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California’s economy faces a tough slog

It now seems like ancient history, but only a few months ago, California’s economy was roaring. “By any standard measure, by nearly every recognizable metric, the state of California is not just thriving but, in many instances, leading the country, inventing the future, and inspiring the nation,” Gov. Gavin Newsom boasted in February’s state of the state address. “We remain the fifth-largest economy in the world — enjoying 118 consecutive months of net job growth, some 3.4 million jobs created s...
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Editorial: California faces an eviction catastrophe. Newsom, lawmakers need to act now

As the downturn continues and tenant protections expire, we could see a tidal wave of evictions and a surge in homelessness even as the pandemic rages on.
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Is California’s education system for the kids or the adults?

Five-year-old Samaiya Atkins is suing the state of California. Samaiya is about to start kindergarten at the charter school chosen by her parents, the Rex and Margaret Fortune School of Education in Sacramento, where her sister also attends. However, a few weeks ago the governor signed Senate Bill 98, a budget trailer bill that cut off the funding for Samaiya’s education in the 2020-21 school year. Charter schools are public schools that operate independently from the school districts that once ...
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California unemployment: State legislators grill EDD officials about failures

California lawmakers grilled state labor officials on Thursday amid rising concerns about the government’s inability to pay unemployment claims that have soared amid widespread business shutdowns — and learned that decades-old technologies underpin the creaky payments system. During a state legislative hearing on Thursday, the Employment Development Department was portrayed as inept and unresponsive to the needs of jobless workers who have lost work in record numbers because state and local gove...
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Consumer spending up 5.6%, but coronavirus could stall gains

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6%, helping regain some of record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the economy. But the virus’ resurgence in much of the country could impede further gains. Last month’s rise in consumer spending followed a seasonally adjusted 8.5% surge in May after spending had plunged the previous two months when the pandemic shuttered businesses...
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LA County warns places of worship to stay outdoors; coronavirus deaths climb past 4,550

Los Angeles County Public health officials on Thursday, July 30, warned that places of worship holding gatherings indoors are defying county health orders and will soon be sent notices of violation. The warning came as the novel coronavirus claimed 41 more lives, bringing the total death toll in L.A. County to 4,552 ,and infected 2,628 more people, for a total of 185,872. More than 2,000 people are hospitalized with the virus, officials said, and 27% of confirmed cases are in intensive care unit...
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Newsom Asks Warren Buffet To Back Dam Removal Project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffet to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday sent a letter to Buffet urging him to back the Klamath River project, which would be the largest dam removal in U.S. history. The dams are owned by PacifiCorp, an Oregon-based utility that is part of Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. cong...
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California Lawmakers Slam Employment Agency For Slow Payouts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers accused the leader of the state’s unemployment department of failing the public in a tense hearing Thursday that featured stories of people waiting weeks or months to receive their benefits after losing their jobs because of the pandemic. More than 1.2 million claims, about a fifth of all applications, haven’t been paid out, either because the applicants haven’t taken the right steps or they are ineligible, said Sharon Hilliard, head of the Employme...
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Extra $600 in jobless aid set to lapse as talks deadlock

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A deadlocked Senate on Thursday left Washington for the weekend without extending a $600-per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the country. Friday’s expiration of the $600 jobless benefit sent Republicans controlling the Senate scrambling to respond. Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell made a procedural move to make it easier to reach a potential compr...
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Work harder, smarter to reopen California

It’s not clear that state leaders knew back in early March, when Gov. Gavin Newsom first declared a state of emergency because of the deadly coronavirus and soon after locked down the state, how severe the fiscal consequences from that decision would be. They know now. The state’s finances have been deeply damaged by the unprecedented ban on operating “non-essential” businesses, as defined by an ever-evolving list of state edicts and regulations. The state budget approved by lawmakers and signed...
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Huge coronavirus GDP collapse equals $17,000 per Southern California household

The historic, coronavirus-linked drop in the nation’s gross domestic product translates to economic destruction of $17,000 per Southern California household, according to one analysis. The GDP math tracking the national and regional economy can be daunting to understand even without an unprecedented wallop from business shutdowns designed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the help of StratoDem Analytics, the second quarter’s record-smashing GDP drop — a decline of 33% on an annualized bas...
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California Lawmakers Holding Hearing On Unemployment Backlog

