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California health authorities eye coronavirus threat

A passenger aboard a Princess Cruise ship in San Pedro harbor in Los Angeles. (Photo: Mary T-Comms, via Shutterstock

California public health officials are doing their best to calm fears about COVID-19, the disease causing the global outbreak of coronavirus. There have been 15 confirmed cases of the disease in the state as of Feb. 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  the health risk to the general public here remains low, the California Department of Public Health reported.

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California’s new marijuana era

Illustration by Tim Foster, Capitol Weekly

At the heart of California’s Emerald Triangle is Humboldt County, a legendary locale in the world of weed, as prized by marijuana aficionados for its cannabis as Napa Valley is for its wine. “Humboldt is the absolute, undisputed leader in cannabis,” said Luke Bruner, a local resident who has advised state and local officials on marijuana issues.

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‘No party preference’ on the rise

Nearly three out of every four Californians are registered to vote, an increase of nearly 751,000 since 2010 and a reflection of the growing number of voters who decline to state a party preference. The major parties experienced declines in registration. Of California’s 24 million eligible voters, about 17.7 million actually have registered, or about 73.41 percent, according to the secretary of state’s office. The figures reflect registration through Dec. 31, 2013.

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