Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Governor Newsom signs bills aimed at limiting fire danger

By Associated Press, Ashley Gardner

October 2, 2019


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is adopting nearly two dozen new laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of the state in recent years, killing scores and destroying a Sierra foothills city last fall.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

These Big Plans to Protect California Homes From Wildfire Fell Short in the Legislature

By Lauren Sommer

September 26, 2019


After 86 people in the town of Paradise lost their lives in a massive wildfire last year, California lawmakers vowed to prepare the state for future infernos. But while millions of dollars are going toward new firefighting crews and technology, some say the state is overlooking an area in dire need of help: making homes and buildings safer.

Monday, September 23, 2019

On the Town: Kiwanis Club of Burbank installs new officers

By David Laurell

September 23, 2019


For the 98th time since its incorporation, the Kiwanis Club of Burbank installed its elected officers.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Being Smarter About High-Speed Rail

By Laura Friedman

August 15, 2019


There are few phrases in California politics that invoke as much passion as the words “high-speed rail.” The ambitious transportation infrastructure project seeking to move passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in two hours and 40 minutes, and ultimately connect San Diego to Sacramento, has become a centerpiece of public debate.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

In a blow to the bullet train, California might shift billions to L.A. and Bay Area projects

By Ralph Vartabedian 

July 30, 2019


Key California lawmakers have devised a plan to shift billions of dollars from the Central Valley bullet train to rail projects in Southern California and the Bay Area, a strategy that could crush the dreams of high-speed rail purists.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Key State Lawmakers to Call for Hearings Into Chevron Oil Spill

by Ted Goldberg 


The two top California lawmakers that oversee the state's oil industry plan to call for hearings into a recent, massive oil spill in Kern County and revelations that officials at the agency that regulate oil wells held investments in the companies they were supposed to keep watch over.

"I am absolutely committed to calling for an oversight hearing, once we have a new oil and gas supervisor, to look both at the spill and the response to the spill and to look at the conflict issues," Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, the chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, told KQED.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CalMatters Commentary: Here are 263 reasons to support this gun safety bill. But one is enough

By Laura Friedman


On a Monday in February 2015, 13 year-old Rashawn Harris, known to his family as Ray Ray, told his father, Willis Harris, that he was on his way to school and that he loved him.

He stepped out of the front door of his parents’ South Stockton home. There, as he waited in his own driveway for his ride to school, Ray Ray was gunned down.

His father rushed out to find his son laying on the ground. Willis held his son in his arms as neighbors gathered along the street. It would be their last moment together as Rashawn Harris lost his life due to the .40 caliber bullets of a semiautomatic pistol.

In the ensuing investigation, it was found that the murder weapon belonged to former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.