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1 month ago
Medicine

California Considers Slew of Bills to Tackle Skyrocketing Fentanyl Overdoses | KQED

California legislators are debating fentanyl bills to address rising overdose crisis by increasing access to treatment and medications like Narcan. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
1 month ago
California

California could require licenses for stonecutting shops amid deaths of young workers

Lawmakers in California propose licensing system for countertop cutting businesses to prevent deadly lung disease. [ more ]
SFGATE
1 month ago
California

California may finally ban this grocery store item for good

Banning reusable plastic bags in California to fight plastic pollution, introducing recycled paper bags with fees as an alternative. [ more ]
#traffic-safety
SFGATE
1 month ago
Cars

Calif. Senate passes bill to add speed governors to all new cars

California Senate passed bill SB 961 for mandatory speed governors in new cars by 2032 to reduce traffic fatalities. [ more ]
ABC7 San Francisco
1 month ago
Cars

New cars in California could alert drivers for breaking the speed limit

California may require new cars to alert drivers when they break the speed limit, impacting motorists across the country. [ more ]
SFGATE
1 month ago
Cars

Calif. Senate passes bill to add speed governors to all new cars

California Senate passed bill SB 961 for mandatory speed governors in new cars by 2032 to reduce traffic fatalities. [ more ]
ABC7 San Francisco
1 month ago
Cars

New cars in California could alert drivers for breaking the speed limit

California may require new cars to alert drivers when they break the speed limit, impacting motorists across the country. [ more ]
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#ai-regulation
TechCrunch
1 month ago
Artificial intelligence

Y Combinator's Garry Tan supports some AI regulation but warns against AI monopolies | TechCrunch

Regulation is necessary for AI to mitigate risks and ensure compliance with laws.
Valid concerns exist around specific regulatory bills related to AI in California. [ more ]
Semafor
4 months ago
Artificial intelligence

California leads in U.S. efforts to rein in AI | Semafor

Clear, consistent safety standards needed for large AI models to ensure compliance and accountability.
California's AI bill aims to set expectations for due diligence in evaluating safety and mitigating risks in large AI models. [ more ]
TechCrunch
1 month ago
Artificial intelligence

Y Combinator's Garry Tan supports some AI regulation but warns against AI monopolies | TechCrunch

Regulation is necessary for AI to mitigate risks and ensure compliance with laws.
Valid concerns exist around specific regulatory bills related to AI in California. [ more ]
Semafor
4 months ago
Artificial intelligence

California leads in U.S. efforts to rein in AI | Semafor

Clear, consistent safety standards needed for large AI models to ensure compliance and accountability.
California's AI bill aims to set expectations for due diligence in evaluating safety and mitigating risks in large AI models. [ more ]
moreai-regulation
#challenges
Kqed
1 month ago
California

Advocates for Legalized Psychedelics in California Plan a Ballot Measure Push | KQED

Supporters in California are considering a ballot measure for decriminalizing psychedelics, inspired by Oregon's model, despite criticisms and challenges. [ more ]
Kqed
4 months ago
California

Bill Would Require California Landlords To Accept Pets | KQED

Landlords in California may be required to accept pets under new legislation.
Midwives in California face challenges becoming Medi-Cal providers. [ more ]
Kqed
1 month ago
California

Advocates for Legalized Psychedelics in California Plan a Ballot Measure Push | KQED

Supporters in California are considering a ballot measure for decriminalizing psychedelics, inspired by Oregon's model, despite criticisms and challenges. [ more ]
Kqed
4 months ago
California

Bill Would Require California Landlords To Accept Pets | KQED

Landlords in California may be required to accept pets under new legislation.
Midwives in California face challenges becoming Medi-Cal providers. [ more ]
morechallenges
#domestic-violence
Los Angeles Times
1 month ago
Los Angeles

Amid allegations against Sean 'Diddy' Combs, lawmaker wants to expand domestic abuse prosecutions

The bill introduced by Sen. Susan Rubio could allow prosecution of individuals such as Sean 'Diddy' Combs for alleged domestic abuse incidents that occurred up to 15 years prior. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
2 months ago
Social justice

California bill boosting domestic violence penalties fails again. Why Democrats aren't on board

Domestic violence in California is not always classified as a violent felony, making it challenging to create laws that cover the wide range of behaviors.
Assemblyman Joe Patterson's efforts to extend prison time for more types of domestic violence faced resistance from Democrats supported by criminal justice reform groups. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
1 month ago
Los Angeles

