The shuttering of hundreds of recycling centers around California has reduced opportunities to cash in bottles and cans while stirring anxiety for grocery store owners who may be forced to start accepting reusable materials themselves. As interest groups press policymakers for a solution, the situation has again illuminated the ongoing challenges facing California’s labyrinthine recycling system.
A broad coalition of environmentalists, labor unions and health advocates who helped shepherd a handful of anti-tobacco bills through the Legislature is gearing up to take another shot at the industry in November.
The Sacramento attorney representing Matthew Muller, accused of kidnapping Denise Huskins in Vallejo in March 2015, is headed to court this week seeking to have all the evidence against Muller tossed out, which would scuttle the case.
Even as victims of the massive Butte Fire struggle to rebuild their lives, a new fire season is starting in the Sierra Nevada foothills and the state’s Coast Ranges. California’s fire chief said the vast stands of dead trees in areas burned by last year’s devastating wildfires are prime fuel for new fires, and extended droughts and higher temperatures caused by climate change will likely lead to more destructive wildfire seasons.
Last November, as UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi was searching for ways to improve the university’s online image, she dispatched staff to companies in Switzerland, Texas and Maryland to study their digital operations.
As activists push for more transparency on police use-of-force incidents and new technology makes these cases more public than ever, the Legislature is battling over how to handle the release of law enforcement records, particularly body camera footage.
Despite a winter of fairly abundant rain and snow, federal regulators are considering a set of plans that would put north state reservoirs on a tight leash again this summer. Their aim is to keep two endangered fish species from going extinct.
Empty now, Sacramento’s downtown railyard someday could be home to as many as 21,000 residents, more than live in Land Park and Curtis Park together. A like number of people would also work there, making the railyard the region’s most densely packed and self-supporting neighborhood.
The mayor-elect of Sacramento settled into a booth at his favorite restaurant in the Pocket on Wednesday, a slice of apple pie on the table in front of him. He joked about his poor shaving job that morning and hammed it up with the wait staff.
Experts say a change to Integrated Math is supposed to help students understand math on a deeper level and improve their ability to apply math concepts in the real world. While the switch is not required, many local school districts have adopted the changes as part of their transition to Common Core State Standards. Not everybody supports the move.
Affordable housing, a back-burner issue at the state Capitol for a decade, has emerged as a central part of talks on a new California state budget, with Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers and others pressing proposals they want to be part of any final deal.
Even if Democratic voters eventually rally around the party’s presidential nominee – as prior elections and most experts suggest – the intensity of the contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders underscored how deeply fractured elements of the Democratic Party in California remain.
The planned construction of a new court facility in suburban Placerville, intended to replace the city’s historic courthouse downtown, worries Main Street business owners and has prompted preservationists to sue the state.
Motorists on the Capital City Freeway, Highway 160 or residents of the Woodlake neighborhood might see some smoke this week as firefighters burn high grass in a controlled manner to lessen the danger of wildfires later this summer.
Randy PenchThe Sacramento Bee
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