California orders defiant GOP to halt use of unofficial ballot boxes - SFChronicle.com
The California Republican Party plans to keep collecting mail ballots for the November election via “unofficial drop boxes” it has set up, despite a cease-and-desist order from state officials who call the effort illegal.
California To Use Market Power In Bid To Lower Drug Costs - SFChronicle.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will attempt to use its massive market power to increase the availability and lower the cost of prescription drugs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday. The new law requires the California Health and Human Services Agency to create partnerships designed to increase competition, lower prices and reduce shortages for generic prescription drugs. Newsom said the measure brings the state “one step closer” to his January budget proposal for California to eventually create its own generic label. The new law “will help inject competition back into the generic drug marketplace — taking pricing power away from big pharmaceutical companies and returning it to consumers," Newsom said. He said the most populous state has started to identify certain medications and develop a plan to promote its manufacturing and purchasing. The agency will look for drugs that could produce the biggest cost savings. California is switching all Medi-Cal pharmacy services next year from managed care to direct state payment, which he said will also boost the state's ability to negotiate better drug prices. ___ The bill is SB 852
Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Named In UC Admissions Scandal, Says He Wrote Recommendation Letters For Connected Applicants ‘a Bunch Of Times' - SFChronicle.com
Richard Blum confirmed the charges that he wrote “an innappropiate letter of support” to help an applicant, saying he’s been doing it for years.
Firefighters ‘cautiously Optimistic’ In Battles Against Huge Northern California Blazes - SFChronicle.com
Aided by improving weather conditions, firefighters made significant progress on Saturday morning containing the three raging wildfires surrounding the Bay Area, increasing containment levels and holding down additional burn areas.
Postal Service Removes Oakland Collection Boxes; Leaders Warn Of Election Interference - SFChronicle.com
The U.S. Postal Service removed six mail collection boxes in Oakland on Friday — a move the USPS said was meant to prevent vandalism during expected demonstrations. Elected leaders, however, accused the agency of attempting to interfere with the presidential election.
Senior CPUC official claims she’s being ousted after whistle-blowing - SFChronicle.com
One of the highest-ranking officials at the California agency that regulates private utilities says she is being forced out of her job after she sought to recover $200 million in fees owed to the agency.
Judge Rejects Prop. 22 Backers’ Attempt To Change Gig-work Ballot Language - SFChronicle.com
A judge on Tuesday rebuffed backers of Proposition 22 who claimed that California’s attorney general wrote a biased description of their measure, which seeks to keep some gig workers as independent contractors.
California Senate defeats SB50 denser-housing bill - SFChronicle.com
A contentious bill to increase the housing supply in California by boosting dense construction around public transit and in wealthy suburbs was defeated in the state Senate on Wednesday, capping a year-long battle over its fate. The Senate rejected SB50 following a nearly two-hour debate in which lawmakers split along geographic rather than partisan lines.