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March 12, 2019

A landmark California law signed last year to enact the strongest privacy rules in the country and regulate the online marketplace of personal data is caught in a tug of war between industry lobbyists who want to weaken it and consumer groups that say it doesn’t go far enough.

February 26, 2019

California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal by the attorney general Monday to expand what already is the nation's most far-reaching law protecting personal information.

The revision to the law passed last year is among several sought by Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Santa Barbara Democratic state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson to make it easier to enforce once it takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

"This is basically a bill to enforce the law," Jackson said.

February 25, 2019

Dianne Turner tripped on an area rug as she ran through her home on Dec. 5, 2017, while the Thomas Fire raged outside.

The 70-year-old Ventura woman toppled, too, a few years earlier when she started to dance to a tune sung by her granddaughter.

“I didn’t stick the landing,” she said with a sheepish grin outside a Ventura balance class. The retired nurse said her falls have brought multiple fractures on top of existing back issues.

“It’s horrible — to have four fractured ribs and two fractured disks all at the same time,” she said.

February 14, 2019

Twenty-six years ago this month, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ensuring many working people could take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for themselves or an ailing family member, or to welcome a new child into their home. FMLA was America’s first—and only—federal law designed to help people manage their care responsibilities without fear of losing their job.

February 06, 2019

If something sounds untrue, it may very well be.

When the California State Senate Judiciary Committee announced that its internal rules would be written in gender-neutral language, no one expected the blowback that would follow. The small change, using “they” instead of “he or she” in the committee’s bylaws, ignited a firestorm as conservative blogs, Fox News pundits, and columnists falsely reported that the committee had unilaterally banned gender pronouns.

January 31, 2019

Fifty years after the Jan. 28, 1969 oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel, the region is on the verge of another upheaval – the wholesale removal of aging oil infrastructure. 

Seven platforms out of 19 in the Channel have shut down operations and will likely be removed, starting in the 2020s, together with their piers, pipelines and onshore processing plants in Carpinteria, Goleta and Gaviota.

January 30, 2019

Marking the 50th anniversary of the devastating Santa Barbara oil spill, California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) introduced a bill Monday that would bulk up rules governing the construction of oil pipelines.

January 28, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (WSET) -- California lawmakers have introduced new legislation that would make it the first state to offer parents six months of paid leave.

January 28, 2019

On Jan. 28, 1969, thousands of barrels of oil spilled into the ocean, bubbling up to the surface off Platform A about 5 1/2 miles off the coast.

Within days, an oil slick covered more than 30 square miles of ocean. Birds and sea lions washed ashore coated in sticky, thick goo as the spill grew larger by the hour and eventually crippled the popular, picturesque coast.

"We woke up and the beaches were covered," said Christy Weir, then a 14-year-old growing up in Santa Barbara. "It was one of those eerie things where it wasn't just the sight of the black gunk everywhere."

January 03, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Advocates for victims of sexual assault applaud new laws going into effect on January 1 in California, including SB 1300.  The measure eliminates methods to quietly settle sexual assault claims with money and confidentiality agreements.