California

In California, 30 million people could be without drinking water under a doomsday scenario that envisions the breaching of the levees surrounding the Sacramento–San Joaquin River…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law, which could massively reshape California’s food delivery industry.

from Greater LA

When talking about homelessness in California, President Trump said “tremendous pollution” was flowing into the Pacific Ocean via storm drains and sewers.

Trump says waste created by homeless people ends up in the ocean. Truth?

When talking about homelessness in California, President Trump said “tremendous pollution” was flowing into the Pacific Ocean via storm drains and sewers.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A college student from the tiny town of Gonzalez is California’s most unlikely philanthropist.

A cure for the ‘Varsity Blues’

A college student from the tiny town of Gonzalez is California’s most unlikely philanthropist.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

The measure that reclassifies many independent contractors as employees could have national implications for the so-called gig economy.

California governor signs law protecting gig economy workers

The measure that reclassifies many independent contractors as employees could have national implications for the so-called gig economy.

from NPR

The Santa Barbara City Council voted to begin environmental reviews for the Cota Street lot as its preferred site for a new $80 million police station.

Proposed new police station likely to push out farmers market

The Santa Barbara City Council voted to begin environmental reviews for the Cota Street lot as its preferred site for a new $80 million police station.

from Curious Coast

For more than two years, activists say, Buck has avoided being charged with a crime because he is white, wealthy and politically connected.

Democratic donor Ed Buck accused of running a drug den after a 3rd man ODs

For more than two years, activists say, Buck has avoided being charged with a crime because he is white, wealthy and politically connected.

from NPR

Last summer, LA had 87 consecutive days bad air. It was the first time in decades. This week, we tied that record.

LA pushes for cleaner cars, so why is the air still so bad?

Last summer, LA had 87 consecutive days bad air. It was the first time in decades. This week, we tied that record.

from Greater LA

President Donald Trump is in California for a slew of fundraisers. It’s his fourth visit since he became president.

Secrecy surrounds Trump's California fundraisers

President Donald Trump is in California for a slew of fundraisers. It’s his fourth visit since he became president.

from Greater LA

Gwendolyn Lang has lived in her small, beige house in Gardena for 50 years. Now, despite the framed photos still on display, she’s moving out. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements.

Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

Gwendolyn Lang has lived in her small, beige house in Gardena for 50 years. Now, despite the framed photos still on display, she’s moving out. Lang was foreclosed on earlier this year because of her participation in a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, which provides LA County homeowners with no-money-down loans for eco-friendly home improvements.

from Greater LA

Oscar Vargas races back into his U.S. Forest Service SUV, his previously relaxed demeanor jolted by a shot of adrenaline.

For forest firefighters, training plans can change in a split second

Oscar Vargas races back into his U.S. Forest Service SUV, his previously relaxed demeanor jolted by a shot of adrenaline.

from Greater LA

A bill sitting on Governor Gavin Newsom's desk would require all UCs and state universities to offer the abortion pill to students who want it. Gov.

California might require all public universities to offer abortion pills to students

A bill sitting on Governor Gavin Newsom's desk would require all UCs and state universities to offer the abortion pill to students who want it. Gov.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Shareable bikes and electric scooters have continued to create issues for cities, prompting some to implement bans and regulations.

Uber to pull Jump bikes from Atlanta and San Diego

Shareable bikes and electric scooters have continued to create issues for cities, prompting some to implement bans and regulations.

from NPR

Beachy, laidback, charming and frightening. Santa Cruz is the scariest place in California.

The scariest place in the state

Beachy, laidback, charming and frightening. Santa Cruz is the scariest place in California.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

This morning, the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary    report    on the Labor Day fire aboard a diving vessel off Santa Cruz Island.

Safety questions remain around Conception fire

This morning, the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the Labor Day fire aboard a diving vessel off Santa Cruz Island.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The California Legislature is busy passing landmark legislation before the end of the session on Friday.   
 There’s AB 5, the bill that would require many independent contractors to…

Important bills on worker and tenants’ rights go to Gov. Newsom

The California Legislature is busy passing landmark legislation before the end of the session on Friday.  There’s AB 5, the bill that would require many independent contractors to…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A state bill called AB 5 would require businesses that rely on independent contractors to reclassify them as employees and offer benefits such as health insurance and sick pay. There’s…

Would the new ‘gig worker’ bill stifle musical creativity?

A state bill called AB 5 would require businesses that rely on independent contractors to reclassify them as employees and offer benefits such as health insurance and sick pay. There’s…

from KCRW Features

The bill sent Uber and Lyft scrambling, and it might reshape business in the entertainment industry.

How AB 5 could change Hollywood

The bill sent Uber and Lyft scrambling, and it might reshape business in the entertainment industry.

from KCRW Features

The famed crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe has become a lot less clear over the years. There are lots of suspects: algae, runoff, fertilizer, erosion.

Lake Tahoe's water is getting murky...because of shrimp?

The famed crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe has become a lot less clear over the years. There are lots of suspects: algae, runoff, fertilizer, erosion.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Conception fire marks the largest loss of life in the history of the Santa Barbara Channel.  The cause of the fire is now the subject of an intensive investigation by the National…

The history of diving along the Channel Islands

The Conception fire marks the largest loss of life in the history of the Santa Barbara Channel.  The cause of the fire is now the subject of an intensive investigation by the National…

from The 805