Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times

Melody Gutierrez

Los Angeles Times

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Melody:

California kids 12 and up could get COVID vaccine without parent OK

The bill is the first to be introduced this year by a group of Democratic lawmakers pledging to strengthen vaccination laws and target misinformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Popular talk radio host Michael Jackson dead at 87

Jackson, who had Parkinson’s disease, died peacefully at home in Los Angeles surrounded by his three children, a family spokesperson said. → Read More

California Democrats' single-payer healthcare plan passes first hurdle

Legislators move Assembly Bill 1400 forward in a contentious Health Committee hearing → Read More

California poised to remove all immigration status rules for Medi-Cal healthcare

Newsom's plan calls for the state to spend $2.2 billion a year to close the final gap in Medi-Cal eligibility. → Read More

Schools struggle as Newsom’s COVID test vow falls short

Schools are grappling with the fallout from delayed shipments of coronavirus tests promised by the state amid the surge in Omicron infections. → Read More

State Medical Board seeks far-reaching reforms to discipline bad doctors

Board recommends lower standard of proof, other fixes, to discipline bad doctors. → Read More

California's longest-serving auditor pulled no punches

Elaine Howle ended her 21-year run as the longest-serving auditor in state history. Her willingness to dig into details and publish reports regardless of the political implications earned her bipartisan praise rarely found in the Capitol. → Read More

Newsom promised 6 million COVID tests for students. Just half have arrived

As many school districts resumed classes on Monday, they did so without having received a single test from the state. → Read More

New 2022 California laws on COVID-19, housing and policing

A look at 43 of the most noteworthy new laws that will go into effect in 2022 → Read More

New 2022 California laws on COVID-19, housing and policing

The Times highlights 43 of the most noteworthy new laws that will go into effect in 2022. → Read More

Record-breaking Sierra snow buries towns, closes highways

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab says this December is its third-snowiest month on record, officials said. → Read More

California lawmakers prepare to protect abortion access, starting with eliminating copays

In the upcoming session, California legislators hope to push forward Senate Bill 245, which would put an end to out-of-pocket costs paid by those seeking abortions. → Read More

California officials release long-awaited report on troubled state testing lab

The lab, which was opened in partnership with Massachusetts-based diagnostics company PerkinElmer, has been beset with problems since the $25-million facility opened late last year. → Read More

Bay Area hit with spate of large-scale, smash-and-grab robberies

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the city will be having more police officers on patrol during the holiday season to ensure shoppers feel safe. → Read More

Whistleblower or flamethrower? California Medical Board member calls out his colleagues

Eserick "TJ" Watkins has filed a whistleblower complaint with the state auditor's office urging the agency to investigate the inner workings of the board and its decisions, which are largely cloaked under the law. → Read More

California isn't testing state workers for COVID as required

The state's struggle to implement Newsom's mandate comes as workplaces across the nation are imposing deadlines for workers to provide proof of vaccination or risk losing their jobs. → Read More

California sets new rules for mystery donations made on behalf of lawmakers

The change comes after the Los Angeles Times revealed the little-known practice of unidentified donors routing charitable contributions through accounts that shield their identity. → Read More

California to phase out use of blood from caged dogs

Under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California will phase out the controversial use of blood from caged dogs in pet hospitals. → Read More

Newsom vetoes jaywalking bill aimed at easing fines, targeted enforcement

Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed AB 1238, which would have allowed people to cross the road when cars are not present without receiving a jaywalking ticket. → Read More

California will crack down on surprise COVID-19 testing fees under new law

Senate Bill 510, eliminates any ambiguity about the cost-free provisions, while also making the measure retroactive to March 4, 2020, when Newsom declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19. → Read More