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Still love your landline? Phone service providers are getting closer to phasing it out  – CNN Business

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has scheduled three in-person meetings and virtual public forums to provide AT&T customers the opportunity to engage in discussions regarding the potential discontinuation of copper landline phone service throughout the state. RCRC President and CEO Patrick Blacklock is quoted regarding RCRC’s serious concerns with AT&T’s application.


New California Senate leader says his priorities are climate change, homelessness and opioid crises – Associated Press

RCRC Board Chair and Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez was highlighted in a recent article discussing California Senator Mike McGuire and Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, emphasizing the significance of having lawmakers from rural areas lead both chambers of the Legislature.


California’s trees are dying in droves. Tahoe is at the epicenter – San Francisco Chronicle

California’s forests continue to see mass die-offs of trees as a result of too little water, insect infestation and disease. But last year’s wet winter provided at least some relief, new federal data shows. Roughly 28.8 million trees died statewide in 2023, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s annual aerial survey. The central Sierra Nevada, including the Lake Tahoe basin, and the state’s far north experienced the brunt of the mortality.