Amid allegations against Sean 'Diddy' Combs, lawmaker wants to expand domestic abuse prosecutions

The bill introduced by Sen. Susan Rubio could allow prosecution of individuals such as Sean 'Diddy' Combs for alleged domestic abuse incidents that occurred up to 15 years prior. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
2 months ago
Social justice

California bill boosting domestic violence penalties fails again. Why Democrats aren't on board

Domestic violence in California is not always classified as a violent felony, making it challenging to create laws that cover the wide range of behaviors.
Assemblyman Joe Patterson's efforts to extend prison time for more types of domestic violence faced resistance from Democrats supported by criminal justice reform groups. [ more ]
moredomestic-violence
Eater LA
1 month ago
Canada news

A New California Law Could Even the Cannabis Consumption Playing Field in Los Angeles

AB 1775 bill could expand spaces for cannabis consumption, boost business for LA dispensaries. [ more ]
#reparations
Sacramento Bee
1 month ago
California

An apology is the cornerstone of reparations bills in California. What would it do?

An apology is fundamental for first-in-the-nation reparations legislation in California. [ more ]
Kqed
3 weeks ago
California

Californians Will Vote on Whether to End Forced Prison Labor This November | KQED

The task force defined reparations not only as compensation for past discriminatory policies, but also efforts to end ongoing practices that disproportionately harm Black residents. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
1 month ago
California

An apology is the cornerstone of reparations bills in California. What would it do?

An apology is fundamental for first-in-the-nation reparations legislation in California. [ more ]
Kqed
3 weeks ago
California

Californians Will Vote on Whether to End Forced Prison Labor This November | KQED

The task force defined reparations not only as compensation for past discriminatory policies, but also efforts to end ongoing practices that disproportionately harm Black residents. [ more ]
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Kqed
2 months ago
California

State Lawmaker Tries To Close Loophole In Gun Ownership Rules | KQED

California gun control loophole regarding mental illness needs fixing. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
2 months ago
Medicine

Letters: Name change

Port of Oakland wasting money on airport name change. [ more ]
#gas-stoves
ABC7 San Francisco
2 months ago
California

California moves closer to requiring new pollutant-warning labels for gas stoves

California could require gas stoves to carry warning labels about pollutants linked to respiratory illnesses, affecting new stoves after 2024/2025. [ more ]
Fast Company
2 months ago
California

California gas stoves could soon display a pollutant warning label

California proposes gas stove labels warning about pollutants linked to respiratory illnesses. [ more ]
ABC7 San Francisco
2 months ago
California

California moves closer to requiring new pollutant-warning labels for gas stoves

California could require gas stoves to carry warning labels about pollutants linked to respiratory illnesses, affecting new stoves after 2024/2025. [ more ]
Fast Company
2 months ago
California

California gas stoves could soon display a pollutant warning label

California proposes gas stove labels warning about pollutants linked to respiratory illnesses. [ more ]
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#inequality
Eater SF
2 months ago
California

How California's Junk Fee Ban Will Impact Restaurants

Mandatory service fees at California restaurants and bars will be banned under SB 478, potentially leading to price increases and a shift back to tipping systems. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
4 months ago
Education

California bill would ban legacy admissions at private universities alumni

Ending legacy admissions in California's private colleges proposed through Assembly Bill 1780 by Assemblyman Phil Ting.
Denial of Cal Grant funding to schools practicing legacy admissions under AB 1780 is a significant move to address inequality. [ more ]
Eater SF
2 months ago
California

How California's Junk Fee Ban Will Impact Restaurants

Mandatory service fees at California restaurants and bars will be banned under SB 478, potentially leading to price increases and a shift back to tipping systems. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
4 months ago
Education

California bill would ban legacy admissions at private universities alumni

Ending legacy admissions in California's private colleges proposed through Assembly Bill 1780 by Assemblyman Phil Ting.
Denial of Cal Grant funding to schools practicing legacy admissions under AB 1780 is a significant move to address inequality. [ more ]
moreinequality
The Mercury News
2 months ago
California

As Californians mitigate wildfire threats, why is there still an insurance crisis?

