A comparison of Texas and California suggests that legal edicts matter less than The New York Times thinks.
A year into the pandemic, politicians still have not digested the dangers of careless public health measures.
The evidence is limited and mixed, but data from New York, Minnesota, and California suggest that restaurants there account for a small share of infections.
California Judge Blocks Enforcement of State and Local Bans on Restaurant Dining in San Diego County
The decision says the government failed to present any evidence of virus transmission in restaurants that follow COVID-19 precautions.
California's Health Secretary Concedes There Is No Empirical Basis for the State's Ban on Outdoor Dining
The ban is "not a comment on the relative safety of outdoor dining," Mark Ghaly says, but part of the effort to keep people from leaving home.
San Mateo County Health Officer Scott Morrow, who supported last spring's stay-at-home orders, airs his misgivings about reviving that policy.
The governor's latest order dials up restrictions on whole swaths of California's economy in an effort to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.
Bounchan Keola was injured while fighting the deadly Zogg Fire. California rewarded him with a possible deportation.
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After violating his own rules, California's governor offers deceitful excuses and announces new restrictions for the little people.
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Critics say the state's dependence on solar and wind have made the power grid unreliable and overly expensive.
The Golden State has seen a rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
It's great that Gov. Gavin Newsom is finally looking at costs and benefits. But don't kid yourself. None of it has anything to do with "science."
'We're All in Quarantine Now,' Says Andrew Cuomo, Who Two Days Ago Said That Was Out of the Question
New York's governor insists his edict "mandating that 100% of the workforce must stay home" is "not a shelter-in-place order."
But the underlying problems remain unaddressed.
That's not the comparison you want if you're a California governor. Newsom should spend more time dealing with the nuts-and-bolts of government and less time preening for the national stage.
Gavin Newsom, Supporter of Massive Gas Tax Hike, Demands Investigation of $4 per Gallon CA Gas Prices
The governor's request comes after the release of a report finding the state's taxes and regulations explain half of the higher prices Golden State motorists pay.
The bill would upend the gig economy.
Milton Friedman famously observed that "nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." The rare demise of a government program, it seems, is temporary too.
The Golden State toys with bad fixes to its worsening housing affordability problems.
California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices
What could possibly be increasing California's gas prices?