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She almost lost her home in California’s wildfires. Instead she built a $200M business

Posted by   /  January 21, 2020  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Homebound CEO Nikki Pechet and her team of 52 engineers, contractors and designers are currently rebuilding 150 homes in California. In the company’s first year of operation, it had estimated revenue of $10 million. / Timothy Archibald / Forbes By Samantha Sharf | Forbes From his front porch in the hills of Santa Rosa, California, […]

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REGIONAL NEWS: California sues Trump administration over fracking

Posted by   /  January 20, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

San Benito County voters approved a fracking ban, but it’s likely to face challenges. /Gabriela Quiros/KQED By Rachel Frazen | The Hill California is suing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over its plan to open up public lands in the state to oil and gas drilling including fracking, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) […]

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California housing bill gets major makeover — and it gives local governments more control

Posted by   /  January 8, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

California State Capitol. / Wikipedia By Hannah Wiley | Sacramento Bee Last year, California local governments effectively blocked the broadest proposal out of the Legislature that attempted to boost home construction across the state. This year, lawmakers behind that bill are trying to win over cities and counties by promising them a lot more control over their […]

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Regional News: Amid shut-off woes, a beacon of energy

Posted by   /  January 2, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

A Native American tribe has insulated itself from California’s blackouts by creating a microgrid utility Customers enter the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel in Northern California, where the lights remained on during a recent wildfire-related power outage. /Photo by Mason Trinca for The Washington Post By Scott Wilson | The Washington Post BLUE LAKE, Calif. […]

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California’s new building codes will make solar panels the next home appliance

Posted by   /  January 2, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Quartz By Michael J. Coren | Quartz On the stroke of midnight this New Year’s Eve, the American dream will get a makeover. In California, the nation’s most populous state, every newly-built home must now come with enough solar panels to satisfy its electricity needs.  It’s a quiet revolution tucked into the building codes approved unanimously by the California […]

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Regional News: Hundreds of California voters are being registered with the wrong party. Is DMV to blame?

Posted by   /  December 14, 2019  /  2020 Elections, Government and Politics, Regional News  /  No Comments

 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Oct. 9, 2018 addresses mistakes at the DMV of registering approximately 1,500 ineligible individuals to vote, including some non-citizens./ Michelle Inez Simon By Brian Anderson | The Sacramento Bee At least 600 Californians, including lifelong Republicans and Democrats, have had their voter registration unexpectedly changed, and several county […]

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Regional News: Smugglers cut a truck-sized hole to drive 16 through US-Mexico border wall, feds say

Posted by   /  November 23, 2019  /  Immigration, Real Estate  /  No Comments

In November, a video team from Brookings Productions visited the U.S.-Mexico border region and captured these aerial images of where President Trump has proposed to build his border wall. /BY BROOKINGS PRODUCTIONS By Jared Gilmour | The Sacramento Bee Sixteen people were arrested in what federal officials described as a “brazen” smuggling attempt that involved […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] California bans government purchases of most gas-powered cars under Newsom climate order

Posted by   /  November 16, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Sophia Bollag | The Sacramento Bee California state government on Friday stopped buying gas-powered sedans as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The directive by the state’s Department of General Services, which oversees purchasing and contracts for California state government, exempts public safety vehicles. The department did not […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver

Posted by   /  November 15, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Regional News, Transportation  /  No Comments

© Getty Images By Rebecca Beitsch | The Hill California and 22 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, challenging President Trump’s decision to block the state from setting tougher tailpipe emissions standards. Trump announced in September that he was revoking the waiver California has relied on for decades that require automakers to […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Group asks California governor for public takeover of PG&E utility

Posted by   /  November 14, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

A sign calling for PG&E to turn the power back on is seen on the side of the road during a statewide blackout in Calistoga, California, on October, 10, 2019. /Photo: JOSH EDELSON, AFP via Getty Images By Janet Wilson | Palm Springs Desert Sun  Ask and ye shall receive. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says […]

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