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California bills aim to shut down dog blood banks accused of abuse, negligence

California-based animal welfare activist Robyn Black wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her beloved corgi, Sir Winston, when he suddenly came down with an autoimmune disease six years ago. She told her veterinarian to do whatever was needed to save the 5-year-old dog’s life.

Black dropped off Winston at her Sacramento vet's office on a Friday afternoon. By Sunday evening, the animal clinic was running low on its supply of canine donor blood.

California lawmakers question governor's homeless plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some lawmakers and mayors expressed skepticism Thursday over California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to give $750 million to state-selected regional administrators rather than to local government to address the state’s growing homelessness crisis, signaling the Democrat may have a budget fight on his hands.

California could limit 'flushable' wipes tied to sewer clogs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wet wipes, those single-use wet tissues for babies and adults wanting something more than just toilet paper, are the scourge of sewer systems nationwide, according to several cities challenging claims that the products are safe to flush.

Flushable Wipes Would be Severely Restricted Under New Bill

Assembly Bill 1672 passed one of the hardest roadblocks in the Assembly late last week, squeaking by in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Under AB 1672, authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), all disposable ‘non-woven’ products in California would need to be labeled saying that they should not be flushed down. Products covered under the bill include all disposable wet wipes and flushable wipes frequently used for infant care and by adults wanting a hygienic alternate to toilet paper.

Letter to the editor | Many will not see the worst climate change

Cal Thomas, not a scientist, and like other conservative ideologues, loves to cherry-pick quotes and facts to support political ideas that naively pretend to be true. Recently, he attacked Greta Thunberg and her campaign against global warming by dismissing her age and comparing her presence to President Donald Trump’s showmanship. I guess that dismisses her facts. Then he presents quotes from a biologist from the 1960s as proof that she is wrong?

Ballona Wetlands: Malibu Lagoon's Resounding Success

Ms. Goode's forecast was spot-on. It's been six years since the bulldozers, scrapers and backhoes stopped, and the Malibu Lagoon restoration is a resounding success. The final of six yearly Comprehensive Monitoring Reports performed by The Bay Foundation based on detailed scientific monitoring data prove the Project wholly succeeded in meeting its goals, performance standards and success criteria, and requires no supplemental work. In other words, it was done perfectly right the first time and is finished. Indeed, most of the goals were already met by Year 3. 

Bill to Force Insurance Providers to Cover Hearing Aids, Services for California Kids Lands at Governor's Desk

A nearly two-decade-long battle may soon be victorious as a monumental bill aimed at expanding insured hearing services for children in California has reached the governor’s desk. Dubbed the “Let California Kids Hear Act,” Assembly Bill 598 would force health insurance providers to cover the costs of hearing aids and related services for those under the age of 18.

California Lawmakers Approve Bill to Cap Rent Increases

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation Wednesday capping rent increases as the nation’s most populous state struggles with an affordable housing and a homelessness crisis.

Assembly members voted 46-22 to limit annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation. The cap expires in 2030 and would not apply to housing built within the last 15 years and single-family homes not owned by corporations or trusts. Also exempt are duplexes where the owner lives in one unit.

Vigil for boat fire victims to be held at Santa Monica Pier

A community gathering and vigil will be held Thursday evening at the aquarium beneath the Santa Monica Pier.

The ocean protection organization Heal the Bay will host the vigil from 6 to 10 p.m. at its aquarium to grieve the 34 victims of the Conception boat fire, including two Santa Monicans, Charles Mcllvain and Marybeth Guiney. Guiney was a Heal the Bay cleanup volunteer and donor dating back to 2011, according to a Heal the Bay press release.