Plus: EPA takes goal at Trump-era assault on California car emissions requirements and California is dropping a seat within the U.S. House
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- California Gov. Gavin Newsom to face recall vote
- Census: California dropping a seat in U.S. House
- EPA takes goal at Trump-era assault on California car emissions requirements
- Man walks 482 miles in a bear suit, raises money for charity
- Make-A-Wish, UPS, Macy’s help dream come true for Stockton boy with leukemia
California Gov. Gavin Newsom to face recall vote
California’s secretary of state mentioned Monday that organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom have gathered more than 1.6 million valid signatures — about 100,000 greater than wanted to pressure a vote on the first-term Democrat.
The deadline for county elections officers to confirm the validity of any remaining signatures is Thursday. After that, voters have 30 enterprise days throughout which they could request a removing of their names from recall petitions.
In a recall election, voters would face two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who ought to change him? The votes on the second query will solely be counted if greater than half say sure to the primary.
Newsom opponents, pissed off with the Democratic governor’s liberal insurance policies and method to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March submitted greater than 2 million petition signatures to qualify the recall election towards him.
An election might be held in October or November, relying on how lengthy numerous steps within the course of take.
More information on the signature course of, together with how to request a removing of yours, may be discovered here.
Census: California dropping a seat in U.S. House
For the primary time in its 170-year historical past, California is losing a U.S. House seat, dropping its delegation from 53 to 52 members, in accordance to Census Bureau inhabitants knowledge launched Monday.
California’s inhabitants grew by about 2.3 million individuals because the 2010 Census however has been practically flat since 2017. While the Golden State stays essentially the most populous by far with practically 39.58 million individuals and can proceed to have extra House seats than another state, it’s rising extra slowly than states like Texas and Florida, which have added inhabitants and consequently will achieve seats.
The variety of seats in Congress is mounted at 435, and the Census Bureau makes use of a population-based method to determine what number of seats every state will get. That means if one state loses, one other one features.
The lack of a House seat additionally means a attainable dip in federal funding for Medi-Cal, the medical insurance program for low-income individuals, in addition to much less cash for highways, colleges and a wide selection of social companies which are primarily based on inhabitants.
EPA takes goal at Trump-era assault on California car emissions requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday introduced that it will seek to undo a Trump-era attack on California’s ability to set its own vehicle emissions standards. This announcement comes solely days after the federal Department of Transportation took a similar stance.
If each actions transfer ahead as anticipated, California will as soon as once more have a Clean Air Act waiver that permits it to set its personal emissions requirements which are extra strict than these set federally. Before the Trump administration ripped up the waiver, 13 different states and Washington, D.C., had signed onto California’s benchmarks, serving to shift your entire auto trade towards constructing cleaner automobiles.
“I am a firm believer in California’s long-standing statutory authority to lead,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. “The 2019 decision to revoke the state’s waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas pollution standards for cars and trucks was legally dubious and an attack on the public’s health and well-being.”
The EPA will be holding a public hearing on the rule, and people who want to attend or testify can get in touch with the agency via email at [email protected].
In other environmental news, California water officials say Nestlé doesn’t have valid rights to the water it’s been bottling. And on Friday, they issued a draft order instructing the food and beverage giant to “cease and desist” taking much of the millions of gallons of water it pipes out of the San Bernardino National Forest to sell as Arrowhead brand bottled water.
Nestlé’s use of water from the forest generated opposition and protests from area residents — as well as a lawsuit by environmental groups — after a 2015 investigation by The Desert Sun revealed that the U.S. Forest Service was allowing the company to pipe water using a permit with a 1988 expiration date and with no review of the environmental impacts during the state’s last severe drought. Read the full story here.
Man walks 482 miles in a bear suit, raises money for charity
It took less than two weeks for Jesse Larios to walk from the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles to Vista Point in San Francisco. The 33-year-old Larios, a data worker at a health care company, walked approximately 40 miles a day with only his phone, a charger, socks, some toiletries and a flashlight.
And he was dressed in a teddy bear costume.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Larios reached his destination in Northern California on Saturday. Along the journey, he regularly updated his fans on Instagram. And when he needed sleep, he took power naps along the side of the road. When he needed nourishment, he ate snacks from gas stations.
He also managed to raise money — nearly $17,000 via GoFundMe and another $2,000 through Venmo or cash donations — all of which he plans to donate to charity.
Larios says he is planning a new adventure with the bear suit and will be providing details soon.
Make-A-Wish, UPS, Macy’s help dream come true for Stockton boy with leukemia
“He’s always been happy seeing UPS drivers, FedEx, the mailman,” mentioned Mateo’s father, Hugo Toscano. “He loves seeing them move by.”
On Wednesday, a UPS delivery driver arrived in uniform with his truck and presented Mateo with his own uniform and a video showing UPS body-shop employees working on a personalized UPS truck just for him, which he will receive on May 6.
Mateo put on his UPS uniform and picked out gifts that he will later deliver to his mother, father and grandmother. He also helped wrap the gifts and load them into a waiting UPS truck for storage.
At the end of the celebration, Mateo said that his wish came true and that he was “really excited.”
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As the philanthropy and special sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people who give back in the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].