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California’s utilities have made tremendous progress in meeting aggressive clean energy goals in an affordable manner – and on an international stage. Publicly-owned utilities, which serve about 27% of the state’s electricity needs, are currently procuring more than a third of their electric…

The state budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed earlier this summer had been hastily adjusted to cope with projections that state revenues would plummet by tens of billions of dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden recession it sparked.

How California ultimately decides to transform juvenile justice will have long-term impacts on families and communities for generations. This transformation will influence whether young adults sink deeper into the criminal justice system or rehabilitate into independent individuals. 

The pandemic-truncated 2020 legislative session, which resumed this week, has no shortage of business to conduct and just a month to do it – unless Gov. Gavin Newsom grants an extension.

California’s attorneys general, the state’s top legal officers, have developed a bad habit in recent years – skewing the official titles of ballot measures.

After approval from the Board of Trustees of the Yuba Community College District in June, I have the privilege to serve as the 12th president of Yuba College. As I said in the board’s meeting that night, I want to extend gratitude to the trustees, Chancellor Doug Houston, the hiring committe…

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a 2020-21 state budget he described as “balanced, responsible and protects public safety and health, education, and services to Californians facing the greatest hardships.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state and local officials face their most decisive moment of the COVID-19 pandemic – how the state’s 6 million public school students will be educated during the school year that begins in just a few weeks.

It was not long ago the Yuba-Sutter region saw new COVID-19 cases typically confined to a single home, traced to a particular social gathering or linked to a specific business. Now, local public health officials say they are seeing more instances of the virus moving between those categories,…

 As essential workers, California’s 800,000 agricultural workers have ensured an abundant and safe food supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, while facing heightened risks of infection. It is time to protect the workers who are providing our food.

The 2020-21 state budget agreement, announced this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders, assumes that California’s economy will perform a bit better than previously assumed – enough better to add another billion dollars to the revenue side of the ledger.

Voting by mail has been common in California almost 40 years, since the state did away with the requirement for an excuse if folks wanted to cast an absentee ballot.

Drafting a state budget for California is always a difficult process, given the state’s diverse and often conflicting interests, but it became infinitely more so during the century’s first decade.

For decades, we’ve talked about the need for implementing modern infrastructure to the Highway 65 corridor in order to make new development there possible. My vision for the area seemed impossible to achieve. The ability to develop sports, entertainment, and industrial zones will bring good …

The tsunami of righteous indignation over the suffocation death of a black man, George Floyd, by a Minneapolis policeman, like all crises, creates both opportunity and peril for political figures.

Over the last few years, the health of American democracy has come under great scrutiny. Polling routinely shows that Americans are concerned that democratic institutions aren’t working as well as they ought to. Inevitably, this brings up the question of whether we can mend our problems or i…

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Four years ago, despite fierce opposition from Democratic politicians, California voters passed Proposition 54, a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to be more transparent.

As the crises cascade one upon the other – pandemic, economic decline and racial conflict –Democrat Gavin Newsom’s governorship bears an increasingly eery resemblance to that of Republican Pete Wilson three decades earlier.

No session of the California Legislature would be complete without at least one skirmish in the decades-long conflict known to Capitol insiders as “tort wars” — and this year is no different even though the COVID-19 pandemic dominates political consciousness.

This week we asked our Facebook friends their thoughts about businesses reopening this week. Was it the right time or too early?

 It has been a tough seven weeks for our community – fear of the virus, anxiety over job loss, stress of the unknown. Most significantly, we should never forget about the three Yuba-Sutter community members we lost to COVID-19 — three deaths too many. Our hearts continue to go out to their f…

This morning (April 1) I was riding my bicycle around the Buttes over Pass Road.  I ride on my own lately in order to stay isolated from other people due to the COVID-19 isolation requirements and at the same time enjoy some fresh air, exercise, and of course beautiful scenery.

As the coronavirus pandemic was clobbering California – and the rest of the known world –this month, local government officials in Sacramento County enthusiastically decided to ask voters to approve a hefty sales tax increase for transportation improvements.

During his first couple weeks of managing California’s COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s words and actions were impressively cool-headed and measured.

As you all know, our Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu issued a directive to Yuba and Sutter county residents to remain at home except to engage in “essential activities,” effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in response to the regional spread of COVID-19. In light of this directiv…

The Yuba-Sutter Valley Quilt Guild has put on its annual quilt show in March every year for the last 36 years. This was the 37th year, and it was only almost a quilt show.