Melody Gutierrez covers state government and politics in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she covered politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the state Legislature, education and sports for the Sacramento Bee. Her first reporting job was for the newspaper in her hometown of Twentynine Palms while she was in high school. She graduated from Chico State. With an emphasis on watchdog reporting, she has written award-winning stories on wasteful spending, pension spiking, rape kit backlogs and failures in the foster care system, some of which prompted state audits and legislative changes.
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Assembly Bill 650 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Rolling Hills Estates) would have required hospitals, clinics and skilled nursing facilities to pay medical professionals $10,000 bonuses. The bill died Thursday when lawmakers declined to vote on the measure.
Assembly Bill 650 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Rolling Hills Estates) would award $10,000 bonuses to California healthcare workers. The pay would be spread out in hopes that the cash would entice healthcare workers to remain in their job.
Health advocates and some lawmakers say the plan leaves a gap in funding that jeopardizes the work of public health agencies in communities across the state.
Newsom proposes $859-million expansion of Medi-Cal to cover seniors regardless of immigration status, funded by a massive rise in income tax revenue.
Nearly $4 million has flowed into the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles from donors who use accounts that allow them to shield their identities.
California is already set to allow college athletes to be compensated beginning in 2023, but a new push aims to make it happen sooner.
The little-known practice of routing behested payments through donor-advised funds allows those who make charitable contributions on behalf of elected officials to obscure their identities in state records.
Los registros estatales muestran que los llamados “pagos por encargo” se dispararon en 2020 en comparación con el año anterior, cuando las empresas donaron 12.1 millones de dólares en nombre del gobernador Newsom.
State records show that so-called “behested payments” spiked in 2020 compared to the year prior, when companies gifted $12.1 million on Gov. Newsom’s behalf.
There is no limit on how much a company or individual can donate on behalf of an elected official. Newsom helped secure $226 million last year.