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Walkers, joggers and furry charges are treated to inspiring sunsets along Moonstone Beach. (Julie L.Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cambria is canine-friendly

The central coastal town with a scenic boardwalk keeps Fido fit as a fiddle

Walkers, joggers and furry charges are treated to inspiring sunsets along Moonstone Beach. (Julie L.Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Aerial view of the Cargill salt ponds near Redwood City. (Shutterstock)

U.S. EPA drops challenge of Redwood City salt ponds’ protection under Clean Water Act

By Joe Dworetzky Bay City News Foundation The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

Aerial view of the Cargill salt ponds near Redwood City. (Shutterstock)
A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)

Lawsuit reveals new allegations against PG&E contractor accused of fraud

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Utility giant Pacific Gas &…

A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)
The California Supreme Court upheld a 2018 state law that bans most offenders under 16 from being tried as adults. (Bethany Mollenkof/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Most 14- and 15-year-olds cannot be tried as adults, California high court rules

Maura Dolan Los Angeles Times A law that barred most offenders under…

The California Supreme Court upheld a 2018 state law that bans most offenders under 16 from being tried as adults. (Bethany Mollenkof/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
A state constitutional amendment would ban prison labor. (Shutterstock)

SF supervisors support move to end involuntary prison labor in California

San Francisco Supervisors threw their support Thursday behind Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA)…

A state constitutional amendment would ban prison labor. (Shutterstock)
Federal legislation would require more highway funding to go toward bike lanes, bus stops and street safety improvements. (Shutterstock)

Federal legislation would direct more money toward street safety

Safe street infrastructure might soon become a national priority, pending passage of…

Federal legislation would require more highway funding to go toward bike lanes, bus stops and street safety improvements. (Shutterstock)
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Newsom signs COVID-19 stimulus bills to send money to Californians, small businesses

Sophia Bollag The Sacramento Bee California will send money to low-income families…

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School and youth sports have been on hold since last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

State allows outdoor youth sports to resume statewide amid declining Covid-19 cases

San Francisco among counties with case loads low enough to qualify

School and youth sports have been on hold since last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Then-California secretary of state Alex Padilla speaks during a news conference in 2018 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

Senator Alex Padilla named chair of immigration subcommittee

The former California Secretary of State is the first Latino to serve in this role

Then-California secretary of state Alex Padilla speaks during a news conference in 2018 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)
A law proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener would ease restrictions on alcohol service in eateries and music venues.<ins></ins>

Reform to state liquor license laws could benefit future of Shared Spaces

State Sen. Scott Wiener proposal includes more flexibility for bars, restaurants and music venues

A law proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener would ease restrictions on alcohol service in eateries and music venues.<ins></ins>
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California’s first cases of South African COVID variant found in Bay Area

Two cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variant first discovered in South…

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Alice Stebbins holds a copy of her wrongful termination suit against the California Public Utilities Commission. Stebbins was fired from her position as executive director after she alleged that $200 million in fines and fees was missing. (Andri Tambunan/Special to ProPublica)

Utility companies owe millions to the CPUC. The problem? The state agency can’t track what it’s owed.

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation The California Public Utilities Commission…

Alice Stebbins holds a copy of her wrongful termination suit against the California Public Utilities Commission. Stebbins was fired from her position as executive director after she alleged that $200 million in fines and fees was missing. (Andri Tambunan/Special to ProPublica)
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said “supply is the issue” slowing efforts to vaccinate residents. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Newsom, local leaders celebrate opening of state’s largest vaccination site at Levi’s Stadium

By Jana Kadah Bay City News Foundation The largest COVID-19 mass vaccination…

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said “supply is the issue” slowing efforts to vaccinate residents. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Governor Gavin Newsom addresses a press conference held at the launch of mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Los Angeles (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ads in Newsom recall hit the air this week as California signature deadline nears

Lara Korte The Sacramento Bee The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom…

Governor Gavin Newsom addresses a press conference held at the launch of mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Los Angeles (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Miguel Santiago, D-Chula Vista, expressed his views Thursday Feb. 4, 2021 on the state's handling of the recent surge in unemployment claims. (Examiner screenshot)

California lawmakers call for reform after unemployment system breakdown

State legislators introduced a package of initiatives at a news conference Thursday…

Miguel Santiago, D-Chula Vista, expressed his views Thursday Feb. 4, 2021 on the state's handling of the recent surge in unemployment claims. (Examiner screenshot)
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State Supreme Court rejects challenge to Prop. 22

Lawsuit alleging measure violates California law could be re-filed in lower court

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Starting in July, penalties in California will increase for people cited for texting while driving. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

A look at some of California’s new laws

Changes affect wages, criminal justice, workplace protections and more

Starting in July, penalties in California will increase for people cited for texting while driving. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
A drop in salmon in the Tuolumne River in 2020 is cause for concern.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Salmon dwindling while SFPUC fiddling

Decreasing numbers in Tuolumne demand science-based solutions

A drop in salmon in the Tuolumne River in 2020 is cause for concern.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly advised fans to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl in their own households. 
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Health officials fear Super Bowl, Chinese New Year could fuel another surge

As excitement builds for Super Bowl Sunday, California’s top health official warned…

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly advised fans to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl in their own households. 
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Philip DeFauw, 58, of White Lake, Mich receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination from the Oakland County Health Division Vaccinator Sarahanne Kevelin, 24, of Clinton Twp., Mich. at Suburban Showplace in Novi, Mich. on Jan. 23, 2021. DeFauw says he retired as a middle school band teacher after 33 years and now substitute teaches with special-needs children that don’t wear masks. “My doctor said don’t go back, but now I can,” says DeFauw.

CA teachers union wants schools in ‘purple’ counties to stay closed for 100 days; vaccinations for staff

By Diana Lambert EdSource The California Teachers Association has told Governor Gavin…

Philip DeFauw, 58, of White Lake, Mich receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination from the Oakland County Health Division Vaccinator Sarahanne Kevelin, 24, of Clinton Twp., Mich. at Suburban Showplace in Novi, Mich. on Jan. 23, 2021. DeFauw says he retired as a middle school band teacher after 33 years and now substitute teaches with special-needs children that don’t wear masks. “My doctor said don’t go back, but now I can,” says DeFauw.