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California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta leads challengers in campaign cash, buoyed by reformers

Bonta’s attorney general campaign reported raising $1.6 million in contributions since he was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, a financial disclosure report shows.

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California’s long history on assault weapons on the line in court battle

After a federal judge’s ruling declared it unconstitutional, gun safety advocates fear California’s trailblazing work is in jeopardy, concerned that the decision could help unravel decades of hard-fought progress here and across the country.

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As violent crimes surge, Californians’ faith in gun control slips in new poll

A new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times found that 56% of the state’s voters surveyed believe stronger laws restricting the sale and possession of guns help make their communities safer, but the nu…

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Newsom administration hires special counsel in probe of California unemployment fraud

State officials have hired former federal prosecutor McGregor Scott to serve as special counsel to assist in investigating fraud in California’s unemployment benefits system.

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New stimulus checks, rent relief, business grants: Newsom signs more recovery bills

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs budget legislation that will trigger a massive cash payout to help residents and businesses recover from the pandemic.

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California extends contract with Bank of America for troubled unemployment benefits program

The state Employment Development Department exercised an option to extend the bank’s contract for two years, even though officials with the financial institution indicated that they would like to end their work for the state unemployment system.

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California attorney general launches teams to investigate fatal police shootings of civilians

Bonta says he expects the two new teams, one for Northern California and one for Southern California, to investigate 40 to 50 fatal police shootings each year.

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California saw record surge in handgun sales during pandemic, attorney general says

With gun violence also surging, California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta called on local law enforcement to step up efforts to reduce shootings.

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Newsom signs into law extension of California eviction protections, rent relief

The governor acted just hours after both houses of the Legislature approved the bill extending the eviction protections through Sept. 30.

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California bans government travel to states with laws deemed discriminatory to LGBTQ people

The new states added to the sanctions list are Florida, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas and North Dakota, according to California Atty. General Rob Bonta.