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State majority favors legalized marijuana use

State majority favors legalized marijuana use

In recent years, voters in Colorado and Washington have approved legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana under state regulation. Coloradans may begin purchasing pot at stores in 2014. Unsurprisingly, the attitude of Californians toward legalizing marijuana also has evolved over the years. In a Field Poll released in December, nearly 55 percent of […]

State and county still growing, but slower

California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, to total more than 38.2 million, according to official population estimates the California Department of Finance released. The growth rate of 0.9 percent and the 332,000 numeric gain are the largest for California since the pre-recession year of 2003-04. Riverside County’s population […]

Don’t be scammed

The holidays may be over, but thieves are as active as ever in planning their next scam. McAfee, one of the leading computer security software companies globally, recently released its annual “12 scams of Christmas,” which lists popular scams along with advice on how to spot them that is helpful and relevant any time of […]

Deadly virus affecting dogs

It kills within days. There is no easy way to diagnose it. There is no vaccine to stop it. Only three states have reported cases of circovirus – California, Michigan and Ohio. Until 2012, the circovirus had only been detected in pigs, chickens and some pet bird species (parakeets, parrots, and cockatoos) when it suddenly […]

Assembly Democrats send budget ideas to governor

Nearly a month before Gov. Jerry Brown releases his budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins July 1, Assembly Democrats offered their “2014-15 Blueprint for a Responsible Budget.” “By following this budget blueprint we can ensure fiscal stability in California by establishing a real rainy-day fund and building the state’s budget reserve,” Speaker John Pérez […]

State laws that go into effect in 2014

During the 2012-13 legislative session that ended Sept. 30, the State Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed nearly 800 bills or laws. Most of these are effective Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Several bills fall specifically within the jurisdiction of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The following laws go into effect on January 1, […]

Court rules for fire fee refund process

Earlier this month, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge sided with Cal Fire regarding property owners’ rights to a refund if the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee is deemed unconstitutional. Property owners who have not filed a timely Petition for Redetermination will not be eligible for refunds of the fee payment if the court […]

Forest Service to receive Coast Guard air tankers

Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 (H.R. 3304), which included language that Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) submitted transferring 22 military aircraft to the Forest Service to battle major wildfires. Under the defense bill passed Thursday night, seven surplus HC-130H Hercules aircraft […]

Analyst says state budget looks good

Last month, the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office issued its budget forecast for the remainder of fiscal year 2013-14 and next year, too. “The state’s budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade,” the November report stated. Unless something highly unexpected occurs, the report projects a surplus twice the size of Gov. […]

State fire fee back in court

The litigation over the state’s Fire Prevention Fee had another court date, Thursday, Nov. 21. The state and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which has filed a class action suit disputing the legality of the $150 fee, are still arguing which issues will go to trial. After the hearing, the court took the issues under […]

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