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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the agreement into law Monday night. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California will spend $7.5 million to find and pay reparations to people forcibly sterilized under the state's old eugenics law, as part of a budget agreement signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Reuters reports.

Catch up quick: California's eugenics law, enacted between 1909 and 1979, led to the forced sterilization of more than 20,000 people, many of them poor, disabled or people of color, per the New York Times.

  • Even after the law was repealed in 1979, the state continued to forcibly sterilize women in prison, per the Times.
  • California's eugenics practices, and those of other states, were inspired by Nazi Germany.

The big picture: The Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Compensation Program will compensate 600 surviving victims of forced sterilization, both under the old law and in prison, according to the Times.

  • Each individual will receive about $25,000, per the Times.

What they're saying: "This is very much about acknowledging that there were wrongs committed by the state intentionally, against certain groups of people that were deemed unfit to reproduce or to be members of California society," Laura Jimenez, director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, told Reuters.

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Harris campaigns for Newsom as recall campaign enters final stretch

Vice President Kamala Harris stands with Gavin Newsom during a campaign event against his recall election. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Harris attended a Bay Area campaign event Wednesday in support of California Gov. Gavin Newsom ahead of next week's recall election.

Why it matters: The Tuesday election will be only the second time in California history that a gubernatorial recall campaign has succeeded in getting on the ballot. Newsom, a Democrat, is facing challenges from numerous candidates, including conservative talk radio host Larry Elder.

Obama backs Newsom in TV ad ahead of California recall vote

Kamala Harris, then California's attorney general, greets Gavin Newsom, then the state's lieutenant governor, and then- President Obama in San Francisco in 2011. Photo : Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called on California voters to reject the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom in a TV ad launched statewide on Thursday.

Why it matters: Obama is the latest high-profile Democrat to back Newsom against GOP-led efforts to oust him. Newsom faces challenges from numerous candidates, including conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who's emerged as his biggest threat. Elder's image is featured in Obama's ad.

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Huge wildfire reaches edge of Sequoia National Park

A plume of smoke and flames rise into the air as the fire burns towards Moro Rock during the KNP Complex fire in the Sequoia National Park near Three Rivers, California, on Saturday. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Firefighters in Sequoia National Park were working into the night after two wildfires merged to reach the Giant Forest Saturday.

Why it matters: This forest contains over 2,000 giant sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree by volume. Park officials wrapped the redwoods in foil last week as the Paradise and Colony Fires, now known as the KNP Complex Fire, neared. Protection efforts appeared to be working overnight.