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The Washington Post – California Lawmakers Block Bill Allowing People to Sue Oil Companies Over Health Problems

By Sophie Austin, ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers blocked two big environmental bills Thursday, one that would have ramped up the state’s emissions...

La Opinion – Los Campos Petroleros no Pueden Seguir Operando en Centros de Población – Oil Fields Cannot Continue to Operate in Populated Centers

Para proteger a las familias latinas, la Legislatura de California debe aprobar la ley SB 556 To protect Latino families, the California Legislature must pass...

The Press Democrat – Homeowners in Areas of High Fire Risk Hit with Sudden Policy Cancellations

By Marisa Endicott, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Last year, JoAnna Price of Napa returned from vacation to a letter stating that her insurer, Safeco, would not...

Senator Portantino: Protect Our Communities From Oil Drillers

Community oil drilling threatens our public health. Senator Portantino has an opportunity to stand up for our communities.

Los Angeles Downtown News – Dear State Sen. Portantino

An open letter on behalf of Californians By Ellen Snortland, LA DOWNTOWN NEWS Read the PDF here. I’m pleased to see that you’re running for U.S. Congress....

The Orange County Register – New California Budget Means a $6B Cut, and Future Uncertainty, for Climate Spending

With deficit growing by $9.3 billion, Gov. Newsom pitches plan to float a climate bond to continue funding key projects. By Brooke Staggs, THE ORANGE...

Bloomberg Law – California Privacy Agency Faces Lobbying in Writing AI Rules

By Titus Wu, BLOOMBERG LAW Tech companies and privacy advocates are lobbying the California Privacy Protection Agency as it prepares to write new rules to...


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Commissioner Lara Approves Over $1 Billion in Unjustified Auto Insurance Rate Hikes 

Insurance Commissioner Lara’s approval last week of a $263.7 million rate hike by California’s largest insurer, State Farm, marks the latest in a flurry of approvals of unjustified 2023 auto insurance rate hikes by the top 6 auto insurers, collectively totaling over $1 billion.
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