February 28, 2024

Monday marked the day many new California legal guidelines went into impact, together with the state’s new hid firearm restrictions that, till Saturday, had been blocked by a federal decide.

The regulation bans Californians from carrying firearms in numerous public locations reminiscent of parks, stadiums and locations of worship. It was handed in response to a 2022 U.S. Supreme Court docket ruling that lowered limitations on who can obtain hid carry permits.

Describing it as “repugnant to the Second Modification,” federal Decide Cormac Carney quickly blocked the regulation in late December. However on Saturday, a federal appeals court docket panel put a short lived maintain on Carney’s ruling because the case makes its manner by way of the courts.

In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement that “Californians overwhelmingly help efforts to make sure that locations… stay protected and free from weapons.” He additionally reiterated his proposal to amend the U.S. Structure with gun management measures together with elevating the minimal age to personal a gun and mandating common background checks, posting Monday on X (previously Twitter) that the modification would “save lives throughout the nation.”

To be taught extra about different notable legal guidelines that took impact Monday, take a look at our compilation of summaries written by the CalMatters employees:

Client safety

Legal justice 


Well being care


  • Makes it simpler for non secular establishments and non-profit faculties to develop reasonably priced housing.
  • Offers builders permission to construct denser, taller buildings in the event that they put aside extra models for middle-income earners.
  • Makes it simpler for courts to slap down “frivolous” environmental lawsuits.


  • Will increase assured paid sick depart from three days a 12 months to 5.
  • Bans employers from utilizing hair or urine take a look at outcomes for marijuana of their selections to fireplace or penalize employees, and bars employers from asking job candidates about prior hashish use (employees within the development business and positions that require federal background checks should not included).

Who will get to be on CA poll

Assemblymember Vince Fong speaks earlier than the Meeting on the Capitol in Sacramento on June 13, 2022. Picture by Wealthy Pedroncelli, AP Picture

It went all the way down to the wire to resolve the ultimate listing of candidates for the March 5 major in California.

Assemblymember Vince Fong can run to exchange fellow Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy in Congress, a Sacramento County decide dominated on Dec. 28. The decide overturned a choice by the Secretary of State’s workplace, and the ruling landed proper earlier than the workplace’s deadline to publish the official candidates listing.

CalMatters politics reporter Yue Stella Yu watched the 2 sides argue within the courtroom, and he or she writes that they clashed over the ability of the Secretary of State to find out a candidate’s eligibility and whether or not California regulation prohibits candidates from operating for a number of workplaces on the similar time, particularly for a legislative seat and for U.S. Home.

Decide Shelleyanne Chang sided with Fong, but in addition stated she is anxious that her ruling “could lead to voter confusion and the disenfranchisement of voters if Fong is finally elected for each workplaces however doesn’t retain one.” She additionally wrote that whereas “it considerably defies frequent sense to search out the regulation permits a candidate to run for 2 workplaces throughout the identical election,” she “is compelled to interpret the regulation as it’s written by the Legislature.”

  • Fong, in a press release: “I’m grateful that Decide Chang upheld the integrity of our elections and sided with Central Valley voters towards an overreaching Sacramento politician.”

Weber stated she is going to enchantment the ruling “to make sure that voters in future elections won’t change into disenfranchised.”

  • Weber, in a press release: “I strongly disagree with the result of this case, and I’m gravely involved in regards to the penalties of immediately’s ruling.”

Learn extra on the case in Stella’s story.

Additionally on the licensed listing of candidates: Former President Donald Trump. And primarily based on latest polling and state GOP rule modifications, he’s anticipated to win all 169 delegates up for grabs.

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis turned the highest-ranking Democrat to induce that he be disqualified over his involvement within the tried revolt on Jan. 6, 2021.

However Gov. Newsom wasn’t a fan of that concept, saying that whereas Trump “is a menace to our liberties and even to our democracy,” in California, “we defeat candidates on the polls.”

And Weber hinted at her resolution to not take away Trump, telling Kounalakis that there are “complicated authorized points.” The Colorado Supreme Court docket and Maine’s secretary of state have barred Trump from their state’s ballots, however the situation is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

The place Black college students are doing higher

Highschool math college students put together for finals week at Emery Excessive Faculty in Emery on Dec. 13, 2023. Picture by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters

Amid a sea of stagnant math and English take a look at scores amongst Ok-12 California college students, one small district within the East Bay presents a sliver of hope.

