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California officially bans discrimination against natural hair

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A new law took effect in California with the start of the new year that seeks to ban discrimination against natural hair in workplaces and schools.

The legislation, dubbed the CROWN Act, officially adds hair-based discrimination associated with race to the state’s anti-discrimination law.

The measure states that workplace policies prohibiting natural hair “including afros, braids, twists, and locks, have a disparate impact on Black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter Black applicants and burden or punish Black employees than any other group.”

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California DUI convictions can cost you up to $20,000

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year when it comes to driving under the influence, and many people are unaware of just how much a DUI conviction can cost them.

“While under California law it’s legal to have a drink of alcohol and get behind the wheel, on New Year’s Eve, it is especially dangerous,” explained Darren Kavinoky, founding attorney with 1-800-NoCuffs. “It’s one of the worst nights to think about doing that because enforcement is really going to be out there.”

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Thousands Of New Laws In California Take Effect On Jan. 1, 2020

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SACRAMENTO (CBSSF) – Californians will face more than a thousand new laws in 2020, including several significant laws affecting their safety, health, children’s education, and finances.


State lawmakers expanded California’s so-called, ‘red flag’ law enabling teachers, administrators, employers and employees to ask a judge to remove guns from someone they fear is a risk to themselves and others.

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Caltrans cleans up Concord Park & Ride

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CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) — Neighbors say it’s been a long time coming, a major cleanup of a Park and Ride in Concord that’s been plagued by a homeless encampment, garbage, and illegal dumping.

Ricardo Muller told us he doesn’t feel safe leaving his car in the lot while he commutes to his job, but has no other choice.

The Park and Ride on Willow Pass Road at Market is on property owned by Caltrans, so it was bright orange Caltrans crews that moved in, in force to do the cleanup.

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California Eases Way For Land Clearing To Prevent Wildfires

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – California regulators said Tuesday that they have streamlined the state’s permit process to make it faster to approve tree-thinning projects designed to slow massive wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years.

The state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection approved a vegetation management program based on more than a decade of analysis of the potential environmental damage from removing different types of fuel, ranging from alpine trees to chaparral.

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California Among 20 States to Raise Minimum Wage on Jan. 1, 2020

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The minimum wage is set to go up in 72 jurisdictions in 2020. The increases will be in 24 states and 48 cities and counties, according to the advocacy group National Employment Law Project.

Most of those changes are set to begin on the first day of 2020, though New York’s pay raise is set to begin December 31, the NELP reported.

On New Year’s Day, 20 states and 26 cities and counties, mostly in California, will raise the minimum wages.

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2020 Guide To Meteor Showers, Supermoons In Calif.

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CALIFORNIA — If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time outside with your family and friends, or just get out there more yourself, the skies above California offer hours of enchantment that’s not only fun but a practical science lesson about the cosmos.

To start your resolution off right, note that astronomers are buzzing about the Quadrantid meteor shower that peaks Jan. 3-4. This colorful blue meteor shower with a limited window for viewing typically produces about 40 shooting stars an hour, but there could be as many as 100 an hour in the 2020 show.

In addition to meteor showers, full moons and supermoons — there are four of them in 2020 — Jupiter and Saturn will appear as one planet in a spectacular and rare conjunction in December. If you haven’t spent a summer night gazing into the heavens, you haven’t been doing summer right; fortunately, the planets show themselves throughout the summer.

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How to assert your rights under California’s new privacy law

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A first-in-the-nation law will go into effect in California on January 1, 2020, giving you greater privacy when using social media.

First, this is an opt-in law. That means if you want to take advantage of the change, you’ll need to do a little work.

To make that as easy as possible, 7 On Your Side will walk you through it. But it’s what we won’t be able to show you that is raising a few eyebrows.

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CA Vehicle Laws Taking Effect In 2020

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Sacramento, CA — The DMV reports that there will be several new laws beginning on January 1st, as well as a notable change taking effect in October.

On October 1st of 2020 the US Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or another federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver’s license, to board flights within the US and to access secure federal facilities and military bases…..

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