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New California law to bring big changes for campsite reservations


Booking California’s high-demand campsites online will hopefully become a bit easier under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday morning.

The bill, AB618, aims to deter late cancellations and no-shows at campgrounds in state parks and beaches, issues that have inconvenienced prospective campers since the state adopted ReserveCalifornia as its go-to booking portal in 2017 and grown into a headache since pandemic lockdowns spiked interest in outdoor recreation. 

California sues crisis pregnancy centers over ‘abortion pill reversal’ claims


In its continued battle to bulletproof the right to abortion, California is suing two major anti-abortion groups over claims made about the viability of “abortion pill reversal,” Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Thursday.

Heartbeat International, a national anti-abortion group, and RealOptions Obria, a chain that operates five crisis pregnancy centers in Northern California, both promote services to “reverse” the medication abortion process. Bonta is suing both groups in Alameda Superior Court under the state’s False Advertising and Unfair Competition laws.

Officials Will Collect Public Feedback To Decide the Uses of Tesla Park


LIVERMORE — Two years after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to preserve Tesla Park in eastern Alameda County, the California Department of Parks and Recreation is just beginning the public process to decide what to do with the 3,100 acres that environmentalists and others sought to protect for decades.

A recently established website — — said it could take up to five years before the park is completed and opened to the public. Currently, the park remains closed.

As states move on AI, tech lobbyists are swarming in


Lobbyists for the tech industry are hedging their bets as Washington gears up to consider new AI laws this fall — not just pressuring Congress, but also fanning out to state capitals to stave off more serious restrictions nationwide.

Here’s how California’s state government plans to use, study AI


Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Wednesday recognizing the risks and potential benefits of emerging AI technology for the state government, and ordering a number of departments to outline how the tech tools might best be harnessed by the state.

The order requires the California Department of Technology and other agencies to study how generative artificial intelligence might be used by state workers and to eventually create training for how they might use it, while also creating guidelines for protecting vulnerable communities from its potential harms.

World’s AI Capital, San Francisco, Slow To Adopt AI

The San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Ege

Mayor London Breed has called San Francisco “the artificial intelligence capital of the world,” and she’s not wrong: Companies like OpenAI, Scale AI and Anthropic have created a scene for the technology in the city that is far ahead of any other locale in attracting capital and talent. 

As Congress grapples with AI regulation, will California step up?


SACRAMENTO — Much of the debate about whether the government should regulate artificial intelligence has centered on Congress, where top AI voices have testified in highly publicized hearings.

But with a gridlocked Congress, some lawmakers and tech experts see the much more agile California Legislature as a key player in the debate. Gov. Gavin Newsom told The Chronicle he’s also starting to focus on the issue.