Erica Werner, Washington Post

Erica Werner

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Past articles by Erica:

How sellers of L.A. mansions are dodging a tax to help the homeless

Sales of Los Angeles homes priced above $5 million practically screeched to a halt after the "mansion tax" took effect April 1. → Read More

‘Granny flats’ play surprising role in easing California’s housing woes

Largely due to lack of supply, the cost to rent or buy property in California has become prohibitive for many residents → Read More

Montana becomes first state to ban TikTok, but court challenges are likely

The law, sure to face a court challenge, imposes fines of $10,000 per day on any mobile app store making the app available, but would not fine individual users. → Read More

FDA blocks marketing on 6,500 flavored e-cigarette products

The 10 affected companies cannot market or distribute the merchandise in the U.S., and retailers who sell them risk an enforcement action. → Read More

BMW issues warning, Ford recalls thousands of older vehicles over air bags

BMW this week issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for 90,000 vehicles built from 2000 to 2006. That came after federal regulators last week announced another recall for more than 230,000 Ford Rangers built from 2004 to 2006. → Read More

California needs more homes. So why are these sitting vacant?

Blocks from homeless communities, dozens of homes owned by the state highway authority are trapped in legal limbo and red tape → Read More

Montana lawmakers pass first-in-the-nation TikTok ban

Montana’s legislature gave final approval on Friday to the nation’s first complete ban on TikTok operating in a state, sending a bill to the governor that would forbid sales of the app and bar it from operating in Montana. → Read More

Calif. pauses mortgage aid program in less than two weeks because of demand

State officials thought funding would last months for a home-buying program to provide qualified applicants with money for 20 percent down payments. → Read More

Surplus in Texas, deficit in California could inflame Washington debate

The diverging fortunes reflect differing philosophies, with Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom calling his state’s tax system “more fair.” → Read More

A Calif. law that takes wage-setting power from fast-food bosses sparks fight

The California law, which lets a state panel set fast-food wages, stands out at a time when efforts abound nationally to strengthen workers’ rights. Unions pledged to defend it. → Read More

How to be a widow: A guide from a wife who doesn’t know either

Since my husband, Bill, died of brain cancer in June, I’ve found myself unclear about what it means to grieve. → Read More

California is awash in renewable energy — except when it’s most needed

The state has moved quickly to build up solar power, but has not yet figured out how to store it for when demand peaks or to avert blackouts. → Read More

Advocates push nationwide movement for land return to Blacks after victory in California

Would the Bruce’s Beach case be a one-off, or a tipping point in a national struggle over Black land ownership? → Read More

In one California city, rising prices overshadow economy’s strength, spelling trouble for Democrats

Stock portfolios are up and the economy is strong in Santa Clarita, but everyone is noticing higher prices. → Read More

Los Angeles is aiming to be first major carbon-free U.S. city, but obstacles loom

Confronted by devastating wildfires, parching drought and ever-hotter summers, Los Angeles is launching an ambitious plan to combat climate change by becoming the first major U.S. city run entirely on clean energy. But it won’t be easy. → Read More

California lawmakers push to ban new drilling in wake of massive oil spill

California lawmakers demanded a stop to oil drilling off their state’s coast Tuesday as outrage grew over an enormous oil spill, and questions emerged about the timing and reporting of its detection. → Read More

Hollywood faces new crisis in strike threat from off-screen workers who keep productions running

The union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, began voting Friday morning on whether to authorize a strike, with electronic balloting continuing through Sunday night and an announcement expected Monday. A vote to authorize a strike doesn’t guarantee a walkout, but would hand union leaders a powerful tool to try to exact better terms in negotiations with the Alliance of… → Read More

Climate change lets mosquitoes flourish — and feast — in Los Angeles

Warmer weather has allowed the pesky bugs to multiply and thwart attempts to slow their spread. → Read More

In Los Angeles, price for admission at nation’s second-largest school district is a negative covid test — every single week

Los Angeles Unified’s mandatory mass testing program seen as model for nation → Read More

Southern California cities rebel against new mask mandate, hinting at delta variant drama to come

Regional rebellion shows how government response to Delta variant is dividing even liberal Southern California, a brawl that could play out all over the country. → Read More