By one measure , Californians are about 25 percent less likely to die in mass shootings compared with residents of other states. Our state’s low rate of gun deaths is at least in part because of our strict firearm laws, experts say. But after a number of devastating shootings across the U.S. this year, California is now tightening those gun rules even more. This month alone, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law more than 10 new firearm restrictions. These include fresh limits on gun advertising to minors; increased inspections of dealers; and a 10-year ban on firearm possession for those convicted of child abuse or elder abuse. The most high-profile of these laws allows Californians to sue anyone who distributes banned assault weapons or ghost guns. The legislation, which Newsom signed on Friday, is modeled after a Texas law that allows private citizens to sue anyone who aids and abets in an abortion. “If they are going to use this framework to put women’s lives at … [Read more...] about What to Know About California’s Head-Turning Gun Control Law
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San Miguel is a place that probably should be better known. If you trace your finger up and down the map of mission towns on the Central Coast , the village is surrounded by more sought-after places. San Luis Obispo is about 35 miles to the south, while another 90 miles south is Santa Barbara. Carmel is 107 miles to the northwest. And yet San Miguel, anchored by a mission founded in 1797, never quite grew into the desired destination that its coastal counterparts did. But it has a claim to fame that none of its more well-known neighbors have: The Elkhorn Bar is rife with ghost stories and folklore, including being one-time host to Jesse and Frank James, the notorious bank-robbing brothers who briefly sought respite on the Central Coast early in their career. It also lays claim to being the second oldest bar in California in continuous operation in the state (the oldest one is reportedly the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, just outside Yosemite). “There’s nothing wrong … [Read more...] about ‘A secret till you find it’: Jesse James once threw ‘em back at this California bar
SACRAMENTO — After the governor of Texas ordered state agencies to investigate parents for child abuse if they provide certain medical treatments to their transgender children, California lawmakers proposed a law making the state a refuge for transgender youths and their families. When Idaho proposed a ban on abortions that empowers relatives to sue anyone who helps terminate a pregnancy after six weeks, nearby Oregon approved $15 million to help cover the abortion expenses of patients from out-of-state. As Republican activists aggressively pursue conservative social policies in state legislatures across the country, liberal states are taking defensive actions. Spurred by a U.S. Supreme Court that is expected to soon upend an array of longstanding rights, including the constitutional right to abortion, left-leaning lawmakers from Washington to Vermont have begun to expand access to abortion, bolster voting rights and denounce laws in conservative states targeting … [Read more...] about Flurry of New Laws Move Blue and Red States Further Apart
SACRAMENTO — Doctors and researchers are tracking increases in internet searches for vasectomies, which they say could indicate an uptick in interest in male birth control following the end of Roe v. Wade and coinciding with abortion rights becoming an election issue during the midterms. Eric Rodriguez, CEO of Innerbody Research , which analyzes health products and services, said his company uses internet search data as a proxy to gauge demand for particular medical procedures. His team decided to add vasectomy to the list of terms they would monitor search data after a draft of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision , which overturned its landmark Roe ruling, was leaked. Vasectomy, a sterilization procedure for men, is one of only two male birth control methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, along with condoms. “It was almost a joke,” Rodriguez said. But suddenly they saw searches for the term spike, including for phrases like “are vasectomies reversible?” “how … [Read more...] about Interest in vasectomies increased after Dobbs decision, and in states where abortion was a midterm issue
The increasing risk of wildfires in Colorado is driving insurance carriers to raise premiums on homeowners’ policies — if they decide to insure them at all — and now the state’s insurance chief is suggesting a publicly funded pool of money be established to provide property insurance for those who can’t find it in the open market. Colorado experienced massive, destructive wildfires in the past few years, including the Marshall fire, which caused an estimated $2 billion in property damage on Dec. 30, making it the most expensive wildfire in Colorado history. The wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Louisville, Superior and unincorporated Boulder County exposed multiple issues in the state’s insurance industry, including an estimation that nearly two-thirds of Marshall fire homeowners were underinsured and their policies won’t provide enough money to rebuild the homes they once had. Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway recently said that policy affordability and … [Read more...] about Colorado wildfires are making it harder to insure homes. Could a publicly funded plan stave off an insurance crisis?
California Attorney General Rob Bonta sailed to victory in the Nov. 8 election, riding his progressive record on reproductive rights, gun control, and social justice reform. As he charts a course for his next four years, the 50-year-old Democrat wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients. Bonta, the first Filipino American to serve as the state’s top prosecutor, asked 30 hospital CEOs in August for a list of the commercial software programs their facilities use to support clinical decisions, schedule operating rooms, and guide billing practices. In exchange, he offered them confidentiality . His goal, Bonta told Kaiser Health News, is to identify algorithms that may direct more attention and resources to white patients than to minorities, widening racial disparities in health care access, quality, and outcomes. “Unequal access to our health care … [Read more...] about State AG Rob Bonta investigates hospital algorithms for racial bias