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

October 5, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post LOS ANGELES - California lawmakers demanded a stop to oil drilling off their state's coast Tuesday as outrage grew over an enormous oil spill, as new questions and details ...

In California oil spill, anti-pipeline activists find ammunition to push Biden

October 4, 2021 |

Erica Werner and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - A large oil spill continued to spread across the coastal waters of Southern California on Monday, shutting down miles of beaches, ...

Hollywood production workers authorize strike, setting up industry showdown over streaming profits

October 4, 2021 |

. - - - The Washington Post's Erica Werner and Steven Zeitchik contributed to this report.

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

October 2, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post LOS ANGELES - They never appear on-screen, but Hollywood couldn't function without the set builders, costume designers, video engineers and other behind-the-scenes workers who ...

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

September 19, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post LOS ANGELES - Many try and fail to make it in L.A.

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

August 29, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post LOS ANGELES - As hundreds of thousands of kids return to class in the nation's second-largest school district, they're participating in what amounts to a massive public health ...

California's 'Cantaloupe Center' struggles to reign supreme as drought pummels agriculture across the West

August 27, 2021 |

Erica Werner and Laura Reiley, The Washington Post MENDOTA, Calif. - This small town in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley advertises itself as the "Cantaloupe Center of the World."

With new vaccine and mask requirements, businesses scramble to respond to delta variant and shifting health guidance

August 1, 2021 |

Abha Bhattarai and Erica Werner, The Washington Post Stunned business executives are struggling to adjust to the rapidly shifting environment caused by covid-19′s delta variant, rocked by a cascade of evolving ...

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

July 22, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post PASADENA, Calif. - Los Angeles County's new mask mandate is infuriating officials in the sprawling region, leading to angry denunciations as some irate local leaders demand ...

Amid dangerous heat wave, Death Valley closes in on record-high temperatures

July 11, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post DEATH VALLEY, Calif. - Several dozen heat enthusiasts crowded around a large digital thermometer outside the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on Saturday afternoon, convinced they ...

Los Angeles County prepares to crack down as peacocks - yes, peacocks - ruffle feathers

June 6, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post PASADENA, Calif. - Southern California faces innumerable challenges, from wildfires to homelessness to drought.

Biden's aid programs help buttress McCarthy's district despite GOP leader's complaints about 'socialist' spending

May 18, 2021 |

Erica Werner, Andrew Van Dam and Yeganeh Torbati, The Washington Post BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has spent months accusing President Joe Biden of pushing excessive ...

A year after passage of Cares Act, watchdogs struggle to oversee trillions in coronavirus spending

April 4, 2021 |

Yeganeh Torbati and Erica Werner, The Washington Post When the $2.1 trillion Cares Act was enacted just over a year ago, Democrats in Congress, mistrustful of the Trump administration's ethical track record, ...

Democrats' messaging shifts from economic crisis rescue to poverty relief as they pass Biden relief bill

March 10, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - At first, Democrats described their $1.9 trillion stimulus as a response to a once-in-a-century economic and health emergency.

What's in Congress' $1.9 trillion covid bill: Checks, unemployment insurance and more

March 10, 2021 |

. - - - The Washington Post's Jeff Stein, Erica Werner and Tony Romm contributed to this report.

U.S. prepares to send checks, but big stimulus challenges loom

March 9, 2021 |

Tony Romm, Jeff Stein and Rachel Siegel, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Congress is set to give the final green light to a $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package Wednesday, setting in motion a ...

Biden $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill nears finish line in Congress

March 9, 2021 |

Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The House is poised to approve a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday and send it to President Joe Biden to sign, a major early legislative ...

Senate passes Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill after voting overnight on amendments, sends measure back to House

March 6, 2021 |

Tony Romm, Jeff Stein and Erica Werner, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan on Saturday, putting Congress one step closer to fulfilling an ...

What's in the Senate's $1.9 trillion covid bill: Checks, unemployment insurance and more

March 6, 2021 |

. - - - Jeff Stein, Erica Werner and Tony Romm contributed to this report.

Senate Democrats announce deal on unemployment insurance, allowing Biden bill to move forward

March 5, 2021 |

Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Tony Romm, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leaders reached an agreement over unemployment benefits with moderate Democratic Sen.

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