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California governor to withdraw National Guard from border

Los Angeles - In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the governor of California on Monday was set to sign an order to pull most of the National Guard troops deployed on the Mexico border.

Erin Brockovich steps in to support California wildfire victims

Environmental and consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich has taken up the cause of California wildfire victims and is seeking compensation, once again, from Pacific Gas & Electric.

PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection at end of January

California’s largest power company intends to file for bankruptcy as it faces tens of billions of dollars in potential liability following massive wildfires that devastated parts of the state over the last two years.

Op-Ed: Trump threatens to cut FEMA wildfire funds to California

President Donald Trump, unable to get his way on a wall on the Southern border, revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

California's new laws reflect state's liberal activism

Sacramento - California Governor Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, most of them going into effect on January 1. Many of the laws play on the state's liberal activism and response to social movements.

With climate change going unchecked, insurance costs will rise

Although there are some folks who remain skeptical of Climate Change, the folks who make a living providing us with insurance are not. Insurance companies are already being impacted by the significant amount of destruction a warming world is causing.

California wildfires — Can we learn a lesson from the past?

Drought and abnormally dry conditions now cover 100 percent of California, up from 26 percent one year ago - making the state a literal tinderbox. The Camp Fire in Butte County is now ranked as one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history.

Public Safety Power Shutoff not warranted said PG&E during fire

On November 8, two hours before the deadly Camp Fire erupted in Butte County, California, The National Weather Service issued a "Red Flag Warning" for the region.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

Small team leads harrowing search for California fire victims

Chico - A small team searching for victims of one of California's deadliest fires happen upon a man lying face down between two ash-covered pickup trucks. His body and clothes seem intact, aside from hideous burns around his calves."You never get used to it.

Tales of courage, survival emerge from California wildfires

Paradise - As firefighters battled the devastating California wildlfires for a seventh day on Wednesday incredible tales were emerging of courage and survival.

Death toll jumps to 25 as California battles wildfires

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.

It's not forest management that's making wildfires so dangerous

The ferocity of the wildfires on either end of California have never been seen before in the state's history. While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the flames and thousands of homes have been destroyed, don't blame it on poor forestry practices.

Trump tweets on Calif. wildfires? 'I may yank federal payments'

President Donald Trump early on Saturday said “gross mismanagement of forests” is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.

PG&E will replace three gas plants with world's largest batteries

Sacramento - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved four energy storage projects for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to replace retiring gas generators, including two batteries that would be the largest in the world.

Wildfire ravages California town of Paradise as residents flee

Paradise - A late-season wildfire ravaged the town of Paradise in northern California overnight, forcing its nearly 27,000 residents to flee for their lives, officials said.

Explosive California wildfire wipes out town of Paradise

Paradise - A fast-moving wildfire has ravaged a Northern California town - sending residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire while thick smoke darkened the daytime sky.

Camp Fire in Northern California is already visible from space

Paradise - Tens of thousands of people in northern California were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday to over 8,000 acres in Butte County.

Cannabis equity in California aims to level the playing field

On September 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Cannabis Equity Act. In many ways, the act recognizes the failed efforts of the war on drugs and the devastation cannabis criminalization had on minority and underserved communities.

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.
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Children at Shiloh Messianic Congregation show amazement at sight of Hanukkah candles
Children at Shiloh Messianic Congregation show amazement at sight of Hanukkah candles
DSC_0407: Illuminated Latin manuscript breviary of the Mid-15th Century from Northern Italy  with la...
DSC_0407: Illuminated Latin manuscript breviary of the Mid-15th Century from Northern Italy, with later pen-and-ink marginal drawing of St. George and the Dragon, courtesy Sokol Books, UK
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Musician/vocalist Cris Matos who attended the reception on July 31  2014 has been helping to documen...
Musician/vocalist Cris Matos who attended the reception on July 31, 2014 has been helping to document the event sponsored by the Asian American Artists Association, since its initial inception back in 2009.
Courtesy of Cynthia Tom and A Place of Her Own exhibit
The EPA has given California two years to clean up its act.
The EPA has given California two years to clean up its act.
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Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. This facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office  artistic director ...
Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office, artistic director Jude Cameron, for Studio 35 meets with artists to schedule a time and space to display their works.
The State of California through its Dept. of Business Oversight is taking action against payday loan...
The State of California through its Dept. of Business Oversight is taking action against payday loan lender CashCall by seeking to suspend its license for predatory and unethical lending practices.
Thousands showed up for the opening ceremony of the #6 Line which was extended in 1912 to serve the ...
Thousands showed up for the opening ceremony of the #6 Line which was extended in 1912 to serve the "Sunset Heights" area as the Sunset District was then known. According to archives and records, this cable car was "the little streetcar that went out to the stars." Whether song writers George Cory and Douglass Cross knew of it at the time when they wrote the popular "I left My Heart in San Francisco" decades later is not known.
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The flames mar the peaceful forest as smoke drifts skyward
The flames mar the peaceful forest as smoke drifts skyward
Miller Driving School teaches people of all ages from beginners to veteran drivers who just need to ...
Miller Driving School teaches people of all ages from beginners to veteran drivers who just need to "brush up" on their driving skills. To schedule a lesson session or to learn more about 'package deals' talk to Becky.
Courtesy of Miller Driving School, Cotati, CA
 Usually I do not eat out at places like Scoma s  said sales coach and speaker  David Stern.  But si...
"Usually I do not eat out at places like Scoma's, said sales coach and speaker, David Stern. But since it has been a while since I have been to San Francisco, I figured it is okay to splurge just a bit." And, what more classic place to be than Scoma's at Fisherman's Wharf.
Computer model projection of water vapor transport this weekend  showing a huge plume of moisture po...
Computer model projection of water vapor transport this weekend, showing a huge plume of moisture pointed at central California.
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Part of the 354 MW SEGS solar complex in northern San Bernardino County  California.
Part of the 354 MW SEGS solar complex in northern San Bernardino County, California.
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A chips and salsa man  Ron Cuda knew he was on to a good thing when people at the restaurant kept as...
A chips and salsa man, Ron Cuda knew he was on to a good thing when people at the restaurant kept asking for more chips and salsa. "It wasn't just just a refill, at their table at the restaurant, they wanted to take some home." So, he established La Casa Foods, entirely separate from the restaurant.
Courtesy of Ron Cuda and La Casa Foods
Ingleside Presbyterian on Ocean Ave in San Francisco s Ingleside District continues to reach out to ...
Ingleside Presbyterian on Ocean Ave in San Francisco's Ingleside District continues to reach out to the community by helping with local food drives, providing space for civic and community meetings and coordinating after school programs.
Los Angeles Metro Red Line train at Wilshire/Vermont.
Los Angeles Metro Red Line train at Wilshire/Vermont.
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One of the altar displays at the Day of the Dead exhibit  now on display at SOMArts Cultural Center ...
One of the altar displays at the Day of the Dead exhibit, now on display at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco's Mission District.
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Roileen Miller is owner and instructor at Miller Driving School in Cotati  CA.
Roileen Miller is owner and instructor at Miller Driving School in Cotati, CA.

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