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.
February 2, 2022
The company SLSCO pivoted to medical staffing during the pandemic, after building stretches of border wall between California and Mexico under the Trump administration.
January 6, 2022
Less than a week into the new year and the start of California’s legislative session, COVID-19 has sidelined a handful of lawmakers, including the Assembly speaker.
California established the $21 billion liability fund in 2019 to help utilities cover the cost of major wildfires started by their equipment.
January 4, 2022
The Dixie Fire grew to be the second-largest fire in state history, burning over 960,000 acres and destroying over 1,300 structures. It's the latest in a string of devastating wildfires allegedly caused by the utility's equipment.
December 13, 2021
While prosecutors had sought $1 million bail for each of the two suspects, a judge on Monday set the amounts to $50,000 and $25,000. The two men are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition, and barred from leaving the state.
December 8, 2021
David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, are accused of reckless arson related to the Caldor Fire, which burned for 67 days In El Dorado and Amador counties and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.
December 7, 2021
State lawmakers held an oversight hearing Tuesday to discuss wildfires and how the state plans to spend this year’s record-setting investment to prevent them.
November 15, 2021
Porter steered Cal Fire through record-setting wildfire seasons driven by decades of poor forest management and climate change.
November 4, 2021
Nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers voted to pass SB30 out of the state Senate. The legislation would have prohibited the state from hiring companies that worked on the border wall.
October 28, 2021
The investigation found California’s regulations provide no clear definition or training requirements for appropriate use-of-force in the private security industry.