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California governor vetoes bill to make free condoms available for high school students, citing cost

California Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected a bill on Sunday that would have made free condoms available all public high school students, arguing it was too expensive for a state with a budget deficit of more than $30 billion.

Southern California county files lawsuits alleging power company’s equipment sparked wildfires

A Southern California county has filed lawsuits alleging a major power company’s negligence caused two wildfires that collectively burned thousands of acres and prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

California governor signs law raising taxes on guns and ammunition to pay for school safety

California will double the taxes on guns and ammunition and use the money to pay for more security at public schools and various violence prevention programs under a new law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Tuesday.

California truck drivers ask Gov. Newsom to sign job-saving bill as self-driving big rigs are tested

California lawmakers, union leaders and truck drivers are trying to steer Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom toward signing into law a proposal that could save jobs as self-driving trucks are tested for their safety on the roads.

Catalytic converter thieves could face stiffer penalties in Riverside County

Stolen catalytic converters can cost drivers thousands of dollars to replace. A proposed ordinance before Riverside County supervisors seeks to make converter theft even more costly for criminals.