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Wildfires Scorching Homes, Land and California’s Budget

Just a month into the budget year, California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said Wednesday. More than 13,000 firefighters are ...
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What Is California Doing Right? Community Colleges.

Dan Walters might be the most high-profile media advocate for community colleges in California. "Low-cost, conveniently located community colleges are the primary gateway into post-high school job training a...
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Gov. Brown Declares Emergency As California Burns

Fire stoked by hot and windy weather raged through a forest in far northern California on Thursday. In mountain communities east of Los Angeles, calmer conditions aided firefighters on the lines of a suspect...
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California Gives $9.7M for Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum

LOS ANGELES — Months after California legalized recreational marijuana the state is giving stoner comedian Cheech Marin's Chicano art museum $9.7 million. It must be fate. The money was tucked away in the $139 billion California budget Gov. Jerry Brown sign...