California plans ‘inflation relief’ checks. Will other states follow?

Who may qualify for ‘inflation relief’ checks Those with up to $75,000 in income, or $150,000 if married and filing jointly, will receive up to $350 per tax filer, plus $350 if they have one or more dependent. Thus, joint filers with at least one dependent stand to receive the highest possible sum of $1,050. … Read more

California to send stimulus checks of up to $1,050 per family for “inflation relief”

About 23 million California residents will soon receive “inflation relief” checks of up to $1,050 under a budget deal reached by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers on Sunday. The checks are part of a $17 billion relief package that will also suspend the state’s sales tax on diesel fuel and provide additional aid to … Read more

California gunman Justin Flores who killed El Monte cops Michael Paredes, Joseph Santana died from suicide

The alleged gangbanger who gunned down two cops at a California motel killed himself after he fatally shot the officers, online coroner’s records said. Justin Flores, 35, died by suicide on the sidewalk outside the Siesta Inn Motel, where he killed El Monte police Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana on Tuesday, according to … Read more

Western wildfires force evacuations in Arizona, California

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Western US on Monday marked another day of hot, dry and windy weather as crews from California to New Mexico battled wildfires that had forced hundreds of people to leave their homes. Roughly 2,500 homes have been evacuated because of two wildfires burning on the outskirts of Flagstaff in northern … Read more

California primary winners and losers in Sacramento election

Dr. Kermit Jones, a family physician and Navy veteran, scored a win with 39% of the vote for the District 3 congressional seat. Xavier Mascarenas xmascarenas@sacbee.com California’s Primary Tuesday is over. With sights set on November, candidates had a few brief moments to celebrate or ponder what went wrong, before regrouping and racing toward the … Read more

Heat wave puts 70 million under warnings from Tennessee to California

More than 70 million are under heat warnings and advisories on Saturday through early next week as a potent heat dome sends temperatures soaring to levels the National Weather Service is calling “potentially deadly.” The big picture: The heat wave, made worse by a long-term, climate change-influenced drought, shows signs of eventually swelling into the … Read more

Mexican megachurch leader gets more than 16 years for abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of the Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo was sentenced Wednesday to more than 16 years in a California prison for sexually abusing young female followers who said he made them his sex slaves. Naasón Joaquín García, 53, abruptly pleaded guilty last week in Los Angeles Superior Court to … Read more

California, Iowa, New Mexico, South Dakota and more

Primaries are being held in seven states on Tuesday, with the November matchups in 78 congressional seats being determined – a huge indicator of how the control of the House will go in November. Ten of these seats are in California, where results will likely not come on Tuesday night since the state conducts its … Read more

What to watch in primaries in 7 states

LOS ANGELES — Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for US House and Senate races this fall, with many contests shaped by political fissures in both major parties and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump. With control of Congress in play, a string of Republican House incumbents are contending … Read more

Five areas California’s reparations panel says the state should focus upon

A California panel tasked with studying and establishing proposals for reparations for African Americans has released an extensive report documenting the impact of slavery and systemic discrimination nationwide and in the country’s most populous state. The roughly 500-page report, which seeks to make the case for “comprehensive reparations,” has been lauded by advocates who see … Read more