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Op-Ed: Trump dives headfirst into California’s water policy on Friday

Scottsdale - President Trump dived headfirst into one of California’s most contentious fights Friday, signing a memorandum intended to divert more water to farmers and “reduce regulatory burdens” that include protections for endangered species and environmental

Power shut off in some parts of California over wildfire fears

Sacramento - Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) purposefully shut off electricity to nearly 60,000 customers Sunday night, in fear that predicted wind speeds could fuel another wildfire in Northern California.

SpaceX to attempt rocket landing on California soil tonight

SpaceX will loft an Earth-observation satellite and attempt its first-ever rocket landing on California soil tonight, with the launch scheduled for 10:21 p.m. EDT. There will also be an attempt to "catch" the payload fairing using Mr. Steven.

California board says 'No' to EPA freeze on new car emissions

Sacramento - At its meeting on Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially confirmed that it will stick with planned increases in emissions and fuel economy standards for cars sold in the state.

Companies in California required to have female board members

Los Angeles - A new law requires major companies in California to have at least one woman on the board. This applies to such big tech firms as Apple, Google and Facebook.

Kaskade to play New Year's Eve show in San Francisco, California

San Francisco - On September 27, it was announced that world renowned DJ and producer Kaskade will be performing a special New Year's Eve concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

Rough waters for California's not so public beaches

Santa Cruz - The sandy cove along California's picturesque coast beckons visitors to what is supposed to be a public beach. But the imposing gate, the security guard and the annual $100 access fee tell a different story.

California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants

Los Angeles - California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday by the state's environment-friendly governor.

Op-Ed: Farmers lose 'right to repair' their John Deere equipment

The "right to repair" movement suffered a serious setback this month when the California Farm Bureau Federation let the state's farmers down by signing a watered-down agreement with John Deere lobbyists.

At Climate Summit, China and California work to get around Trump

While Hurricane Florence approached the North Carolina coast on Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown convened the global summit on fighting climate change in San Francisco.

Hippie Sabotage to play shows in California this winter

Electronic duo Hippie Sabotage will be performing shows in Southern California this winter, in addition to their "Lost California" Tour.

California Climate Summit will 'take ambition to the next level'

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures designed to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045. This action is a call to arms as Brown hosts the Global Climate Action Summit this week.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045: governor

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

Wildfire that closed key California highway explodes in size

Redding - The massive Delta fire that forced the shutdown of a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in Northern California this week continues to grow, and the major north-south artery is expected to remain closed until at least Sunday, authorities said.

California's climate policies are a roadmap for others to follow

California has played a vital role in climate and energy policy for decades and is already a global climate policy leader. If Senate Bill 100 is passed, it will be the most important climate law in US history.

Calif. Assembly votes for 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045

Sacramento - California state legislators voted Tuesday to transition the state to a carbon-free energy grid by 2045, making it the second state - behind Hawaii - to set such an objective.

California's latest climate assessment 'profoundly serious'

Sacramento - California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment was released Monday. The tome contains 44 technical reports and 13 summary reports that clearly show what will soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change

Chinese national kidnapped in US, held for $2 million ransom

Los Angeles - A Chinese national has been missing for five weeks after being abducted in California by three men demanding a $2 million ransom, the FBI revealed on Monday.

Augmented reality software helping in battle against wildfires

As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.

California may become the first state to mandate women on boards

California is currently looking at a bill that would require publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on its board of directors.

California answer to EPA on auto emission rollbacks: Game on!

Sacramento - After the Trump administration proposed loosening auto exhaust standards and revoking California’s authority to set its own rules, the state's air pollution regulators published their response on Tuesday. Boiled down to the gist, it says: No dice.

California's Mendocino Complex fire now largest in state history

Two small blazes burning through Northern California have grown at breathtaking speed to form a massive inferno, quickly becoming the state’s largest active wildfire and setting a new mark for destruction.

Trump blames California wildfires on state's environmental laws

Always the climate denier, President Trump appeared on Sunday to place blame for massive wildfires in California on the state's environmental laws, including its water and forest management policies.

Low humidity and high winds fuel growth of California wildfires

Sacramento - Fire crews battling deadly Northern California wildfires Saturday braced for two days of windy, hot weather that could drive the flames into new areas and threaten more homes.

California wildfires — A 'new normal' into uncharted territory

At a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said the wildfires raging across Northern California represent a "new normal" and the state must be prepared to spend billions of dollars dousing, containing and trying to curb them in the future.

What the California Consumer Privacy Act means for business: Q&A Special

There are some big implications arising from the recently-passed California Consumer Privacy Act, AB 375. Although they may not realize it yet, every technology and Fortune 500 company in America is going to be affected. A leading analyst explains why.

Gunman surrenders after woman killed in US supermarket hostage drama

Los Angeles - A gunman took hostages inside a supermarket in Los Angeles on Saturday after a gun battle with police, leaving a store employee dead before the suspect handcuffed himself and surrendered, police said.

California wildfire season is mirroring 2017 and that's not good

Sacramento - The most important issue facing California lawmakers today is wildfires. And as the issue rises over Sacramento like the smoke from last year's blazes, the state is now forced to look at the possibility 2018 will be a repeat of last year.

California reaches reduction in GHG emission levels early

Meeting the reduction in greenhouse gas emission goals as set forth in the Paris agreement signed in December 2015 has been hard for many countries, but one U.S. state has met its emission goals ahead of schedule.
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