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Latinos make up the largest segment of California’s population. Yet they have one of the smallest voter representations. One organization is trying to change that equation.
California ended its fiscal year with a surge in revenues. The Department of Finance reports California exceeded revenue projections for the fiscal year by $732 million.
You may soon be able to buy a bottle of your favorite craft whiskey when you visit a distillery tasting room in California.
A bill in the California Legislature that proposes sweeping changes to the state’s Public Utilities Commission passed an Assembly committee today.
The alleged murder of a San Francisco woman by an undocumented immigrant with a criminal history has revived a debate in the California Capitol over sanctuary cities.
A new report out today says regulations for the process known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" need to be tightened to prevent environmental problems. And new legislation could emerge to do just that.
Anti-smoking advocates in California have taken a hit. Bills to raise the state’s smoking age and expand regulations on electronic cigarettes were both stalled in committee today.
A bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in California faces a tough vote in the Legislature Tuesday. The measure has powerful detractors, but also some high-profile supporters.
Medical marijuana patients in California may soon find it easier to get on the organ transplant list.
Standard and Poor's announced it has raised California's bond rating.
A new California law allows the death certificates of transgender people to reflect the gender they identified with, rather than their biological sex.
A new law requires smartphones sold in California to come with added protections.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.
The California Senate has approved a measure that would repeal a rule limiting when families can receive additional state aid.
California lawmakers are looking for ways to address some of the challenges faced by male minorities in the state.
Pro-choice lawmakers are backing a bill in the California Assembly that seeks to ensure pregnant women know they have access to abortions.
The California Medical Association has changed its position on a physician aid in dying bill currently in the state Senate.
Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
Not everyone is happy with the revised budget proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. But he does have the approval of the Community College system. Brown attended the Community College Board of Governors meeting today.
California colleges are getting some guidance on dealing with sexual assaults. By July, California colleges must immediately disclose reported sexual assaults to law enforcement.
California depends on gas tax revenues to maintain its roads. But that revenue is declining. Now the state is looking for volunteers to try out a new funding method, but volunteering could cost you money.
Thousands of people in California possess guns, even though the law says they should not. Today state Senators asked the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms why that number is so high.
California Governor Jerry Brown calls climate change a "slow-rolling crisis" that must be addressed. And he’s trying to get other governments to follow California's lead in reducing carbon emissions.
California would begin automatic voter registration under a bill making its way through the state Legislature. The measure passed an Assembly committee today.
It’s shaping up to be a hot, dry summer in California. And rules governing outdoor work conditions have been modified to keep people better protected.
California lawmakers are considering imposing limits on short-term online rental services like Airbnb. A Senate committee took up the issue today.
California Governor Jerry Brown is calling on local water agencies to adjust their pricing structures as a way to promote conservation. But a state court ruling issued today could undermine those efforts.
California’s system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state’s drought gets worse. Today Governor Jerry Brown indicated there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.
Governor Jerry Brown has declined to say whether he supports a bill that would extend Medi-Cal to some undocumented immigrants in California.
California taxpayers will likely be contributing more money to the state’s retirement system.
Police body cameras have the potential to provide more information about law enforcement interactions with the public. And today a California Assembly committee considered when police should be allowed to review the video they've taken.
Take a tour of the California state Capitol - but not just any tour. This one includes a little history, some surprising details that are easy to miss, and a rare trip to the top of the Capitol dome.
It can be very expensive to run for office in California. Turns out, it can be expensive to maintain an office after you have won it as well.
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.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is up with a new TV ad that criticizes Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.
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.
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.
California’s earthquake early warning system is up and running – but there’s no money or infrastructure to distribute alerts to the general public yet. A conference at UC Berkeley Wednesday discussed the issue.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.
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.
A bill that would require toy guns to be painted with markings to show they are fake has passed the state legislature.
The California Legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process is highly criticized, but lawmakers defend it as necessary.
Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.
The state senator from San Diego who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Friday has released a statement regarding the incident.
Measures that would create tougher campaign finance disclosure laws are heading to the governor's desk.
Health care advocates are concerned about a California law that allows the state to claim assets of deceased people who received health care through Medi-Cal.
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.
California senators approved a bill encouraging schools to educate students about Barack Obama's election in the context of past discrimination.
A water bond, a school bond, a statewide plastic bag ban and paid sick leave are all on California lawmakers’ agenda as they return Monday for their final month of session.
The California legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from using aerial surveillance drones without a warrant.
A federal judge has ruled California’s death penalty is unconstitutional.
The primary election recount for California State Controller is prompting legislation to reform the state’s recount procedures.
The drought could damage California’s economy to the tune of $2.2 billion this year, according to a new study.
A delegation of California lawmakers, including Senate President Darrell Steinberg, is traveling through Central America this week meeting with dignitaries from the region.
The Internet has an increasing influence on society and now it wants more influence on legislation.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation has its fourth leader in two years.
After failed attempts in previous years, legislation to regulate medical marijuana in California appears to be gaining momentum at the state Capitol.
