State Government Reporter
Scott Rodd previously covered government and legal affairs for the Sacramento Business Journal. Prior to the Business Journal, Scott worked as a freelance reporter in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., contributing to the Washington Post, New York Times, Stateline, the New York Observer and Next City. Scott grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and studied English literature at Susquehanna University.
September 10, 2021
California lawmakers wrapped up their work Friday night. Here’s a sample of what they passed — and what they didn’t.
Budget Package Guarantees $1B In Fire Prevention Funding This Year, At Least $200M Annually Moving Forward
September 10, 2021
Wildfire prevention has taken a front-seat this budget season, after California saw a record 4.3 million acres burned last year. The state is on track to match that total this year.
September 2, 2021
Some evacuation orders have been downgraded or lifted in western El Dorado County.
As Lawmakers Indefinitely Postpone Wildfire Oversight Hearing, Internal Emails Reveal Cal Fire Chief Ordered Key Document Pulled from the Internet
August 24, 2021
A state legislative committee was set to hold an oversight hearing following an expose from CapRadio and NPR’s California Newsroom that found Gov. Gavin Newsom misrepresented wildfire prevention efforts. Now it is postponed indefinitely.
This Small Town Survived California’s Dixie Fire. But Recovery Within The Historic Burn Scar Could Last Years.
August 13, 2021
The small town of Chester survived a fast-approaching firefront. But residents and visitors may be leery to return to the mountain town with so many fires devastating the Golden State.
Gov. Newsom’s Wildfire 'Priority Project' Didn’t Contain The Lava Fire, Leaving Evacuees Stuck in Traffic
August 4, 2021
The state said the Lake Shastina fuel break was “critical for the safe evacuation” of 2,500 residents, but an investigation by CapRadio and NPR’s California Newsroom found the Lava Fire quickly overwhelmed it.
July 20, 2021
In an interview with CapRadio, Secretary of State Shirley Weber said California’s recall laws have “some serious problems” and that the entire process deserves a second look after the Sept. 14 election to determine whether Newsom will stay in office.
July 15, 2021
Gusty winds and fire whirls propelled the Sugar Fire back toward parts of Doyle, the small Lassen County town that narrowly avoided the blaze last weekend.
Governor, Lawmakers Add $500 Million to Wildfire Prevention Budget, Following CapRadio, NPR California Newsroom Investigation
July 8, 2021
The last-minute change would more than double what’s in the current budget deal.
Gov. Gavin Newsom Retreats On $1 Billion Wildfire Prevention Plan Ahead Of Meeting With President Biden
June 29, 2021
Newsom’s meeting on wildfires with Biden comes against the backdrop of new investigations showing the governor scaled back the state’s wildfire prevention goals and nixed more than half a billion dollars in fuel reduction spending.