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Marc Albert

More affordable housing, services, opportunities, understanding and action paired with fewer negative interactions with law enforcement were pitched as answers to homelessness in Chico last night as about 70 people turned up at Cafe Coda for a panel discussion hosted by the local theater group, Slow Theatre.

The panel, made up of a county housing official, three homeless advocates and a homeless man who prefers the term house-less described the hardships of life on the street and urged more compassion generally.

Assembly Rules Committee Chief Administrative Officer Debra Gravert testifies before a subcommittee hearing on sexual harassment on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
The California Channel

Assembly Rules Committee Chief Administrative Officer Debra Gravert testifies before a subcommittee hearing on sexual harassment on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

The California Channel

At Tuesday’s California Assembly hearing on sexual harassment prevention, chief administrator Debra Gravert stunned observers when she was asked how many victim complaints have come in during her three-and-a-half years on the job.

Ken James/ California Department of Water Resources

The new, mostly completed Oroville Dam spillway is riddled with tiny cracks, but state officials insist there is nothing wrong and nothing to be concerned about.

Even as officials celebrated meeting a Nov. 1 construction deadline, problems were already evident and documented. A letter federal regulators sent the California Department of Water Resources a month earlier referred to “a small number of cracks” appearing in upper layers of the new concrete.

Calif. Assembly Targets Itself On Sexual Misconduct

Nov 28, 2017
Political consultant Pamela Lopez testifies about sexual harassment she's experienced while working in politics at the California state Capitol.
Ben Bradford/Capital Public Radio

Political consultant Pamela Lopez testifies about sexual harassment she's experienced while working in politics at the California state Capitol.

Ben Bradford/Capital Public Radio

Outrage over pervasive sexual misconduct at the California state Capitol is culminating in hearings to change rules that women say have allowed abuses. An Assembly Rules Subcommittee met for the first time Tuesday to begin undertaking a tricky, public self-reform.

The first California lawmaker has resigned amid an outcry over a culture of sexual harassment and abuse at the state Capitol.

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra announced his resignation on Monday, effective immediately, after multiple women alleged he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.

The lawmaker made the announcement in a Facebook post, while continuing to deny the claims.

The number of contested denials handled by the California Department of Managed Health Care has nearly tripled over the past five years — from roughly 1,500 in 2012 to more than 4,200 in 2016.

Chris Fellmeth is able to volunteer in a daycare kitchen as part of his therapy he receives for his autism.
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Chris Fellmeth and his mother, Nancy, in their home. The family is contesting an insurance denial over Chris' autism treatment.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Nancy Fellmeth keeps a 5-inch binder of insurance paperwork in her Northern California living room. Documents about her adult son’s autism treatment poke out from the sides. Some are denial letters from her insurance company, others are grievances she’s filed. All of them are stressing her out.

By Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco, CA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What would you do if you got a letter from your insurance company telling you that your insurance was about to go up by $500 a month? If you’re enrolled in health insurance through Covered California, there’s a chance you did get that letter, or one very similar.

Covered California will see the largest jump in rates in its short history. Here in the Northern California region, the cost of insurance plans are expected to spike 33 percent.

A 49-year-old Cottonwood man is in custody for alleged sex crimes against several juveniles as Tehama County authorities search for additional victims from as far away as Marysville.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office alleges that suspect Scott McLaughlin, a motocross enthusiast and motorcycle mechanic, abused minors at his home, then threatened to kill them if they reported it.

Authorities said McLaughlin allegedly befriended juveniles involved in dirt bike racing and invited them for overnight stays and target shooting.

Adia White

It’s been three days since the mass shooting in Rancho Tehama where five people were killed and 14 were injured by 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal. During his shooting rampage, he targeted a local elementary school and officials recognize that swift response from the school’s staff saved many lives that day.

In California, there are no statewide specific active shooter regulations for schools other than that schools need to have a plan. It’s up to each school district to decide what that plan is and how to implement it, so school plans vary across the state.  

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