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  • Jeff Chiu / AP

    UC Students Caught In Middle Of Tuition Battle

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    The University of California Board of Regents is set to debate a proposed tuition increase Wednesday. UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan would raise tuition by five percent for the next five years – unless the state increases the UC's funding.

  • Official Schwarzenegger Portrait Unveiled

    Monday, September 08, 2014

    The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.

  • Pool photo / AP

    Debate Coverage: Brown, Kashkari Square Off

    Thursday, September 04, 2014

    UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.

  • Legislature Approves 'Yes Means Yes' Measure

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.

  • Deal Reached On Ride-Sharing Legislation

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.

  • Brown, Lawmakers Extend Water Bond Talks

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    UPDATE: Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have released a new $7.2 billion water bond proposal, but there's no deal yet. To buy more time, lawmakers have extended Monday's key election deadline by 48 hours.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    California Delegation Heads To Central America

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    A delegation of California lawmakers, including Senate President Darrell Steinberg, is traveling through Central America this week meeting with dignitaries from the region.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent

    Monday, July 07, 2014

    Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Speaker Atkins: Water Bond Deal Has Stalled

    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says there will be no water bond deal this week before the Legislature's summer recess – and she’s blaming outside interest groups for blocking in.

  • A Closer Look At The Proposed $10.5 Billion Water Bond

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    The $10.5 billion proposed water bond California lawmakers debated Monday would have funded a variety of projects, including water storage. But the dispute over how the bond money would be spent and who makes the decisions led to its failure.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In?

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    A test vote on an alternate California water bond failed Monday in the state Senate as talks enter a crucial phase. One lawmaker suggested Gov. Jerry Brown will put his own "guiding principles" forward in the coming days.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Governor Signs Largest General Fund Budget In History

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    Governor Jerry Brown signed California's new budget today. It's the highest general fund spending plan in state history, built on temporary tax increases and surging revenue from the booming stock market.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Pelosi Praises High Speed Rail Funding

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    The leading Democrat in the US House of Representatives says she’ll fight for California’s high speed rail project, despite stiff Republican opposition.

  • Bill Reforming Teacher Dismissals Goes To Governor

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    (AP) -- Just days after a judge handed down a ruling that could change teacher tenure laws in the state, a bill creating an expedited firing process for abusive educators heads to the governor's office.

  • Budget Update: No Final Deal Yet, But Compromises Emerge

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have yet to announce a state budget deal – even though many of their compromises have been ratified by a joint Senate-Assembly conference committee

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    California Budget Deal Begins To Emerge

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Gov. Jerry Brown has convinced Democratic lawmakers to use his more conservative revenue projections. But Democrats will still get some of their top priorities - including pre-kindergarten and child care for thousands of low-income four-year-olds.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Budget Deal Nears At The Capitol

    Monday, June 09, 2014

    California budget talks are nearing the finish line at the state Capitol ahead of the legislature’s Sunday constitutional deadline.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Big Week Ahead In California Governor's Race

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    The top two Republican challengers to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown are using two very different strategies to reach voters as California’s June primary election enters its final week.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Poll: Kashkari Narrows Gap, But Donnelly Still Leads

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Democratic Governor Jerry Brown holds a big lead in the June primary in a new Public Policy Institute of California poll. But the gap between his two Republican challengers is narrowing.

  • Legislative Analyst’s Office

    California LAO Projects $2 Billion in Additional Revenue

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    There are some new numbers that could affect California’s budget. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office released its revised revenue projections today, which are made independently from Governor Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance.

  • Uncalno / Flickr

    Student Wine And Beer Tasting Bill Advances

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    (AP) - It would be legal for underage college students aspiring to be winemakers and brewers to taste what they produce under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

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    California Lawmakers Send "Rainy Day Fund" To Ballot

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    It’s official: California voters will see a “rainy day fund” constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Thursday, lawmakers unanimously approved the bipartisan budget reserve deal reached last week by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Brown Releases His Updated California Budget Proposal

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown has released his updated spending plan for the coming fiscal year. The $156 billion total budget is bolstered by the state's economic turnaround and voter-approved tax hikes.

  • California GOP's Future At Stake In June Primary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari both want to be governor –- but they have two very different visions for the California Republican Party. Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler looks at the battle for the California GOP’s future.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Atkins Sworn In As Assembly Speaker

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    Assemblywoman Toni Atkins is breaking ground as California’s 69th Assembly Speaker. She was sworn into office today. Atkins is the third woman, the first San Diegan and the first open lesbian to serve in the roll.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    LAO: California Is $340 Billion In Debt

    Wednesday, May 07, 2014

    From retirement obligations to paying off bond measures, a new report says California is on the hook for $340 billion. The state has yet to set aside money for most of that.

  • Jden Redden, flickr

    Bill Would Legalize Dining With Dogs

    Monday, May 05, 2014

    It’s becomes common to see dogs sitting next to their owners on restaurant patios. But dining with a dog that is not a service animal is actually against California law.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Wistful Speaker Looks Back, Defends Record

    Friday, May 02, 2014

    He was sworn in as California Assembly speaker when the state faced a $60 billion budget deficit. Four years later, Los Angeles Democrat John Pérez points to a surplus and wishes he didn’t have to leave.

  • Capitol Gets Jumpy With Frog Hop Contest

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Our own Katie Orr and Bob Moffit joined senators and assembly members in the annual Calaveras County Fair And Frog Jump Jubilee to kicked off the event at the Capitol today.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Opposition Continues As Common Core Implemented

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    California schools are adjusting curriculum and students are already taking tests based on new Common Core standards. But opposition to the standards continues, as demonstrated by a small rally at the Capitol today.

  • Flickr/Jasleene_Kaur

    California Bill Would Require Fair Health Insurance Pricing

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    A bill that passed a California Assembly Committee Tuesday would guarantee that people who must receive medical treatment outside their insurance network get that care covered by their insurance within strict time limits.

  • File Photo / AP

    Brown Pushes Rainy Day Fund; Steinberg Signals Delay

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    When California Governor Jerry Brown made a rare appearance before a legislative committee Monday to support a “rainy day fund” constitutional amendment, the surprisingly warm reception in the room belied the tensions beginning to emerge.

  • Special Session Begins to Negotiate New Rainy-Day Fund

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Governor Jerry Brown gears up to tussle with state lawmakers over future budgets. Revenues are rolling in over projections, and there are a lot of competing ideas as to how much of the surplus to salt away for a rainy day.

  • California Nurses Seek Greater Workplace Protections

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Nurses across the state are calling for greater protections from violent patients. Lawmakers will vote on a bill today that would require hospitals to do more to prevent violence at their facilities.

