UC caLow-income families have distinct health care needs, but advocates say red tape can prevent them from signing up for insurance. A bill moving through the California Legislature could better sync Medi-Cal enrollment with other programs

Story by Sammy Caiola.

This story was produced in partnership with the USC Center for Health Journalism Collaborative. Find more stories about health access at Capradio.org/uncovered-california



110918campfire pCalifornia is poised to set aside billions of dollars to help power companies pay for wildfire damages. Governor Gavin Newsom has indicated he'll sign the fire liability bill sent to his desk Thursday.

Story by Nick Miller.

(Photo: Flames consume a car dealership as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled the fast-moving wildfire in Northern California - Noah Berger / AP Photo / via Capital Public Radio)






0404 assembly chamber PA proposal heading to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk would require residential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on future ballots in California.

Story by Scott Rodd.

(Photo: California assembly chamber - Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio)

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California Update

  • Jul 02, 2019

    California Update for Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom wanted the Legislature to approve his plan for a wildfire fund by the end of next week. Now, he’s saying it's open-ended. Story…
  • Jul 01, 2019

    California Update for Tuesday, July 2, 2019

    California Sen. Kamala Harris claimed at the Democratic debate that she “disagreed” with President Obama’s immigration policy that partnered local…
  • Jun 28, 2019

    California Update for Monday, July 1, 2019

    With passionate claims on civil rights and immigration, California Sen. Kamala Harris captured the attention of many Thursday during the second night…
  • Jun 27, 2019

    California Update for Friday, June 28, 2019

    Gov. Gavin Newsom has reached an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders on how to incentivize local governments to build more housing — with a…
  • Jun 26, 2019

    California Update for Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Starting Monday people who want to purchase ammunition for their guns will have to pass a background check. Story by Scott Rodd. (Photo: In this June…
  • Jun 25, 2019

    California Update for Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Mountain lions in Southern California could go extinct in just over a decade according to recent research. That's why a group of environmentalists…
  • Jun 25, 2019

    California Update for Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    California is poised to reinstate the individual mandate to purchase health insurance that President Trump and congressional Republicans ended two…
  • Jun 23, 2019

    California Update for Monday, June 24, 2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom claimed this week that his administration raised the rainbow flag at the Capitol “for the first time in our state’s history.”…
  • Jun 20, 2019

    California Update for Friday, June 21, 2019

    Police officer Tara O'Sullivan, age 26, died in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call that turned into a multi-hour standoff.…
  • Jun 19, 2019

    California Update for Thursday, June 20, 2019

    California Attorney General is responsible for representing the people in court. But the office isn’t nearly as diverse as the state it represents,…

NorCal News

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    July 15, 2019

    California HOPE Crisis Counseling Ends

    The California HOPE crisis counseling program ended on June 30th. The program was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help survivors cope with trauma after the October wildfires. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with California HOPE project manager Wendy Wheelwright about the work…
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    July 09, 2019

    Host of KPCC's The Big One Podcast Shares Earthquake Tips

    Southern California was hit by two large earthquakes last week. One was a magnitude 7.1; the largest recorded in the state in twenty years. It’s a reminder that the next one could be centered in downtown Los Angeles or San Francisco. Southern California Public Radio station KPCC released a podcast…
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    July 09, 2019

    'Hairspray': The Perfect Musical for this Moment

    It’s a time capsule of a time capsule, looking back to the 1988 John Waters film, the 2002 Tony-winning Broadway musical and the 2007 film starring John Travolta. So why does Hairspray seem so fresh and of the moment in its summer 2019 San Francisco incarnation? Maybe it’s the lineage of the…
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    July 03, 2019

    California on Independence Day in 1776

    This Fourth of July, we take a look at what California was like on Independence Day in 1776. From our partners at North State Public Radio, we’re proud to present this holiday special. Kim Weir is the host of Up the Road and a former news reporter with North State Public Radio. Weir is also the…
  • exiled cover
    Jul 03, 2019

    Book Tells Stories of Refugees Exiled 'Home' to Cambodia

    Exiled is author Katya Cengel’s recent book about Cambodian refugees in California. In the light of current refugee policies, it’s instructive to…
  • Supervisor David Rabbitt at his desk
    Jul 03, 2019

    Sonoma County Struggles With Property Tax Loss from 2017 Fires

    Mid-June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a 1.78-billion-dollar budget for the next fiscal year. The new budget resulted in 14 million…
  • Donner Lofts
    Jul 02, 2019

    State Bill to Boost Housing Density Stalls in the Legislature

    This spring, there was strong support in the state legislature for senate bill 50. SB 50 would have rewritten zoning laws to allow for more housing…
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    Jun 29, 2019

    Teenage Vaping on the Rise in Sonoma County

    In 2018 the U.S. surgeon general declared teenage vaping a national epidemic. Local publisher Sonoma West published an investigation into the growing…
  • UnitedInKindness
    Jun 28, 2019

    Sonoma County Interfaith Council Denounces Hate

    Hate crimes are on the rise across the nation and here in the North Bay. In response, The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County started a campaign to…
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    Jun 27, 2019

    Experts Showcase Fire Resistant Building Materials

    As we head into summer, homeowners are looking for ways to protect their properties from wildfire. KRCB's Adia White attended an event at the Santa…
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    Jun 19, 2019

    KRCB Wins Three Awards from the Public Radio Journalists Association

    Sarah Bohannon and Steve Mencher accept the award for "Letter from Santa Rosa."NorCal Public Media won three national journalism awards for projects…
  • Tubbs
    Jun 18, 2019

    PG&E Agrees to $415 Million Settlement for North Bay Fires

    PG&E has agreed to pay $415 million to North Bay cities and counties for damages from the 2017 wildfires. Officials have still not decided how the…
  • Board of Supes meeting
    Jun 13, 2019

    Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Finalizes Budget

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors finalized the county’s budget on Friday. In their final vote, they determined how the county’s $1.78 billion…
  • Jun 11, 2019

    A Statewide Flex Alert Calls for Energy Conservation on Tuesday, June 11

    FOLSOM, Calif. – Due to high temperatures and high energy demand, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide…

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