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Western States Leaders Announce Pledge
5:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Governors Unite To Promote Clean Energy

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The governors of Oregon, Washington, and California are joining a Canadian province Monday to announce a partnership to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy.

The regional leaders will announce the partnership today at a San Francisco event.

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Beachgoers Should Beware
6:35 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Sneaker Waves Possible In Northern California

Beachgoers along the Northern California coast are being warned to be careful of sneaker waves, large surf, and strong currents.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through Tuesday afternoon for the coast from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.

Beachgoers are advised to always keep their eyes on the ocean. Fishers are being told not to fish from rocks and jetties.

Another Month Granted
6:17 am
Tue October 22, 2013

California Gets Reprieve On Prison Reduction

California has been granted an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue on a longer-term delay.

Federal judges issue a one-paragraph ruling yesterday saying that a court-appointed mediator needs more time to seek agreement on how the state should reduce inmate crowding.

Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers want a three-year delay to give proposed rehabilitation programs time to work. Under a new state law, the alternative is to spend $315 million this fiscal year to house thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.

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Budget Cuts To Blame
7:39 am
Mon October 21, 2013

California Earthquake Faults Need Mapping

Earthquake fault in California's Inyo National Forest.
Credit Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD/Wikimedia

Very few earthquake faults in California have been mapped over the past two decades despite an ambitious campaign launched in the early 1970's to help scientists learn more about the state's seismic activity.

The Los Angeles Times reports only 23 maps have been drawn since 1991 and there haven't been any between 2004 and 2011 because of budget cuts.

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Task Force Forms
6:28 am
Fri October 18, 2013

California May Legalize Marijuana

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California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom says it's time for the state to get serious about legalizing marijuana. He says he is willing to put his political reputation on the line to make it happen.

Newson and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced Thursday that he is leading a blue-ribbon panel of medical, legal, and law enforcement experts who plan to spend the next 18-24 months studying how California can tax and regulate legal marijuana in an effective way.

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State May Have To Release Inmates
7:31 am
Tue October 15, 2013

California Loses Supreme Court Prison Ruling

The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.

The justices did not comment on their order yesterday, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600 inmates to improve conditions.

California Governor Jerry Brown has argued that the state cannot meet that goal without releasing dangerous felons and jeopardizing public safety.

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Officials Knew System Was Vulnerable
6:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

California Unemployment Computer Problems Known

California officials knew a computer upgrade for the state's unemployment insurance program was vulnerable to problems before it was installed.

The Sacramento Bee reports that officials underestimated how many unemployment claims would be affected by a glitch in the $188 million system upgrade.

The data-conversion problem eventually delayed jobless benefits for nearly $150,000 Californians.

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Strike Focused Attention On Issue
6:33 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Prison Security Housing Units Get Hearing

Democratic lawmakers on key policy committees say they want to limit California's practice of keeping hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement for years, sometimes decades, as a way of controlling violent prison gangs.

They held the first in a planned series of hearings Wednesday in response to an inmate hunger strike this summer that at one point involved more than 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in state prisons.

The inmates were protesting conditions for gang leaders held in isolation at Pelican Bay and three other prisons.

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Over Half A Million Call The First Day
7:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

California Health Exchange Overstates Use

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Officials with California's health insurance exchange say internal miscommunication led them to significantly overstate the number of hits the exchange's website received on the first day people could enroll in it.

Officials tell the Los Angeles Times the site received 645,000 hits on Tuesday, well below the 5 million they initially reported.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

California state prison overcrowding, 2006
Credit California DCR

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko describes the changes in his jail since California's "realignment."

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

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