  • Steinberg Orders Ethics Training For Senators, Staff

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Recent scandals in California's senate have put ethics in the spotlight and Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr spoke with former staffers to see what the discussion is like when no one is looking.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Hound Hunting Ban Targeted For Repeal

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    One of the biggest battles at the California state Capitol two years ago is back for another debate. Hunting groups want to repeal the ban on using dogs to hunt bears and bobcats.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Back to Work for Calif. Lawmakers After Spring Break

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    More than 50 committee hearings, ethics training and a new special legislative session are on the docket for California lawmakers this week as they return to the Capitol following their spring break.

  • By Curtis Jerome Haynes

    Spring Rain And Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Rain and snow may not have pushed California out of its drought, but the late season precipitation will mean a little more water for State Water Project users. There is also relief for some federal Central Valley Project users.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week. Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    New Teacher Dismissal Bill Deal Has Governor's Support

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    After three years of bitter disputes, there appears to be a deal in the California legislature on a bill that would make it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of abusing students. But not all education groups are on board.

  • Transit, Housing Would Get Cap-And-Trade Monies Under Proposal

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Money generated from California’s cap-and-trade program would go to mass transit, sustainable affordable housing and high speed rail under a proposal by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg is backtracking from his previous proposal.

  • Ted S. Warren / AP

    Medical Interpreters Bill Up For Consideration Again

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. The bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio file photo

    Brown Praises Counties' Creativity In Implementing Realignment

    Wednesday, April 02, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown is praising counties and law enforcement agencies for their work implementing his landmark criminal justice system overhaul known as “realignment.” But law enforcement groups are lobbying for a significant change.

  • Snowpack Remains Low; State and Feds To Increase Water Pumping

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is one-third of what it should be this time of year. Despite that, state and federal water managers say they will take advantage of recent precipitation and send more water to central and southern California.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    Ethics Bills Abound After California Senate Scandals

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    A wave of ethics-related bills is washing over the California Capitol after two recent corruption scandals. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are canceling their marquee campaign fundraising event of the year as three of their members face legal troubles.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Deadline Sparks Surge in Covered California Applications

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    Uninsured Californians rushed to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law ahead of Monday's midnight deadline. Many went to enrollment events as the Covered California call center reported waits of more than an hour.

  • Sing Tao Daily / AP

    Yee Appears In Federal Court

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    (AP) Updated -- Federal prosecutors and lawyers for a California state senator charged with accepting bribes and coordinating a cash-for-guns scheme are still negotiating the terms of the politician's release pending trial.

  • Wikimedia / Laurie Avocado

    California Bill Would Establish New Medical Pot Rules

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    A bill in the California legislature would set up state-wide rules for how doctors can prescribe marijuana. The bill would also require the state Department of Health to oversee medical pot distribution.

  • Wikimedia / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    New Poll Shows Californians Support Water Bond Measures

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    According to a new survey, most Californians now support an eleven billion dollar water bond measure on the November ballot. The support levels increase for water bond proposals at lesser amounts.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Steinberg Calls For Yee's Resignation

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    UPDATE -- Another California State Senator is facing criminal allegations and Senate Democrats are calling for his resignation.

  • Drought Forces Salmon Migration By Truck

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    The drought is causing state and federal fish agencies to take extraordinary steps to save fish. The agencies began to truck 30 million fall-run Chinook salmon from hatcheries to release sites close to the ocean in an effort to save them.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    California Begins Testing New Student Assessment

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    California is preparing to implement Common Core education standards. As part of that change, the state is replacing standardized tests with new “assessments” meant to better judge students’ knowledge. But the state must first test the test.

  • Brown Maintains Fundraising Lead

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown continues to hold a commanding fundraising lead in the California Governor’s race.

  • New Water Storage Project Proposed

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Two northern California Congressmen have introduced legislation that would help create a new lake and nearly two million gallons of water storage northwest of Sacramento.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Hosting Congressional Drought Hearing

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    UPDATE 11:45 A.M.-- (AP) -- Farmworkers concerned about water allotments because of California's ongoing drought are making their voices heard at a Congressional committee meeting in Fresno.

  • Gosia Wozniacka / AP

    Drought May Lead to Declining School Attendance

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Declining school attendance may be the latest side-effect of California’s punishing drought. The state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction will visit the Central Valley tomorrow to talk about the problem.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Brown Rallies Union Workers, Plugs Re-election

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Governor Jerry Brown played to a friendly crowd Monday night, praising union workers and playing up his re-election bid at the California Labor Federation dinner.

  • A Tale Of Two Rainy Day Funds

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    A battle is brewing over the “rainy day fund” measure on the November ballot. California Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats want to replace it with their own alternate budget reserve proposal.

  • DMV Suffers Computer Shutdowns

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    The Department of Motor Vehicles computer system was briefly shut down throughout California today. Outages occurred yesterday as well.

  • Auditor: EDD Inaction Cost California $516 Million

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    A new report from the state auditor finds the California Employment Development Department failed to take part in a federal program that could have brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the state.

  • EDD To Be Audited

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    A California Legislative committee voted today to order an audit of the California Employment Development Department.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Gift Ban Proposed for California Lawmakers

    Thursday, March 06, 2014

    Citing the need to restore public trust in the California legislature, Senate Democrats today announced new legislation meant to reduce the influence of lobbyists at the Capitol.

  • Philip Taylor, flickr

    Bill Would Return Illegal Taxes to Public

    Tuesday, March 04, 2014

    Tax time is fast approaching, and some lawmakers in California’s Capitol think, in some cases, you should be getting even more money back from the government.

  • @JerryBrownGov / Twitter

    Jerry Brown Announces Bid For Re-election

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    The worst-kept secret at the California Capitol is now out: Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is running for a record fourth term this year.

  • Sen. Rod Wright's office

    Attempt to Expel Convicted State Senator Derailed

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Some fireworks and political theater on the floor of the California state Senate Thursday, as Republicans sought to force a vote to expel Sen. Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles) and Democrats turned the motion aside.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    $687 Million Drought Legislation Passes

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Hundreds of millions of dollars are set to flow for emergency drought relief in California. The legislature Thursday passed a package of bills that will fund water projects and provide immediate assistance to the driest parts of the state.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    New Attempt To Overhaul Teacher Dismissal Process

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    There have been several attempts over the years to reform California’s teacher dismissal process. All have been unsuccessful. But that’s not stopping one lawmaker from trying again.

  • Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

    California Bill Would Offer Tax Breaks to Shelter Pet Adopters

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    People who adopt shelter pets would get a state tax refund up to $100 under a bill in the California legislature. Supporters of the measure say it would help save animal lives, save public money and offset adoption fees.

