California

A fire can be seen burning near Cascade Ranch in Pescadero. Homes in southern San Mateo County and in Santa Cruz County have been evacuated due to a complex of fires burning in the area. (Courtesy Cal Fire)

Bay Area fires kill four, trigger widespread evacuations

Firefighters report a lack of resources hampering efforts to fight flames

A fire can be seen burning near Cascade Ranch in Pescadero. Homes in southern San Mateo County and in Santa Cruz County have been evacuated due to a complex of fires burning in the area. (Courtesy Cal Fire)
The view of the Bay Bridge and East Bay from Bernal Heights Park is obscured as smoke from numerous wildfires chokes the Bay Area on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Wildfires, extreme heat, COVID-19 present challenges to health care systems

The combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, crushing heat and the sudden,…

The view of the Bay Bridge and East Bay from Bernal Heights Park is obscured as smoke from numerous wildfires chokes the Bay Area on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rideshare workers protest outside Uber headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lyft, Uber win stay of order requiring them to reclassify drivers as employees

Court decision puts off threatened shutdown by app-based companies seeking to influence state voters

Rideshare workers protest outside Uber headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The view of downtown San Francisco from Bernal Heights Park was obscured by smoke from numerous wildfires on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bay Area wildfires fill skies with smoke and ashes

Poor air quality is expected to persist until at least Friday

The view of downtown San Francisco from Bernal Heights Park was obscured by smoke from numerous wildfires on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
California joins legal challenge against Trump administration over USPS reductions

California joins legal challenge against Trump administration over USPS reductions

Amid a growing outcry against cutbacks at the U.S. Postal Service, Postmaster…

California joins legal challenge against Trump administration over USPS reductions
Jail inmates in San Mateo County were allegedly part of an unemployment fraud ring. (Rick Loomis/LA Times)

Unemployment fraud ring filed bogus California jobless benefits for inmates, officials say

In California’s first major case involving unemployment fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Jail inmates in San Mateo County were allegedly part of an unemployment fraud ring. (Rick Loomis/LA Times)
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Newsom wants probe of California blackouts, as grid officials suspend volatile power trading

Cal ISO says ‘convergence bidding’ is hurting its ability to maintain stable power supplies

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California power grid manager urges residents to conserve energy amid intense heat wave

The manager of California’s power grid is urging residents to voluntarily conserve…

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Cal-ISO declares stage 3 electrical emergency

Cal-ISO declares stage 3 electrical emergency

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declared a Stage 3 Electrical Emergency…

Cal-ISO declares stage 3 electrical emergency
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California’s eviction ban is ending. Gov. Newsom and lawmakers have 3 weeks to extend it

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers face an 18-day deadline to…

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Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on Sept. 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)

What California knows about Kamala Harris

More than any other vice presidential contender in a generation, Kamala Harris’…

Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on Sept. 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)
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Uber could halt service in California for months, chief says

Uber could shut down in California for several months if a court…

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Newsom: State can’t afford White House unemployment benefits plan

The state of California does not have the financial wherewithal to afford…

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Uber, Lyft ordered to classify drivers as employees

California judge issues scathing decision granting preliminary injunction

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California law states that drivers must stay at least three feet away from bicyclists traveling in same direction. (Courtesy photo)

California law addresses safety for bicyclists

Cars must stay at least 3 feet away from people on bikes

California law states that drivers must stay at least three feet away from bicyclists traveling in same direction. (Courtesy photo)
Drivers working for Uber and Lyft say they have failed to provide adequate protection and compensation. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

State officials sue Uber and Lyft for wage theft

California Labor Commissioner’s Office alleges ride-hail companies violating AB5

Drivers working for Uber and Lyft say they have failed to provide adequate protection and compensation. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Audit: Don’t make it easier to force mentally ill Californians into treatment — just improve treatment

By Jocelyn Wiener Cal Matters California’s half-century-old involuntary mental health treatment law…

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San Mateo County added to state’s COVID-19 watch list

San Mateo County joined California’s COVID-19 watch list on Wednesday as COVID-19…

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said the state would need more permanent action to prevent a wave of evictions and foreclosures. (Genaro Molina/Pool/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Newsom looking to federal aid for help with unemployment, evictions

With the $600 weekly unemployment bonus ending this weekend and tenants seeking…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said the state would need more permanent action to prevent a wave of evictions and foreclosures. (Genaro Molina/Pool/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Shoppers walk past a hand sanitizing station in Westfield Mall on Monday, June 15, 2020. The mall and other indoor shopping centers will need to close again after San Francisco was added to a state watchlist due to rising coronavirus hospitalizations. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF added to state’s COVID-19 ‘watchlist’ after rise in hospitalizations

City must close indoor malls, non-essential offices

Shoppers walk past a hand sanitizing station in Westfield Mall on Monday, June 15, 2020. The mall and other indoor shopping centers will need to close again after San Francisco was added to a state watchlist due to rising coronavirus hospitalizations. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)