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Campaign Reaches Threshold For Recall Election Against Governor

CALIFORNIA—The Office of the California Secretary of State revealed on Tuesday, April 26 that the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign reached enough signatures for a recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom. The CA Secretary of State's office states on its website that "the requisite number of valid signatures has been reported to our office to initiate the recall of" Newsom and...

California Will Lose One Congressional Seat

CALIFORNIA—The state of California will lose a congressional seat, the United States Census Bureau said in a press release on Monday, April 26. According to The Hill, this is the first time that the state will lose a seat in its history. The last time California gained a seat was in 2000, where it gained one seat. Years where California did...

Rob Bonta Confirmed As Attorney General Of CA

CALIFORNIA—On Thursday, April 22, the California legislature approved state lawmaker Rob Bonta as the state's next attorney general. Bonta tweeted after he was confirmed: "Big news!  Today, my colleagues in the Legislature confirmed my nomination as CA's next Attorney General.  I am deeply honored.  As AG, I'll strive to be the people's attorney — to protect families and right historic wrongs." Once...

UC, CSU Plan On Requiring Coronavirus Vaccine

CALIFORNIA—On Thursday, April 22, the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) said in a joint press release that they plan on requiring staff and students to be vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine for in-person classes this fall. This "proposed policy" would "require students, faculty, academic appointees and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location...

Grocery Store Owner Pleads Guilty To Price Gouging During Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO—Rajvinder Singh, 51, of Apna Bazar, the owner of a grocery store in Pleasenton, has pleaded guilty to nine counts of price gouging. The charges stem from complaints filed on May 7, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, California law restricted businesses from “profiteering during a declared state of emergency,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. California state law...

Feds Charge SF Trash Company Executive With Bribery

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday, April 15, that John Francis Porter, the former Vice President and Group Manager of the Recology’s San Francisco Group was charged with bribing Mohammed Nuru, a former Director of San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW). The feds also charged Porter with money laundering. “The complaint unsealed today alleges that Porter,...

Man Sentenced Three Months For Elephant Seal’s Death

CALIFORNIA—On Monday, April 12, the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California sentenced a former California resident to three months in prison for shooting an elephant seal to death near San Simeon in September 2019. U.S. District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer sentenced Jordan Gerbich, 30, to three months in federal prison as well as a "three...

Parents Face Charges Of Torture Of 11-Year-Old Daughter

CONTRA COSTA—An east bay couple are facing multiple charges of abuse and torture stemming from the death of their 11 year-old daughter. Reports indicate the child suffered  abuse extending back to at least November 27, 2020. The couple are currently being held in Contra Costa County jail with a bail amount of 1.4 million each while they wait arraignment...

Governor, Lawmakers Reveal $536M Wildfire Prevention Package

CALIFORNIA—On Thursday, April 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins revealed a $536 million plan that they say will assist in preventing wildfires. This package will "fund forest management projects" and "restore the ecological health of forests."  It will also "fuel breaks around vulnerable communities to protect residents and property" and...

Yosemite National Park Limiting Summer Visits

CALIFORNIA—Yosemite National Park announced on Thursday, April 8 that it will be limiting the number of visitors this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic by requiring them to make a reservation, San Jose Mercury News reported. In a news release, the park revealed that from May 21 to September 30, "visitors to Yosemite National Park will need a day-use reservation...
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