  • Sen. Rod Wright's office

    Convicted State Senator Takes Leave Of Absence

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    California State Senator Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles) is taking a voluntary leave of absence as he works to overturn a jury conviction for voter fraud and perjury.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Corruption Still Hurts, Even if Legislation Not Passed

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    California State Senator Ron Calderon is facing up to 400 years in prison on public corruption charges. Neither of the bills he’s accused of accepting bribes to promote actually made it through the legislature. But, that may not ultimately matter.

  • Zero Allocation of Water From Central Valley Project

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    The US Bureau of Reclamation says farmers who depend on water from the Central Valley Project will receive a “zero allocation” because of the drought. Water districts say tens of thousands of acres of permanent crops are at risk.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    New Push For State Affordable Housing Funding This Year

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Affordable housing projects in California lost their most reliable funding source when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies a couple of years ago. Now, there’s growing support to find money for affordable housing once again.

  • Donnelly Takes A Ride On The Liberty Express

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    A tea party Republican in Democratic California may face long odds when it comes to being elected governor. But one Assemblyman insists he’s the man for the state’s top job.

  • Max Pringle / CPRN

    Capitol Roundup: Brown On The Drought; More Money For Arts?

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.

  • Calif. Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation

    New Push For Sentencing Reform After Latest Prisons Ruling

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Legislative Democrats say California should immediately move forward with sentencing reform after Monday’s federal court order gave the state an additional two years to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.

  • Jeff Chiu / AP

    California Senate Approves Bay Bridge Rename

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    The Bay Bridge will get a new name today.The western span of the landmark is being named to honor former former San Francisco Mayor and former State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Total California Water Storage Near Decade Low

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    The Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins are experiencing the steepest drop in water storage in nearly a decade. A new study looked at all water storage in the basins, including snow, surface water, soil moisture and groundwater.

  • House Passes Water Delivery Act

    Wednesday, February 05, 2014

    The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a controversial bill, 229-to-191, to deal with California's drought. Meanwhile, the federal and state governments continued to take actions in response to California’s drought.

  • Donnelly Launches Campaign Bus Tour

    Tuesday, February 04, 2014

    California Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has started a state-wide bus tour to spread the word about his run for Governor

  • Photo by Curtis Haynes

    Drought Stretches Calif. Farmers' Water Supply

    Monday, February 03, 2014

    The drought is affecting California farmers in different ways depending on where they farm. Some will turn to other water sources to make up at least part of the shortfall. Others will have to let some of their farmland go fallow.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Calif. Leaders Working On Urgency Bill To Combat Drought

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are preparing an urgency measure that would authorize more than half a billion dollars in short-term anti-drought actions. They met Thursday at the state Capitol to discuss the legislation.

  • Capital Public Radio

    Assembly to Tackle Teacher Retirement Fund Debt

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Some lawmakers say it’s time to get serious about paying down debt accrued by California's teachers’ retirement system. But that will take a big financial commitment.

  • Josh Magezelis / Flickr

    Farm Bill Deal Protects California Egg Law

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    A compromise on the federal farm bill has protected California’s egg law that requires hens have enough room to spread their wings. Congressional negotiators rejected the so-called "King Amendment" that was part of the House version of the farm bill.

  •  Dennis Goedegebuure, flickr

    California FPPC Settles With Two PACs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    California’s Fair Political Practice Committee says two political action committees have agreed to repay more than $15 million they received in the days leading up to the 2012 election.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Congressmen Propose Drought Relief Legislation

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    After declaring a drought last week, California Governor Jerry Brown only briefly mentioned the drought during his state of the state speech. But several Central Valley Congressmen are calling for more action through federal legislation.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    State Of The State Reactions

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    In the wake of Governor Jerry Brown's State of The State speech organizations and individuals across the state weigh in with commentary and reaction.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Brown Lays Out Agenda In Annual State Of The State Speech

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    UPDATED: Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address today as the state faces a number of new challenges. View our day-long coverage, take a closer, interactive look at the speech and listen to the archived audio.

  • Brown To Give State of the State Speech

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    The budget looks good, but the weather looks bad. California Governor Jerry Brown will likely address both topics in his annual state of the State address tomorrow.

  • Water Agencies Relieved By Drought Declaration

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Water agencies are reacting with some relief to California Governor Jerry Brown’s drought declaration. The declaration makes it easier to manage the water that is available.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Californians Weigh In On Education Funding

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Hundreds of parents, students and administrators attended a marathon state school board meeting to weigh in on how California’s new state funding formula should be implemented.

  • Bipartisan Group Of Legislators Call for Drought Declaration

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    A bipartisan group of California lawmakers, farmers and farm workers is calling for a water bond and a drought declaration from the Governor. Many of the people who showed up were from drought-stricken areas of the state.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Judges Say No Agreement Likely in Prison Overcrowding Case

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    The expectation of getting two more years to reduce California’s prison population was a major consideration in Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget. Now, the judges who ordered the reduction have issued a new ruling.

  • Brown Budget Increases School Funding, Proposes Rainy Day Fund

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Capital Public Radio has obtained a copy of the state budget proposal California Governor Jerry Brown plans to unveil Thursday morning. The Governor's budget projects a surplus of nearly $4.6 billion over the next two years.

  • drosera88 via flickr

    Budget Proposal Would Spend Cap and Trade Money

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes some major investments in the environment. It lays out how he wants to spend $850-million in revenue from the state’s cap and trade program.

  • Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

    Fate of Transgender Law Referendum Still Unclear

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    A referendum that would overturn California’s controversial new transgender student rights law has narrowly cleared its first hurdle to qualify for the November election. But it still faces an uphill climb to make the ballot.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio file photo

    Major Changes Proposed for California Elections Rules

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Two big changes to California elections could come up for debate in the state legislature in 2014. One would eliminate special elections; the other would require cities and counties to hold their votes at statewide elections.

  • Amy Quinton/ Capital Public Radio News

    Water Managers Say Drought Proclamation Expected

    Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    California water managers painted a dismal picture of dry conditions and low reservoir levels to the state Board of Food and Agriculture Tuesday. They say a drought proclamation from the Governor may come as soon as February 1st.

  • Public Hearing Today On Fracking Regulations

    Monday, January 06, 2014

    Interim regulations for the controversial oil extraction process known as “fracking” went into effect in California last week. But several public hearings are scheduled across the state this week on permanent regulations.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    They're Back! Calif. Legislature Reconvenes Monday

    Monday, January 06, 2014

    California lawmakers return to the state Capitol Monday to begin the second half of the two-year legislative session. The tension this year could be about what to do with the state’s brand-new, multi-billion dollar budget surplus.

  • No More Tickets At Broken Meters

    Thursday, January 02, 2014

    California cities will be prohibited from ticketing people who park at broken parking meters. A new law for 2014 nullifies any city ordinance that had allowed the practice.