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Lawmakers will hold a hearing over the Employment Development Department (EDD) backlog Wednesday as a new report shows the magnitude of the problem. EDD was hit with a tidal wave of jobless-benefit claims when the coronavirus shut down the state’s economy. Almost 9 million Californians filed claims. ALSO: Coronavirus Unemployment: EDD Pawning Off People With Problems On Lawmakers? From day one, Governor Newsom pledged to improve the system, but a new report shows 1 million a...
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Coronavirus unemployment: Newsom plans EDD reforms but relief is months away

Gov. Gavin Newsom, alarmed by the state’s difficulty in promptly paying unemployment claims to jobless workers, announced a “strike team” Wednesday to address the problems — but also indicated it could take months to catch up to a backlog of unpaid benefits. The strike team of state officials is being set up to address a debacle at the Employment Development Department that has persisted — without A solution — for more than four months. That’s when unemployment claims spiked after state and loca...
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Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies from coronavirus at 74

ATLANTA —Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74. A post on Cain’s Twitter account on Thursday announced the death. Cain had been ill with the virus for several weeks. It’s not clear when or where he was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in J...
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Are Sacramento Politicians ‘Playing Politics’ To Keep The State Auditor Out Of The EDD?

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As millions wait months for missing unemployment checks from the Employment Development Department, some Sacramento politicians are being accused of “playing politics” to keep the Independent State Auditor out of the EDD. READ ALSO: Coronavirus Unemployment: Will Another Audit Fix the EDD? Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson held a virtual press conference Wednesday where he accused Democratic Senators on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) of purposely forcing the...
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California legislators want to pile on the debt

When legislators passed and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a 2020-21 state budget in June, they described it as “balanced.” Not by a long shot. As detailed in this space earlier, it included at least $20 billion in direct and indirect, on-the-books and off-the-books borrowing that must, of course, eventually be repaid. More than half of the new debt is in “deferrals” of state aid to local school systems that, by constitutional law, must be restored in future years. Having emulated the federal governme...
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Some California Schools Want Waivers To Reopen Despite Virus

(AP) — Fairmont Schools has been preparing for weeks to welcome back students to its five campuses in Southern California’s Orange County and never stopped even though Gov. Gavin Newsom has said classroom instruction won’t be possible in most places. The private school with about 2,000 students is hoping to obtain a waiver allowing for classroom instruction but like others interested in providing in-person education they still are waiting on the state to provide details on the requirements. With...
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California should unlock entrepreneurs’ creativity to help save the nation’s economy

Coronavirus is forcing businesses across the country to figure out new ways to stay afloat—and few are feeling the pinch more severely than barbers and cosmetologists. In an industry that requires in-person meetings and close physical contact, protecting customers’ and employees’ health requires creative new solutions. One idea seems like common sense: Given the evidence that infections are more likely indoors than outdoors, some salons have suggested moving operations outside. That’s what Corin...
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Two years after Janus, more workers are exercising their freedom of association

Two summers ago, in Mark Janus v. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the arrangement that forced government workers to pay union fees for the privilege of keeping their jobs. The court ruled that forced dues violate government employees’ First Amendment rights because public-sector unions are political organizations, bargaining with public officials over such matters as government spending, employee discipline, budgets, and taxation. The Janus decision is a necessary ...
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California Lawmakers Advance 3 Bills Spurred By Coronavirus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday advanced several bills spurred by the coronavirus, including one designed to aid food sector employees and another to stockpile personal protective equipment so the state isn’t caught short again. The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee approved the two Senate bills as state lawmakers race toward an Aug. 31 adjournment deadline in a session shortened by the pandemic. Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Cañada Flintridge said hi...
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California Minimum-Wage Jump To Hit Virus-Battered Companies

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state would keep in place a planned jump in the state’s minimum wage to $14 an hour next year for larger businesses, saying it would help hard hit lower-income workers even as many companies struggle to survive amid the coronavirus crisis. The Democratic governor had the authority to suspend the scheduled increase given the state’s troubled economy. Since mid-March, California has processed nearly 6.8 million claims for unemployment as ...
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California Will Now Collect LGBTQ Coronavirus Data

