CLAYTON, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are working to confine a wildfire within a Bay-area wilderness park as it threatens about 100 homes and triggers a smoke advisory for three nearby counties. The fire in Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County started Sunday and covered nearly 6 square miles by yesterday afternoon. CalFire says the blaze is 20 percent contained.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three partners in a prominent California public affairs firm will pay fines for trying to influence state government decisions without registering as lobbyists. The Sacramento Bee reports the settlement with Democrats Jason Kinney, Rusty Areias and Winston Hickox requires all three to register as lobbyists and, along with their firm, pay a combined fine of $40,500.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Eight low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area got a ray of sunshine last weekend when they received free rooftop solar systems. The Contra Costa Times reports the installations in inner-city Richmond were part of the eighth annual Bay Area Solarthon, organized by the non-profit Grid Alternatives. The installers say each family's electric bill is expected to drop 75 percent.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A conservation group has purchased more than 1,000 acres of rural Northern California land to protect the area from development. The American River Conservancy spent $4.8 million to buy a 1,059-acre property along the Cosumnes River. The purchase protects another 1.5 miles of canyon land on two major forks of the river in El Dorado and Amador counties.