Inside A California Health Care Union's Obsession With Kidney Dialysis Initiative

By Victoria Colliver, POLITICO PRO

November 19, 2021

OAKLAND – California voters are beginning to feel trapped in the electoral version of Groundhog Day. For the third straight election cycle, they are being asked to make complex decisions about kidney dialysis. 

The last two dialysis initiatives failed resoundingly. But for the union behind the bids, victory at the ballot box may not be the point. 

Roseville Wastewater Assistant Director Accused Of Using Public Funds To Pay For Employee’s Law School Tuition

By Jeannie Nguyen and Connor Malone, FOX TV-40 Sacramento, CA

November 18, 2021

https://fox40.com/news/local-news/roseville-wastewater-assistant-direct…

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — A Roseville city employee has been arrested after investigators said he was caught spending public money that he wasn’t authorized to use. Now, he’s facing felony charges.

Thanksgiving Travel Is ExpectedTo Make A Major Rebound In The Bay Area. Here’s How To Prepare

By Kellie Hwang, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

November 19, 2021

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Thanksgiving-travel-is-expe…

After a dramatic downsizing last year due to the COVID pandemic, Thanksgiving travel is poised to make a near-total turnaround in the Bay Area and U.S., according to airport officials and industry experts.

Whistleblower Or Flamethrower? California Medical Board Member Calls Out His Colleagues

By Melody Gutierrez, LOS ANGELES TIMES

November 17, 2021

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-17/california-medical-…

SACRAMENTO — The pleas for help find him. They arrive by email or seep into his social media account. One showed up in a tightly sealed letter to his home. After years of feeling ignored by the Medical Board of California, the writers hope he’ll finally be the one who hears them.

Coalition Forms To Champion Medical Negligence Cap Initiative

By Andrew Sheeler, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT

November 11, 2021

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article25…

In 2022, California voters will decide whether to raise the $250,000 cap on payouts in medical negligence lawsuit payouts, indexing it for inflation and empowering judges and juries to decide compensation in cases involving catastrophic injury or death.

US Backs Patients In High Court CVS Disability Bias Case

By Rachel Stone, LAW 360

October 29, 2021

https://www.law360.com/articles/1435636?scroll=1&related=1

Law360 (October 29, 2021, 8:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. threw its support behind a group of people living with HIV who urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that federal law covers their discrimination claims against CVS, alleging their health plans' prohibition on getting specialty medication from local pharmacies unfairly affected them.

KGO AM SF, CA: Consumer Advocates Call Out CA Medical Board For Lack Of Discipline On Dangerous Doctors

Host - Michael Finney, KGO AM San Francisco, CA

October 9, 2021

Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment:  Part 1  -  Part 2. 

Michael Finney talks with Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber about the California Medical Board's lack of discipline on dangerous doctors. 

California’s Massive Offshore Oil Spill: What We Know

By Heather Richards, E&E NEWS ENERGY WIRE

October 5, 2021

https://www.eenews.net/articles/californias-massive-offshore-oil-spill-…

Officials are looking into whether a ship anchor ruptured a pipeline off the coast of California, causing the major bleed of crude oil this weekend that’s ignited calls to end the Golden State’s already declining offshore oil industry.

Activists Call For California To Take Action After Oil Spill

By Bridgette Bjolo and Jose Fabian, FOX TV-40 Sacramento, CA

October 4, 2021

https://fox40.com/news/california-connection/activists-call-for-califor…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Environmentalists are sounding the alarm after a massive oil spill occurred off the coast of Orange County. 

Activists said the incident could have been prevented if proper oil drilling regulations had been in place. 

Column: Rohit Chopra, Biden’s Pick To Head CFPB, Finally Gets Senate Nod (Barely)

By David Lazarus, LOS ANGELES TIMES

September 30, 2021

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-09-30/column-rohit-chopra-c…

President Biden nominated Rohit Chopra to serve as the nation’s top consumer financial watchdog eight months ago. On Thursday, he finally got past Republican opposition and was approved as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Advocates Say Governor Newsom's $15 Billion Climate Package Fails to Deliver Action on Fossil Fuels

By Dan Backer, ELK GROVE NEWS

September 24, 2021

http://www.elkgrovenews.net/2021/09/advocates-say-governor-newsoms-15.h…

Sacramento, CA -- Against a backdrop of trees at the site of the KNP Complex Fire in Sequoia National Park as wildfires rage across California, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Comeback Plan’s $15 billion climate package — the largest of its kind in the country.