  • m kasahara / Flickr

    Remodeling Home May Mean Upgrading Plumbing

    Thursday, January 02, 2014

    Californians who want to remodel a home built before 1994 may have to agree to install water-efficient plumbing in order to obtain a building permit. The 2009 law that takes effect in January is creating some confusion in the building industry.

  • Wikimedia/Immigration & Customs Enforcement

    California Counties Complying with New Trust Act Law

    Thursday, January 02, 2014

    Some local California law enforcement agencies say they won’t have to adjust their policies much under the Trust Act -- a new law prohibiting counties from holding undocumented offenders on non-serious charges for federal immigration police.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Governor's "Budget Elves" Hard at Work This Holiday Week

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

    While many Californians will be taking time off this week to celebrate the holidays, it’s one of the busiest times of the year for one group of state employees: the people tasked with preparing Gov. Jerry Brown’s upcoming budget proposal.

  • Amy Quinton/ Capital Public Radio News

    California Prepares For Third Straight Dry Year

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    The California Department of Water Resources is preparing the state’s farmers for a third straight dry year. It has assembled a drought management team to deal with the water shortage.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio file

    State Tax Board Ends Business Deposit Program

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Californians are now no longer required to place security deposits with the state to open new businesses after Tuesday's Board of Equalization action that’s drawing praise from taxpayer and business groups.

  • Wikimedia/Marlith

    California Releases Draft Climate Change Preparation Plan

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration today released a draft of its action plan on preparations for the impacts of climate change over the next century. The plan addresses the effects of extreme weather, rising sea levels and other issues.

  • 30,000 Pages of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Released

    Monday, December 09, 2013

    The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.

  • James Marvin Phelps, flickr

    Detroit Bankruptcy Raises Questions in California

    Monday, December 09, 2013

    Several California cities have either filed or considered filing for bankruptcy. And high pension costs continue to cause controversy. Now a recent ruling in the Detroit bankruptcy case is bringing more uncertainty into the mix.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Board Chair: High-Speed Rail Project Still On Track

    Thursday, December 05, 2013

    From court rulings to federal regulators, California’s high-speed rail project has hit quite a few bumps in the track in the last week-and-a-half. But the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority insists construction won’t be derailed.

  • CPR Photo/Max Pringle

    California Fast Food Workers Join Strike for Better Pay

    Thursday, December 05, 2013

    Fast food workers held a one-day strike against low pay Thursday in 100 cities around the country. Rallies were held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and several other California cities.

  • Wikimedia/respres

    California Offers Tax Relief on Short Sales of Homes

    Wednesday, December 04, 2013

    The state of California announced Wednesday that there will be no tax penalties for homeowners who sell their properties for less than full value. The practice, also known as short selling, had become more widespread during the housing crisis

  • Wikimedia/M. Johnson

    New Study Shows More People Leaving Cars At Home

    Tuesday, December 03, 2013

    A new report shows urban Californians are leading a trend of leaving cars at home and choosing bikes or public transit instead. It's a first-of-its-kind survey comparing urban transportation trends.

  • Farm Bill Amendment Opposed By Calif. Legislators

    Monday, December 02, 2013

    An amendment to the US House version of the federal Farm Bill has upset a bipartisan group of California lawmakers. The group has written a letter to House leaders calling for its removal.

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    Referendum Could Stop North Fork Casino

    Monday, December 02, 2013

    An Indian tribe located near Yosemite has state and federal approvals to build a casino off of its reservation. But a referendum on the California ballot next year might kill the project.

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    California Jail Violence Rises On Reforms

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

    County jails have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

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    Experimental Weather Outlook: Dry Year

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    The California Department of Water Resources is working again this year with researchers on an experimental winter outlook forecast. 2014 brings the possibility of another dry year.

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    Thanksgiving Is a Busy Day for Firefighters

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    The United States Fire Association estimates there are 2,000 residential fires each Thanksgiving, resulting in about in as many as five deaths. That’s double the rate of any other day.

  • Air Resources Board Launches Air Quality Mobile Website

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    If you’re traveling in California this holiday season and are concerned about air quality, a new mobile website can give you air quality data at your fingertips. The site can be accessed on your Smartphone or tablet.

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    Judge Blocks Sale of Calif. High-Speed Rail Bonds

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is blocking the sale of bonds to build California's bullet train and has rejected the state's funding plan, jeopardizing the future of the project.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Mixed News in Friday's Big Release of Calif. Jobs Stats

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    There’s a big new batch of California employment stats out Friday, delayed by the federal government shutdown. The state lost jobs in September – but posted decent gains in August and October.

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    Feinstein And Boxer Now Support Filibuster Reform

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    California's two Democratic senators helped their party usher through a historic change to the Senate's longstanding filibuster rule, claiming Republican filibusters were preventing important environmental work in the Golden State.

  • California Has Head Start Expanding Medicaid Under Obamacare

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    The beginning stages of enrollment in the new online healthcare marketplace have been frustrating for people in many parts of the country. But in California, the enrollment numbers are better. California also has a head start expanding Medicaid.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Brown Hesitant on Obama's ACA Tweak, Hopeful on Prisons

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s hesitant about the president’s proposed tweak to the federal health care law – and hopeful that negotiations over California’s overcrowded prisons will lead to a viable solution.

  • California's Rim Fire Sparks Controversy Over Logging

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    It’s been three months since California experienced its third largest wildfire in history. The US Forest Service must now decide how to restore the 257-thousand acres burned in the Rim Fire, and how much salvage logging should occur.

  • New "Fracking" Regulations Released

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    New draft California regulations for the controversial oil extracting technique known as “fracking” are now available. The rules are in response to legislation passed earlier this year.

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    UC's Napolitano Calls for 2014-15 Tuition Freeze

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    University of California students could see a third straight year without a tuition increase. New UC President Janet Napolitano says she hopes to extend the current tuition freeze through the 2014-15 school year.

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    Resources For Fighting Homeless Disapperaing

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    About 20 percent of the nation’s homeless people live in California. At a state legislative hearing today experts said communities are trying to address the problem, but lack resources

  • US Bureau of Reclamation

    CVP Reservoirs At Lowest Since 2009

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Six key reservoirs of the federal Central Valley Project are at the lowest levels since 2009, when the state was officially in a drought. Some farmers are expecting zero-percent water allocations in 2014.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Initiative Would Raise Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    California’s high-stakes battle over medical malpractice damages could move to the ballot box next year. The initiative campaign seeking to increase the cap on “pain and suffering” awards will pit trial lawyers against doctors.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Capitol Roundup: Calderon Responds...Sort Of; October Cash Report

    Friday, November 08, 2013

    State Sen. Ron Calderon issues a statement prompted by the bribery allegations against him in a leaked FBI affidavit - but doesn't address the allegations themselves. Also, October turned out to be a strong month for state budget revenues.

