California

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is among the death row inmates that alleedly benefited from an unployment fraud scheme. (California Department of Corrections via Getty Images/TNS)

California has sent COVID-19 jobless benefits to death row inmates

By Anita Chabria, Patrick McGreevy and Richard Winton Los Angeles Times San…

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is among the death row inmates that alleedly benefited from an unployment fraud scheme. (California Department of Corrections via Getty Images/TNS)
Long lines have developed at food banks during the pandemic and subsequent financial crisis, as seen here at the Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreational Center in May of this year. (Shutterstock)

Pandemic response shows hunger is a problem that can be solved

Policymakers must commit to giving all Californians access to food regardless of race or origins

Long lines have developed at food banks during the pandemic and subsequent financial crisis, as seen here at the Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreational Center in May of this year. (Shutterstock)
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Newsom calls latest surge of COVID-19 cases ‘unprecendented’

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation California’s latest surge of COVID-19…

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Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, during a news conference on March 10, 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

LA County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges

By Alex Wigglesworth Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County public health officials…

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, during a news conference on March 10, 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Gov. Gavin Newsom at Manny’s Cafe in the Mission District on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Newsom announces curfew affecting 41 counties in effort to curb COVID-19 cases

Month-long overnight restriction goes into effect Saturday

Gov. Gavin Newsom at Manny’s Cafe in the Mission District on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)

Assembly Bill 47 increases penalties for distracted drivers

Law puts citation to same status as violations for speeding or running a red light

California drivers using cell phones will face greater consequences under a bill passed unanimously by legislators and signed by the governor in October. (Shutterstock photo)
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Newsom, legislators face angry backlash over French Laundry party, Hawaii trip during COVID-19 surge

John Myers Los Angeles Times No politician escapes the heightened scrutiny that…

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The French Laundry is a well-known Michelin-starred restaurant in Yountville. (Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)

Gov. Newsom apologizes for attending birthday dinner in Napa county

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Gov. Gavin Newsom publicly apologized…

The French Laundry is a well-known Michelin-starred restaurant in Yountville. (Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he should have skipped outdoor dinner with other households as COVID-19 cases soar

Taryn Luna, John Myers Los Angeles Times Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday…

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint advisory Friday urging residents to avoid out-of-state travel and advising those who do to self-quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in the West Coast states. (Shutterstock)

California issues travel advisory as state reaches 1 million coronavirus cases

Michael McGough The Sacramento Bee Restrictions are tightening back up in California’s…

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington issued a joint advisory Friday urging residents to avoid out-of-state travel and advising those who do to self-quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in the West Coast states. (Shutterstock)
Joe Biden speaks at the Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California, on September 16, 2015. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

California went big for Biden. Now its cities, counties and schools are seeking relief

By David Zahniser, Benjamin Oreskes and Dakota Smith Los Angeles Times Los…

Joe Biden speaks at the Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California, on September 16, 2015. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Houston, as the state of Texas has reached over 1,030,000 cases, including over 19,000 deaths. (Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)

A winter surge in COVID-19 cases seems inevitable. Can we stop it?

By Deborah Netburn Los Angeles Times Temperatures are dropping, nights are growing…

Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Houston, as the state of Texas has reached over 1,030,000 cases, including over 19,000 deaths. (Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)
Justice Martin Jenkins was unanimously confirmed to the California Supreme Court (Courtesy: Commission on Judicial Appointments).

SF native becomes first openly gay man confirmed to CA Supreme Court

Martin Jenkins made history Tuesday when he was unanimously confirmed to the…

Justice Martin Jenkins was unanimously confirmed to the California Supreme Court (Courtesy: Commission on Judicial Appointments).
Despite protests, including rallies Uber headquarters in 2019, Uber and Lyft won a long fight to treat drivers as contractors with the passage of Proposition 22. <ins>(Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Big spending by Uber, Lyft wins companies the right to keep treating drivers as contractors

San Francisco buck state trend, opposing Prop. 22 with nearly 60 percent of the vote

Despite protests, including rallies Uber headquarters in 2019, Uber and Lyft won a long fight to treat drivers as contractors with the passage of Proposition 22. <ins>(Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
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Haven’t voted yet? Here’s what to do with your California mail-in ballot today

Still hanging on to your California mail-in ballot? Don’t worry. You can…

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California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order in June giving counties directions on how to conduct an election. (Genaro Molina/Pool/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Gov. Newsom overstepped his power with executive order on election, California judge says

Gov. Gavin Newsom overstepped his executive authority when he issued an executive…

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order in June giving counties directions on how to conduct an election. (Genaro Molina/Pool/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
It’s wrong to think that Uber and Lyft, which are behind Proposition 22, value public interest over shareholders’ profits. (Shutterstock ph

Prop. 22 would help undo decades worth of worker protections

By Susan Vaughan and Evelyn Engel Through Proposition 22, a few vast…

It’s wrong to think that Uber and Lyft, which are behind Proposition 22, value public interest over shareholders’ profits. (Shutterstock ph
Prop. 17 would give the formerly incarcerated the right to vote. (Shutterstock)

Vote “Yes” on Prop. 17 and restore voting rights to 50,000 California citizens

By Betty McKay I remember vividly what election season looked and felt…

Prop. 17 would give the formerly incarcerated the right to vote. (Shutterstock)
Universities have struggled to maintain racial and ethnic diversity since the passage of Prop. 209 in 1996, which banned statewide affirmative action programs in education, contracting and public employment. (David Litman/Shutterstock)

A yes on Prop. 16 is a yes for equity in education in California

By Jamal Mazyck In 1996, California voters enacted Proposition 209, which effectively…

Universities have struggled to maintain racial and ethnic diversity since the passage of Prop. 209 in 1996, which banned statewide affirmative action programs in education, contracting and public employment. (David Litman/Shutterstock)