California may end ban on communists in government jobs

FILE — In this Aug. 31, 2016 file photo Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, speaks during a legislative session, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved Bonta’s measure, AB22 that would prevent California state employees from being fired for being a member of the Communist Party. The bill now goes to the Senate. Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

 

The state Assembly voted Monday, May 8 to approve a bill that would eliminate Cold War-era language that allows California to fire any state worker who is a communist. In this clip, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced his bill before facing opposition from Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach. California Channel

Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly. Continue reading

For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Every time drought strikes California, the people of this state cannot help noticing the substantial reservoir of untapped water lapping at their shores — 187 quintillion gallons of it, more or less, shimmering so invitingly in the sun.

Now, for the first time, a major California metropolis is on the verge of turning the Pacific Ocean into an everyday source of drinking water. A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction here and due to open as early as November, providing a major test of whether California cities will be able to resort to the ocean to solve their water woes. Continue reading