Adam Beam
Adam Beam
Writing about California's budget, water, pensions and health care for the AP. South Carolina native. Tell me things: abeam@ap.org.Source
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California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals

California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals

Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers and other sponsors, just like the pros. The first-in-the-nation law, signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and set to take effect in 2023, could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. Newsom and others cast it as an attempt to bring more fairness to big-money college athletics and let players share in the wealth they create for their schools. Critics have long complained that schools are getting...

September 30, 2019
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Oakland launches guaranteed pay plan for low-income people

Oakland launches guaranteed pay plan for low-income people

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/oakland-launch-guaranteed-income-low-income-family-of-color-f3c3891bd8b359695ca4c6dc9ba3f8ffClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/oakland-launch-guaranteed-income-low-income-family-of-color-f3c3891bd8b359695ca4c6dc9ba3f8ffClick to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of Oakland, California, on Tuesday announced a privately funded program that will give low-income families of color $500 per month with no rules on how they can spend it.The program is the latest experiment with a “guaranteed income,” an idea that giving poor...

Mar 23
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California Legislature OKs expansion of paid sick leave

California Legislature OKs expansion of paid sick leave

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/legislature-gavin-newsom-bills-california-coronavirus-pandemic-6d6b07a66d098236d01b3affbd9ccdc0Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/legislature-gavin-newsom-bills-california-coronavirus-pandemic-6d6b07a66d098236d01b3affbd9ccdc0Click to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature on Thursday voted to expand paid sick leave for about 10.4 million workers, sending a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom that mandates up to two weeks of paid time off for things like having coronavirus symptoms, scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine or...

Mar 18
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California revenues soar as rich get richer during pandemic

California revenues soar as rich get richer during pandemic

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/business-personal-taxes-pandemics-legislature-state-governments-2522f2b710bbb32383ab33865a1a9333Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/business-personal-taxes-pandemics-legislature-state-governments-2522f2b710bbb32383ab33865a1a9333Click to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At the end of 2020, California had lost a record 1.6 million jobs during the pandemic. Nearly a half-million people stopped even trying to look for work. Business properties saw their value plummet more than 30%.But California’s bank account is overflowing. As of...

Feb 28
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California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027

California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/legislature-hydraulic-fracturing-legislation-environment-oil-and-gas-industry-de0729eb3dfcea56dcdc11a83322e4d3Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/legislature-hydraulic-fracturing-legislation-environment-oil-and-gas-industry-de0729eb3dfcea56dcdc11a83322e4d3Click to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in the state already planning to of new gas-powered cars by 2035.Progressive California has long been a leader in combating...

Feb 17
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California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/scott-wiener-legislation-california-bills-laws-21ca4d5be48e360a2e73985dc700f91dClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/scott-wiener-legislation-california-bills-laws-21ca4d5be48e360a2e73985dc700f91dClick to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be enough to get the first-of-its-kind legislation signed into law.State Sen. Scott...

Jan 15
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Virus rages as new rules challenge California city's mettle

Virus rages as new rules challenge California city's mettle

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/lodi-california-coronavirus-pandemic-7269035d9521247aedd67c989d379b62Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/lodi-california-coronavirus-pandemic-7269035d9521247aedd67c989d379b62Click to copyRelated topicsLODI, Calif. (AP) — In San Joaquin County, part of California’s vast Central Valley that produces most of the country’s fruits and vegetables, the coronavirus is spreading like a weed and the hospitals are running out of beds for the sickest patients. San Joaquin is part of a 12-county region that on Saturday had 100% of its intensive care...

Dec 12
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California governor imposes new restrictions to curb COVID

California governor imposes new restrictions to curb COVID

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/gavin-newsom-california-coronavirus-pandemic-57c512f74f73f628ed5eee52ae62ced7Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/gavin-newsom-california-coronavirus-pandemic-57c512f74f73f628ed5eee52ae62ced7Click to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was pulling the “emergency brake” Monday on reopening the state’s economy as coronavirus cases surge at the fastest rate since the start of the outbreak.“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen...

Nov 16
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'Tail winds': California prepares for Biden presidency

'Tail winds': California prepares for Biden presidency

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-environment-california-kamala-harris-ef725d46f59c2022618e95c5dc106cf6Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-environment-california-kamala-harris-ef725d46f59c2022618e95c5dc106cf6Click to copyRelated topicsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House, California is planning for a transition of its own: From the state of resistance to a state of acceptance.For four years, California has led the charge against Trump’s policies, including filing more than 100 legal actions against the administration,...

Nov 10
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