Tag: California

Maxine Waters on Jussie Smollett: ‘I Would Be Disappointed’ if It’s a Hoax

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Thursday that she couldn’t yet “make sense” of Empire actor Jussie Smollett being arrested for filing a false police report about being attacked by Trump supporters in Chicago. “I don’t think we can, at this point, make sense of it,” Maxine Waters told Variety. “There are still some questions that […]

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Desert X 2019

Los Angeles has bee the focus of attention in the international art world recently due to the successful launch of the much-anticipated Frieze LA art fair. Opening just one week prior and around 125 miles away is a curated (by Neville Wakefield, Amanda Hunt, and Matthew Schum) exhibition, now in its second edition, that is just […]

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California Congestion Bill Could Result in American Autobahn

While California has some of the best driving roads in the country, large swaths of the state suffer from serious congestion issues. For years, the preferred solution was to bolster public transit in San Francisco and Los Angeles while simultaneously establishing high-speed rail lines between the two areas. Unfortunately, costs […]

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Pollak: Trump Can Build ‘Wall’ Now, Despite States’ Lawsuit

President Donald Trump can likely begin building new sections of the border barrier, despite a federal lawsuit filed by California and 15 other states on Monday challenging the the national emergency declaration he issued Friday. The reason: only some — about $3.6 billion — of the roughly $8 billion Trump wants to spend on the barrier […]

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Trump Administration Says It Will Cancel California’s $929 Million High-Speed Rail Grant

The Trump administration is vowing to terminate a $929 million federal grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, according to a letter sent Tuesday from the Transportation Department. It is unclear whether the federal government has the legal authority to withhold the grant, and California officials are likely to challenge […]

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California, 15 Other States Sue Trump over Border Wall Emergency Declaration

The State of California and fifteen other states sued President Donald Trump on Monday over his declaration Friday of a national emergency and his plans to redirect federal funds to the construction of a wall on the southern border. The lawsuit, as expected, was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and was joined by […]

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16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall. The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Mr. Trump set off on Friday […]

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California Governor Announces Withdrawal of National Guard Troops From Border Duty

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced Monday that he would withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties. The step to rescind state authorization for the border deployment is a sharp rebuke of […]

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California Is Expected to Pull National Guard Troops Out of Border Duty

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected on Monday to withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties, according to aides to the governor. The step to rescind state authorization for the border […]

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Oakland’s tech startups are reportedly being gentrified out of their spaces by deep-pocketed marijuana growers

Former Wired editor-in-chief and drone entrepreneur Chris Anderson tweets: “Hearing from tech startups getting priced out of Oakland warehouse space because of soaring demand for indoor hydroponic pot farms. Yes, because it’s 2019 and everything is nuts *techies are being gentrified out of neighborhoods by drug dealers.*” LA’s Coop replies, “Same thing […]

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Feds: Over 8.5K Anchor Babies Secure U.S. Citizenship Via ‘Birth Tourism’

Three “birth tourism” agencies secured citizenship for more than 8,500 babies born to foreign nationals, primarily from China, and profited at least $7 million in the process, federal prosecutors say. An unsealed federal indictment details the widespread business practice known as birth tourism in the state of California, owned and operated almost exclusively by and […]

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San Francisco Eatery’s Owner Apologizes for Banning MAGA Hat Customers

The owner of a San Francisco-area eatery is apologizing for stating that he would ban customers sporting “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats inside his restaurant. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, who is a chef-partner at Wursthall restaurant in San Mateo, penned a post on Medium Friday apologizing to staff and business partners for his “reckless” public statement. […]

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Exclusive – Tom McClintock: Trump Must Declare National Emergency to Build Wall; Pelosi Is ‘Not Even Pretending’ to Negotiate

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) told hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak during an interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Tonight on Thursday that President Donald Trump should use presidential emergency powers to “build the wall,” describing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as “not even pretending to be negotiating in good faith.” Pollak invited […]

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California: 20 Accused of Selling Birthright Citizenship to Pregnant Foreigners

A total of 20 individuals were arrested by federal authorities on Thursday after being accused of operating “birth tourism” businesses which essentially sold birthright American citizenship to pregnant Chinese women looking to permanently stay in the United States. California resident Dongyuan Li — along with 19 others — was arrested by federal officials for operating her […]

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Kamala Harris, Call-Out Star

The more you learn about Kamala Harris, the more formidable she appears. She is an amazing amalgam of different elements — highly educated elite meritocrat, Oakland street fighter, crusading, rough-elbow prosecutor, canny machine pol and telegenic rhetorical brawler. She is also probably the toughest and most hard-nosed progressive on the […]

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Major utility implicated in more than a dozen wildfires files for bankruptcy

Enlarge / Fire burns around PG&E transmission towers on Monday, November 12, 2018, east of Pulga, Calif. The first report of the deadly Camp Fire was made near here. reader comments 9 with 9 posters participating Share this story On Tuesday morning, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (PDF), citing […]

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The Very High Costs of Climate Risk

Before the catastrophic Camp Fire destroyed Paradise, Calif., the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was worth more than $25 billion. Now it’s C.E.O. has stepped down and the company, which provides natural gas and electricity to 16 million people in California, has filed for bankruptcy as it confronts billions of […]

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PG&E Files for Bankruptcy Protection in Face of Large Wildfire Liabilities

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Gas and Electric, the largest electric utility in California, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday in anticipation of billions of dollars in liability claims for two years of wildfires. PG&E, which faces damage claims estimated at tens of billions of dollars for wildfires started by its […]

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Artist Spotlight: Serena Cole

A selection of recent work by California-based artist Serena Cole (previously featured here). Cole’s watercolour and pencil renderings assign anonymous faces from found images with new roles, identities and origins as a way of exploring the complexities of being a woman in today’s world. See more images from “All This Useless Beauty” below or on […]

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PG&E Cleared in a Deadly 2017 Fire, Lifting Financial Outlook

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Gas and Electric Company, facing a bankruptcy filing because of its potential wildfire liabilities, has been cleared of responsibility for a giant 2017 fire in Northern California, brightening the company’s financial outlook. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday that private electrical equipment […]

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US appeals court says California can set its own Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Enlarge / Ethanol Plant, Milton, Wisconsin. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story Late last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit published an opinion (PDF) stating that California’s regulation of fuel sales based on a lifecycle analysis of carbon emissions did not violate federal commerce rules. Since 2011, California […]

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