California’s two largest public employee pension systems are reporting higher-than-expected profits from their investment portfolios.
(AP) - Republican lawmakers are asking Gov. Jerry Brown not to appeal a Los Angeles judge's decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers.
(AP) - A bill that would help California-based electric car maker Tesla has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, as the state competes for a planned battery plant.
Under a new California law, job applicants will no longer be asked about their criminal history when they apply for state and local agency jobs.
California ended its fiscal year with some money in the bank, which has not happened much recently.
A new report finds groundwater management plans in California are outdated, lack important details, and need significant improvement.
A new California law allows people selling wine to offer tastings of their products at certified farmers markets.
Democratic Assemblyman John Pérez has requested a limited hand recount after finishing third by a razor thin margin in the primary race for State Controller.
A California Assemblyman wants to pay you to improve government.
California Assembly Republicans have chosen a new woman to lead them.
A new California sales tax credit on manufacturing and research and development equipment went into effect this week.
Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.
A new report says University of California employees saw their pay go up an average four percent in 2013.
A bill introduced into the California legislature Thursday would delay part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program for three years.
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.
Reports say California State University and Community College students are taking longer to graduate and it’s hurting them financially.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision will only have a limited effect in California because it does not affect a 15-year-old California law that requires health insurance plans to include birth control.
California state employees will be getting the first pay raise many of them have had in years starting Tuesday.
A law that extends California’s paid family leave benefit to people caring for grandchildren, grandparents, siblings and in-laws will go into effect July 1. The original law took effect on the same day 10 years ago.
California voters will decide this fall whether some low-level drug and theft offenses should be tried as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Meanwhile, the Legislature and Board of Equalization are pushing policies to help the food industry.
Aerospace firms bidding for a military contract to build bomber aircraft would win state tax breaks under a bill that cleared the California Assembly Thursday.
A bill moving through the California legislature could help some college graduates get help from the state in refinancing their student loans.
The state of California could get the power to revoke the licenses of farm labor contractors who hire supervisors with a history of sexual harassment. It’s part of a bill approved by the Assembly Labor and Employment committee Wednesday.
School districts, teachers and state taxpayers will each chip in more money to stabilize the California State Teachers Retirement System under a measure signed Tuesday by Governor Jerry Brown.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is telling legislative leaders that he opposes the existing $11 billion water bond currently slated for the November ballot and wants a $6 billion bond measure instead.
Local California water agencies would be able to establish rules governing groundwater use for the first time under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Tuesday.
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.
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.
People fearing that a mentally unstable person may be about to commit a violent act could file a restraining order to have their firearms confiscated under a bill now in the California legislature.
Unemployment in California continues to fall.
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.
A $10 billion water bond could be headed to California’s November ballot if a bill in the state legislature wins approval. The measure would be a substitute for the $11 billion bond initiative currently on the ballot.
A California State Audit has concluded that the sterilization of dozens of women prisoners were done in violation of informed consent laws.
California representatives are now leading both parties in the US House of representatives.
A bill that bans inaccurate labeling of seafood has been approved by an Assembly committee.
Advocates say the mentally ill do not receive the same level of service in California’s public health system as people who use other medical services. And they’re asking state officials to change that.
Fears that California could experience fiery train accidents as oil imports by rail increase have lawmakers seeking more information. Attorneys told lawmakers that the state's role is limited.
Immigrant rights groups in California say there are problems with proposed regulations for undocumented immigrant driver licenses.
Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown has already made one appointment to the state Supreme Court and now has a chance to make more. Justice Marvin Baxter has announced he’s retiring at year’s end.
(AP) -- State senators voted to approve a fundraising blackout periods.
Don't expect to see a warning label on sugary beverages in California - at least not now. Legislation to mandate them has died at the state Capitol.
The leading Democrat in the US House of Representatives says she’ll fight for California’s high speed rail project, despite stiff Republican opposition.
Democrats are lauding the passage of California’s $156 billion budget while Republicans say state spending is becoming excessive.
The California Senate has elected its first Hispanic President Pro Tem since the nineteenth century.
(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.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders say they’ve reached a final budget deal.
Hit-and-run collisions could soon trigger a community alert to track down the fleeing drivers, under a bill now in the California legislature.
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
California lawmakers are rejecting a budget proposal by Governor Jerry Brown that would cap the number of hours home healthcare workers can be paid for.
California colleges and universities could get an additional $100 million if tax revenue exceeds expectations this fiscal year.
Immigrant rights activists are calling on sheriff’s departments throughout California to comply with the state’s TRUST Act.
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.
One of the largest points of tension in this year’s budget process is whether to implement new restrictions on California’s In-Home Supportive Services program.
California Governor Jerry Brown is in talks with state lawmakers over how much cap and trade revenue to dedicate to affordable housing near transit.
A judge has struck down the state’s teacher tenure laws in a landmark ruling that could lead to big changes at California schools.