Insurance companies in California are emphasizing mitigation efforts to reduce wildfire risks for homeowners and policyholders. [ more ]
Kqed
2 months ago
California

California Regulators Just Approved New Rule to Cap Health Care Costs. Here's How It Works | KQED

California created an affordability office to monitor health care costs and prevent future uncontrollable price increases. [ more ]
www.ocregister.com
2 months ago
Education

California schools may be required to provide kosher and halal meals

California may require schools to offer halal and kosher meals if 5% of students request, promoting equity and inclusivity. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
2 months ago
Social justice

Letters: Single-payer plan

Legislators should pass AB 1400 for single-payer health plan in California. [ more ]
Truthout
2 months ago
California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Proposes Bill to Help Arizonans Seeking Abortion Care

California proposed new legislation to expedite certification for Arizona abortion providers due to a potential influx of abortion seekers from Arizona. [ more ]
Fast Company
2 months ago
Remote teams

3 red flags leaders should look out for

California lawmakers are considering legislation to ban after-hours work emails, following other countries' examples. [ more ]
sfist.com
2 months ago
California

California Could Ban TSA Line-Skipping Service Clear' From CA Airports Under New Bill

California lawmakers propose banning Clear service at airports due to equity concerns. [ more ]
sfist.com
2 months ago
San Francisco

Day Around the Bay: SFPD Looking For Man Who Punched A Baby On Muni Friday Morning

Increased drug bust near Civic Center Plaza.
Identified victims from Napa shooting.
Search for man assaulting baby on Muni bus.
Suspension of Golden Gate Ferry Service.
Passing of San Francisco Fire Department Lieutenant.
Proposed tough on crime bill in California. [ more ]
Kqed
3 months ago
Black Lives Matter

Despite Progress, Black Californians Still Face Major Challenges In Closing Equality Gap | KQED

Racial inequality persists despite quality of life improvements for Black Californians. [ more ]
Kqed
3 months ago
California

California Legislators Take Aim at Construction Fees to Boost Housing | KQED

Legislation aims to streamline housing development fees in California. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
3 months ago
California

California bond could raise $10 billion for housing. Can it survive a state borrowing grab?

Voters may face more bond funding measures despite past reluctance. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
3 months ago
California

Ag groups spend millions on ads to discourage California farmworker unionizing. What to know

Major agriculture organizations spending millions on Spanish-language radio ads discouraging farmworkers from voting in union elections. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
3 months ago
East Bay (California)

Opinion: How wealth worsens California's housing crisis and what lawmakers can do

Housing insecurity spiked due to COVID-19, inflation, and high living costs. California introduced social housing legislation to address the crisis. [ more ]
#google
SFGATE
3 months ago
Media industry

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

Google removes California news websites from search results as a test to influence legislation on paying media companies for content. [ more ]
Newsday
3 months ago
Media industry

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

Google is removing California news websites from search results in response to a potential law requiring payment for content linking. [ more ]
SFGATE
3 months ago
Media industry

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

Google removes California news websites from search results as a test to influence legislation on paying media companies for content. [ more ]
Newsday
3 months ago
Media industry

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

Google is removing California news websites from search results in response to a potential law requiring payment for content linking. [ more ]
moregoogle
#homelessness
www.mercurynews.com
3 months ago
East Bay (California)

Backers of California homeless camp ban cite successful' San Diego law. But is it?

San Diego's model for banning homeless encampments is being used as a blueprint for a proposed state-wide approach in California. [ more ]
Kqed
1 month ago
California

Are Tiny Homes A Viable Solution To Help With Homelessness Crisis? | KQED

San Jose uses tiny homes for unhoused individuals; statewide data lacking. [ more ]
San Jose Spotlight
2 weeks ago
SF politics

Will Supreme Court ruling change San Jose's homeless policy? - San Jose Spotlight

Supreme Court decision allows cities to ban homeless from sleeping outside. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
3 months ago
East Bay (California)

Backers of California homeless camp ban cite successful' San Diego law. But is it?

