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How to vote in person in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado

The recall vote determining whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will finish out his term is today. Voters must mail their ballot, deposit it at a secure drop-off location or vote in person by 8 p.m. this evening. Still need to cast your ballot? Here’s what you need to know to vote in-person on Election Day. Find […]

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Hire at your own risk

Burt Schlosberg is 88, has arthritis and admits he’s not very handy around the house. “I need an instruction booklet to change a light bulb,” Schlosberg says. “I can use a screwdriver on simple stuff and a hammer, usually not breaking anything, but anything more complex is beyond my limited scope.” Recently, and shortly before […]

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How the state’s mistake decided the course of two nursing homes

California Department of Public Health officials say they cannot fix their mistake, amid cries the licensing system for nursing homes is “broken and ineffective.” CALIFORNIA, USA — This story was originally published by CalMatters. The state’s nursing home licensing system has long raised the ire of elder-care advocates. Now, another misstep has sparked new frustration […]

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Redwood City gets ready for its first retail marijuana stores

Never mind that marijuana is illegal at the federal level, that it still has a ways to go to achieve cultural acceptance, that bringing the product to consumers was a costly, uncertain and highly regulated enterprise, even before a pandemic came along.  Yet the weed business has grown like— well, a weed — since California […]

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The crew searching for clues in the wreckage of California wildfires | California

The floor of what was once the Greenville library is littered with heaps of charred pages, scattered between a few remaining walls, shelves and filing cabinets. In the downtown park, blackened benches sit empty underneath spiny trees stretching into a smoke-filled sky. Two weeks ago, the Dixie fire raged through this quaint northern California mountain […]

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State oversight of nursing homes called ‘befuddling,’ ‘broken’

Lea este artículo en español.   A CalMatters investigation reveals an opaque licensing process for California nursing homes, rife with indecision and contradictions. Officials have let the state’s largest nursing home owner and his companies operate 18 homes for years while failing to decide whether to grant the required licenses. The virus swept through Country Villa Sheraton […]

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Despite License Denials, Nursing Homes Can Keep Operating In California : Shots

In December 2019, Cynthia Carrillo placed her older brother David at Villa Mesa Care Center, a nursing home in Upland, Calif. After the shutdown in March of 2020, Cynthia Carrillo couldn’t visit David inside Villa Mesa. One month later, David, 65, who had Down syndrome, died from COVID-19. Chava Sanchez/LAist hide caption toggle caption Chava […]

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Home inspectors unregulated, unlicensed in Maine

Right now, anyone can decide to be a home inspector in Maine. A bill to regulate home inspectors is under review PORTLAND, Maine — In 2020, nearly 6,000 people moved to Maine to buy homes, according to data from Maine Real Estate Information Systems. The real estate market is flooded with buyers, but not so […]

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Texas veterans homes were deadly during the COVID-19 pandemic

About this story: The Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle spent months investigating how Texas cared for veterans and their spouses during the coronavirus pandemic at the nine state-run veterans homes. Reporters reviewed hundreds of pages of inspection reports and internal emails, and interviewed more than a dozen experts, resident advocates and families. Mary Kay Dieterich […]

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California Considers Changing Watchdog Role Of Nursing Home Inspectors

The California Department of Public Health, which has long been criticized for failing to properly regulate nursing homes, is now considering an overhaul of its inspection program that advocates say will further erode the agency’s oversight. Under the current draft plan, Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors would visit the state’s 1,100 nursing homes a […]

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