State Issues

State Issues

How much can our rivers handle?

So many places now are making so many plans for so many rivers that we may have to ask just how much change our rivers can handle. Some of these conflicts are bigger, updated versions of older battles over water.

State Issues

Carbon auction perks up but could stumble again

California’s quarterly auction of cap-and-trade carbon emission allowances perked up a bit this month. A glut of emission allowances and legal and political uncertainty over the program could return the auctions to near-zero next year unless Gov. Jerry Brown can get it reauthorized.

State Issues

Has California’s tax revolt run its course?

The so-called “tax revolt” began in California 38 years ago with the passage of Proposition 13. However, voters in the much-changed state this year approved billions of dollars in new taxes at both state and local levels, signaling that the tax revolt may be over and that more tax increases might be on the way.

State Issues

What now for true-blue California?

With their votes on Tuesday, California’s voters cemented its reputation for liberal politics, but the rest of the nation moved the other way by electing Donald Trump as president and retaining Republican majorities in Congress. California’s outlier status now sets up conflicts with Republican Washington on a variety of issues.

Videos

New Surgical Robot at Doctors Medical Center

Gynecologist Dr. John Pfeffer introduces the new da Vinci Xi robot at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. The system can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive procedures. Video By: Joan Barnett Lee / jlee@modbee.com
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New Surgical Robot at Doctors Medical Center 1:10

New Surgical Robot at Doctors Medical Center

Gear up for food safety to prevent food poisoning 2:04

Gear up for food safety to prevent food poisoning

Cruickshank Middle Schoolers use art to frame larger lessons 0:41

Cruickshank Middle Schoolers use art to frame larger lessons

Ceres schools put mental health services into kid friendly mix 1:11

Ceres schools put mental health services into kid friendly mix