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Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Prisons Are COVID Hotbeds Despite Billions Spent On Inmate Health

June 29, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

From Corcoran and Avenal state prisons in the arid Central Valley to historical San Quentin on the San Francisco Bay, California prisons have emerged as raging COVID-19 hot spots, even as the state annually spends more on inmate health care […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Lawmakers Block Health Care Cuts

June 23, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic state lawmakers agreed Monday on a state budget plan that would avoid the deep cuts to essential health care services that the governor had initially proposed. Even though the state faces a massive […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California utilities, regulators aim to hasten microgrid deployment ahead of wildfire season

June 15, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

California utilities have their work cut out for them this summer in light of several new requirements and deadlines issued by the CPUC. But the new orders could also open opportunities for community and residential storage projects. In a June […]


Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

California plans for future of gas system amid ‘patchwork’ of electrification policies

June 9, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

As a wave of local governments in California roll out policies that promote the electrification of buildings, the state’s energy regulators have been saddled with a complicated task: planning for the future of its natural gas system. Around 30 cities […]


Electric Utility, Oil & Gas, Public Utilities

How Should California Wind Down Its Fossil Fuel Industry?

June 1, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

California’s energy past is on a collision course with its future. Think of major oil-producing U.S. states, and Texas, Alaska or North Dakota probably come to mind. Although its position relative to other states has been falling for 20 years, […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

The Pandemic Is Hurting Pediatric Hospitals, Too

May 19, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Children have largely escaped the ravages of COVID-19, but children’s hospitals have not eluded the financial pain the pandemic has wrought on health care providers. Pediatric hospitals offered themselves as backups to their adult counterparts in case of a surge […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Trying Out LA’s New Coronavirus Testing Regime

May 8, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Last week, after Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles was offering COVID-19 tests to all city and county residents, I decided to get one myself — and test Garcetti’s bold new promise in the bargain. I was surprised how […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Why PG&E’s Customers May See Even More Blackouts This Year

May 6, 2020

Via: Greentech Media

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric may need to rely even more heavily on forced blackouts this year, to prevent its grid from starting more deadly wildfires like the ones that drove it into bankruptcy. PG&E’s wildfire mitigation work appears […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Testing In California Still A Frustrating Patchwork Of Haves And Have-Nots

May 4, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Months into the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, widespread diagnostic testing still isn’t available, and California offers a sobering view of the dysfunction blocking the way. It’s hard to overstate how uneven the access to critical test […]


Electric Utility, Public Utilities

California eyes expedited microgrid deployment to help with fire season power shut-offs

April 30, 2020

Via: Utility Dive

Last year, California utilities rolled out public safety power shut-offs that cut off service to millions of customers during times of high fire risk, when weather conditions could damage their power lines​. PG&E — which has previously said that its […]