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FEMA Activates To Support California with Potential Oroville Auxiliary Spillway Failure

FEMA Activates To Support California with Potential Oroville Auxiliary Spillway Failure

Oakland Regional Response Coordination Center Moves to 24-Hour Operations The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Oakland, Calif. and its National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) in Washington, D.C., are monitoring impacts of the severe weather in California and the erosion to the Oroville […]

Emergency: Ca Orovile dam spillway near failure, evacuations ordered

Emergency: Ca Orovile dam spillway near failure, evacuations ordered

The California Department of Water Resources issued a sudden evacuation order shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday for residents near the Oroville Dam in northern California, warning that the dam’s emergency spillway would fail in the next 60 minutes. The Oroville Dam is the highest in the nation. An emergency alert issued on Facebook stated: “EMERGENCY […]

California rebukes Donald Trump orders but wants $100B in federal infrastructure funds

California rebukes Donald Trump orders but wants $100B in federal infrastructure funds

  California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra has a message for the Trump administration: “We have a right to say to the federal government: Hands off,” he told the Los Angeles Times. The same day, the paper had a story titled: “California submits a $100 billion wish list of infrastructure projects to Trump for federal funding.” […]

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Top January Projections 

CA Controller Reports State  Revenues Top January Projections 

California revenues of $15.04 billion for January beat projections in the proposed 2017‑18 budget Governor Jerry Brown introduced last month by $884.4 million, or 6.2 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today. In December, the “big three” sources of California general fund dollars—personal income taxes, corporation taxes, and retail sales and use taxes—all fell […]

Wet winter upends California water politics

Wet winter upends California water politics

By James Poulos Drought-busting levels of rain and snow have put pressure to lift emergency restrictions on usage, but California regulators declined to ease up on the longstanding curbs. “Amid the ongoing succession of storms, water managers up and down the state are urging regulators in Sacramento to permanently cancel historic, emergency drought rules that have been in place […]

How Trump Could Rein in ‘Sanctuary’ California

How Trump Could Rein in ‘Sanctuary’ California

President Donald Trump is seriously considering cutting off federal funds to California if it declares itself a statewide “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants. Trump first made the threat during an interview Sunday with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. “Outside intervention is necessary. And it seems to me California is a good place to start.” A “sanctuary” […]

Storms Soak California, Easing Drought

Storms Soak California, Easing Drought

Parts of California, Nevada and Idaho were on weather watches Tuesday as a low pressure system began to move across the region. A warm front was set to drop a foot of snow in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Cascades as well as up to six inches of rain in the southern Sierra Nevadas, […]

California scrambles to pick up housing pace

California scrambles to pick up housing pace

By James Poulos The rush is on to find a way to amp up available housing in California. Amid new reports claiming that housing has become unaffordable across the state, legislators, officials and activists have begun a rush for solutions.  “In its first comprehensive analysis since the year 2000, California’s Department of Housing and Community Development paints […]

Study: California Lost 589,100 Jobs to China from 2001-2015

Study: California Lost 589,100 Jobs to China from 2001-2015

By CHRISS W. STREET A new study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has found that California lost a net 589,100 jobs from 2001 to 2015, after China entered the World Trade Organization. Researchers at EPI found that the growing U.S. goods trade deficit with China displaced a net 3.4 million jobs in the United States. […]

California utilities want billion-dollar charger buildout

California utilities want billion-dollar charger buildout

By James Poulos California’s utility companies have unveiled a plan to allocate $1 billion to a statewide charging station program, designed to meet the state’s rigorous emissions standards and extend the reach of electric and hybrid vehicles throughout the state.  “Three major California utility companies are following the lead of the state’s clean transportation and emission-reduction […]