California

Capitol Alert

California expands restrictions for phone use while driving

The measure forbids drivers from “holding and operating” their devices for any reason, though it does include an exception for functions that require limited motion as long as the phone is mounted on the windshield or dashboard of the car.

Fires

Tuolumne County fire grows; firefighter injured

Firefighters on Tuesday continued to attack a blaze that broke out shortly after noon Monday near the Tuolumne/Mariposa county line. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Marshes Fire had grown to 930 acres, with zero containment, according to CalFire.

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San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers say they have no choice given cuts in surface water deliveries. But the drilling has exacted a substantial human cost in some of California’s poorest rural communities.
Ryan Sabalow The Sacramento Bee
San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom 3:49

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom

Fire flares up on American River Parkway 0:29

Fire flares up on American River Parkway

Firefighters attack afternoon blaze scorching American River Parkway 2:15

Firefighters attack afternoon blaze scorching American River Parkway

Fire causes problems near Cal Expo 0:16

Fire causes problems near Cal Expo