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Gavin Newsom: Most of California near stay-at-home order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will likely order most of its businesses to close or limit capacity in the coming days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, part of new rules triggered when fewer than 15% of beds are available in intensive care units for regional hospital networks.

Newsom said four of the state’s five regions — excluding the San Francisco Bay Area — will meet that threshold within a day or two.

When they do, the state will order the closure of all hair salons and barbershops, bars, breweries and distilleries, casinos and indoor and outdoor playgrounds.,

Restaurants would be limited to take-out and delivery only, while retailers must limit customers inside their stories to 20% capacity during the busy holiday shopping season.

Once triggered, regions would have 48 hours to implement the rules, which must stay in effect at least three weeks.

“The bottom line is if we don’t act

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Biden urged to pick California attorney who fought sweatshop slavery as new head of Labor Department



Julie Su wearing a blue dress shirt and tie: California Labor Secretary Julie Su is photographed at her home in Cerritos, California. Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images


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California Labor Secretary Julie Su is photographed at her home in Cerritos, California. Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

  • California labor activists are asking President-elect Joe Biden to select Julie Su as his Secretary of Labor.
  • Su, once dubbed the “bane of deadbeat employers,” has served as California’s Labor Secretary since 2019.
  • Previously, Su served as the state’s labor commissioner. She also co-founded the group Sweatshop Watch.
  • “Thinking about Julie Su as Secretary of Labor is almost a physical sense of relief,” one source in the labor movement told Business Insider.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Labor organizers in Southern California are pushing President-elect Joe Biden to pick a progressive, hometown hero for Labor Secretary, arguing that the state’s top labor official — an anti-sweatshop campaigner dubbed the “bane of the deadbeat employer” — is supremely qualified to protect

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Fish in California without a license, as long as there’s no hook, fly

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Published 5:00 a.m. PT Nov. 27, 2020

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Ed Smith of Mendham, New Jersey talks about a typical day fishing on the Upper Delaware River.

Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

Q: In past years, the night before lotteries have generally allowed hunters — with a few refuge exceptions — to add additional hunters to their lottery entry. Lottery refuge hunters went up and down the valley entering their names as well as their hunting partners’ names and GoID.

This year, with COVID-19 limitations, hunters are limited to entering lotteries at one refuge per person. Will applicants be allowed to add an additional hunter to their ticket? What if the other hunter is at a separate check station entering his/her partner’s GoID?

— Aaron

A: For most wildlife areas and refuges this season, all hunters applying for the lotteries the night before shoot days have to

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California law banning toxic chemicals in cosmetics will transform industry

A toxic chemical ban signed into law in California will change the composition of cosmetics, shampoos, hair straighteners and other personal care products used by consumers across the country, industry officials and activists say.

The ban, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the end of September, covers 24 chemicals, including mercury, formaldehyde and several types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. All the chemicals are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic – and advocates argue they have no place in beauty products.

When the law takes effect in 2025, it will mark the first major action to remove toxic substances from beauty products in almost a century. Federal regulation of cosmetics has not been updated meaningfully since 1938, and only 11 ingredients in personal care products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. By contrast, the European Union bans more than 1,600 cosmetic substances and ingredients from cosmetics.

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California Law Banning Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Will Transform Industry | Best States

A toxic chemical ban signed into law in California will change the composition of cosmetics, shampoos, hair straighteners and other personal care products used by consumers across the country, industry officials and activists say.

The ban, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the end of September, covers 24 chemicals, including mercury, formaldehyde and several types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. All the chemicals are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic — and advocates argue they have no place in beauty products.

When the law takes effect in 2025, it will mark the first major action to remove toxic substances from beauty products in almost a century. Federal regulation of cosmetics has not been updated meaningfully since 1938, and only 11 ingredients in personal care products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. By contrast, the European Union bans more than 1,600 cosmetic substances and ingredients from cosmetics.

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Hundreds protest new California curfew as cases spike

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California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19)

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Hundreds of protesters defied California’s new curfew Saturday night, gathering in Huntington Beach as the mandate to stay home from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. went into effect.

The demonstrators, some waving large American flags, crossed the Pacific Coast Highway on foot amid blaring car horns in the Orange County city, about 35 miles south of Los Angeles.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Ryan Reilly told the NBC Los Angeles TV station the crowd of about 400 protesters – “some, not all” of which wore masks – was mostly law-abiding and dwindled by half after 90 minutes. Reilly said police did not intend to issue citations for curfew violations, adding, “We are seeking compliance and trying

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California attorney general drops challenge over GOP ballot boxes

California’s attorney general has dropped a legal challenge seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for every voter who

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California attorney general drops lawsuit against state GOP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”


Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for

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California Attorney General Drops Lawsuit Against State GOP | California News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

Still, Becerra vowed to keep investigating to make sure all of the ballots were counted. He asked the California Republican Party to turn over the location of each box plus the names and contact information for

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Some California Law Enforcement Leaders Say They Won’t Enforce New Curfew

Several California law-enforcement leaders said Friday they wouldn’t enforce a new curfew imposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

Mr. Newsom’s stay-at-home order requires the vast majority of the state’s residents to stay at home and businesses to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning Saturday.

The order currently applies to 43 of California’s 58 counties, containing 94% of the state’s population, with the highest rates of infection. But sheriffs from many of those largest counties, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Fresno, Sacramento and Alameda, say they won’t aggressively enforce the curfew, if at all. Violating the order is a misdemeanor.

In the state capitol, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said he won’t dispatch officers to enforce the health order.

“We will not be determining—including entering any home or business—compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at

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