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SF Chronicle: CA’s Historic Ban On Gas-Powered Cars Includes One Major Exception

California regulators approved a plan Thursday to mostly ban the sale of new gas-powered cars starting in 2035, adopting the first statewide clean-car mandate of its kind in the country.

The move formalizes an executive order that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed nearly two years ago, requiring the state to phase out the sale of cars that generate planet-warming emissions. Electric-vehicle experts called the vote historic and said it will reshape the global auto market.

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SF Gate: Sunset Senior Centers Get Millions In State Funds

A pair of senior facilities in San Francisco's Sunset District are getting a boost in state funding, which will help build, renovate and improve the spaces.

Assemblymember Phil Ting announced last week that $3.5 million from the state would be released to enhance the facilities.

The South Sunset Senior Center will receive $2.3 million dollars for upgrades, while an additional $1.2 million will go to support a new senior center on Taraval Street to be run by the nonprofit organization Self Help for the Elderly.

Stateline: Your Check's in the Mail: States Give Tax Refunds to Cushion Inflation

This month, Colorado taxpayers began receiving refunds from the state government. Joint filers got $1,500, and single filers got $750. Enclosed was a letter from Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, who noted that the checks — required under the state constitution — were being mailed ahead of schedule, due to a law passed this session, to help people cope with rising prices.

“At a time when inflation is causing increases in the cost of everyday items, we are committed to getting this money to you as quickly as possible,” Polis wrote.

ABC 7: What You Need To Know About New CA Law Eliminating Late Traffic Fines, Lowering Late Fees

The state has eliminated all late traffic fines and dropped the price of existing fees for all Californians.

"We punish people extravagantly for traffic violations," said Rio Scharf, an attorney for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. "Not just with fines, but also with a ton of mandatory fees." AB 199 - California Assembly (20212022) - Open States

Assembly Bill 199 aims to cut down costs - eliminating all traffic late fees imposed before July 1.

Bay Area Reporter: LGBTQ Asians Push To Stem Hate Crimes Tide

LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are part of a coalition of community groups and state lawmakers pushing to stem a tide of hate crimes against API individuals and others that has been rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are focused this week on advancing two bills in the California Legislature collectively called the No Place for Hate Campaign.