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Gov. Gavin Newsom took a day off from bills signings and vetoes on Monday.
But he unleashed such a big flood of bill decisions over the weekend — about 470 — that legislators and advocacy groups, not to mention reporters, are still catching up.
Some key ones signed:
Some consequential vetoes:
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Besides intensifying wildfires, upending local and global economies and disrupting vulnerable agricultural and environmental systems, climate change is the center of yet another troubling matter: mental anguish.
As CalMatters’ health reporting intern Shreya Agrawal explains, a 2022 Blue Shield of California survey found that 80% of California youths ages 14 to 24 experienced some form of “climate distress” — a range of emotions that include grief, anger, anxiety and hopelessness.
Seeking some form of help and community, 25-year-old Maksim Batuyev co-founded Climate Cafe L.A., a support group where like-minded people can discuss these overwhelming emotions.
Educators are flagging their concerns as well. One Redondo Beach teacher told Shreya that kids start experiencing climate distress around 5th or 6th grade: “They feel angry… and they feel cheated, because their planet is at risk, other people did it and they have to figure it out.”
In 2021, Newsom approved $6 million for an environmental justice program in San Mateo County schools that includes group activities to build social and emotional resilience against the climate crisis. And the California Association of School Counselors is currently building a curriculum that includes discussions on how to address climate change.
But mental health advocates say this won’t be enough. They argue that many therapists aren’t trained to deal with climate emotions, and developing strong community-based systems as an alternative to therapy requires funding and resources they don’t have.
For more on climate distress, read Shreya’s story.
While hundreds rallied in favor of Palestinian rights in San Francisco, California officialdom is steadfastly in support of Israel after the surprise attack by Hamas over the weekend.
Gov. Newsom ordered the state Capitol lit Monday night in Israel’s national colors of blue and white and issued a statement “unequivocally” condemning the assault. Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and other statewide officials also voiced their shock and support.
Monday, state Senate Republicans joined a parade of legislative groups backing what they argued as Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorists.
CalMatters columnist Dan Walters: Progressive Santa Monica is fighting a change to its city council elections that might lead to more diverse representation.
Freeways that crisscross neglected neighborhoods are choking residents with harmful pollution, but a bill would extend a clean transportation program that can help, writes Prisma Alvarez, a middle school office coordinator in South Los Angeles.
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