San Diego's model for banning homeless encampments is being used as a blueprint for a proposed state-wide approach in California. [ more ]
Kqed
1 month ago
California

Are Tiny Homes A Viable Solution To Help With Homelessness Crisis? | KQED

San Jose uses tiny homes for unhoused individuals; statewide data lacking. [ more ]
San Jose Spotlight
2 weeks ago
SF politics

Will Supreme Court ruling change San Jose's homeless policy? - San Jose Spotlight

Supreme Court decision allows cities to ban homeless from sleeping outside. [ more ]
morehomelessness
Los Angeles Times
3 months ago
Los Angeles

California moves to ban the use of paraquat, a powerful weedkiller

California bill seeks to ban paraquat by January 2026 due to health concerns.
Paraquat is linked to serious health issues like Parkinson's disease and is already banned in many countries. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
3 months ago
California

California legislators push law change after ruling against family in Nazi looted art case

Legislation to recover stolen art from Holocaust victims
Bipartisan support for the bill [ more ]
San Jose Inside
3 months ago
Education

California Extends Student Financial Aid Deadline to May 2

Lawmakers fast-tracked bill to extend state financial aid deadline from April 2 to May 2 due to federal FAFSA glitch affecting students.
Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes led the effort to provide more time for affected students to access over $3 billion in state aid. [ more ]
Kqed
3 months ago
Medicine

California Patients Stranded in Hospitals Due to Lack of Specialized Care Facilities | KQED

Huntington's disease causes complications like falls and hospitals struggle with staffing for adequate care. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
4 months ago
East Bay (California)

Oakland leadership | Navigating VA | Horror of conflict

Oakland's city government is dysfunctional and in need of new, competent leadership.
California's Senate Bill 1124 is causing concerns among veterans over potential impacts to their disability benefits. [ more ]
Kqed
4 months ago
Education

Students from India Power the Increase of International Students in the United States | KQED

California is exploring happiness through a select committee on public policy outcomes.
California is a top destination for Indian students with over 140,000 student visas issued last year. [ more ]
therealdeal.com
4 months ago
LA real estate

Lawmaker Miguel Santiago Looks to Conversions for LA Housing

Adaptive reuse proposed for housing by lawmaker Miguel Santiago
AB 2909 expands the Mills Act for conversion of commercial buildings to residential uses [ more ]
Kqed
4 months ago
Environment

Can California's Climate Bond Weather the Storm of State Deficits? | KQED

Key legislators are negotiating a climate bond in California worth over $15 billion to combat climate change.
Lawmakers are facing challenges due to California's deficit, potentially resulting in a smaller bond size. [ more ]
Sacramento Bee
4 months ago
California

This West Coast state wants to stop Daylight Saving Time - but only if California does, too

Oregon passed Senate Bill 1548 to end Daylight Saving Time in the Pacific Time Zone portion, contingent on California and Washington following suit within 10 years, pending federal approval. [ more ]
San Jose Spotlight
4 months ago
San Francisco

San Jose could fast-track homeless housing under state bill - San Jose Spotlight

Streamlining homeless housing development in California through SB 1395
San Jose as a successful example in reducing unsheltered homelessness. [ more ]
Kqed
4 months ago
California

California Legislators Introduce Bills to Enhance Wildfire Safety Measures | KQED

Burying power lines is costly
Insulating power lines is a cheaper and quicker alternative to improve safety [ more ]
#law-enforcement
Los Angeles Times
4 months ago
Public health

Sewage could be California's next tool in fighting the opioid epidemic

Routine wastewater drug testing proposed in California to combat opioid epidemic
Wastewater monitoring to inform public health policies and law enforcement practices [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
3 weeks ago
Privacy professionals

California cops illegally shared license plate details, other info, grand jury says

Law enforcement improperly shared sensitive vehicle information from 1.3 million vehicles in Sacramento County with out-of-state agencies, violating state privacy protections. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
4 months ago
Public health

Sewage could be California's next tool in fighting the opioid epidemic

Routine wastewater drug testing proposed in California to combat opioid epidemic
Wastewater monitoring to inform public health policies and law enforcement practices [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
3 weeks ago
Privacy professionals

California cops illegally shared license plate details, other info, grand jury says

Law enforcement improperly shared sensitive vehicle information from 1.3 million vehicles in Sacramento County with out-of-state agencies, violating state privacy protections. [ more ]
morelaw-enforcement
www.mercurynews.com
4 months ago
Education

Electric school buses are gaining traction in Bay Area schools

Transitioning to electric school buses is gaining traction in California school districts for greener transportation.
Legislation in California mandates new school buses to be zero-emission by 2035, encouraging a shift toward electric buses. [ more ]
www.cnn.com
9 years ago
Health

California lawmakers want to repeal personal beliefs' exemption

Parents need health professional's sign for exemption
California bill to eliminate personal beliefs exemption for vaccination [ more ]
Kqed
4 months ago
California