  • CPR Photo/Max Pringle

    Union Files Two Health Cost Ballot Initiatives

    Friday, November 08, 2013

    California’s largest union of health care workers today submitted a pair of ballot initiatives to the Attorney General. The unions say the measures will save consumers $2.5 billion in annual costs.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Calderon Set to Lose His Committee Assignments

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    The leader of the California Senate is moving to strip a state lawmaker caught up in an FBI sting operation of his committee posts, one week after the report of a leaked affidavit accusing Sen. Ron Calderon of taking $88,000 in bribes.

  • Gov. Brown: A Great Power Has To Find Some Unity

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    Gov. Jerry Brown was featured on All Things Considered Wednesday, sharing the story of getting the state through the economic crisis and what lessons Washington might learn from Sacramento.

  • DMV Gets New Leadership Team

    Tuesday, November 05, 2013

    There’s a new leadership team in place at the California Department of Motor Vehicles

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    Disgorgement Fight Could Shape Dark Money's Future in CA

    Monday, November 04, 2013

    The outcome of a campaign finance fight between California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and two political action committees could help shape the future of “dark money” contributions in the state.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    "Linked Learning" Grants to Push Career Tech in Calif. Schools

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    A new program in this year’s state budget seeks to expand Career Technical Education opportunities in California high schools and community colleges. The program's backers unveiled it Monday hoping to drive up participation.

  • State of Jefferson Sees Renewed Interest

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    The people of Northern California’s Siskiyou County are fed up with the state government and they’re reviving their efforts to break out on their own.

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    Medi-Cal Managed Care Transition 'Rough' For Some People

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    California has moved more than a million people into Medi-Cal managed care, including children from the former Healthy Families program, and seniors and the disabled from fee-for-service care. Advocates say some patients have had a rough transition.

  • State Wildlife Action Plan To Be Updated

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    A plan to make sure California’s plant and animal species are preserved and protected is getting a major update. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding meetings across the state to get the public's input.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    US Supreme Court Rejects Brown's Prison Appeal

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown has been turned down by the US Supreme Court once again. He won’t get a hearing on a federal order to reduce prison overcrowding in the state.

  • State Examines Whether SHUs Are Working

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    California’s prison system uses Security Housing Units as a way to isolate alleged gang members from the general inmate population. But gangs remain a problem in prisons and the outcry over the extended use of solitary confinement is growing.

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    Brown's Bill Actions Have Something for Everyone

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown once famously explained his political philosophy to a group of teenagers. He told them he likes to paddle a little to the left, then a little to the right – thus ending up in the middle.

  • Katie Orr/Capital Public Radio

    A Look Inside the Pelican Bay SHU

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Imagine spending 22 hours a day locked in a small, concrete room. That’s daily life for about four-thousand California prisons inmates.

  • Autism Therapy Mandate Extended, But Not Everyone Benefits

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    California’s Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law an extension of a requirement that insurance companies cover behavioral health treatment for autistic kids. But the law won’t benefit every family in the state.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    With a More Active Veto Pen, Brown Clears His Desk

    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown has cleared his desk for the year after wading through hundreds of bills in the last month. He wrapped up work on the final few dozen bills over the weekend ahead of Sunday's midnight deadline.

  • The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution For The Delta's Future?

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs ever. It's proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Delta to central and southern California is also one of the most controversial.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Capitol Roundup: Bills, Bills, Bills; State's Cash on Track

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    The latest batch of bill actions from California Governor Jerry Brown is a big one: It covers veterans housing, school nutrition and teacher discipline. Meanwhile, state revenues are in good shape as the fiscal year's first quarter comes to a close.

  • Brown Signs Bill Expanding Abortion Access

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    More medical professionals will be able to perform early-term abortions under a new law that takes effect in January. That's one of the 25 bills California Governor Jerry Brown signed Wednesday – and the seven he vetoed.

  • Food, Farms and Delta Water

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    California is the nation’s largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it’s been cut back year after year.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Report: Californians Want Initiative Process Changes

    Tuesday, October 08, 2013

    A new report suggests that although Californians strongly support the state’s initiative process, they’d like to see changes to limit the power of special interests and increase the role of the legislature.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    More Bill Actions from Brown Tuesday

    Tuesday, October 08, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed more than 30 bills as he works to clear his desk ahead of a midnight Sunday deadline.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Brown: No Jury Service for Legal Non-Citizens

    Monday, October 07, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens who are in the state legally to serve on juries. Brown’s veto Monday comes after the governor signed a measure allowing the same group to be poll worker.

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    California's Water Supply, A 700 Mile Journey

    Monday, October 07, 2013

    Both the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project rely on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to bring water to central and southern California. Amy Quinton takes us on a 700 mile journey following California's water supply.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    No More "STAR" Testing for Calif. Students

    Wednesday, October 02, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that moves the state away from the current “STAR” tests towards a new testing system under the nationwide “Common Core” curriculum.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Gov't Shutdown Could Harm California's Recovering Economy

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    California programs and services wouldn’t take a big hit from a federal government shutdown, at least not at first. But state budget watchers still say California has a lot to lose from the standoff in Washington.

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    Brown Signs Mattress Recycling Bill

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    California is establishing a statewide mattress recycling program, but Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law today, but he wants it to be refined a bit.

  • CPR file photo/Ben Adler

    Capitol Roundup: New Chemical Regulations; Marijuana Legalization

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Some common household products like carpet adhesive or nail polish could be regulated under a new program designed to limit the use of toxic chemicals. Meanwhile, a top lawmaker comes out against legalizing marijuana as an initiative effort begins.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Voters Back Brown's Prison Plan, Lukewarm on Realignment

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to lease extra prison beds to avoid the early release of thousands of inmates has the support of a majority of Californians in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll.

  • Brown Administration to Speed Up Backlogged Unemployment Checks

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    The State of California is going to start issuing checks now and ask questions later. Tens of thousands of Californian’s are facing delays in receiving their unemployment checks after a computer problem at the Employment Development Department.

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    The Secret Stop on Legislation's Path

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Successful legislation follows a fairly typical path in California, from one house to the other and then on to the Governor. But as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, bills also make another crucial stop.

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    Meet the Fastest Talking Man in the Assembly

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Some members of the California Assembly may talk a lot. But there is one man in the chamber who likely has them all beat, and he wasn’t even elected.

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    Brown Signs Fracking Regulation Bill

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown signed 10 bills into law today, including a measure regulating the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California.

  • CPR File Photo/Andrew Nixon

    Despite 29,000 New Jobs, Calif. Unemp. Rate Jumps to 8.9%

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    After a steady drop over the last couple of years, California’s unemployment rate has gone up again – for the second month in a row. That’s because the state isn’t adding jobs fast enough to absorb all the people looking for work.

