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Trump Reverses on Aid After Call With Governor

State requests for disaster relief are seldom turned down

(Newser) - President Trump has reversed course and approved a previously rejected California application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent wildfires. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Friday that he had talked to Trump on the phone and that the president approved the major disaster declaration,... More »

A Big First Could Be Coming for California's Supreme Court

Governor nominates openly gay justice

(Newser) - For the first time in California's history, the state's Supreme Court could have an openly gay justice. Martin Jenkins was nominated to the high court by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday; if confirmed, he would also be the third Black man to ever sit on the court, the... More »

California Opens the Door to Reparations

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs law to create a task force

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a law that is the first step toward the state potentially paying reparations to Black residents. The law calls for the creation of a nine-member task force to make recommendations as to how such reparations could be made, particularly to descendants of slaves,... More »

Deputy Actions at Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Will Be Illegal

Law bans unauthorized photos of accident or crime scenes

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's wish has come true . Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal in California to take unauthorized photos of a crime or accident scene, as occurred in the aftermath of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and... More »

'Stretched' Fire Crews Get Some Surprise Help

Homeowners are joining the fight, whether they're wanted or not

(Newser) - As wildfires rage throughout California turning forests and homes into kindling, some firefighters are badly short-staffed, and some residents are taking matters into their own hands, the AP reports. In the Santa Cruz mountains south of San Francisco, about 1,000 firefighters are battling a fire over 78 square miles—... More »

Heatwave, Fires, Blackouts: California Declares Emergency

Gov. Gavin Newsom says crews are battling 30 large fires

(Newser) - Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an emergency Tuesday over wildfires burning throughout California amid excessive heat while the state’s power grid operator thanked customers for conserving energy in order to avoid rolling blackouts. The California Independent System Operator had warned earlier in the day that many homes and businesses might... More »

California Reverses Reopening Statewide

'The data suggests not everybody is practicing common sense'

(Newser) - California hit the reverse button on reopening statewide on Monday, with Gov. Gavin Newsom ordering the closure of all bars and a stop to dining inside restaurants. The governor also ordered an end to indoor activities at movie theaters, museums, and wineries statewide, NBC Los Angeles reports. In 30 of... More »

California Holiday Warning: Assume Everyone Is Infectious

One county gives up on having beaches open after lifeguards test positive

(Newser) - Worried about the rising number of coronavirus cases, California officials have closed beaches and ruled out indoor dining for the holiday weekend. And they're stepping up their warnings: "Only leave for essential activities like going to work or going to the market," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti... More »

In This State, the Party's Over

Other states and New York City are also reimposing or extending lockdowns

(Newser) - It's tough timing for California—but what can you do? On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirus restrictions. That means closing indoor dining at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues like arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, as... More »

At One California Prison, a 'Devastating' COVID Outbreak

Nearly a third of the inmates at San Quentin State Prison have contracted the virus

(Newser) - One California correctional facility currently accounts for nearly half of the state's 2,000-plus prison cases of COVID-19, a fact that Gov. Gavin Newsom is now calling a "deep area of focus and concern." Citing data from the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation , USA Today... More »

Disneyland Has Bad News for Fans

Reopening originally planned for July 17 has been delayed

(Newser) - Disney is postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state, the company announced Wednesday. Disney had hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on July 17 after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the AP reports. But... More »

Masks Are Now Mandatory in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom issues order that will apply to many public settings

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an order requiring all residents of the state to cover their face during most public outings. Californians must now wear masks when inside or in line to enter any indoor public space, while in line for or riding public transportation, in any health... More »

California Churches Can Open Sooner Than Expected

Gov. Gavin Newsom had initially said reopening religious gatherings could be weeks away

(Newser) - Religious services in California will look much different under rules unveiled Monday that limit attendance to 100 people and recommend worshippers wear masks, limit singing, and refrain from shaking hands or hugging. The state released guidance under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues, and... More »

Republican Party Sues California Over Mail-In Voting

RNC wants to block Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee is not OK with California's plan to send every resident a mail-in ballot for the November election and is now suing over what it calls an "illegal power grab" by the governor. The RNC, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California... More »

In One State, Undocumented Immigrants Get Virus Relief

California has the first such initiative in the US

(Newser) - Undocumented immigrants in California worried they can't pay their bills during the pandemic are starting to see some relief, thanks to a $75 million assistance program that launched Monday. Each adult applicant on the Social Services website can receive $500, with a cap of $1,000 per household. The... More »

Musk Reopens Factory 'Against County Rules'

CEO fighting stay-at-home orders offers to be arrested on Tesla production line

(Newser) - For weeks, Elon Musk has been ripping the stay-at-home orders that have kept his auto factory in Fremont, California, shut down during the pandemic. On Monday, the Tesla CEO graduated to open defiance. "Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules," Musk tweeted. Saying that he'll... More »

This State Will Send Everyone a Mail-In Ballot for November

Gavin Newsom has issued executive order in California amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - In a US first, one state has committed to sending mail-in ballots to all voters for November's election. Per KGO , Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday announcing that ballots would be sent to eligible Californians as the state slowly starts to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.... More »

California Could Start Reopening by Friday

Governor says requirements for certain businesses to reopen will be released Thursday

(Newser) - With more local governments moving ahead with their own plans for reopening, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday the state will begin gradually allowing clothing stores, florists, bookstores, and sporting goods shops to open their doors after a nearly seven-week coronavirus shutdown. Newsom said the threat of the virus spreading... More »

'This Has Gone Too Far': Protesters Rock California

Gov. Gavin Newsom says changes are coming in 'days, not weeks'

(Newser) - California's battle over the coronavirus lockdown heated up Friday as thousands of protesters hit Huntington Beach and Gov. Gavin Newsom promised "meaningful" changes, CNBC reports. Newsom said the state's shelter-in-place order would change in "days, not weeks," adding that California will "get back on... More »

After Wild Weekend, California Cracking Down

Beaches were packed, and memo indicates governor will shut them all down

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday after people thronged the seashore during a sweltering weekend despite his social distancing order, according to a memo sent to police chiefs around the state. Eric Nuñez, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, said... More »

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