Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.

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At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #newsom-gavin, #orange-county-calif, #orlando-fla, #walt-disney-company

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Pac-12 Will Play Football in 2020, Joining Other Top Leagues During the Pandemic

The decision clears a path for programs like Oregon and Southern California, and means every Power 5 league intends to compete this fall.

#big-ten-conference, #brown-kate-1960, #college-athletics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football-college, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-12-conference, #trump-donald-j

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Gavin Newsom’s Trial by Wildfire

Twenty months into his term, California’s governor faces a pandemic and an environmental crisis. He speaks to Kara Swisher about his plan to save the “state of resistance.”

#california, #covid-19, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #fracking, #newsom-gavin, #pandemic, #wildfires

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California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years

The proposal would speed up the state’s efforts to fight global warming at a time when California is being battered by wildfires, heat waves and other consequences of climate change.

#automobiles, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #newsom-gavin, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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The Wildfires Show That Stopping Climate Change Is No Longer Enough

We have to adapt to it, too.

#affordable-housing, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #debatable, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #newsom-gavin

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As Trump Again Rejects Science, Biden Calls Him a ‘Climate Arsonist’

The president visited California after weeks of silence on its wildfires and blamed the crisis only on poor forest management, not climate change. “I don’t think science knows” what is happening, he said.

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For Prisoners in the West, the Virus and the Wildfires Are Colliding Threats

Prisoners are more vulnerable than ever to the twin crises of the pandemic and a historic wildfire season.

#california, #california-state-prison, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Jerry Brown on a California Exodus: ‘Tell Me: Where Are You Going to Go?’

From his ranch, the former California governor is experiencing the same smoky air wafting through much of the state. “We are causing this,” he declared in an interview.

#brown-edmund-g-jr, #california, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Trump to Visit California After Criticism Over Silence on Wildfires

The announcement came after the president acknowledged a wildfire season that so far has claimed 17 lives and destroyed millions of acres of land in California, Oregon and Washington.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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4 Years of Catastrophic Fires in California: ‘I’m Numb’

For the eight million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, a ring of fire across Northern California feels inescapable.

#cal-fire, #california, #fires-and-firefighters, #fremont-calif, #newsom-gavin, #wildfires

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Poor Planning Left California Short of Electricity in a Heat Wave

Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.

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Live California Fires Updates

Thousands of people have fled their homes amid a grueling heat wave, the coronavirus pandemic and air thick with smoke.

#cal-fire, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #newsom-gavin, #solano-county-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #vacaville-calif, #wildfires

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California Fires Live Updates: Thousands of Homes in Danger as Blazes Spread

The entire city of Healdsburg was told overnight to prepare to flee, while another blaze prompted evacuation orders on the edge of San Jose.

#cal-fire, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #newsom-gavin, #solano-county-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #vacaville-calif, #wildfires

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The California Wildfires in Pictures

Photographers are on the ground capturing the fast-moving fires that are spreading across the state.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #napa-calif, #newsom-gavin, #vacaville-calif, #wildfires

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California Governor Declares State of Emergency Over Wildfires

The move will allow Gov. Gavin Newsom to mobilize resources from outside the state, and the California National Guard will assist with relief efforts.

#california, #newsom-gavin, #wildfires

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California Expresses Frustration as Blackouts Enter 4th Day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.

#california, #california-independent-system-operator, #electric-light-and-power, #federal-energy-regulatory-commission, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Violates the Second Amendment, Court Rules

Supporters of tougher gun laws called the ruling a dangerous infringement on the ability of states to protect their residents from mass shootings.

#appeals-courts-us, #becerra-xavier, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #donohue-john-j, #gun-control, #lynn-barbara-m-g, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #newsom-gavin

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Federal Court Rules California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Violates 2nd Amendment

Supporters of tougher gun laws called the ruling a dangerous infringement on the ability of states to protect their residents from mass shootings.

