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California Suspends 1.4M Virus Unemployment Claims

California has frozen 1.4 million unemployment claims as it battles fraud in its massive coronavirus unemployment relief program, it was reported this week. The state Employment Development Department said it had examined existing claims from people who said they lost …

Families of 34 California Dive Boat Fire Victims Advocate

The snapshots tell the story of a big man with a big, beaming grin. The McIlvain family passes around the pictures, laughing over their son Charlie’s antics captured through the years: Charlie as a youngster camping with a backpack bigger …

California Wants Hospitals to Test All Workers for Virus

California has asked hospitals to ramp up their coronavirus testing amid a surge of new cases, urging them to test health care workers at least once per week while testing all new patients before admitting them. California reported 7,787 confirmed …

California Will Provide $500M in Virus Aid for Small Businesses

California will provide temporary tax relief and $500 million in aid to small businesses struggling because of coronavirus outbreak restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. The tax measures include a three-month automatic extension of the income tax payment deadline for …

California Ban on Fracking by 2024 Criticized as Too Late

California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. “He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting …

California Governor Planning to Ban Sale of New Gas Vehicles in 15 Years

California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation’s most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into …

California State Fund Declares 10% 2020 Mid-Year Dividend

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund will distribute a roughly $75 million dividend to its qualifying policyholders with policies that took effect between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26. The dividend equals roughly 10% of the estimated annual premium reported during that …

Uber Likely to Temporarily Stop California Operations Due to New Driver Ruling

Uber Technologies Inc. would be forced to shut down its ride-hailing operations in California if a court ruling that blocks it from classifying its drivers as independent contractors goes into effect, the company said in a court filing. A California …

California Quake Alerts Will Come Standard on Android Phones

California’s earthquake early warnings will be a standard feature on all Android phones, bypassing the need for users to download the state’s MyShake app in order to receive alerts, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said. The state worked with …

California Bill Addressing Property Rates in Wildfire-Prone Areas Awaits Hearing

The stage has been set for a major battle over a California bill due to be heard in the next few weeks in a key committee that opponents say is a direct attack on insurance consumer protections and proponents say …