Despite Major Wildfires, Most Calif. Local Governments Won’t Feel Credit Ratings Impacts

Only small towns and school districts facing significant damage and weak liquidity will likely feel pressure, according to Moody’s.

When a Deadly Disaster Is 15 Minutes Away Or Less

The Camp Fire’s conflagration prompts important what-if questions for many communities that have limited evacuation routes.

The Homeless Can’t Escape San Francisco’s Smoke-Ridden Air

As wildfires burn out of control, they are impacting the state’s other crisis—the growing number of people living on the streets.

California Utilities Feel Heat as State Burns

Fire investigators continue to look at the possible role power equipment may have played in starting the state’s deadliest wildfire on record.

More Than 200 Still Missing as Wildfire Death Toll Rises in Northern California

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Short-term rental crackdown in N.Y.C. … ‘Michigan left’ turns to expand in Tucson … and a small town’s big sewage leak.

Los Angeles Inks New Data-Sharing Agreement With Scooter and Bikeshare Companies

“This is the way we must work together to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Seleta Reynolds, the LADOT’s general manager.

Effort to Kneecap Gas Tax Revenue Fails in California

A source of transportation funding in the state has been preserved.

Tech Billionaires’ Obligation to the Cities Around Them

California voters are being asked to tax big corporations to solve local problems. But is that the companies’ responsibility?

No Breathalyzer for the Stoned? Maybe That’s OK.

With recreational marijuana now permitted in nine states, questions remain over the best way to detect high drivers.

More U.S. Women Dying From Childbirth. How One State Bucks the Trend.

California has focused on maternal health, including targeting problems that arise during labor and delivery and using data collection to quickly identify deficiencies.

San Diego City Council Does an About-Face on Airbnb Rules

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hep A jump in Florida county … calls for “forensic audit” of Philly’s IT infrastructure … and should corrupt lawmakers have names stripped from roads?

A Long-Term Solution for Scooter Sharing

San Francisco’s scooters are back, and newly regulated. But is regulation enough to make them work in the long term?

In Shift, States Step in on Affordable Housing

More and more, states are getting involved in housing issues that used to be just local government affairs, including preempting their authority.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Ruling on Lead Paint Remediation

A coalition of cities and counties sued manufacturers under the state’s “public nuisance” law. They have won a $400 million fund to help treat housing.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

Six states have approved the victims' rights constitutional amendments, with voters in six more soon expected to consider similar measures.