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California rolls its own recreational pot sales out for 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — From a pot shop in Santa Cruz that hung a banner proclaiming “Prohibition is Over!” to one in San Diego handing out T-shirts showing the first moon landing and declaring a “giant leap for mankind,” the Golden State turned a shade greener with its first sales of recreational marijuana. Ceremonial ribbon cuttings …

California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers will grapple for the first time as a group with a growing sexual misconduct scandal when they return to Sacramento on Wednesday. The 2018 legislative year will bring debates over legislation to boost protections for victims and people who report sexual misconduct, as well as both chambers’ continued efforts to …

California lawmaker faces inquiry over sex misconduct claim

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A female lobbyist claimed Monday that Assemblyman Matt Dababneh sexually assaulted her in a bathroom, an allegation the Los Angeles Democrat denied and said came “apparently for her own self-promotion.” In the latest development in a burgeoning sex scandal in California’s Legislature, Pamela Lopez held a news conference at the office of …

Harassment case puts US Senate candidate under spotlight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — News that a sitting California senator is being investigated for sexual harassment against a young female employee has put a fresh spotlight on a legislative leader this week as he begins a bid against the state’s first female U.S. senator. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, the Democratic leader of the …

California to collaborate with EU, China on carbon markets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans Tuesday to further California’s co-operation with the European Union and China on fighting climate change. California and the EU will begin hosting regular meetings, also working with China, on improving carbon markets, which aim to reduce pollution by putting a price on carbon emissions. The enhanced collaboration, …

Full recovery from California wildfires may take years

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. “We don’t control these things, and it makes you realize how small you are …

California to require advanced notice on hikes in drug costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Drug companies doing business in California will soon have to notify the public two months in advance of dramatic price spikes under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. California’s legislation marks one of the strictest drug-price transparency laws in the country, as states move to shine a spotlight on rapidly rising …

California to require advanced notice on hikes in drug costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Drug companies doing business in California will soon have to notify the public two months in advance of dramatic price spikes under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. California’s legislation marks one of the strictest drug-price transparency laws in the country, as states move to shine a spotlight on rapidly rising …

California becomes sanctuary state as governor signs bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sanctuary state legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump. Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status …

Young immigrants shout down Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the U.S. House, said she understands the fears of young immigrants after they shouted her down Monday at an event where she planned to drum up support for legislation that would grant legal status to immigrants like them. “We’re in this fight to win for the …

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