Trump aims to cover all Americans’ Covid shots

By Susannah Luthi , Rachel Roubein 10/28/2020 07:16 PM EDT The Trump administration on Wednesday released its plan for promising free Covid-19 vaccines for all Americans. What the plan would do: The sweeping plan aims to cover the uninsured, seniors and poor Americans, as well as people with employer-sponsored or other private coverage. But the interim final […]

California restaurants want a state refund after facing pandemic restrictions

By Katy Murphy 10/26/2020 09:50 PM EDT California’s pandemic-battered restaurant sector has been shuttered or operating with strict public health restrictions for most of the year. Now it is demanding its money back. The news: A group of restaurant owners filed claims in five counties on Monday, as well as with the state of California, asking […]

California’s most intense campaign: The private pursuit of Harris’ Senate seat

By Carla Marinucci10/27/2020 05:52 PM EDT Updated: 10/28/2020 10:16 AM EDT OAKLAND — California political icon John Burton emailed Gov. Gavin Newsom soon after Sen. Kamala Harris vaulted to the party’s presidential ticket. The colorful former Democratic congressman and state legislative leader nodded toward what looms as the biggest appointment of Newsom’s career — replacing Harris for […]

Environmentalists challenge state approval of bonds to build Delta tunnel

By Debra Kahn 10/29/2020 04:55 PM EDT Five environmental groups are suing California over plans to issue bonds that would enable the state to revamp its central water delivery hub, the groups announced Thursday. What happened: The suit filed Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court by the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and three other groups […]

L.A. launches rapid Covid-19 testing effort that could help first responders, schools

By Victoria Colliver 10/27/2020 07:46 PM EDT Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday unveiled a rapid Covid-19 testing pilot project aimed at helping first responders and schoolchildren limit coronavirus spread. The pilot will be conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California in conjunction with the city and county. It will make […]

Newsom sidesteps Prop 22 position, signals desire for gig industry deal

By Jeremy B. White 10/29/2020 04:13 PM EDT Just after casting his ballot Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom declined to say how he voted on California’s landmark gig economy fight, signaling his continued desire for a compromise. The Democratic governor deflected a question about Proposition 22, a tech industry-funded measure to shield companies like Uber from […]

Port Authority’s $1.2B year-to-date revenue loss is worst in agency’s history

By Samantha Maldonado10/29/2020 04:11 PM EDT Updated: 10/29/2020 04:27 PM EDT The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s year-to-date financial losses are the worst the agency has seen, reflecting a $1.2 billion drop in revenue during the first nine months of the year. “This revenue loss, representing one of the worst financial downturns […]

California air regulators tell vehicle makers to come clean on emissions cheating

By Debra Kahn 10/14/2020 06:39 PM EDT California officials sent an open letter to vehicle manufacturers Wednesday encouraging them to come clean about any cheating on emissions rules — or else face stiff penalties next year when the state’s new testing lab opens. Impact: The letter from Air Resources Board deputy executive officer Steve Cliff puts manufacturers […]

U.S. charges Chinese energy company with industrial espionage

By Ben Lefebvre 10/29/2020 11:59 AM EDT The Justice Department has charged a Chinese-owned oil and gas parts manufacturer with industrial espionage and stealing oil field technology trade secrets from a U.S. company. Details: A grand jury indictment charged Jason Gao, his company Jason Energy Technologies and its U.S.- based affiliates, with conspiracy, theft of […]