Prop 56 will increase cigarette tax and include electronic brands

Proposition 56 (The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016) proposes to amend the state constitution to increase current state excise...

Ruiz and Nestande debate issues: The congressional candidates faced off...

Sunday evening, Oct. 5, the candidates for U.S. Congressional District 36 (which encompasses the Hill) debated before a television audience in Palm Desert. Incumbent Democratic...

State Senate begins review of bills regulating drones: ‘The good, the...

The role of drones near emergencies was the subject of a state Senate oversight hearing Tuesday, Aug. 18. Legislators have submitted several bills regarding...

Shawna Legarza speaks about leading Forest Service firefighters

Shawna Legarza, former fire chief for the San Bernardino National Forest, will be the next national director of Fire and Aviation Management for the...

California Franchise Tax Board tax tips

The Franchise Tax Board announced it is now accepting 2012 state tax returns, and announced the following updates on law changes and filing services...

California’s smoking age 21 in June

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation raising the legal age to smoke in California from 18 to 21 years. The exception is active-duty military personnel...

Covered Cal health insurance rates increasing for 2017: Shopping for plans...

Last month, Covered California announced its rates for health insurance in 2017 with some health plans intending to expand into new areas this year....

Dueling plastic bag propositions 65 and 67: What happens if both...

Both propositions 65 and 67 deal with the subject of plastic bags but in opposing ways. If both pass, depending on which proposition receives...

UPDATE: Wildfire west of Pine Cove

The U.S. Forest Service is reporting a 1/4-acre fire along the Webster Trail, about 150 yards west of Red Hill Truck Trail, not far...

EDITED: ‘Wildfire’ near Fobes Ranch Road

Cal Fire is now reporting a fire near Fobes Ranch Road in Garner Valley. EDITED 2016-11-14: The "Wildfire" turned out to be merely a...
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