfires leave lasting economic scars on California’s vital wine country?

By Liz Thach, Professor of Management and Wine Business, Sonoma State University and Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University. A wildfire burns behind a winery in Santa Rosa, California.

Supreme Court turns down property rights challenge to developer fees

Supreme Court turns down property rights challenge to developer fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it has turned down a property rights case from West Hollywood that challenged a California requirement that developers subsidize the creation of affordable …

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. Releases 2017 Legislative Report Card

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. Releases 2017 Legislative Report Card

Sacramento, CA — The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has released its 2017 Legislative Report Card grading lawmakers on legislative bills important to taxpayers.  The Report Card is a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable by tracking their individual votes. A record 79 legislators failed the scorecard while only 24 got a grade of […]

California fires pose distinct risk to pot farmers

California fires pose distinct risk to pot farmers

REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. – She knew just where she had buried the gold and silver coins – down a ravine from her home by a big Douglas fir. … and pure outlaw — devastated by the fires in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. Their losses illustrate how, despite new laws to make the industry legal […]

Climate Change Affects Coastal Communities and Beyond

Climate Change Affects Coastal Communities and Beyond

The recent drought in the Western region of the United States, and the hurricanes and floods along the Gulf Coast are extreme weather events on just one continent. “There is no doubt that part of this is climate change,” said Bill Patzert, oceanographer and research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.