A pair of studies released Tuesday examine the drought mitigation efforts of various California water agencies and recommend long-term changes to prevent future water shortages.
As California’s drought continues, lawmakers are being pressured to put a revised water bond on the fall ballot.
By the end of the week, it’s likely California will have a budget deal at the state Capitol.
California budget talks are nearing the finish line at the state Capitol ahead of the legislature’s Sunday constitutional deadline.
Students in a pilot accelerated program at the UC Davis School of Medicine will begin classes this summer.
State lawmakers are proposing to eliminate voter-approved Proposition 187, which would have banned undocumented immigrants from schools, from state code.
California water managers are working on a plan that they hope will lead to more sustainable use of underground water supplies.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would maintain the current level of maximum hours that home health care workers are allowed to be paid for. Thousands of them rallied at the state capitol Thursday.
It’s Democrat Jerry Brown against Republican Neel Kashkari for the right to be governor of California for the next four years.
California voters didn’t exactly rush to the polls in Tuesday’s primary election. Low turnout was reported all over the state as voters decide who will face-off in November for Governor and other top offices.
After seven years of squabbles and false starts, this could finally be the year the California legislature legalizes, taxes and regulates internet gaming.
A bill has cleared the California Assembly that would prohibit a murder defendant from claiming a temporary rage caused them to kill someone after learning the victim’s gender or sexual orientation.
The California legislature today wrapped up three days of marathon sessions by taking action on some high-profile bills.
The California Senate has rejected a measure that would overhaul how public corporations are taxed in the state.
(AP) -- A bill that would ban revenge porn has been modified to include "selfies" or photos taken by the victims.
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.
California’s budget isn’t just about allocating money. The Governor can also use it to get what he wants.
The California state legislature is split over Governor Jerry Brown’s request for $500 million in bond revenue to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons.
The state of California has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A pending deadline will force the California legislature to act on hundreds of bills this coming week.
The California legislature faces a Friday deadline to pass hundreds of bills out of their “Houses of Origin."
Bills can live or die in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee. The fates of more than 500 were determined today.
Supporters of school music programs rallied today (Thursday) at the state Capitol as part of the “Stand Up 4 Music” coalition’s music education advocacy day.
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 Democrats are finalizing their plans to push back against California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal.
California may not be able to recover as much oil through fracking as previously thought.
Governor Jerry Brown talked up California's business climate today in a speech before the California Chamber of Commerce.
Some California farmers may not be allowed to divert river water to irrigate their crops this summer. The restriction is part of new rules being considered this week by state water managers.
The Legislative Women's Caucus wants to restore cuts and add spending to California's early childhood development programs.
A new report suggests California’s drought is not likely to affect the state’s finances in the short term.
California lawmakers sent several notable bills from one chamber to the other Monday – including measures dealing with warrantless wiretapping, in vitro fertilization and campaign finance rules.
California’s firefighters are already having a busy year and Governor Jerry Brown wants to them to have more money to do their job.
A new study shows that California’s drought could result in severe economic losses for Central Valley farmers. The analysis also shows the drought will mean thousands of job losses.
A deal at the California Capitol would prevent some large commercial property owners from dodging property tax increases when the buildings change hands.
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.
(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.
Californians may be able to save money if they switch from COBRA health coverage to Covered California plans.
California’s unemployment figures for April are the lowest in more than five years. The Economic Development Department says the unemployment rate fell from 8.1 to 7.8 percent from March to April.
Get ready for an epic political battle this fall between trial lawyers and doctors. An initiative that would raise the cap on medical malpractice damages has qualified for California’s November ballot.
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.
(AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown wants millions of dollars to fix problems at a Stockton medical complex.
One-third of all patients admitted to California hospitals have diabetes, according to a new study.
Democrats inside and outside the California Capitol are pushing back against Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal.
California Governor Jerry Brown may be a near-lock to win a record fourth term this fall, but that doesn’t mean he’s universally popular with his fellow Democrats.
California would ban single-use plastic grocery bags under a bill that passed an Assembly Committee Wednesday.
Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal contains more money to address complications from the drought in California. He wants more money to go to firefighting, food assistance, and wildlife preservation.
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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release his revised budget plan for 2014 Tuesday. The state Treasury has brought in an unexpected $2 billion in revenue since January, which is sure to be a factor in the battle over spending priorities
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.
The race to be the candidate who challenges California Governor Jerry Brown is heating up.
The California State Assembly will get a new leader Monday and it’s a barrier-breaking change.
A bill that would require California hospitals to develop workplace violence prevention plans is up for legislative committee vote this week.
Lawmakers continue to revise California’s campaign finance regulations.
UPDATED: Gov. Jerry Brown has officially announced a rainy day fund agreement Thursday.
A California bill that would require anti-theft technology in all new smart phones sold in the state cleared the state Senate Thursday. It failed in its first attempt in April.
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.
An Alameda County judge has ruled that tens of thousands of California felons should be eligible to vote, overturning a decision made by Secretary of State Debra Bowen from 2011.
