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Newsom Bans Indoor Dining at Restaurants, Closes Bars Again in 19 Counties

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered indoor dining and bar services closed in 19 California counties including Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Merced. The action, announced Wednesday, is part of a rollback of the governor’s phased reopening plan and comes amid a troubling spike over the past two weeks in new COVID-19 cases.In addition to restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, ...

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Governor Issues Statewide Mask Order

SACRAMENTO — A new, statewide order was put in place Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom requiring face masks be worn in most public settings, particularly those indoors. Newsom said he’s implementing the order in an effort to maintain the progress made in reopening the state’s economy. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at ...

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Longtime Leader at Devils Postpile National Monument Retiring

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN — Deanna Dulen, longtime superintendent of Devils Postpile National Monument, has announced that she is retiring from the National Park Service at the end of May. Dulen started her career in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter with Olympic National Forest — a job that sparked her passion for the great outdoors and public service. She’s also worked as ...

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Madera County Gets Greenlight to Move to Stage 2.5

MADERA — Madera County has approval from the state to move to Stage 2.5 on the governor’s Roadmap to Re-opening. Local health officials submitted documentation to the state on this week (May 19) confirming the county’s ability to meet the readiness criteria set by the governor — and the County’s “attestation” was approved by the state Wednesday morning.At a press ...

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Newsom Eases Standards, Says State Could Move to Phase 3 in Early June

NAPA — California will loosen key standards for counties seeking to reopen their economies faster, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.All but five of California’s 58 counties — including Madera County — will qualify for a variance from the statewide stay-at-home order through the new rules, though not all may choose to seek one, the governor said. Madera County officials sent ...

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Governor OKs ‘Phase 2.5’ Re-openings for 16 Counties

MOUNTAIN AREA — More than a dozen counties in California can move further into stage two of the state’s four-phased reopening plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this week — but Mariposa and Madera counties are not on the list. As of Wednesday afternoon, 16 of California’s 58 counties had been approved by the state to reopen schools, dine-in restaurants and ...

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Report: Sierra Snow Pack Levels Below ‘Normal’

SACRAMENTO — The latest –and final — seasonal state snow pack survey confirmed that California had a drier-than-normal winter. The snow measured just one-and-a-half inches deep at Phillips Station in the Sierra east of Sacramento, and the water content was equivalent to just a half-inch, which is 3 percent of the May average for the location, state Department of Water ...

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Governor Outlines Four-Step Plan to Reopen Economy, Schools

SACRAMENTO — At a press conference Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell outlined a broad plan to reopen the state’s economy in four phases, including the limited reintroduction of in-room dining for restaurants and gradual restarts of other non-essential businesses like manufacturing, childcare facilities, retail, gyms and hair salons. Newsom did not ...

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DMV Closing All State Field Offices in Response to Pandemic

SACRAMENTO –California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced late Thursday (March 26) it will be temporarily closing all of its field offices across the state today in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. All in-office appointments are being canceled for now, and customers are asked to check the DMV’s website for future appointment availability. The DMV plans to shift their field ...

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Wildfire Insurance Crisis Leads to Call for First-ever Statewide Non-renewal Moratorium

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OAKLAND — California’s Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday issued a mandatory one-year moratorium on insurance companies non-renewing policyholders — helping at least 800,000 homeowners in wildfire disaster areas across the state. The commissioner’s action is the result of Senate Bill 824 — authored last year by Lara while serving as state senator — in order to give temporary relief ...

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