The State of California

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KCBS Radio's daily segment "The State Of California" focuses on a topic, policy matter or general California-centric issue and is hosted by political reporter Doug Sovern, along with anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising.

Listen every weekday at 3:30 p.m.

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KCBS Radio Afternoon News
June 05, 2020 - 5:28 pm
Gov. Gavin Newsom used his press conference Friday afternoon to speak out on racial issues in California, including making changes to law enforcement training in the state.
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KCBS Radio Afternoon News
June 04, 2020 - 8:28 pm
As protests continue around the Bay Area and around the country, legislators now have the challenge of taking the sentiment and turning it into policy.
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KCBS Radio Overnight News
June 04, 2020 - 1:48 pm
Will the continued nationwide protests put a strain on the relatively cordial relationship between California Governor Gavin Newsom and President Donald Trump? As the debate on the path forward continues, how will the dynamic change between California and the White House. On Wednesday’s “The State...
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Doug Sovern
June 02, 2020 - 10:44 pm
Curfews remain in effect in cities around the Bay Area hoping to stem the tide of violent protests and looting. As protests over police tactics continue, some officials are already taking action on the policymaking side to shift the culture in police departments.
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Doug Sovern
June 01, 2020 - 11:48 pm
After a weekend of protests—both peaceful and violent—around California, state leaders are juggling a number of overlapping crises. Governor Gavin Newsom gave an impassioned plea on Monday afternoon asking for an end to the violence and looting, while amplifying the message coming from protests...
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Doug Sovern
May 28, 2020 - 4:00 pm
The ranks of the unemployed continue to swell, with more than 40 million Americans now out of work since the coronavirus pandemic began, almost five million of them here in California. Meanwhile, homeless camps keep spreading and growing around the Bay Area, with one study projecting a 20% rise in...
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Doug Sovern
May 27, 2020 - 4:52 pm
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state of California are being sued, on multiple fronts, over their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The governor is under legal attack in separate suits, for not allowing religious services, keeping beauty salons closed and planning to mail ballots to all registered...
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Doug Sovern
May 26, 2020 - 8:32 pm
California plans to mail every registered voter a ballot for the November election to make sure they can vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic, but that plan is under attack in the federal courts and on Twitter, where President Trump claims it will lead to widespread fraud.
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Doug Sovern
May 22, 2020 - 5:56 pm
Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday he would issue new guidelines for houses of worship to open safely, but probably not in time for this Sunday. The Governor is under increasing federal pressure to let religious services resume. The U.S. Department of Justice told Governor Newsom he may be...
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Doug Sovern
May 21, 2020 - 7:30 pm
California faces the largest budget deficit in its history, a staggering 54 billion dollars, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Newsom is proposing some deep budget cuts and leaning heavily on the Trump administration for help, even as he marshals state resources to cope with the human...
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