#appeals-courts-us, #becerra-xavier, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #donohue-john-j, #gun-control, #lynn-barbara-m-g, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #newsom-gavin

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Who Would Replace Kamala Harris in the Senate for California? Let the Jockeying Begin

As the Democratic vice-presidential nominee hits the campaign trail, a race to replace her kicks off.

#becerra-xavier, #california, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #feinstein-dianne, #house-of-representatives, #newsom-gavin, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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California Had a Curse. Kamala Harris Just Broke It.

On her list of firsts: She will be the first Democrat from the Golden State to run on a major-party presidential ticket.

#california, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #newsom-gavin, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Children Vulnerable to Abuse Are Imperiled as Caseworkers Stay Home

Scores of investigations into allegations of abuse or neglect have been delayed or sharply curtailed during the coronavirus pandemic, records and interviews show.

#california, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newsom-gavin, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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California Is Once Again at the Center of the Coronavirus Crisis

The state was the first to issue a stay-at-home order, helping to control an early outbreak. It has now surpassed New York for the most known cases of the virus.

#california, #canters-los-angeles-calif-restaurant, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garcetti-eric-m, #los-angeles-calif, #newsom-gavin

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Inside the Failure: 5 Takeaways on Trump’s Effort to Shift Responsibility

President Trump and his top aides sharply shifted their pandemic strategy in mid-April after seizing on optimistic data suggesting the virus would disappear, a Times investigation found.

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Newsom Order Would Keep Most California Schools Online

Districts in counties with rising caseloads will be required to teach remotely until conditions improve.

#california, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #masks, #newsom-gavin, #texas

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California, After Riding a Boom, Braces for Hard Times

Early hopes for a quick rebound from the pandemic have yielded to worries about its long-term impact on state finances and the governor’s ambitious agenda.

#brown-edmund-g-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #taxation, #unemployment

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‘Our Luck May Have Run Out’: California’s Case Count Explodes

Los Angeles County, which has been averaging more than 2,000 new cases each day, surpassed 100,000 total cases on Monday.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #garcetti-eric-m, #newsom-gavin

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Judge Expected to Approve PG&E Plan to Resolve Bankruptcy

A federal judge could decide on Friday that the California utility can put itself back together in time to take part in a crucial wildfire liability fund.

#bankruptcies, #california, #credit-and-debt, #crime-and-criminals, #decisions-and-verdicts, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #stocks-and-bonds, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wildfires

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PG&E Pleads Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

#bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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PG&E to Plead Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility has agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

#bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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The Pandemic and Protests Have Exposed the Truth About California

The Golden State is less exceptional and more like the rest of America than many would prefer to believe.

#berkeley-calif, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #garcetti-eric-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-county-sheriffs-department, #national-guard, #newsom-gavin, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #roads-and-traffic, #santa-monica-calif

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Amid Riots and a Pandemic, Church Attendance Resumes in ‘a Very Broken World’

In communities across the country, congregations that had sequestered for months to avoid the coronavirus ventured forth at a social distance in search of comfort.

#churches-buildings, #clark-stephon-1995-2018, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #newsom-gavin, #rodriguez-samuel-jr-1969, #sacramento-calif

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Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order

A California church argued that restrictions on public gatherings treated houses of worship worse than many businesses.

#constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #newsom-gavin, #quarantines, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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California Regulators Back PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

The vote increases the likelihood that the utility will resolve its case by a June 30 deadline and get future liability protection from the state.

#bankruptcies, #california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #wildfires

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Asserting Sovereignty, Indian Casinos Defy California’s Governor and Reopen

Some casinos swung open their doors last week despite health concerns. “This virus does not recognize jurisdictional boundaries,” Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote to tribal leaders.

#california, #casinos, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gambling, #native-americans, #newsom-gavin

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The Price of a Virus Lockdown: Economic ‘Free Fall’ in California

California’s strengths — as a hub for commerce, tourism and education in the Pacific Rim — have become liabilities in the pandemic.

