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For the past dozen years, Chris Nichols has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across California. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, he worked at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.
He is a native of sunny San Diego and long-suffering fan of the San Diego Padres and Chargers – but only if they stay in America’s Finest City. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Chris left California to earn his master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2004, but quickly returned home after realizing his heart was in the Golden State, not the Big Apple.
April 27, 2020
California’s courts put a freeze on most eviction proceedings earlier this month. But landlords can still start the process, even though they cannot currently ask courts to physically remove tenants who do not pay their rent on time.
As California Unemployment Claims Mount, Policy Group Warns We’ve Only Seen ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’ On Reported Job Losses
April 23, 2020
Gov. Newsom said on Thursday that California must speed up processing of unemployment claims and pledged to add hundreds more employees to help.
April 20, 2020
Pot dispensaries are open across the state during the coronavirus crisis because the state-designated their staff as an essential part of the workforce.
California’s Self-Employed, Independent Contractors Will Finally Have Chance To Apply For Federal Relief — At The End Of April
April 16, 2020
A new state website promises to allow non-traditional workers, including some gig workers, to finally apply for federal relief benefits with the goal of paying people within two days of their application.
Newsom Defends $1 Billion Deal For Masks With Chinese Firm After Questions Raised About Company’s Track Record
April 14, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said all products from Chinese company BYD will be required to pass federal standards, including those set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
‘Feel Like A Million Dollars’: Shower-On-Wheels Program Offers Hope, Hygiene For Homeless Sacramentans During COVID-19
April 13, 2020
The program provides up to 100 showers per day and offers food, fresh underwear and socks.
California’s Independent Contractors Should Not Apply For Federal Jobless Benefits Yet, State Employment Agency Says
April 8, 2020
The agency received federal guidance this week for how to make the relief funds available, but has struggled to get the complex new program started.
Sacramento City, County Leaders Approve $15 Million Plan To Keep COVID-19 From Spreading In Homeless Population
April 8, 2020
The joint city-county plan focuses on keeping existing homeless shelters safe and opening hundreds of motel rooms for those who are infected or most at risk.
California Courts Suspend Eviction, Foreclosure Proceedings Until 90 Days After Coronavirus Emergency Lifted
April 6, 2020
Many tenant advocates praised the move, but said it doesn’t prevent landlords from starting the eviction process despite going further than Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent eviction moratorium.
April 1, 2020
Under the federal relief bill, the self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers could be eligible for $600 per week plus half of the state’s average unemployment insurance. But state officials aren't sure how to implement the benefits.