A California bill that would hold companies legally responsible for the wages and working conditions of people employed through third party subcontractors is making its way through the legislature.
Recent scandals in the California Senate continue to cause ripples throughout the Capitol. Now an effort is underway to broaden the options for dealing with misbehaving lawmakers.
California’s largest health care workers union is dropping two fall ballot initiatives related to healthcare costs. It’s part of a new agreement announced Wednesday between the union and the state’s hospital industry.
Law enforcement agencies from around California gathered at the state Capitol today to remember officers killed in the line of duty.
As the number of bicyclists increases in California, a new effort is being made to keep those riders safe.
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.
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.
Two bills dealing with credit card security will be taken up over the next week in California legislative committees. Recent data security breaches at Target and other big retailers prompted the legislation.
California’s final measurement of the season of the Sierra snowpack showed near-record low water levels. The May reading is the first measurement after the beginning of the spring snow melt.
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.
California added 356,000 new residents during 2013, for a growth rate of just under one percent - a rate that appears to be accelerating ever so slightly.
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.
The California Senate Health Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make undocumented immigrants eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.
A new study says California’s higher education system is in danger of failing. But, the leaders of the state’s universities are dismissing the criticism.
California has been singled out by the FBI as a state with a lot of child sex trafficking. A conference at UC Davis on Tuesday will bring social service agencies together in an effort to reduce the problem.
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.
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.
California’s four-year high-school graduation rate has topped 80 percent for the first time ever, according to new numbers out Monday.
Two competing bills to be taken up this week in the California legislature will pit newer app-based ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft against traditional taxi companies.
Unauthorized immigrants in California would be eligible for Medi-Cal and the new health marketplace coverage under a bill before lawmakers this week.
Deep discontent with Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal among California progressives is prompting a coordinated campaign for more spending on education and health care programs.
Governor Jerry Brown’s latest executive order to combat the drought has some aid for farmers, fish and firefighters – and some requests for all Californians.
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 Democrats and progressive groups hoping that strong state budget revenues would help them make the case for new spending will likely be disappointed by April income tax collections.
Bills that would deal with pay gaps between companies' CEOs and workers, and create four-year community college degrees moved forward in the legislature Thursday, while a measure would requiring kill switches on smart phones and tablets stalled.
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.
California employees owed back wages would be able to place a lien on their former employer’s property under a bill that cleared the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee Wednesday.
Four candidates for California’s Secretary of State covered issues from vote by mail elections to business licenses in a debate today. And they didn’t disagree on much.
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.
Any genetically modified food product sold in California would have to come labeled as such under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Tuesday.
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.
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.
California health advocates want tight state oversight of health plans to ensure Medi-Cal patients get timely care under the Affordable Care Act.
Before signing an on-line agreement with or liking a company on Facebook, consumer advocates are warning customers they should read all the way to the bottom of the contract.
The California job market is turning into a real roller coaster. New numbers out today show a disappointingly small gain in March after February posted the strongest month of job creation in years.
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.
Railroads plan to increase their shipments of crude oil by train throughout California. One lawmaker wants to make sure emergency planners can protect communities from potential train accidents.
A state board postponed a vote Wednesday that could potentially put the gray wolves on the endangered species in California.
Covered California released final enrollment numbers today after a 6 month sign-up period.
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.
Tea party members in California spent Tax Day trying to send a message to the government.
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.
A new Field Poll finds that Californians continue to have a very low opinion of the U.S. Congress.
A new study says students at California’s Community Colleges are achieving many of their academic goals. But Community College officials say they’ll be recovering from the drastic cuts during the Great Recession for years to come.
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.
The latest polls have Republican Businessman Neel Kashkari in fourth place in the California governor’s race. But observers say his campaign may actually have a strategic advantage.
A ban on lead hunting ammunition starts this week, and wildlife officials want to hear from hunters.
The California Secretary of State’s office is defending the state’s election performance after it was ranked 49th in a recent study.
A new report says adjustments to Proposition 30 and other tax policy changes could improve the situation for low-income Californians who pay a disproportionate share of their income in taxes.
California and federal agencies have released a plan about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. The plan does not change water allocations.
(AP) -- A bill that would ban the captive breeding and shows of orcas in California has stalled for the year in the state legislature after a fierce debate.
Undocumented California State University and University of California students, who can’t get federal or private loans, would be eligible for a state loan program to be established under a new bill in the legislature.
California Governor Jerry Brown says reducing prison overcrowding continues to be a top priority.
A national study released today ranks California near the bottom in election performance.
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.
The California state senator accused of political corruption, bribery and arms trafficking has pleaded "not guilty" to all charges.
California legislative committees Tuesday heard a package of bills that would raise the level of funding for public assistance programs that have been cut in recent years.
A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in a dispute over development around Lake Tahoe.
A bill, up for discussion this week, would make the practice of mislabeling fish or shellfish illegal in California.
A bill that would ban the sale of personal care products containing microplastics in California will get its first hearing Monday.