#brown-edmund-g-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #bureau-of-transportation-statistics, #california, #davis-joseph-graham-jr, #iger-robert-a, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #schwarzenegger-arnold, #wilson-pete

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As Trump Pushes for Reopenings, Congregations Choose Safety Over Haste

Houses of worship are balancing the desire to reopen and worship together against the health consequences of moving too fast.

#atlanta-ga, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ministers-protestant, #national-council-of-churches, #newsom-gavin, #southern-baptist-convention, #trump-donald-j, #walz-tim

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Coronavirus Wrecked Tesla’s Momentum and Elon Musk Is Furious

Mr. Musk opened his California factory this week in defiance of local orders. He has also criticized the response to the pandemic as “dumb” and “fascist.”

#alameda-county-calif, #automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fremont-calif, #high-net-worth-individuals, #local-government, #musk-elon, #newsom-gavin, #shutdowns-institutional, #tesla-motors-inc

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California to Mail All Voters Ballots for November Election

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday made California the first state to alter its plans for the general election in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newsom-gavin, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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‘No One Needs Botox in a Pandemic.’ But Some in Beverly Hills Are Now Getting It.

The city on Tuesday rescinded a moratorium on elective surgery, clearing the way for some cosmetic surgeons to reopen.

#beverly-hills-calif, #botox-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newsom-gavin, #plastic-surgery, #surgery-and-surgeons

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Gavin Newsom Orders Orange County Beaches Closed Due to Coronavirus

Images of packed shores have prompted a furor against officials in coastal states like California and Florida, who have resisted statewide beach closure orders.

#beaches, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newsom-gavin

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California Lifts Ban on Plastic Bags Amid Virus Concerns

For the next 60 days, supermarkets in the state can hand out single-use bags without charging. Some are skeptical that suspending the ban will protect anyone’s health.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #newsom-gavin, #plastic-bags, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #shopping-and-retail, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Gretchen Whitmer: My Gut-Wrenching Coronavirus Choices

The actions Republican and Democratic governors have taken have been done to protect families from the spread of the coronavirus.

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Can Gavin Newsom Lead California Through the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The governor has delivered fanfare. Now he must lead the state through the calamities of the pandemic.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #federal-state-relations-us, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment

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Jobless Claims by Uber and Lyft Drivers Revive Fight Over Labor Status

California’s move to aid gig workers may break federal rules. But the state said it had few options after the ride-hailing companies resisted other benefits.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #newsom-gavin, #quarantines, #su-julie-a, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance

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Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs

The guidelines released by the president effectively mean that any restoration of American society will take place on a patchwork basis.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #desantis-ron, #fauci-anthony-s, #governors-us, #inslee-jay, #midwestern-states-us, #newsom-gavin, #northeastern-states-us, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Governors Push Back at Trump Over Authority to Reopen

Governors on the East and West Coasts formed alliances to coordinate future action, prompting President Trump to compare the move to a “mutiny.” The I.M.F. issued a stark warning about economic fallout.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #newsom-gavin, #trump-donald-j

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California’s Coronavirus Shutdowns Set the Tone. What’s Its Next Step?

A state once considered one of the most vulnerable to coronavirus infections has kept deaths comparatively low, and is cautiously looking at next steps.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #garcetti-eric-m, #los-angeles-calif, #newsom-gavin, #san-francisco-calif

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Coronavirus Live Updates: As States Make Plans, Trump Says His ‘Authority Is Total’

Newly detected infections in New Jersey surged even as the situation in New York stabilized. Governors on the East and West Coasts formed alliances to coordinate future action.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #newsom-gavin, #trump-donald-j

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The East Coast, Always in the Spotlight, Owes a Debt to the West

California, Oregon and Washington have shipped 1,000 ventilators to New York. Should Western states be getting more attention for their relative success in battling Covid-19?

#breed-london, #brown-kate-1960, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #garcetti-eric-m, #governors-us, #inslee-jay, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government

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