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Newsom Bans Some Police Choke Holds: California will ban certain police choke holds and establish independent investigations for some law enforcement shootings under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Wednesday — the remnants of what activists once hoped would be a far more ambitious overhaul of policing practices. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, AP and Politico.
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Newsom Signs Bill Allowing State To Make Generic Drugs: California could make its own insulin and other prescription drugs in an effort to lower costs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he signed into law Monday. California wouldn’t develop new drugs under the law but would instead try to make cheaper versions of generic drugs, or drugs that are no longer protected by patents. Read more from the Sacramento Bee and STAT.
Evacuations Ordered Overnight For Multiple Towns, Including Paradise: The North Bay’s Wine Country again became a scene of chaos Sunday and early Monday as wildfires burned on the east and west sides of the Napa Valley and blazed toward Santa Rosa, where neighborhoods were engulfed in flames shortly after 1 a.m. In Butte County, the month-old North Complex fire picked up amid dry, powerful winds, prompting evacuation warnings for all of Paradise, Magalia and Concow. All three places were devastated by the November 2018 Camp Fire. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, CNN, NBC, SF Gate and Newsweek.
‘Triple Whammy’ Headed For The Bay Area: After a stretch of blissfully clear days, air quality in the Bay Area is expected to deteriorate in the days ahead, meteorologists say. The “triple whammy” of wildfire smoke, high temperatures and smog could cloud the skies this weekend, especially Sunday and Monday, said Kristine Roselius of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Sale Of New Gas-Powered Cars Will End In 2035: California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. The plan won’t stop people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used-car market. Phasing out gas-powered cars will not only reduce the hazards posed by carbon emissions but will also serve as a catalyst to bring more green jobs to California, he said. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, AP, NPR and Washington Post.
Is A COVID Surge Coming? Two weeks after the Labor Day holiday, health officials worry that the same patterns from Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are emerging. On multiple days last week, L.A. County reported more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus, an uptick from the week prior. There isn’t yet enough data to draw clear conclusions, but the “troubling trend” echoes what happened earlier this year, said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
Some Good News In The Fight Against COVID: The share of Californians who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week dipped below 3% for the first time, a sign that the Golden State is finally starting to beat back the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday. But the good news is tempered with caution: Wildfires, coupled with heat waves and toxic air quality, led to a decline in testing. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
Air Quality Worsening Again In Some Regions: Major fires continue to burn through parts of Northern California, including the state’s largest ever, the August Complex in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, which had scorched 834,000 acres and continued to grow Sunday. Daniel Swain, a climate expert with UCLA, tweeted on Sunday: “After a few calm weather days, fire activity on the extremely large wildfires still burning throughout California is slowly picking up again. Air quality starting to worsen in some spots as smoke increases.” Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.