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California will now collect sexual orientation and gender identity data when tracking new coronavirus cases. This move makes California the first state to track how the virus spreads in the LGBTQ community, which advocates say has been devastated by COVID-19. Gov. Newsom called today’s announcement a move in the right direction. Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) worked with LGBTQ+ civil rights organization Equality California to advocate for the collection of this data ...
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California Withholds Virus Money From 2 Defiant Cities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is using new powers to withhold money from two cities in California’s Central Valley that are defying his health orders by allowing all businesses to open during the pandemic. Newsom blocked nearly $65,000 from Atwater in Merced County and more than $35,000 from Coalinga in Fresno County, the first installments of $2.5 billion in federal funds that cities and counties across the state risk losing if they don’t toe the line on coronavirus safeguards. Th...
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Should I quit my job? California parents grapple with school options amid pandemic

By Ricardo Cano and Lauren Hepler | CalMatters They worry about who will care for the children and how far their education will slide. They anxiously await details on what distance learning will actually look like this fall, hopeful but skeptical that there will be more structure and support than a spring trimester of crisis education that left many dissatisfied. They’re furiously networking on Facebook and Nextdoor in the tens of thousands to form learning pods or arrange childcare. They’ve pla...
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Governor Announces Two-Tiered Strategy To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus In Central Valley

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an additional $52 million for the Central Valley as part of its coronavirus response Monday. The funding will be used to improve isolation, quarantine and testing protocols, as well as to help essential workers. It’s part of a $499 million grant from the CDC. Newsom says essential workers at farms, manufacturing and prisons have been hit hard, especially in San Joaquin County. During his press conference Monday, Newsom talked about an increase in th...
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California Lawmakers Propose $100 Billion Stimulus Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats who control California’s Legislature on Monday proposed a $100 billion economic stimulus plan that relies on what they are calling “future tax vouchers” along with speeding up other spending during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan would allow state Treasurer Fiona Ma to issue tax vouchers that proponents said could raise billions of dollars, though they said it was too soon to provide a more detailed estimate. The state would let taxpayers prepay their taxes...
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Gov. Newsom Increases COVID-19 Spending In Hard-Hit Central Valley Counties

SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced a $52 million investment in eight Central Valley counties hard-hit by the coronavirus. Newsom said that the money would specifically help the counties with isolation, quarantine, and testing protocols. It would also provide more support for health workers and as well as hire more workers. The money comes from the $499 million grant from the CDC, Newsom says. Get the app: Download the new CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and A...
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Protesters chained to Gov. Newsom’s home as prison deaths mount

By DON THOMPSON SACRAMENTO  — Demonstrators chained themselves to a fence outside Gov. Gavin Newsom’s home on Monday, calling for mass inmate releases and an end to immigration transfers because of the coronavirus pandemic, as deaths mounted at a San Francisco Bay Area prison. The California Highway Patrol cut the chains linking protesters to the bars of the gate at the front of the residence in suburban Sacramento after about two hours, but could not immediately say how many had been arrested. ...
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CHP Officers Clear Protesters From Governor Newsom’s Fair Oaks Mansion Demanding Mass Clemency For California Inmates

FAIR OAKS (CBS13) – CHP officers have cleared most of the protesters from the front of Governor Newsom’s Mansion in Fair Oaks. Dozens of protesters gathered in front of Governor Gavin Newsom’s mansion in Fair Oaks Monday demanding the release of inmates whose lives are at risk because of exposure to COVID-19, they say. They were also demanding the stop of ICE transfers. Chained protesters chanting 'Mirror Mirror on the wall, @GavinNewsom free them all!" @CBSSacramento @GoodDaySac pic.twitt...
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Protesters Gather Outside Governor Newsom’s Mansion To Demand Mass Clemency For California Inmates

FAIR OAKS (CBS13) – Protesters are making their voices heard on behalf of people behind bars in California on Monday. There are dozens of protesters at Gavin Newsom’s mansion in Fair Oaks demanding the release of people behind bars whose lives are at risk because of exposrue to COVID-19. They’re also demanding the top of ICE transfers. “The issue is that folks aren’t getting adequate medical care, they’re not social distancing, they’re in cells — they’ll constantly be contracting COVID is if we ...
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