CALIFORNIA IS NOW THE NATION’S FIRST “SANCTUARY STATE”, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A slew of new immigration laws went into effect January 1. And though filed under the tag “immigration,” much of the new legislation will affect U.S. citizens including business owners, law enforcement professionals, teachers, landlords, and city employees. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in… New for 2018, California becomes the

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NO MORE INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS IN CALIFORNIA

Starting January 1, all light bulbs manufactured in California will have to meet new energy standards, which means incandescent bulbs will be gone once the stores sell their existing stock. Experts say the move will save money and energy, and help the fight against climate change. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives

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NEW STATE LAWS WILL AFFECT PETS IN 2018

Some new laws concerning pets will be in effect in California after the ball drops January 1, 2018. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…

Strange as it may seem, some people knowingly—or unknowingly—rent or lease dogs or cats. A new law will invalidate such contracts, and the person who is

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REP. COOK VOTES FOR TAX REFORM

Rep. Paul Cook joined fellow Republicans this week in voting for the final version of HR1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed the House of Representatives 227-203.

Cook explained his vote by saying that the new law will provide crucial tax relief for middle-class and low-income Americans. “Despite

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NEW STATE GUN LAWS COMING TO CALIFORNIA FOR 2018

Many new laws will be implemented in California in 2018, including new legislation regarding the use and ownership of firearms and ammunition. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

As California residents welcome the new year, we will need to take note of several new gun laws that take effect as

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PURCHASING MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL JANUARY 1ST, BUT NOT HERE

One of the most talked-about new laws in place for the new year is the statewide initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Reporter David Haldane tells us what it will mean for desert dwellers of the Morongo Basin… If you’re a fan of recreational marijuana, 2018 may seem like a banner year;

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NEW BUSINESS LAWS KICK IN JANUARY 1

Minimum wage earners will be getting a pay raise as of January 1. The state’s minimum wage increases to $10.50 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees, and $11 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. Managing editor Tami Roleff lists some of the other employment

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NEW POT LAWS MEAN PAST CONVICTIONS CAN BE CLEARED

California’s new recreational cannabis law is doing more than legalizing marijuana sales going forward. It’s also allowing thousands with past pot convictions to clear their criminal records. A little-known provision in Proposition 64 allows people convicted of almost any marijuana crime to have it removed or reduced. According to the

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PAUL COOK VOTES TO PUBLICIZE AND COMBAT IRANIAN GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted Wednesday, with nearly every other Republican congressman, to pass a bill requiring the Department of Treasury to disclose the assets of Iran’s top political and military leaders. The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, HR1638, approved in a 289-135, vote, will force the Department

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YOU CAN DONATE TO HELP CALIFORNIA FIRE VICTIMS

The Thomas fire in Southern California continues to burn out of control. People are losing their homes all across the state. Andrew Dieleman tells how you can help people who have lost everything they own… Fires can destroy lives and livelihoods in the blink of an eye, regardless of whether

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TWO AREA NATIONAL MONUMENTS ESCAPE CUTS, ONE MAY SEE A USE CHANGE

Two national monuments in our immediate area look to be safe from changes from Washington D.C., but one faces a use change. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t recommending any changes to Sand to Snow or Mojave Trails, two national monuments in our California desert that were established by then-President Obama.

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EDISON EXPLAINS NEW TIME-OF-USE RATE PROGRAM

The way you pay for electric power is about to change. A Southern California Edison representative spoke about time-of-use plans at a meeting in Twentynine Palms Monday, sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and explains what time-of-use-plans are… Southern California Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Cusack explained

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CHAD MAYES STAFF HOLDS YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, December 6. Staff representatives will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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LOW-INCOME SENIORS, DISABLED, MAY APPLY TO POSTPONE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

The state of California is once again allowing some residents to postpone paying their property taxes. Reporter Rebecca Havely says if you are low-income or disabled, you may be eligible…

There is help available if you can’t afford your property taxes. If you are at least 62 years old, or

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OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS TOMORROW FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA

Most everyone knows that auto insurance is required by law. But fewer folks have gotten used to the idea that health insurance is also now required by law. Failure to obtain coverage can run into penalties come tax time. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how to best shop for that

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CALIFORNIA GAS TAX KICKS IN WEDNESDAY, FILL HER UP

Get ready to spend more money at the gas pump, starting Wednesday, November 1. That’s when a gas tax, approved by the California legislature in April, goes into effect. California gas taxes will increase by 12 cents a gallon and diesel taxes by 20 cents. Lawmakers say the taxes will

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CONGRESSMAN COOK NAMED AS CHAIR OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley was named Thursday as the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. The Western Hemisphere subcommittee covers political relations between the United States and other nations in North and South America. The subcommittee conducts oversight on regional institutions, foreign

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NOAA FORECASTS DRIER, WARMER WINTER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (or NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook Thursday, with La Nina potentially emerging for the second year in a row as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. La Nina has a 55- to 65-percent

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CHP GETS GRANT TO CRACK DOWN ON SPEEDING AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

Speed and aggressive driving, the main causes of traffic collisions in California, will be the focus of a year-long education and enforcement campaign by the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP received a federal traffic safety grant, titled Regulate Aggressive Driving and Reduce Speed II, which it will use to educate

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GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE OUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL TODAY

One way to prepare for California’s next earthquake is to participate in the Great California ShakeOut this morning, October 19, at 10:19 a.m., and practice how to stay safer when the ground shakes. ShakeOut has become a global event and is now the world’s largest earthquake drill. It takes place

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