A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come

by Abrahm Lustgarten : propublica – excerpt PG&E’s rolling blackouts probably don’t eliminate fire risk, and they actually could make responding to fires harder. What they largely do is shift responsibility away from the company… ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories … More A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production

Signs SB 330, major legislation to remove local barriers to building more housing Signs AB 1763 to incentivize affordable housing density Signs package of bills to ease construction of accessory dwelling units Legislation builds on urgent action undertaken by the Administration to tackle California’s housing affordability crisis .. (more)

These laws could make life a little easier for low-income Californians

calmatters – excerpt A suite of low-profile bills could help millions of people. Think of them as a bit like aspirin: They don’t get at the roots of poverty but they could relieve some of the pain. Lawmakers have passed a suite of bills that aim to ease financial burdens for Californians living paycheck to … More These laws could make life a little easier for low-income Californians

Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

By Katy Grimes : californiaglobe – excerpt The settlement funds would have directly helped low-income families and people of color In 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown was ordered by the state’s 3rd Appellate District Court to repay more than $331 million in funds the state illegally diverted from a national fund intended to help homeowners struggling … More Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

Hosted by Steve Chiotakis : kcrw – excerpt (includes audio) By Anna Scott Standing in her den, Gwendolyn Lang looks up at a faded family portrait on the wall. Taken in the late 1970s, it shows Lang and her late husband with five of their six children. “All except one,” she said, adding that the … More Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

Keeping the Homeless Out of Sight Makes Their Lives More Dangerous

By Nuala Sawyer Bishari : sfweekly – excerpt S.F.’s ongoing displacement of unhoused people makes it hard for them to hold onto life-saving medications and other supplies. Nearly 10,000 people in San Francisco are homeless, with a nightly shelter bed waitlist that hasn’t dropped below 1,000 in more than a year. The symptoms of the … More Keeping the Homeless Out of Sight Makes Their Lives More Dangerous

California’s largest recycling center closes, shuttering 300 redemption sites

By Annie Sciacca : mercurynews – excerpt (includes video) https://youtu.be/WWqlIhwVcZ4 With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards. Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and paper refuse were sold and shipped overseas, promising … More California’s largest recycling center closes, shuttering 300 redemption sites