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March 19, 2018

Some coastal states opposed to President Donald Trump’s plan to allow oil and gas drilling off most of the nation’s coastline are fighting back with proposed state laws designed to thwart the proposal.

The drilling Trump proposes would take place in federal waters offshore in an area called the Outer Continental Shelf. But states control the 3 miles of ocean closest to shore and are proposing laws designed to make it difficult, or impossible, to bring the oil or gas ashore in their areas.

A look at the issue:

What states are doing

March 19, 2018

If you believe President Donald Trump, fake news is everywhere. It is a scourge, just not in the way he says it is – any story that makes him look bad.

So I’m all for teaching California school kids to spot fake news. I’m just not totally convinced the state’s education bureaucracy can pull it off.

March 06, 2018

A slate of California bills meant to combat sexual harassment in the workplace got a high-profile plug on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Mira Sorvino, an actress and leading figure in the Times Up movement taking on harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond, highlighted a number of measures making their way through the state Legislature during a red carpet interview at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.

January 06, 2018

Editorial: Stop Trump from drilling for oil off California’s majestic coast 

By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards |

PUBLISHED: January 6, 2018 at 8:30 am | UPDATED: January 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Remember the devastation of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill: Union oil’s inadequate safety precautions resulted in 3 million gallons of crude oil spewing into the Pacific Ocean, spawning what we now know as Earth Day.

January 05, 2018

California Legislators Introduce Bill to Block Trump’s Offshore Drilling Push

By Lauren Sommer, KQED Science

January 5, 2018

The Trump Administration is proposing a major expansion of offshore oil leasing nationwide, including off the California Coast.

January 03, 2018

California Lawmakers Aim To Improve Warning Systems Before The Next Huge Wildfire Hits

Because megafires could become the new normal for California.

By Antonia Blumberg

Two Southern California lawmakers said Wednesday that they would introduce several pieces of legislation to improve emergency response, hopefully before the next major wildfire destroys thousands of acres in the fire-prone state.

December 13, 2017

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson on the future of CA emergency alert system

By: KPCC staff | Take Two® | December 13, 2017

The deadly and destructive wildfires that have burned through California these past few months are putting a hyper focus on our emergency alert systems and how quickly officials can notify people of certain dangers.

October 12, 2017

Parental leave expands for California workers so they can bond with their newborns

By Margot Roosevelt | | OCR

Under a new law to combat workplace inequities, some 2.7 million California mothers and fathers will gain the right to a long-sought benefit: 12 weeks of job-protected leave to bond with their newborns.

October 12, 2017

California extends family leave to millions of small business workers

By Taryn Luna And Christopher Cadelago

SACRAMENTO - Nearly 2.8 million small business workers in California will be eligible to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn without losing their jobs next year.

September 03, 2017

Paid family leave a boost for small businesses

By Sam Mogannam on September 3, 2017 1:00 am

The New Parent Leave bill would permit all workers at companies with 20 or more employees to take time to recover from a serious illness or care for a family member without losing all of their income. It would expand our highly successful, existing system, which is paid for jointly by employees and employers.