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California Is The First State To Offer COVID-19 Aid To Undocumented Immigrants

California Is The First State To Offer COVID-19 Aid To Undocumented Immigrants

Of the money pledged to help undocumented Californians, $75,000 is expected to come from the state and an additional $50,000 has been pledged by private philanthropic groups, including Emerson Collective, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
California locked down early and took the coronavirus seriously. Why are its cases still rising?

California locked down early and took the coronavirus seriously. Why are its cases still...

In late February and early March, when much of the United States wasn’t yet taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, the state of California — the first place in the country to spot community transmission — largely was. Major tech companies in the state told their employees to work from home by the end of February…
California’s special election to fill Katie Hill’s House seat, explained

California’s special election to fill Katie Hill’s House seat, explained

A special election to fill the US House of Representatives seat left vacant by former California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation is being held Tuesday, May 12. The race, considered a toss-up by Cook Political Report, is being closely watched in part because of the circumstances that led to Hill’s leaving Congress and in part…
California becomes the first state to send all voters mail-in ballots for November election

California becomes the first state to send all voters mail-in ballots for November election

California has become the first state to commit to automatically mailing all registered voters a ballot for the November election, a significant move as states consider how to protect both voting rights and public health during the coronavirus pandemic. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Friday requiring election officials to send mail-in…
California Governor Says A Nail Salon Started COVID-19 Spread — & Workers Are Devastated

California Governor Says A Nail Salon Started COVID-19 Spread — & Workers Are Devastated

On top of those obstacles, nail salon owners and workers are facing prejudices that are hitting the industry as a whole. “Most nail salons are minority owned and that’s where the problem [with the governor’s statement] lies,” explains Wills. Some 70% of salon workers in California are Vietnamese American, according to a report by the…
3 California counties are defying state orders on reopening businesses

3 California counties are defying state orders on reopening businesses

Three counties in California have announced they’re reopening segments of their economy in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide restrictions on nonessential business, which were put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. The announcements, which came as anti-lockdown protests sprang up across the state this week, raise questions of how much Newsom can…
ICE Is Converting California Prisons To Detention Centers During Coronavirus Lockdown

ICE Is Converting California Prisons To Detention Centers During Coronavirus Lockdown

In February, hundreds of residents gathered outside the McFarland City Council, chanting, "No ICE! No GEO! We’re farmworkers, not delinquents," The New York Times reported at the time. Residents spoke out against the plans at the City Council commission meeting that night, telling city leaders to find another way to deal with its economic setbacks,…
6 People Were Shot At A California Apartment Party Amid Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

6 People Were Shot At A California Apartment Party Amid Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

According to a local KGET report, the party held some 400 to 500 people, though police have not yet confirmed this number to Refinery29. The gathering, which was held at an apartment complex in Bakersfield, just north of Los Angeles, included five adults and one juvenile. Four women, one man, and one juvenile girl suffered…
California primary live results

California primary live results

California, with its whopping 415 pledged delegates, is Super Tuesday’s biggest prize. Because of its new primary date, the populous western state is poised to take on greater significance in the nomination process this year. Previously, California wasn’t slated to vote until early June, when the nominee had typically already been chosen. But to increase…
Tom Steyer said that California has eradicated private prisons. He’s wrong.

Tom Steyer said that California has eradicated private prisons. He’s wrong.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer claimed during Friday night’s Democratic presidential debate that he helped eradicate private prisons in his home state of California. But the private prison industry is still thriving there — for now. The firm Steyer founded, Farallon Capital Management, was an early investor in private prisons and divested in 2006 only following…

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