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Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly

The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE


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California Labor Commission Officially Calls Uber Driver an Uber Employee

A California labor agency has determined that, at least in one instance, an Uber driver is actually an employee of the company, not an independent contractor who happens to rely on Uber-provided information to drive her business. But what does this mean for the ride-sharing behemoth?

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

Google to Californians: Help Us Protect Your Electronic Privacy

In an email message to subscribers, Google supported a proposed update of California telecommunications law, a change that would restrict authorities’ ability to look at people’s email and other electronic information without a warrant.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

California Drought

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE

Surf’s Up

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 ENLARGE

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Can Republicans Learn From California?

Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what happened to the GOP in California, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

California and Martian Water

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 ENLARGE


Posted on Apr 11, 2015 ENLARGE

How America’s Theme Parks Kill Our Souls

Why so few smiles at a family-oriented theme park? Maybe because deep down, many attendees realize they’re being taken for another kind of ride.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

Jerry Brown—Drought and High-Speed Rail

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 ENLARGE

The California Water Crisis Isn’t About Lifestyle—It’s About Crops

There’s something that everyone, including The New York Times, is getting wrong about the effects of the California drought; Chelsea Manning is discussing her gender transition in prison via social media; meanwhile, Dick Cheney recently made hypocritical comments about President Obama. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

California Agriculture Water Hog

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 ENLARGE

N.Y. State Snowpack

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 ENLARGE

The Golden State

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 ENLARGE

‘No Snow Whatsoever’ Found at California Snowpack Survey Site (Videos)

Amid California’s ongoing drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered unprecedented mandatory water restrictions across the state as officials found “no snow whatsoever” at a crucial site in the Sierra Nevada.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

The battle over California’s limited water supply is pitting the people against the new “water barons”—Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto and their ilk—who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Arsenic in California Wine

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 ENLARGE

To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

California’s Water Supply Could Dry Up Within a Year

California’s State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday expanded emergency regulations regarding the state’s use of water.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Goldman Sachs is putting the squeeze on California and its school districts.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE

Special Delivery: California Woman Suing FedEx Over Late Wife’s Spousal Benefits

FedEx is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by a California woman who claims the speedy delivery company refused to recognize her marriage with another woman.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s come-apart and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s come-apart, and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


California Water Officials Are Some of the State’s Biggest Guzzlers

The Center For Investigative Reporting has a scandalous expose on the hypocritical practices of public servants who waste millions of gallons watering their own desert lawns while demanding that other Californians conserve.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

Locking Kids Up, Letting Them Down

At-risk youth in the United States are being locked up without a key.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE


Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

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Can You Guess How Many Gallons of Water It Took to Grow the Avocado in Your Guacamole?

So we know that avocados should have gone extinct millions of years ago, but how about how much water it takes to grow a single of these creamy green fruits?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

California Finally Makes the Forced Sterilization of Female Inmates Illegal

Remember a few months ago when we told you about a Golden State bill that aimed to restrict tubal sterilization in prisons?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

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California Bans Plastic Bags—Will Other States Follow?

Taking the lead from some of its biggest cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s statewide ban on plastic bags became official Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

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Is Diablo Canyon California’s Fukushima-in-Waiting?

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More significantly, it is nestled in a thicket of fault lines, some only recently discovered.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE


Even California Democrats Are Walking Away From Obama

President Obama is not a very popular leader right now, but while his low approval ratings in states such as Alabama and Utah aren’t surprising, even blue state Californians are frustrated with the commander in chief.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers

The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the temp agencies and subcontractors they hire cheat workers out of their wages or put them in harm’s way.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

Thousands of Birds Meet a Fiery End at the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Solar power also comes at a price, and in the case of California’s BrightSource Energy plant, the cost may be the lives of 28,000 wild creatures.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

In California, Some Efforts to Toughen Oversight of Assisted Living Falter

Cost concerns may derail efforts by lawmakers and advocates to require more frequent inspections and a swifter response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Put Down the Bottled Water! It’s Draining Drought-Stricken California

Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who’s funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

California Income Chasm

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 ENLARGE

Welcoming the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees

A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

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From Farmworker to Olympian to Activist: A Boxer Fights for His Community

Jose Ramirez could have walked away from Avenal, Calif., where the jobs are drying up like the ground, but he’s determined to save his community.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE


Abbot Kinney, Pacific Ocean Park, and the California Dreamers

A new book about an old seaside amusement park, gone for a half a century, set me thinking about a favorite subject, the boom-and-bust quality of California, a place of constant invention and reinvention, of dreams shattered or attained.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE

Death Penalty Decision

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 ENLARGE

California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE

Hate in Murrieta and Violence in El Salvador

As American protesters in Murrieta, Calif., repulsed three busloads of immigrant mothers and children being considered for placement in the U.S., a journalist recalled the grisly Washington-funded civil war in El Salvador that killed more than 75,000 people as a cause of the refugees’ displacement.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE


Is Drinking Urine the Answer to California’s Drought?

It may sound a bit unpalatable, but pee may be a better option for the Golden State than the desalination of ocean water.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE

Did Richmond, Calif., Reduce Its Murder Rate by Paying People Not to Kill?

Nearly a decade ago, violent crime in Richmond, Calif., was so bad that the City Council debated declaring a state of emergency. Seeking to end the bloodshed, officials authorized DeVone Boggan to pay likely perpetrators to stay out of trouble.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE

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