A bill that would more than double the number of competitive Cal Grant awards each year has passed a California Assembly Committee.
(AP) -- A bill moving in the California Legislature now would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they reduce water use for landscaping.
Animal rights activists will gather at the state Capitol Monday and petition lawmakers in support of a bill that would ban killer whale shows and captive breeding in California.
Under a bill in the California legislature, human trafficking would be classified as a gang-related offense and subject to stiffer sentencing.
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.
A bill that would require all California public schools to keep emergency supplies of allergy medication injectors on-site has cleared the Senate Education Committee.
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.
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.
State Senator Leland Yee's attorney says the Democrat from San Francisco intends to plead "not guilty" when he expects to face a formal grand jury indictment next week.
The number of competitive Cal Grant awards given out each year would more than double under a bill that cleared a California legislative committee Tuesday.
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.
(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.
The California State Senate suspended three Senators today.
Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses.
Democratic State Senator Leland Yee has dropped out of the race for California Secretary of State.
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.
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.
UPDATE -- Another California State Senator is facing criminal allegations and Senate Democrats are calling for his resignation.
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.
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.
A new effort is underway to deal with California’s backlog of untested rape kits.
Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown continues to hold a commanding fundraising lead in the California Governor’s race.
Construction on California’s complicated high speed rail project is set to begin this summer. But one lawmaker says the state should slow down.
Local California governments, retirees and clean water advocates have teamed up to push a bill before state lawmakers this week.
University of California President Janet Napolitano says the state could do more for higher education, but the overall outlook is positive. Napolitano addressed a Public Policy Institute of California forum in Sacramento Monday.
A California law that allows property owners looking to sell their properties to avoid local rent control laws and evict their tenants, would be overhauled under two bills now in the legislature.
Some rodent-control pesticides commonly sold in stores will no longer be available in California beginning July 1st. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation is restricting their use.
A DNA evidence test can be a powerful tool for a person wrongfully convicted of a crime. Now a California lawmaker wants to make it easier for inmates to request one.
(AP) -- A California bill that would require employers to offer all workers paid sick leave has been approved by a state committee.
A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require annual unannounced state inspections of all long-term care facilities. The requirement now is at least one inspection every five years.
California is spending a lot of money on a legal case involving the failed implementation of a new payroll system. But a new report out today says the state should focus more on why the system failed in the first place.
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.
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.
As part of the annual “Ag Day” celebration at the state Capitol, Future Farmers of America students from around California rallied Wednesday in support agricultural education.
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.
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.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told state lawmakers Monday the state’s cash-strapped courts are on the verge of failing to provide timely access to the legal system.
A bill that would have forced political nonprofit groups to reveal donors for the coming election has failed.
Under a bill now in the California legislature, drivers would be given control over the information gathered by their cars’ on-board computers.
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.
Advocates for labeling genetically modified food are taking a state-by-state approach to passing legislation to that end. They’re hoping to avoid Congressional gridlock.
The California State Assembly elected San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins Monday as the 69th Assembly Speaker. Atkins will be the first open lesbian to serve as Speaker.
The Department of Motor Vehicles computer system was briefly shut down throughout California today. Outages occurred yesterday as well.
California regulators are targeting paint strippers, spray foam insulation and children’s foam sleeping mats that contain toxic chemicals. The products could be banned if manufacturers can’t find safer alternatives.
Supporters of a California bill that would fund the development of clean buses and trucks are making their case for a bigger share of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction fund.
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.
A California Legislative committee voted today to order an audit of the California Employment Development Department.
California lawmakers helped launch a new state advertising campaign aimed at getting parents to vocally interact more with their babies and toddlers.
Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. Management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is setting up guidelines for driverless cars. At a public workshop in Sacramento Tuesday, it took ideas on issues like licensing, safety and privacy
California lawmakers say the state is facing a truancy crisis among elementary school students. Now a package of legislation has been introduced that’s meant to combat the problem.
(AP) -- A proposed bill could bring law and order to the wild west of weed.
California law enforcement agencies, state lawmakers and rights groups say prostitution and human trafficking have been on the rise at massage parlors around the state.
All smartphone and mobile devices sold in California would have to come equipped with an anti-theft kill switch under a bill now in the legislature.
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.
The present cost of health and dental benefits expected to be paid to future and current California retirees is growing. It’s now $64 billion.
The California Secretary of State’s office would become non-partisan under a state lawmaker’s proposed constitutional amendment
There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal – if any – is still months away.
(AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown will meet Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is visiting the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders.
The new California new law allowing undocumented immigrants to drive legally in the state is drawing questions about the ID requirements to get a license.
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.
The California Drought Task Force says it would have to rain almost non-stop for the next couple of months to bring an end to the drought.
Democrats in the California legislature are starting the month down two Senators.
Rod Wright isn’t the only California state lawmaker who’s been accused of living outside his district’s boundaries. He’s just the only one who’s been charged and convicted.
Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) is taking an indefinite leave of absence to fight corruption and bribery charges stemming from an undercover FBI sting operation.
