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Gavin Newsom announces new plan calling for housing boom

Gavin Newsom announces new plan calling for housing boom

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – If the past is any guide, California’s Legislature will declare its recently passed housing-affordability package a success and move on to the many other priorities that dominate Capitol discussions once lawmakers return in January. But the housing package – a spate of measures that increase funding for subsidized housing programs and reduce regulations for building […]

Second gas tax hike repeal campaign revs up in California

Second gas tax hike repeal campaign revs up in California

By Brandi Wielgopolski / The Heartland Institute After an earlier ballot campaign seeking to repeal a big gas-tax hike in California stalled, another group of taxpayers will begin collecting …

Fire loss total surges to 8,400 structures in Northern California

Fire loss total surges to 8,400 structures in Northern California

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The wine country wildfires destroyed at least 8,400 homes and other buildings, authorities said Monday, a significant increase in the already staggering property loss. Efforts continued by firefighters to gain control of the fires and by searchers looking for more victims.

Firefighters still battling 10 wildfires in California

Firefighters still battling 10 wildfires in California

About 5,000 firefighters were still battling 10 wildfires in California on Monday and the authorities said they hope to have many of them fully contained in the next few days. The death toll remained …

California rescinds autograph mandate for booksellers

California rescinds autograph mandate for booksellers

In the wake of a First Amendment challenge by Bay Area book seller Bill Petrocelli and his renowned store, Book Passage, California has rescinded the state’s onerous “certificate of authenticity” requirement for the sale of autographed books. The regulation would have made it extremely risky, if not impossible, for stores to sell signed books or […]

Kevin McCarthy:  ‘The opportunity is right to take California back’

Kevin McCarthy:  ‘The opportunity is right to take California back’

By Michael Hernandez ANAHEIM– The opportunity is right to take California back,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the Saturday GOP Annual Convention luncheon at the Mariott. “What a difference nine months and one election makes?  Who would have known that if Donald J. Trump won, the Dow Jones would hit an all-time high […]

Gov. Brown vetoes few bills – latest ones get conservative praise

Gov. Brown vetoes few bills – latest ones get conservative praise

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed only 118 of the 957 bills that came before his desk in the recently concluded legislative session, but some of his final vetoes earned a great deal of attention and praise – even from conservative Republicans. That’s an interesting turn of events given that Brown signed into lawmost of […]

$373.4 Billion a Year in Higher Taxes and Fees Proposed In 2017 Legislative Session

$373.4 Billion a Year in Higher Taxes and Fees Proposed In 2017 Legislative Session

CalTax Foundation: SACRAMENTO – California state lawmakers this year proposed $373.4 billion in higher annual taxes and fees, the nonpartisan California Tax Foundation reported today. “The $373.4 billion cumulative cost of proposals introduced in 2017 is the highest amount identified since we began publishing Tax Watch in 2015,” California Tax Foundation Director Robert Gutierrez said. […]

NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

The image at top is part of a larger map of damage (red and yellow squares) from the northern California wildfires. This section of the map shows Santa Rosa, California. The full map covers the entire area outlined in red at bottom.

California fire toll rises to 42

California fire toll rises to 42

The death toll from California’s wildfires rose to 42 on Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said, as rescuers found another body. The latest victim …