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    Renewed funding Helps California Courts Restore Some Services

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Courts throughout California are hoping a $60 million infusion of state funding will help restore services that had been eliminated because of budget cuts. San Joaquin County Superior Court says it will restart small claims hearings in November.

  • CPR Photo/Max Pringle

    Commission to Revamp California State Parks Holds First Hearing

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    A non-profit task force set up to revamp California’s state park system held its first public hearing Wednesday in Sacramento. The Parks Forward Commission was established after recent financial scandals rocked the Parks Department.

  • Look of Driver's License Nearly Sunk Bill

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Undocumented immigrants in California will soon be able to get driver’s licenses after the legislature approved a bill on the final day of session. But concerns over what the licenses would look like nearly dera

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    Minimum Wage Deal at Calif. Capitol

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    It looks like California’s minimum wage will go up next year for the first time since 2008. Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced today that they're supporting legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    CEQA Changes Narrowed, Broader Effort Delayed (Again)

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is shelving most of his effort to streamline the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, this year. The decision came late Wednesday night at the end of the second-to-last day of legislative session.

  • Lead Ammunition Ban, TRUST Act Pass Senate

    Monday, September 09, 2013

    The California legislature powered through stacks of bills as it began its final week of the session. More than 150 bills were up for debate Monday.

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    Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal

    Monday, September 09, 2013

    After nearly two weeks of sniping back and forth, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg have reached a deal on their competing prison plans in response to the federal court order that requires California to reduce overcrowding.

  • Covered California Open Enrollment Starts in October

    Monday, September 09, 2013

    Open enrollment for California’s health insurance marketplace starts on October 1st, for coverage starting next year. Some liken the implementation of the health care overhaul to the roll out of the new computer technology.

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    California Prison Hunger Strike Ends After Two Months

    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    The California prison inmates who have been on a hunger strike are claiming victory as they end their protest after two months. But it doesn’t appear the state’s Corrections Department has made many changes in response.

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    Prison Hunger Strike Over After 2 Months

    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    California inmates have ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system's isolation policies, prison officials said Thursday.

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    Prisons Battle Heats Up at Calif. Capitol

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013

    The battle between Senate Democrats and everyone else at the Capitol - including Gov. Jerry Brown - over how to address a federal court order requiring the state to reduce overcrowding in its prisons is heating up even more.

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    CPUC to Vote on Rideshare Regulation

    Tuesday, September 03, 2013

    App-based ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber have enjoyed increased popularity and little government oversight. But that could change with an upcoming decision by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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    Affordable Housing Bill Squeezes by California Senate

    Tuesday, September 03, 2013

    The need for affordable housing in California exceeds the current supply. A bill that would give local governments more discretion in dealing with the issue drew some debate in the state Senate today .

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    Crunch Time Begins for Calif. Lawmakers

    Monday, September 02, 2013

    The California legislature enters its home stretch Tuesday. Lawmakers have just two weeks left to tackle hundreds of bills before they adjourn for the year – including some that are quite controversial.

  • Steinberg Prepares Arena Bill

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    The owners of the Sacramento Kings are getting a big assist from California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Electric Bill Increase or Fairer Calif. Power Rates?

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over legislation that would give the California Public Utilities Commission the ability to set a flat fee of up to $10 a month on electricity bills. The measure is up for a key committee vote Friday.

  • New CAHSEE Scores Highest Since 2006

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    The California Department of Education has released this year’s High School Exit Exam results. They are the highest since the test was introduced, with 95.5 percent of students earning passing scores.

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    Judge Tentatively Sides with California in Cap And Trade Challenge

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    A Sacramento County superior court judge has tentatively sided with the California Air Resources Board that it has the authority to allow a carbon auction under the state’s cap and trade program. Arguments challenging the auction were heard Wednesday

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    Steinberg Releases Separate Prison Plan

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown may want to shift thousands of inmates around to create more space in California prisons. But Senate President Darrell Steinberg has another idea, which could be a problem for the governor.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Brown Presents Plan to Ease Prison Overcrowding

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Thousands of California inmates may be transferred to other facilities in an effort to ease prison overcrowding. The plan from Governor Jerry Brown comes after multiple federal court orders.

  • California Preparing for Biosimilar Drugs

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    Biologic drugs use substances such as cells, proteins and antibodies. Biosimilar drugs are their generic counterparts and are expected to hit the market in a few years. the California legislature is already preparing for their arrival.

  • Bill Would Add Exemptions to Tax Proposition

    Friday, August 23, 2013

    A change to a California tax proposition could make it easier for special tourism and business districts to generate revenue. But critics say the change would undermine taxpayer protections.

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    The Evolution of Jerry Brown

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    In less than two months, Jerry Brown will become the longest-serving governor in California history. We take a look at how the Brown of today compares to the Brown of 30 years ago.

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    A California Bill to Regulate Fracking Hits a Legislative Wall

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    A California bill to monitor and regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking has stumbled in a key Assembly committee. Under the bill, companies would have to make public all information regarding their fracking operations.

  • Revived Sex Abuse Bill Headed to Assembly Floor

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    A previously-stalled California bill that would expand the ability of victims of sexual abuse to file lawsuits is on its way to the Assembly floor after getting a second chance in committee today.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Lake Tahoe Summit Held Amidst Progress, Crticism

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Progress is being made toward restoring the clarity of Lake Tahoe, but the job’s not over yet. That was the message from key-note speaker former Vice President Al Gore at Monday’s 17th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit.

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    Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    The California Assembly has approved a bill that would make it easier for farm workers to obtain union contracts with their employers. The measure passed today with the bare minimum votes needed – despite strong opposition from growers.

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    California Adds 38,100 Jobs in July, But...

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    The latest California employment numbers are out, and on the surface, July’s 38,100 job gain looks great. But a troubling trend in today's report calls that gain into question.

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    Changes Made To Bay Delta Conservation Plan

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    The California Department of Water Resources is changing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. It includes two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Steinberg Has Blunt Words for CEQA Overhaul Backers

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    The measure at the center of the debate over modifying the California Environmental Quality Act has passed a key legislative committee. But the bill’s author is warning business groups calling for a broad overhaul to tone down their list of demands.

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    Congressional Reps. Call on Brown to Sign TRUST Act

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Nearly 30 California congressional representatives have written to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to sign legislation that would reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants.

  • California Legislature Considering New Redevelopment Agencies

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Capitol Roundup: A bill that would grant local California communities the right to form agencies to redevelop blighted areas has passed an Assembly Committee. Meanwhile, a bill to extend the civil action suit deadline for sexual abuse is stalled.

  • Hollywood Actresses Back Paparazzi Control Bill

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    A bill in the California legislature that would increase penalties for paparazzi who harass the children of prominent people is winning the support of two famous actresses.