Higher education advocates are asking for a dedicated funding source for California’s Community Colleges. Busloads of students from around the state marched and rallied in Sacramento Monday and met with state lawmakers.
Despite California’s on-going drought, marine biologists are predicting a strong salmon fishing season in the state.
The worst-kept secret at the California Capitol is now out: Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is running for a record fourth term this year.
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.
11:34 A.M.--(AP) -- Both houses of the California Legislature approved a $687 million drought-relief plan Thursday.
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.
A recent string of unanticipated public health developments in California has state health officials looking for answers. Some of the illnesses were thought to have disappeared decades ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An independent audit recommends that California overhaul its school transportation funding system. The Legislative Analyst’s Office report says the school transportation funding rate is decades old.
A referendum effort on California's new transgender student rights law fails to qualify; a new law requiring the use of gloves by bartenders and chefs is drawing complaints; and guide dog advocates are criticizing the use of fake service dogs.
Democrats in the California Senate are giving Senator Ron Calderon one week to either resign or take a leave of absence. If he does not respond, he will be suspended.
A new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office looks at how California Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend money raised from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program known as cap-and-trade.
Feb. 24 News Roundup: TB Case Reported, Calderon Surrenders, CHP Officers Remembered, High-Speed RailMonday, February 24, 2014
State Sen. Ron Calderon has surrendered to authorities after being indicted on corruption charges. A memorial service was held for two CHP officers killed last week. Officials are extending a deadline in the high-speed rail project.
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.
(UPDATE 1 P.M.) -- A California State Senator could face up to 400 years in prison after being charged in a public corruption case.
A bill in the California legislature would give low and middle income parents up to $500 in annual tax credits for investing in California’s “Scholar Share” college savings program.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend big to bring some relief to drought ridden California.
Ten communities in California are at risk of running out of water in the next 60 days, the California Department of Public Health says the list is likely to grow as the drought continues.
A pair of bills have been introduced into the California state Assembly that would increase physician reimbursement payments for Medi-Cal, which is the state’s health care service for low-income people.
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.
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.
A bill in the California legislature would require criminal background checks for all ammunition purchases made in the state.
According to a review released today Tuesday, only 21 of 58 counties in California are in total compliance with a law that prohibits certain restraints from being used on pregnant prisoners. The law went into effect a year ago.
California Republicans may be feeling hopeful after several local elections.
According to California Officials, there’s plenty of money available to abide by a federal court order requiring the state to reduce its prison inmate population.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a California law limiting who can carry a concealed weapon.
President Obama flies to California’s Central Valley Friday, where he’ll announce drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities.
A proposed November ballot measure that attempts to fix California’s death penalty is drawing the support of three former governors as backers begin gathering signatures.
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.
The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) is taking issue with Governor Jerry Brown's budget plans for state universities and his overall plan for funding higher education.
New legislation announced Thursday in Sacramento would make California the first state to require health warning labels on sugary beverages. Backers say it’s a good tool for fighting obesity.
In a bid to encourage more young people to get involved in the electoral process, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
California’s longest serving current Supreme Court Justice is stepping down.
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.
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.
California transportation advocates met this week in Sacramento to discuss ways to improve the state’s failing infrastructure.
A federal three judge panel has granted California a two year extension in its fight over the court-ordered mandate to reduce prison populations. The ruling is a victory for Governor Jerry Brown.
California is “in the money” once again with January revenues surpassing Governor Jerry Brown’s budget estimates.
California lawmakers are pushing for colleges and universities to adopt uniform codes for dealing with on-campus sexual assaults. Backers say too many perpetrators are not facing any serious consequences.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is staffing up to help ease a lengthy backlog of unemployment benefit claims that’s drawn heavy criticism from lawmakers.
The Assembly Republican caucus says billions of dollars in high-speed rail bonds and gas tax revenues would be better spent on infrastructure projects.
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.
Women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke is running for a state senate seat. Her candidacy comes as the number of women in the state legislature is dropping.
California’s state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction.
The first quarterly performance report is out now from the California Department of Transportation. The Department has drawn criticism recently for a lack of transparency.
Governor Jerry Brown wants the California Public Employees Retirement System to start accounting for its retirees’ longer life spans, which are driving up pension costs.
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.
California Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has started a state-wide bus tour to spread the word about his run for Governor
The California legislature will soon be debating whether to provide state-supported health insurance to undocumented immigrants. The federal health insurance exchanges exclude them.
A 20-million dollar federal grant is now available for drought relief in California. It is part of a program announced Tuesday by the US Department of Agriculture.
California minimum wage workers will start making $9 an hour this year, but one lawmaker thinks they should be getting more.
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.
All California hourly workers would be guaranteed up to three paid sick days per year under a bill moving through the legislature. Supporters say 80 percent of low-wage workers do not get sick pay.
California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is declining to call for Democrat Rod Wright’s resignation or expulsion after Wright was convicted of eight felonies earlier this week.
