- Despite the California Independent System Operator saying there are no plans for a Flex Alert today, the grid operator is still asking residents to monitor the weather and be prepared for any changes. High temperatures are in the forecast across the state, but there's expected to be enough energy resources to keep up with demand. If a Flex Alert is issued, people would be encouraged to voluntarily conserve electricity between 3 and 10 p.m.
- Californians can expect to pay even more for gas when the state's gas tax rises this week. The excise tax will increase to 51.1 cents on July 1st. That's a .60 cent hike. The increase is tied to a bill that passed in 2017 that automatically raises fuel excise tax yearly to help fund road and bridge repairs
- Three students at Chico State are suing the CSU system for requiring them to get vaccinated before returning to class. The Sacramento Bee is reporting the three students got the virus and recovered, so they say they no longer need to get the vaccine. Representatives from CSU say they are working on an exemption policy and cannot mandate shots until one or more of the vaccines gains full approval by the FDA
- California's eviction moratorium and rent relief program has been extended until September 30th. The agreement includes $5 billion in federal rental assistance to landlords and tenants. The new agreement increases rent reimbursements for late and future rent payments to 100% for landlords and tenants.
- A scientist who helped create the MRNA technology now used in coronavirus vaccines says YouTube censored his video in which he said he has some concerns about the vaccines. Doctor Robert Malone told Fox News why he's concerned about the government recommending everyone get vaccinated.
- A woman who worked for Donald Trump for 18 years, and is now one of his most outspoken critics, says trump deserves to go to jail as New York prosecutors try to build a case against Trump. Barbara Res has authored a book called "Tower of Lies" and she appeared on CNN's State of The Union.
- Governor Gavin Newsom told Bay Area business leaders at last week's Bay Area Council Virtual 2021 Pacific Summit the state has to become more aggressive in fighting the overtures companies are receiving from other states, saying "We need to step up our game - time to be more damn competitive." This comes are swaths of companies move out of California seeking lower operation costs and oversight.