As CalMatters’ Ok-12 training reporter Carolyn Jones explains, positioned between Berkeley and Oakland sits Emery Unified, a college district the place 45% of scholars are Black — one of many highest charges within the state. In comparison with 2022, the proportion of Black college students assembly or exceeding state requirements for math elevated 6 proportion factors (from 9% to fifteen%) and people reaching language arts requirements jumped 13 proportion factors (from 24% to 37%).

Although the district’s scores are nonetheless beneath the state common, they’re notable on condition that take a look at scores statewide have remained flat or slipped backwards for the reason that pandemic. For Black college students specifically, the chances hitting or surpassing state requirements decreased for many grade ranges final 12 months.

The rationale why Black college students traditionally path different teams in class is multi-faceted, based on UCLA training professor Tyrone Howard. Black college students are inclined to go to colleges with much less skilled lecturers and fewer assets; they’re extra prone to be homeless, in foster care or dwelling in poverty; they usually’re usually met with racially prejudiced, low expectations.

So what does Emery Unified do this’s totally different from different districts? For one factor, greater than 30% of the district’s lecturers are Black, in comparison with 3.9% statewide; analysis reveals that Black college students who’ve Black lecturers usually tend to graduate highschool and go to varsity.

At Emery Excessive Faculty, the college shifted to a grading system that targeted extra on assessing college students’ information, which saved college students motivated. It additionally expanded its psychological well being assets and, maybe most notably, paid lecturers additional to tutor college students after faculty.

  • Jessica Goode, Emery Excessive principal: “I noticed these scores and I used to be elated. All of the work we’ve carried out has paid off. It’s been a problem — there’s no street map as a result of virtually nobody’s ever carried out this efficiently.”

For extra on what different Emery Unified colleges are doing, learn Carolyn’s story.

When will universities return artifacts?

Ms. UCR Powwow Princess 2023-24, Tishmal Herrera, dances at a performance during Native American Celebration Day at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Sept. 22, 2023. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters
Ms. UCR Powwow Princess 2023-24, Tishmal Herrera, dances at a efficiency throughout Native American Celebration Day on the state Capitol in Sacramento on Sept. 22, 2023. Picture by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters

As we kick off the brand new 12 months, one CalMatters story you might need missed in the course of the vacation break dives into efforts by the College of California and California State College to return Native ancestral stays and cultural artifacts again to their rightful tribes. As Amelia Wu and Helena San Roque of CalMatters’ Faculty Journalism Community report, two state audits of each college techniques have discovered that neither, for probably the most half, is complying with decades-old state and federal insurance policies to repatriate Native cultural artifacts.

On account of a scarcity of insurance policies, urgency and staffing, UC campuses collectively returned round 35% of 17,000 human stays to tribes as of October 2023 (although a further 30% is within the means of being returned). Cal State campuses returned solely 6% of the 698,000 Native stays and artifacts.

Two campuses, nevertheless, buck this pattern. UCLA and Cal State Lengthy Seaside have returned most gadgets to Native tribes — 96% and 70%, respectively — due to robust Native American advocacy amongst campus management and tutorial departments.

To be taught extra about this situation, learn Amelia and Helena’s story.

Cal State and sexual assault: The Faculty Journalism Community can also be writing about how Cal State campuses deal with college students who file allegations of sexual assault and harassment, and is now inviting college students and others to share their experiences. Fill out this survey, which can also be in Spanish.

And make amends for our different tales from the vacation week:

  • In response to insurers firms failing to supply and promote auto insurance coverage to good drivers in California, the state’s insurance coverage commissioner issued a discover threatening enforcement motion towards firms that use “passive aggressive techniques” to delay protection, explains CalMatters’ economic system reporter Levi Sumagaysay.

CalMatters columnist Dan Walters: May Gov. Newsom really mount a profitable marketing campaign for the White Home?

California regulators are contemplating a pricey fiber-only technique to shut the state’s digital divide, however they need to think about each expertise, writes Carl Guardino, vice chairman of presidency affairs and public coverage at Tarana Wi-fi.

After discovering an encampment in a fire-prone canyon, a San Diego group developed a expertise coaching program to scale back hearth threat and join homeless individuals with jobs, writes Keith Wilson, director of strategic growth for San Diego Canyonlands.

California can set up long-term success for offshore wind by embracing “ocean justice” rules, writes Daniela Schulman, an influence sector coverage advisor at Evergreen Motion and a Bay Space fellow on the Clear Power Management Institute.

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