(AP) -- The California Assembly has approved legislation that would restrict the way government agencies can use drones.
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.
A new Public Policy Institute of California survey shows the majority of Californians approve of the job Governor Jerry Brown is doing. The state legislature also gets good marks.
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.
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.
A Los Angeles jury has convicted Democratic State Senator Rod Wright of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud. Today’s verdict is the latest blow to California’s Democratic Party.
(AP) -- A bill that expands the availability of condoms in California prisons has been approved by the state Assembly, even though Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure last year.
A California non-profit Tuesday announced the start of a two-year initiative to support county programs working with at-risk youth. Four counties will share the $4.5 million dollar grant.
There are some new numbers out today on how well California school students are reading. And the numbers aren’t good
(AP) -- The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, but one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade - women.
A study out Monday from a consumer watchdog group says about two-thirds of college students are declining to buy the textbooks they need for their courses because the books cost too much.
A bill in the California legislature would prohibit people from claiming that their privileged backgrounds made them unable to distinguish right from wrong.
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.
It may become more difficult to buy certain kinds of guns in California. A newly implemented law is making some gun manufactures choose to leave state.
UPDATED: A deal has been reached in the California legislature on a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags at grocery and big-box stores statewide starting in July of 2015.
California Gov. Jerry Brown's annual State of the State address can be summed up as part victory, part warning.
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.
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.
University of California President Janet Napolitano announced at a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco today that she’s trimming the system’s administrative budget to put more money into academics.
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.
Health care wasn’t a big focus of Brown’s speech. But the Governor did mention health care in terms of costs to the state, and how California is a leader in bioscience and medical technology.
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.
He’s been called the “bailout czar” and the “700 billion dollar man.” Now, Neel Kashkari is running for governor of California as a different kind of Republican.
California public school officials announced today that they’ll begin taking applications for grants from a $250 million state fund. The money would pay for career training and educational programs.
A bill that would allow employees who are owed back wages to place liens on their employers’ property until the wages are paid is making its way through the California legislature.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown now has one less Republican challenger in his expected bid for re-election this fall – but that could change soon.
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.
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.
Federal and local law enforcement officials have announced arrests and prosecutions in a flurry of mail theft cases. Sacramento, Bakersfield and Fresno were the focus of months of investigations.
The California State Board of Education will decide tomorrow how school districts can spend billions of dollars in state funding next year.
New research from a California-based forest ecologist shows that older trees are better at absorbing carbon dioxide than what has been commonly assumed.
A bill that has just passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee would ban the sale, manufacture, or purchase of self-assembled firearms, also known as “ghost guns.”
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye joined state lawmakers and other advocates for increased judicial funding today in Sacramento to unveil her three year blueprint for re-investing in the state’s courts.
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.
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget got a vote of confidence today from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.
A small spending item in Governor Jerry Brown’s California budget proposal that would put $17 million for education about dental care for kids could be a sign of a shift in health care spending from the past five years.
There’s a federal effort underway to map all the neurons in the human brain, and one lawmaker wants to make sure California’s involved in the effort.
California health officials are reporting the rate of illness from influenza is higher than normal for this time of year, with a more dangerous form of the virus leading the way.
Gov. Jerry Brown says he’ll take whatever steps he can to help California’s farmers deal with the water shortage.
Eighty-percent of Californians rely, at least in part, on groundwater. Environmentalists say they’re pleased that California Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal recognizes the need to manage groundwater better.
Gov. Jerry Brown formally announced his budget Thursday, a day after it was leaked early to the media.
A California bill that would increase a temporary shelter relief benefit for the first time in eight years has been introduced in the Assembly. Supporters say it’s an attempt to keep pace with the cost of living.
Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal includes health policy changes for the state’s Medi-Cal program.
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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would make a significant change to the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program.
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.
Farming and healthy food advocates from around California were in Sacramento Wednesday asking lawmakers to focus on challenges facing the state’s food production system.
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.
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.
Providing transitional kindergarten for all the four-year-olds in California would cost about a billion dollars, but supporters say it would be worth it.
A California National Primate Research Center Study shows for the first time today that pollution caused by wild fires can harm infant immune systems.
Environmental groups are reacting to the possibility that California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget may propose using cap-and-trade revenue for High Speed Rail. The state has generated $530-million from the greenhouse gas emissions reduction program.
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.
A new report says California’s real estate market rebounded rapidly in 2013. And, the study predicts it will continue to recover in 2014, just at a slower rate
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.
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in California no longer have to worry about being fired or discriminated against at their workplace under a new state law now in effect.
Craft breweries and liquor distillers in California could get shots of new business as a result of two new state laws taking effect in 2014 - and beer and liquor drinkers will likely be happy as well.
The California Supreme Court has admitted an undocumented immigrant to the state bar.
California’s first snow survey is scheduled for Friday. The Department of Water Resources says results are expected to be dramatically different from last year’s readings.
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.
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.
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.