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    Capitol Roundup: Brown Signs Transgender School Bill

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that increases the rights of transgender students at public schools. Also, a Republican lawmaker wants Brown to call a special legislative session on prisons. And California revenues had a slow July.

  • Bill to Move Drinking Water Program Has Governor's Support

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    A California Senate Committee will hear a bill Monday that would move the state’s Safe Drinking Water program away from the Department of Public Health. The department has come under fire for failing to distribute money to communities that need it.

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    California National Guard Reaching Out to LGBT Community

    Friday, August 09, 2013

    The repeal of the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has opened up a new world of recruiting possibilities for the armed forces. But the California National Guard is interested in doing more than just complying with the law.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Study Finds New Evidence of Climate Change in California

    Thursday, August 08, 2013

    More wildfires. Warmer lakes. And higher temperatures. A new study from the California Environmental Protection Agency cites those and other signs that climate change is having a growing impact across the state.

  • New Policy Saves Mountain Lion Lives

    Wednesday, August 07, 2013

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a new policy focused on non-lethal ways of dealing with mountain lions is proving successful.

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    Lawmakers Start Sprint to End of Session

    Tuesday, August 06, 2013

    After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session.

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    Fitch Boosts California's Credit Rating

    Monday, August 05, 2013

    A second agency has upgraded the state of California’s credit rating. Fitch Ratings now gives California an “A” – up from an “A-minus.”

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    Assembly Returns with Full Agenda for Final Weeks

    Monday, August 05, 2013

    Summer recess is over for California lawmakers – at least, for most of them. The state Senate won’t be back until next week. But Assembly members reconvened Monday with just six weeks left to address a long list of thorny issues.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    California Immigrants Rally For More Medical Interpreters

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Understanding what your doctor is telling you can be challenging. But imagine not speaking the same language. It’s a problem that thousands of Californians deal with. Now there’s an effort to provide more interpreters to non-English speakers.

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    Poll: Californians Support Acting Now on Global Warming

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Californians are now more likely to urge swift state action to slow global warming than they were during the recession, according to the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll on environmental issues.

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    CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    As negotiations over a potential overhaul of California’s landmark environmental law enter their final weeks, supporters of rewriting the California Environmental Quality Act say the current proposal falls short of reform.

  • Media Push Coming From New California Health Exchange

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    TV commercials for the new California health insurance marketplace will start airing soon. And that’s not the only part of the exchange’s marketing and outreach campaign you'll be seeing.

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    California Prepares for a Future of Driverless Cars

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    What once sounded like the stuff of science fiction is now reality on the drawing board. Rapid advancements are being made in the field of driverless cars. California is working to get out ahead of the curve.

  • California Lawmaker Calling for Florida Boycott

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    A California boycott of Florida is being proposed in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of African American teenager Trayvon Martin.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Dems' Supermajority Could Erode in Special Election

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    If you don’t live in California’s Central Valley – or even if you do – you might not know there’s a special election Tuesday for a state Senate race that could have implications for the future of California's Democratic supermajority.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    GOP Governor's Race? What GOP Governor's Race?

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    It’s less than a year until the first votes will be cast in the 2014 California governor’s race, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the campaign. Why is the Republican field shaping up so slowly to challenge Democratic Governor Jerry Brown?

  • Bill Would Make Union Talks Confidential

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    A bill that would give union officials confidentiality protection when they speak with their members is under consideration at the California capitol.

  • UC Regents Confirm Napolitano Despite Protests

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be the first female president of the University of California system. But it’s her experience with the federal government that had students talking at her confirmation hearing.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    California Unemployment Lowest Since Stocks Crashed

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    The summer of 2013 is starting out strongly for the California economy. The U.S. Labor Department says the state added more than 30,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate continued to drop.

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    UC Students, Faculty Concerned Over Napolitano's Nomination

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    University of California Regents will decide Thursday whether to approve Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as president. Some UC students and faculty are criticizing her nomination for reasons that have nothing to do with academics.

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    Praise, Skepticism for UC's Choice of Napolitano

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    She’s a political veteran who’s run large bureaucracies. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano hasn’t worked in academia – and now she’s about to become the next president of the University of California.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Big Property Tax Surprise Coming for Many Calif. Homeowners

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    California homeowners who saw their property taxes plunge along with their homes’ market values during the recession could get some sticker shock when their next tax bill arrives. The bad news for homeowners is good news for state and local budgets.

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    Napolitano to be Next UC President

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has been nominated to be the next president of the University of California.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Brown Signs Enterprise Zone, SEIU Contract, "Bridge Plan" Bills

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation to overhaul a controversial tax break for companies that hire workers in low-income communities. He also signed a key labor pact and a measure to provide health care to the working poor.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Capitol Roundup: Minimum Wage, Athlete Workers Comp Developments

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    A bill that would raise California’s minimum wage has picked up a key endorsement but still faces strong opposition from business groups. Meanwhile, a bill that would restrict workers compensation for some professional athletes passed a committee.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    SEIU Members Approve State Labor Deal

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown’s labor deal with California’s largest state workers union is now all-but-official. SEIU Local 1000 says 90 percent of its members voted to ratify the contract.

  • Freshman Lawmakers Face Different Legislative Future

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013

    A new version of term limits, a new way to draw voting districts, a new primary election system. Each took effect in 2012 and was intended to moderate the California legislature. There is hope the changes have been effective, but so far no proof.

  • Bills Going Out for Controversial Fire Fee

    Monday, July 08, 2013

    For the second year in a row, California is charging rural homeowners a special fee for fire protection. The bills are coming a bit later than planned, but they are on their way. he fee's critics are as angry as ever and still hope to overturn it.

  • Two States, Two Styles of ObamaCare

    Monday, July 08, 2013

    Millions of uninsured Americans are expected to buy coverage through new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges next year. Nevada and California are busy building state-based exchanges, using different means to achieve the same ends.

  • Businesses Among Top Recent Brown Donors

    Monday, July 08, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t officially said he’s running for re-election, but a burgeoning campaign account suggests it’s likely. And the list of donors may surprise you.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Activists Push For Passage of TRUST Act

    Tuesday, July 02, 2013

    Advocates for undocumented immigrants are trying to get the ear of California Governor Jerry Brown. They’re pushing for the passage of a bill aimed at reducing deportations that the governor vetoed last year.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    New School Year Brings New Funding Formula

    Monday, July 01, 2013

    A new school year always brings a lot of other new things with it. There are new clothes, new books, and this year, a new funding formula for California. The funding plan was signed into law today.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    S&P: New Calif. Budget a Mixed Bag

    Monday, July 01, 2013

    The Standard and Poor’s rating agency likes most of what it sees in the new California state budget. But S&P analyst Gabriel Petek says the spending plan takes a step backwards by not paying down as much debt as Gov. Jerry Brown originally proposed.

