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Guaranteed income is expanding state-wide in California after lawmakers on Thursday passed the nation’s first state-funded guaranteed income program. 

The $35 million program will go toward monthly payments to pregnant women and foster youth phasing out of the system, and it will be distributed to local organizations in cities that have committed to guaranteed income programs. The pilot, which is backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature. There won’t be any restrictions on how recipients spend the money.

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The Gavin Newsom recall may have picked up steam as a referendum on the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but now homelessness is also taking center stage.

Businessman John Cox — perhaps best known as the guy with the bear — has been hauling an eight-foot ball of garbage around California to symbolize “the trash that’s left behind” by people experiencing homelessness and the state’s response to them.

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Updated July 18

California voters will decide Gov. Gavin Newsom’s fate September 14.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis set the date for the recall election after the Department of Finance completed a cost estimate July 1 — notifying state lawmakers that the recall would cost state and county election officials $276 million to administer —  and the Secretary of State certified the recall petition. 

Newsom Urges All Californians To Cut Water Use By 15%

Jul 12, 2021
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As extreme drought claims most of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom today asked Californians to voluntarily cut their water use by 15%.

The request, Newsom said, applies to businesses and agriculture as well as residents. Meeting the target could save enough water to supply 1.7 million average households for one year, according to state officials.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be listed as a Democrat on the ballot when California voters decide whether to recall him.

Newsom missed the deadline by more than a year to state his party preference on the ballot. His elections lawyer noticed the mistake last month and asked the Secretary of State Shirley Weber to allow a fix, but she declined.

The governor took the issue to court; his team argued it was an honest mistake and that voters would be served by having more information available on the ballot.