Enacting the most significant elements of a sweeping package of gun control bills, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation expanding California’s decades-old ban on assault weapons and regulating ammunition sales.
Four years ago, there was a rash of news stories about the shocking decline of honeybee populations here and abroad. Causes ranged from viruses and pesticides to climate change and urbanization. Colonies were down 40 percent. The stakes are high: Bees pollinate about 80 of our food crops, and without them, there will be no fruit. Bees are so valuable that “rustlers” routinely steal commercial hives from California almond orchards.