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Half of California Hospitals Are in the Red': Pandemic Troubles Pile Up for ERs – KQED

In Madera County near Yosemite, the area’s only general hospital closed in January. That left 150,000 residents without an emergency room or specialty care, and many of the hospital’s 700 employees without a job. State lawmakers and industry officials warn many more facilities will be forced to reduce services and some will shutter.


Newsom suspends environmental laws to store more water – CalMatters

Facing criticism that stormwater flowed out to sea, the governor asked the water board to waive rules designed to protect salmon and other endangered fish. Environmentalists call it “a breakdown of law and order” while growers laud it as a way to ensure more water is delivered this year.


Frequent wildfires more likely to hit low-income communities, new report finds CapRadio

A new report authored by Stanford and University of North Carolina researchers found that areas experiencing frequent wildfires tend to be low-income. The communities found in the “high-hazard” places identified by the tool are often wealthier. But when looking at areas that face frequent wildfires, this report offers a different perspective.