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Newsom recall has enough signatures to make ballot, California says

Newsom recall has enough signatures to make ballot, California says

SACRAMENTO — Critics of Gov. Gavin Newsom have collected enough signatures to force a recall election, kicking off a lengthy procedural march to a likely referendum later this year on the first-term governor.The Secretary of State’s Office Monday that organizers had submitted 1,626,042 valid signatures from California voters to recall Newsom, about 130,000 more than they need to qualify for the ballot. That number is likely to increase, as county election officials have until the end of the month to finish reviewing petitions and more than 136,000 signatures have yet to be checked.Although...

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Feinstein not worried about Newsom's plans for her replacement: 'There's nothing to it'

Feinstein not worried about Newsom's plans for her replacement: 'There's nothing to it'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein “absolutely” intends to serve out her term, she said Tuesday, dismissing questions about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pledge to name a Black woman to her seat if she retires early.“Please, we’re very good friends,” Feinstein told reporters at the Capitol in Washington. “I don’t think he meant it the way some people thought.”Calling their relationship “good and strong,” Feinstein shrugged off the incident as people “making a mountain out of a molehill.” She did not answer a question about whether she was disappointed in Newsom for his remark.“We are friends, we are colleagues,...

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Mar 16
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Bay Area lawmakers pressure Newsom administration after vaccine equity talks hit 'standoff'

Bay Area lawmakers pressure Newsom administration after vaccine equity talks hit 'standoff'

SACRAMENTO — Bay Area legislators are ramping up pressure on the Newsom administration over a state program to vaccinate the poorest Californians that largely bypasses the region, after two private meetings this week failed to yield changes.Twenty state lawmakers, representing nearly the entire Bay Area delegation, released a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly and Government Operations Secretary Yolanda Richardson, denouncing the recent changes to vaccine distribution that they said were not equitable and hurt the Bay Area.“This is a matter of life and death for...

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Mar 13
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California Republican defections tripled after pro-Trump insurrection

California Republican defections tripled after pro-Trump insurrection

SACRAMENTO — The pace of Californians leaving the Republican Party tripled in the weeks after the by supporters of former President Donald Trump, though it represents a tiny drop in GOP affiliation in the state.Between Jan. 6, the day of the Capitol insurrection, and Jan. 27, 33,307 voters changed their registration from Republican to something else, according to data provided by the secretary of state’s office. That’s an average of 1,514 per day.A plurality of those voters, 37%, re-registered without party preference and 27% joined the American Independent Party, a far-right party that is...

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Gov. Newsom will end stay-at-home orders across California

Gov. Newsom will end stay-at-home orders across California

Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesCalifornia will lift regional stay-at-home orders across the entire state on Monday, sources have told The Chronicle.A source close to the governor’s office confirmed that the state plans to end the stay-at-home order on Monday morning, moving counties back into the reopening framework based on colored tiers. It will no longer be tied strictly to the number of beds that are available in intensive care units.Now, with the post-holidays surge lessening, ICU availability in the regions that remained under the stay-at-home order as of Sunday — including the...

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Jan 25
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Newsom to impose new stay-at-home orders in California's hardest-hit areas

Newsom to impose new stay-at-home orders in California's hardest-hit areas

SACRAMENTO — Vast swaths of California will fall under new shutdown orders in the coming weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced additional restrictions Thursday to try to slow the coronavirus surge in areas where intensive care unit capacity is dwindling.Newsom said he was “pulling the emergency brake” to help California through a third surge of the pandemic, one he hoped would be a final ordeal before a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available after the winter months.“The bottom line is if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed. If we don’t act now, we’ll continue...

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Dec 4
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Wiener wins second term in state Senate

Wiener wins second term in state Senate

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, won a second term Tuesday, easily overtaking fellow Democrat Jackie Fielder in the 11th Senate District. Wiener was leading 59% to 41% in unofficial results.In the South Bay, voters were favoring Dave Cortese in an open Senate race that attracted millions of dollars in outside spending. The race was too close to call Tuesday night.Wiener, 50, was elected to the California Senate in 2016 after two terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He has focused on housing production and LGBT rights in the Legislature. He is perhaps best known for a...

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California to ban sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035 under Newsom order

California to ban sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035 under Newsom order

SACRAMENTO — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars to combat climate change starting in 2035, a move that could help reshape the nation’s automobile market and its output of greenhouse gases.Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday mandating that all new passenger vehicles sold in California in 15 years be zero-emission — a category that includes battery-powered electric cars and those that run on hydrogen fuel cells. The order directs the California Air Resources Board to develop a plan for ensuring an increasing number of new vehicles sold in the state...

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Sep 23
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