California

Steven Gortani, 6, and other children (background) work on their laptops at Chase Avenue Elementary School during the Cajon Valley Union School District’s Emergency Child Care Program on May 5, 2020 in El Cajon, California. The district is offering free child care to essential workers. (Eduardo Contreras/Los Angeles Times)

Some California superintendents say Newsom’s classroom reopening plan comes up short

John Myers Los Angeles Times Superintendents of seven of California’s largest school…

Steven Gortani, 6, and other children (background) work on their laptops at Chase Avenue Elementary School during the Cajon Valley Union School District’s Emergency Child Care Program on May 5, 2020 in El Cajon, California. The district is offering free child care to essential workers. (Eduardo Contreras/Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Johanson family submitted Mount Diablo together on a cloudy but happy day. (Courtesy photo)

Despite hardships, the outdoors has seen good news during pandemic

Adventurers climbed and rowed, firefighters bravely battled, wildlife flourished in 2020

Members of the Johanson family submitted Mount Diablo together on a cloudy but happy day. (Courtesy photo)
State Sen. Scott Wiener, a former deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, was named as a candidate for Attorney General by the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus on Tuesday. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF Senator Scott Wiener’s name floated for state Attorney General

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta also has strong backing

State Sen. Scott Wiener, a former deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, was named as a candidate for Attorney General by the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus on Tuesday. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
TORRANCE, CA - APRIL 27: Vons shopper Marcena Mitchell finishes her shopping in the morning at the Vons located at 24325 Crenshaw Blvd in Torrance. Doors to the store opened at 6 a.m. for seniors and at-risk shoppers due to the Coronavirus and at 7 a.m. for regular customers. Most of the team arrives at 5 a.m. to stock the shelves with product, sanitize the location for staff and shoppers, and picker/shoppers begin to collect items for .com home delivery shoppers. Vendors arriving throughout the morning must read a checklist of warnings, sign in and they must wear face covering. Vons on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Torrance, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In wake of Prop. 22, Albertsons is converting its home delivery to gig work

Michael Hiltzik Los Angeles Times Those who warned that California’s anti-labor Proposition…

TORRANCE, CA - APRIL 27: Vons shopper Marcena Mitchell finishes her shopping in the morning at the Vons located at 24325 Crenshaw Blvd in Torrance. Doors to the store opened at 6 a.m. for seniors and at-risk shoppers due to the Coronavirus and at 7 a.m. for regular customers. Most of the team arrives at 5 a.m. to stock the shelves with product, sanitize the location for staff and shoppers, and picker/shoppers begin to collect items for .com home delivery shoppers. Vendors arriving throughout the morning must read a checklist of warnings, sign in and they must wear face covering. Vons on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Torrance, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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State has administered just 35 percent of COVID-19 vaccines received to date

Governor Newsom calls lag in distribution ‘not good enough’

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Workers with health issues that aren’t related to COVID may qualify for medical leave under the California Family Rights Act.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

Medical leave coverage expanded for state workers

Employees needing time off for health care are protected during pandemic

Workers with health issues that aren’t related to COVID may qualify for medical leave under the California Family Rights Act.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

New UK COVID variant confirmed in Southern California

Lara Korte The Sacramento Bee A mutated variant of the coronavirus thought…

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said it was likely that regional stay-at-home orders would be extended. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said it was likely that regional stay-at-home orders would be extended. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The Georgia runoff elections could determine the balance of power in the United States Senate. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Record cash pours into Georgia Senate races, with a large chunk from California

All four candidates have raised much of their money out of state, with California the largest source

  • Dec 25, 2020
The Georgia runoff elections could determine the balance of power in the United States Senate. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)
Alice Stebbins, former executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, outside her former workplace. (Andri Tambunan, special to ProPublica)

CPUC head Alice Stebbins reported $200 million missing. Then she was fired.

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Earlier this year, the governing…

Alice Stebbins, former executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, outside her former workplace. (Andri Tambunan, special to ProPublica)
Assembly member Shirley Weber was named Secretary of State Tuesday Dec. 22, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

Gavin Newsom names chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus as next secretary of state

Lara Korte and Hannah Wiley The Sacramento Bee Hours after appointing a…

Assembly member Shirley Weber was named Secretary of State Tuesday Dec. 22, 2020. (Courtesy photo)
California secretary of state Alex Padilla speaks during a news conference in 2018 in San Francisco. Gov. Gavin Newsom named Padilla as a U.S. senator on Tuesday to replace Kamala Harris. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

Alex Padilla becomes California’s first Latino US senator, replacing Kamala Harris

Phil Willon and Patrick McGreevy Los Angeles Times Alex Padilla, a Los…

California secretary of state Alex Padilla speaks during a news conference in 2018 in San Francisco. Gov. Gavin Newsom named Padilla as a U.S. senator on Tuesday to replace Kamala Harris. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)
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Vaccines should allow CA colleges to teach in-person next fall

By Madeleine Beck CalMatters While coronavirus cases are surging across California and…

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Gov. Gavin Newsom said some regions may see an extension of stay-at-home orders. (Jae Hong/Getty Images via Tribune News Service)

State likely to extend stay-at-home orders, Newsom says

70,258 administered COVID-19 vaccine in CA last week

Gov. Gavin Newsom said some regions may see an extension of stay-at-home orders. (Jae Hong/Getty Images via Tribune News Service)
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Uber rolls out fee for California customers as Prop. 22 takes effect

Company charging passenger to cover cost of new benefits for drivers

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Judge fines Uber $59 million, threatens license in California over assault data

California regulators issued a $59-million fine to Uber and threatened to suspend…

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A woman receives a flu vaccine shot in Lima, Peru. (Shutterstock)

Debate begins over who should get COVID-19 vaccine first

City health officials warn it could be summer or fall before most people can gain access

A woman receives a flu vaccine shot in Lima, Peru. (Shutterstock)
Kindergartener Naeema Rutherford goes down a slide at the recently-renovated Merced Heights Playground in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Playgrounds to reopen in San Francisco during COVID-19 shutdown

State health officials change guidance to allow outdoor play

Kindergartener Naeema Rutherford goes down a slide at the recently-renovated Merced Heights Playground in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
State Assemblymember David Chiu hopes to extend a state moratorium on evictions due to inability to pay rent caused by coronavirus through the end of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

California’s ban on evictions would last through 2021 under new extension proposal

Hannah Wiley The Sacramento Bee California tenants struggling to pay rent due…

State Assemblymember David Chiu hopes to extend a state moratorium on evictions due to inability to pay rent caused by coronavirus through the end of next year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Michael Pecherer in his vineyard, which borders the Redwood Valley Cemetery in Mendocino County. (Courtesy Michael Pecherer)

SF attorney in legal battle with cemetery over pioneer grave sites

Search is on for next of kin to people buried more than a century ago

  • Dec 7, 2020
Michael Pecherer in his vineyard, which borders the Redwood Valley Cemetery in Mendocino County. (Courtesy Michael Pecherer)