  • Choo Yut Shing

    Shark Fin Ban Begins Today

    Monday, July 01, 2013

    Buying or selling shark fins is now illegal in California. The ban went into effect today.

  • Brown's Budget Guru Stepping Down

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown’s budget guru is resigning after more than three years as head of California’s Finance Department. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.

  • Trial Courts Welcome $60 Million Bump

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    California’s trial courts are set to receive an extra $60 million in the new state budget that takes effect next month. The money is designated to help improve access to courts that have slashed hours and resources or shut down completely.

  • More Good News than Bad in Calif.'s May Jobs Report

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    California’s new jobs numbers are out. They show a sharp drop in unemployment, but just modest new hiring from employers. Instead, it’s self-employment that’s driving the jobless rate down – and that’s not necessarily bad for the economy.

  • CPR photo/Andrew Nixon

    Calif. Public Records Act to Remain Intact

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    After a week filled with controversy over a provision in the state budget package that would have gutted the California Public Records Act, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders all say they support short- and long-term fixes.

  • Photo Courtesy Department of Water Resources

    Delta Plan Faces Several Lawsuits

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    California’s long-term plan to manage the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has a tough fight ahead of it. The Delta Plan is now facing four lawsuits.

  • California Beginning to Implement New Way of Teaching

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    The days of tedious memorization and multiple choice tests may soon be a thing of the past for California students. The state is beginning to implement an entirely new way of teaching known as the common core curriculum.

  • CPR photo/Andrew Nixon

    Calif. Legislature Passes State Budget Bill

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    The California legislature has approved the 2013-14 state budget bill – one day before its constitutional deadline to send a spending plan to Gov. Jerry Brown. Debate will continue Saturday on some of the budget's accompanying "trailer" bills.

  • Parties Clash Over Budget Transparency

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Lawmakers will begin voting on the California budget tomorrow . But Republicans say they’ll also have to vote on several bills they know little about.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Brown Administration Agrees to State Worker Pay Raises

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    California's largest state workers union says it's reached a tentative deal with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration that calls for a 4.5 percent pay increase for its members over a three-year contract.

  • CPR photo/Katie Orr

    Sen. Calderon Returns to State Capitol

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon made his first appearance before the media Monday since the FBI raided his offices at the California Capitol last week.

  • Legislative Battle Over Fracking Not Over

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    The legislative battle over more stringent regulation of a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas in California is far from over. Lawmakers will discuss the issue once again this week.

  • Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

    A New Kind of Budget Fight at the Capitol

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    With California’s budget deadline drawing closer and revenues rising, the air around the Capitol is filled with the cries of people calling for the state to restore past cuts. But Governor Jerry Brown is insisting on frugality.

  • Senator de León Receives Subpoena

    Friday, June 07, 2013

    Democratic Senator Kevin de León says he’s received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Steinberg: Calif. Budget Talks Positive, Moving Forward

    Thursday, June 06, 2013

    With just over a week to go until the California legislature’s June 15th constitutional budget deadline, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s “relatively confident” a deal will be reached in time.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    State Worker Unions Rally to Demand Pay Raises from Gov. Brown

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    A top California union leader says “the fight is on” now that Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has rejected state worker pay increases in contract talks. The union's new tough talk comes against a Democratic governor they’ve long supported.

  • Senate website photo

    FBI Raids Two Offices at Capitol

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    UPDATE: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched two Capitol offices belonging to Calif. Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello).

  • Capital Public Radio

    Courts Hope for Budget Boost

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    With revenues in California improving, court advocates say it’s time to start restoring year’s worth of budget cuts to state trial courts.

  • A Barrage of Bills, and Looking Ahead to the State Budget

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    California lawmakers are 15 days away from a deadline to pass a budget, and this week they also faced a deadline for passing bills from one house to the other. They took action on hundreds of measures including the minimum wage, and plastic bags.

  • Poll: Majority of Californians Support Gov. Brown’s Budget Plan

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    A new statewide survey finds most Californians support Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal. The poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California also finds people really like Brown’s spending plan for public schools.

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    Price Tag for California Water Plan: $25 Billion

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has put a price tag on a plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and provide a reliable water supply. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is estimated to cost almost $25 billion dollars.

  • Legislature Passes Hundreds of Bills

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    From fracking, to boy scouts, to teacher discipline, California’s Democratic-controlled legislature passed an avalanche of bills from one house to the other on Wednesday ahead of an end of week deadline.

  • Run-off For Rubio's Seat

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    It turns out there’s going to be a run-off in a hotly contested race to replaces Democratic State Senator Michael Rubio.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Three Calif. Budget Proposals Now on Table

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers now have three budget proposals from which to work towards a final deal. The Assembly spending plan approved Tuesday joins proposals from the Senate and the governor.

  • Photo By Aquafornia via Flickr Creative Commons

    Final Chapters Of BDCP To Be Released

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    A controversial proposal that would build two tunnels to pump water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Central and Southern California moves another step forward Wednesday as the final chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are released.

  • Capital Public Radio

    Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it’s going to be a busy week for lawmakers.

  • Governor Brown Urges Action On Climate Change

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    California Governor Jerry Brown continues to make climate change a focus of his administration. He is joining more than 500 scientists in calling for action on the issue.

  • Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.

  • Legislative Dems Want to Restore Budget Cuts, but Priorities Differ

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    As budget talks head into their final weeks, supporters of programs suffering from years of cuts are asking for help. Gov. Jerry Brown opposes any new spending. But Assembly and Senate Democrats have different programs in which they'd like to invest.

  • LAO Expects Higher State Revenues than Gov. Brown

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    California’s non-partisan legislative analyst says the revenue projections in Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal are too pessimistic – by more than three billion dollars. That’s already prompting some calls to increase spending.

  • Assembly Passes TRUST Act for Second Time

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    The California Assembly has passed a bill that limits when local law enforcement agencies can turn undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities.

  • Study Gives Glimpse of How Realignment is Working

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    After about a year and a half in place, California’s policy of prison realignment is still controversial. But today the Corrections Department offered a glimpse of how it’s working.

  • Council Approves Final Plan for Delta

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    The Delta Stewardship Council has unanimously approved the final plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The plan is designed to protect the Delta ecosystem while providing a more reliable supply of water for California.

  • Democrats Look To Rein in Prop 13

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Some Democrats at the Capitol are attempting to chip away at California’s fabled Prop 13. But supporters of the property tax limiting measure are digging in to fight back.

  • Budget Debate Takes Shape As Lawmakers Return To Capitol

    With the California legislature back in session Dems remain in control and focused on the economy, while minority Republicans say Democrats must resist the temptation to spend California’s multi-billion dollar budget surplus.

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