Thirty-Seven Groups Urge Newsom to Halt New Fossil Fuel Drilling, Close Aliso Canyon

By Dan Bacher, INDY BAY MEDIA

January 9, 2020

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/09/18829591.php

Sacramento - On the anniversary of Governor Gavin Newsom’s first year in office on January 7, thirty-seven environmental and public health groups called on the governor to declare an “immediate climate emergency” and institute a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling permits. 

Salaries Skyrocket At California State Insurance Fund Following Years Of Scandal

By Patrick McGreevy, LOS ANGELES TIMES

January 4, 2020

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-04/state-compensation-…

SACRAMENTO — A California public agency that offers workers’ compensation insurance coverage to employers has recruited a high-priced team of former executives from the private sector to turn it around after years of scandal and financial problems.

New Law To Increase Consumer Privacy Protections In California

By Major Garrett & Carter Evans, CBS EVENING NEWS

December 31, 2019

MAJOR GARRETT: 2020 will bring with it a new law in California that could impact consumers across the country. It gives shoppers control over the way their personal information is used. Carter Evans explains how it works.

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CARTER EVANS (CBS News Correspondent): Whether shopping in stores or online, retailers collect all sorts of information about you.

CA’s $250,000 Compensation Cap Set in 1975 is Most Regressive in America

20 states plus Washington, DC have no cap on noneconomic damages.

      - These include progressive states such as New York, Washington, and Connecticut as well as conservative states like Alabama, Wyoming, and Kentucky.

California is 1 of just 3 states with a cap as low as $250,000 with no exceptions. $250,000 is the lowest cap in the country. (Montana and Texas are the other two)

In just 2019, 3 states either overturned their caps or adjusted them for inflation.

CVS Stores Failed To Redeem Customers’ Cans And Bottles, And The Chain Faces $3.6-Million Penalty

By James Rainey, LOS ANGELES TIMES

December 9, 2019

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-09/cvs-fails-redeem-ca…

Seeking to pressure retailers to accept recyclable containers from consumers, the state of California has proposed a $3.6-million penalty against the CVS pharmacy chain after dozens of its stores declined to redeem cans and bottles.

PG&E Inspections Of Equipment That Sparked Deadly Camp Fire Were Flawed, State Regulators Say

By Hailey Branson-Potts & Maria L. La Ganga, LOS ANGELES TIMES

December 3, 2019

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-02/pge-camp-fire-equip…

For years, Pacific Gas & Electric failed to do climbing inspections of a century-old tower that malfunctioned and sparked last year’s devastating Camp fire, a state investigation has found.

Consumer Watchdog Shares Tips On Protecting Your Packages From Porch Pirates

By Good Day LA, KTTV FOX TV-11 Los Angeles, CA

November 21, 2019

https://www.foxla.com/news/consumer-watchdog-shares-tips-on-protecting-…

LOS ANGELES - The United Postal Service says they delivered more than 30 million packages a day last holiday season and that means more opportunities for thieves. Consumer Watchdog shared tips on preventing porch pirates from nabbing your packages. 

Distracted Operator, Uber Blamed For Fatal Self-Driving Test Crash

By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS

November 20, 2019

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/mobility/2019/11/19/di…

Washington — Distraction caused by a personal cellphone call is the probable cause of a 2018 crash in which an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled Tuesday.

Fracking, Oil Wells To Get More Scrutiny Under New Rules From Gavin Newsom

By Sophia Bollag, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT

November 19, 2019

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article23…

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced a crackdown on fracking projects and a moratorium on new oil wells that use high-pressure steam.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, involves shooting a high-pressure stream of water or another substance into rock to extract oil or gas.

Newsom Blocks New California Fracking Pending Scientific Review

By Phil Willon, LOS ANGELES TIMES

November 19, 2019

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-19/california-fracking…

SACRAMENTO — In a victory for critics of California’s oil drilling industry, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday stopped the approval of new hydraulic fracturing in the state until the permits for those projects can be reviewed by an independent panel of scientists.