PG&E probation ends, but judge offers harsh comments

A PG&E vehicle at the intersection of Oliver and Skyway in Paradise during the 2018 Camp Fire.(Photo: Dylan Mittag, via Shutterstock)

Rather than fixing its system during its five-year felony probation, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. instead spent the time, which ends today, “on a crime spree” of negligence, causing 31 wildfires, 113 deaths, thousands of lost structures and a half-million charred acres, according to the federal judge who oversaw the probation.

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California’s job data reflects increasing impact of women

Employees on the job at a Santa Barbara restaurant. (Photo: Ruben M Ramos, via Shutterstock)

California’s growth of nonfarm payroll jobs continued on a steady pace as 2021 ended, according to recent figures from the state Employment Development Department that do not fully reflect the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. “The 50,000 gain in the labor force was encouraging in December and certainly included more women,” economist Lynn Reaser told Capitol Weekly.

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Capitol Weekly Podcast: 10 Districts to Watch in 2022

Artwork by unknown artist, displayed at Beauty Bagel, Oakland, California. Manipulated photo by Tim Foster, Capitol Weekly

We’re joined today by Matt Rexroad, of Redistricting Insights. We invited him to talk about California’s new electoral maps and share his picks for the 10 districts to watch in 2022. Rexroad knows something about fair lines, having been involved in California’s first redistricting effort following the creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in 2008.

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Nurses confront state, hospitals over COVID health care hazards

A nurse at a protest at Alameda Hospital in 2020 seeking improved medical protective equipment. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald, via Shutterstock)

On the front line of health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, registered nurse members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United are pushing for more employer accountability tied to a crisis of staffing and unsafe workplaces. The union, which represents about 100,000 registered nurses in California, says the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has not adopted such workplace protections.

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At-risk students question UC Davis response to COVID

A student at the campus of UC Davis near Sacramento.(Photo: Chris Allan, via Shutterstock)

Amid a surge in COVID infections, campuses across the University of California have extended remote learning until the end of the month, with regular classes expected to resume Jan. 31. But a number of UC Davis students with pre-existing health conditions are urging officials through a petition to adopt a permanent hybrid approach — a proposal that so far is getting traction with over 7,600 signatures as of Jan. 17.

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Capitol Weekly Podcast: Big Week for California Healthcare

California made national headlines this week with an aggressive push toward achieving Universal Healthcare in the state. John Howard and Tim Foster of Capitol Weekly sit down with Anthony Wright of Health Access California to hear his insights on these major developments in California healthcare policy, and learn what to expect next.

Opinion

‘FAST recovery’ plan would cripple franchise businesses

A food court in a popular shopping mall offering a variety of brands. (Photo, Thiti Sukapan, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The franchise model, whereby a brand and business are developed by a franchisor and a franchisee pays for the right to distribute products and services based on the model, is a time-honored way of achieving success. From auto repair (Meineke Car Care Centers) to childcare (Kiddie Academy), the franchise model meets the needs of a community with a known and trusted brand.

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Difficulties plague Sec State’s hoped-for searchable database

Secretary of State Shirley Weber, then an Assembly member, on the steps of the Capitol in 2018. (Photo: Phil Pasquini, Shutterstock)

More than three years after lawmakers unanimously called for it, the Secretary of State has yet to compile a searchable database to help voters get in touch with the people they put in office. Voters, it was envisioned, would then have one-stop easy access to office contact information for elected officials at all levels of government. That hasn’t happened.

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Invest in housing, people instead of corporate welfare

A multi-unit housing complex under construction in Vista, San Diego County. (Photo: Simone Hogan, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: With one act next week, an obscure state panel could make nearly $2 billion available to finance and fund affordable housing projects around the state. Or it could choose to leave that money on the table and instead enable a Canadian corporation to issue tax-free bonds to finance a controversial, economically unjust, and environmentally damaging desalination plant in Orange County.

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