California's chief financial officer says thousands of public workers have sweetened their retirement checks with legal pension spiking that will cost the state nearly $800 million over two decades.
After the Napa earthquake, many homeowners are now considering earthquake insurance.
California lawmakers will not vote on an effort to delay a state regulation that critics say will drive gas prices up.
Continued drought brings drawdown of groundwater in California, other western states.
Dry conditions and thunderstorms in the Sierras have prompted officials to issue fire warnings for northern California and southern Oregon.