In the News

June 23, 2021

By Byrhonda Lyons [Published: June 23, 2021] — "State Sen. Richard Roth, a Democrat from Riverside, is pushing legislation that would have the state spend $10 million to expand the program to more locations statewide.  “It has essentially been operating with volunteers,” Roth said. “If we expect to move the needle dramatically — and frankly, we must — we need to do more, and we need to do it now.” Roth’s SB 770 bill would also require the chancellor of the California Community Colleges to report outcomes to the state, something the program hasn’t done previously. It has yet to be incorporated into the Legislature’s whopping $264 billion proposed budget."

June 04, 2021

by Cheryl Clark  [Published: June 4, 2021] — "The agency that licenses 152,000 California physicians is facing a crisis of public confidence, with the voices of several lawmakers joining those of angry patients who say it shields bad doctors far too often. The long-simmering tension has increased to such an extent that all but a few of the Medical Board of California's 15 members -- including many of its physician members -- say most of the board's seats, now filled by doctors, should instead be filled by members of the public.

September 17, 2020

By David Downey — Published: Sept. 17, 2020

Out-of-work Southern Californians have been waiting months for unemployment checks to arrive as the coronavirus pandemic rages and employed residents have mistakenly received piles of payments for which they didn’t ask.

Now fed-up lawmakers have demanded an emergency audit of the state agency that handles those claims, the Employment Development Department.

February 27, 2020

By Mikhail Zinshteyn
Published Feb. 27, 2020
When California created its first online community college in 2018, then-Gov. Jerry Brown, who championed the idea, called the move a "juggernaut that cannot be stopped."

January 14, 2020

By JEFF HORSEMAN | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: January 10, 2020 at 6:20 pm | UPDATED: January 10, 2020 at 8:50 pm
UC Riverside’s medical school would get another $25 million a year to boost enrollment and tackle the Inland Empire’s chronic doctor shortage in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal unveiled Friday, Jan. 10...

August 01, 2019

SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom has thrown another roadblock in front of a long-fought venture to pump and market groundwater from the Mojave Desert, leaving the Cadiz Inc. project facing a new set of state environmental reviews.

June 14, 2019

Money to expand UC Riverside’s medical school and add new judges is part of the new California budget approved Thursday, June 13, by lawmakers in Sacramento.

April 09, 2019

A bill that would require the State Lands Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife to approve a controversial groundwater pumping project in the Mojave Desert passed its first committee hearing today, but the long-running debate over the aquifer is far from over.