California counties backtrack on reopening as virus surges

With the coronavirus surging, at least four California counties on Friday paused or prepared to backtrack on their reopening plans in a bid to halt the spread of the virus. Gov. Gavin Newsom urged an agricultural county that borders Mexico to reimpose a stay-at-home mandate.

Gov. Newsom calls for end to carotid chokehold

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday directed the state's commission on peace officer training to stop using the carotid hold and will support legislation to end these types of chokeholds used by police.

California politicians won't get 1st pay raise in years

California state lawmakers and other top elected officials won’t be getting a pay increase for the first time in five years as the state faces a major budget deficit and mass unemployment induced by the coronavirus.

California Assembly slams Newsom's proposed budget cuts

The California Assembly slammed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal on Tuesday, criticizing his proposed cuts to public education, health care and environmental protections during a rare meeting that allowed them to question the administration directly.

Governor approves OC beaches reopening plan

State officials on Thursday approved Orange County's active-use plans for its 16% of shoreline, reopening all of the county's beaches a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered them shut down when throngs crowded beaches in defiance of COVID-19-prompted stay-at-home orders.

Taxpayers seek TRO against Newsom plan to help undocumented immigrants

Less than a week after suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over his allocation of $75 million in coronavirus-related aid to undocumented immigrants ineligible for unemployment insurance two taxpayers filed court papers on Monday in Los Angeles seeking a temporary restraining order against the plan.