California Bill Would Require Landlords to Accept Pets | KQED

First-of-its-kind legislation in California may require landlords to accept pets without additional fees or deposits.
Survey data shows the challenges renters face in finding pet-friendly housing in major Californian cities. [ more ]
San Jose Inside
5 months ago
Artificial intelligence

Assemblymember Gail Pellerin Leads Fight to Ban Deep Fake Political Ads

Assemblymember Gail Pellerin is proposing a bill to ban election-related deep fakes before and after election day.
Five bills are being introduced in the California Legislature to protect democratic discourse and voters from deceptive content. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
5 months ago
Media industry

Why is it OK for rich guys to steal my work?

Journalists are concerned about the impact of tech giants on the media industry.
California legislators are proposing a bill to stop tech giants from profiting off news content. [ more ]
SFGATE
1 month ago
California

A last-ditch effort to keep California restaurant surcharges legal

California legislators introduce bill to exempt restaurants from junk fees law [ more ]
Callaborlaw
2 days ago
Medicine

CDF Labor Law LLP

California's health care worker minimum wage increases delayed until at least October 15, 2024 due to SB 159 amendments. [ more ]
#lgbtq-rights
Los Angeles Times
4 days ago
Education

Newsom signs bill banning schools from notifying parents about student gender identity

California bans gender notification policies in schools to protect LGBTQ+ students' rights. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
4 weeks ago
California

It's frustrating': Why a gay Bay Area state senator is annoyed by his own LGBTQ health info bill

Wiener introduced SB 957 to mandate LGBTQ demographic questions on health forms to address a significant gap in data collection. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
4 days ago
Education

Newsom signs bill banning schools from notifying parents about student gender identity

California bans gender notification policies in schools to protect LGBTQ+ students' rights. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
4 weeks ago
California

It's frustrating': Why a gay Bay Area state senator is annoyed by his own LGBTQ health info bill

Wiener introduced SB 957 to mandate LGBTQ demographic questions on health forms to address a significant gap in data collection. [ more ]
morelgbtq-rights
Los Angeles Times
2 weeks ago
California

Californians won't pay more than one month's rent for security deposits under new law

Security deposit in California rental properties limited to one month's rent, benefiting affordability and accessibility. [ more ]
www.berkeleyside.org
2 weeks ago
Education

Berkeley High personal finance class promises $2.4M for free'

California lawmakers are pushing for a new bill to make personal finance a graduation requirement in all high schools. [ more ]
Fortune
2 weeks ago
Artificial intelligence

California is eyeing legislation that would make AI firms ensure their systems can't be used to wipe out the electric grid or help build chemical weapons

California lawmakers consider AI safety regulations to prevent catastrophic harm from large and powerful AI models in the future. [ more ]
sfist.com
2 weeks ago
SF food

Restaurants Will Continue Adding Surcharges Following Last-Minute Law Signed Saturday

California allows restaurants to continue charging unpopular surcharges with transparency under SB-1524. [ more ]
Eater SF
3 weeks ago
SF food

Last-Minute Law on Restaurant Fees Inches Toward Approval Ahead of July 1 Deadline

California lawmakers rush to keep restaurant surcharges legal through Senate Bill 1524 before July 1 junk fee ban starts. [ more ]
ABC7 San Francisco
4 weeks ago
SF politics

Fight for local regulations on driverless cars continues after SB 915 pulled from floor

Local governments fighting for autonomy in regulating self-driving vehicles on city streets. [ more ]
Kqed
1 month ago
California

Proposed Regulations Could Impact Rock Climbers In California | KQED

Climbers may face restrictions on rock climbing gear in wilderness areas, sparking debate on conservation vs. route access. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
1 month ago
California

Opinion: California must not backtrack on promise of broadband for all

California approved $6 billion for high-speed broadband to bridge the digital divide but faces budget cuts, jeopardizing completion and digital equity efforts. [ more ]
Los Angeles Times
1 month ago
SF politics

Tough-on-crime measure officially qualifies for November ballot as rifts in Legislature mount

California ballot measure to amend Proposition 47 faces opposition from Democratic lawmakers pushing anti-theft bills. [ more ]
www.berkeleyside.org
1 month ago
Education

Berkeley schools will offer free breakfast and lunch for students all summer

Berkeley schools offer free breakfast and lunch all summer for students 18 years and younger. [ more ]
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