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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

State regulators say former Chico Mayor David Guzzetti misused nearly $12,000 in political campaign funds between 2012 and 2015 and have proposed a fine twice that amount.

Then the treasurer of Chico Conservation Voters — a group supporting local environmental issues and liberal candidates — Guzzetti stands accused of using campaign cash for personal uses 148 times over the two-and-a-half-year period. 

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California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh is resigning, just days after one woman accused him of sexual assault and another of sexual harassment.

The assemblyman’s resignation – effective January 1st – comes despite the fact he’s still denying the allegations. 

As the deadliest and most expensive fire season in state history continues into December, elected officials are examining ways to better alert the public during fires and other emergencies.

NPR Live Video: FBI Director Wray Testimony

Dec 7, 2017
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FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing. He is likely to face questions about the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Last week, former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The hearing also comes days after President Trump attacked the FBI on Twitter, saying "its reputation is in Tatters," citing the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server under former Director James Comey.

Thousands of firefighters from as far away as Siskiyou County are arriving in Southern California as several major late season wildfires threaten cities in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Flames, driven by high winds have forced evacuations and threaten parts of the city of Ventura.

Rebecca and Glenn Kyler

Technological advances have made it easier to spread word in an emergency, but they’re hardly fool-proof. 

That was the consensus of a joint-legislative hearing held Monday in Sacramento in the wake October’s devastating wildfires.

Issues with warning systems surrounding recent emergencies in the North State were also amongst the topics discussed.  

Pamela Lopez and Jessica Yas Barker at a press conference in Sacramento where they accused Asm. Matt Dababneh of sexual harassment.
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Pamela Lopez and Jessica Yas Barker at a press conference in Sacramento where they accused Asm. Matt Dababneh of sexual harassment.

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Two women say California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh sexually harassed them, including one who claims the lawmaker accosted her in a bathroom during a Las Vegas party and masturbated in front of her.

Ken James / California Department of Water Resources

State officials insisted Thursday that hundreds of recently revealed cracks in the new Oroville Dam spillway are normal and don’t threaten the integrity of the recently completed first stage of work.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, DWR spokeswoman Erin Mellon said the hairline cracks were first noticed in late August. The cracks, which number in the hundreds, were first reveled to the media this week. Mellon downplayed their importance.

Californian's cast their votes at the California Museum in Downtown Sacramento on Nov. 8, 2016.
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Californian's cast their votes at the California Museum in Downtown Sacramento on Nov. 8, 2016.

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With just six months to go before California’s primary election – and less than a year until the 2018 midterms – two Democrats lead the pack of candidates to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown.

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