Paid caregivers who work in private homes around California will be entitled to overtime pay starting in 2014.
If you’re planning to toast the New Year with alcohol, you’ll have lots of transportation options in California for getting home safely. Free bus, taxi and tow truck rides will be available through the night.
Some state and county assistance may be available to the more than 200,000 long-term, unemployed Californians who face the end of the federal unemployment benefit extension.
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.
California’s health care exchange is not extending the same one-day enrollment grace period as the White House is, meaning the deadline for Californians to apply for health insurance that takes effect Jan. 1st remains Monday at midnight.
A new state study shows arrest rates for California inmates released during the first year of Governor Jerry Brown’s prison realignment program were down nearly three percent. Conviction rates were nearly unchanged.
California gained nearly 45,000 jobs in November, and its unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent.
Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is proposing California spend $50 million to help reduce the rate at which mentally ill county jail inmates reoffend. He also says it's time for the state to deal with CalSTRS' $70 billion unfunded liability.
The head of the California state parks department says the system will need more money to keep all 280 parks open when the new fiscal year starts next July.
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.
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.
Speaking at an event in Silicon Valley Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California's Affordable Care Act rollout to be going "better" than the national effort and said the federal government should follow his state's budget strategy.
The State of California is considering new rules that could allow transgender athletes to compete in boxing, kick-boxing and mixed martial arts events.
California's voter-created stem cell agency has just released its latest round of funding. The agency is looking into ways to continue issuing grants past 2017.
The three leaders of California’s public higher education system discussed concerns and challenges facing state and national higher education at a national conference in San Francisco Friday.
California’s health insurance marketplace says it’s continuing to see momentum of people signing up for coverage.
A coalition of California district attorneys, victims’ rights groups and law enforcement officials have submitted a ballot initiative to the state attorney general’s office that would overhaul the death row process.
A coalition of environmental and business groups says California Governor Jerry Brown must repay a $500-million loan from the state’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds. It says the money should go to programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Congressional negotiators have announced a tentative two-year budget agreement. But, California observers are worried that if the deal falls apart, the state’s shaky recovery could stall.
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.
A new study reveals some possible negative fallout from California’s two-year-old realignment policy.
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.
An annual report that assesses the status of women as business leaders in California shows only slight improvement in the number of female corporate executives.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan today.
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.
Advocates for change in California’s correctional system are asking that alternatives to incarceration be considered in the planning for how to spend bond revenue meant to reduce the prison population.
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.
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.
Two new polls show California Governor Jerry Brown in a strong position to win re-election if he runs next year.
A Democratic US lawmaker says California Republicans are intentionally trying to confuse people with a website they set up about the Affordable Care Act.
California’s State Parks system is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and trying to move on from scandal.
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
Starting this spring, the car in the lane next to you may be driving itself.
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.
The state of California says as many as 600,000 people who receive food stamps could be fast-tracked into Medi-Cal next year if the federal government approves.
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.
California lawmakers will be celebrating the holidays with a larger paycheck this year. Salary increases go into effect today.
Many California Democrats and progressive groups want to reinvest in programs devastated by years of budget cuts now that the state’s revenue outlook has improved.
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.
California retailers are hoping for a jump in sales as this year’s holiday shopping season gets under way, and the state appears poised for an economic boost.
County jails have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.
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.
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.
The California Public Interest Research Group has released its annual report listing the potential hazards of some toys.
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.
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.
The American Civil Liberties Union of California says the state’s health care exchange is violating federal and state law by failing to provide new enrollees with adequate voter registration opportunities.
Environmentalists say they’re pleased with the results of California’s fifth carbon auction as part of its cap and trade program. They say the greenhouse gas emission reduction program is working as designed.
Recent cases of abuse and neglect at some of California’s assisted living facilities have resulted in about $ 2 million dollars in fines. But, the state has only been able to collect about half of those penalties.
They may be a relatively small individual expense, but vehicle registration fees can make or break political careers.
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.
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 is preparing to "beta test" its new student assessments.
California Governor Jerry Brown has announced the approval of new state furniture flammability standards that will reduce the required levels of chemical flame retardants. Some retardants can pose a health risk.
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.
California is taking new steps to keep former prison inmates from re-offending and going back in prison.
Large groundwater withdrawals are causing land in California's Central Valley to sink. It's become so serious that it’s threatening flood control and water deliveries. The proposed high speed rail system will also have deal with the changing terrain.
California’s non-partisan budget analyst says the state’s structural deficit is gone. The new projection: a surplus of more than $2 billion by the end of the current fiscal year next June.
Californians may have to be more cautious with their water use in the coming year. Initial projections indicate there won’t be much to go around.
California played a big role in the recently announced record settlement with JP Morgan Chase bank.
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.
A state court in Sacramento has ruled that 22,000 unionized University of California health care workers can strike as planned Wednesday. The UC sought to block the strike for safety reasons.
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.
California employers who rely on employees with science and engineering skills say they can’t find enough qualified applicants. California educators are looking for ways to solve that problem.
A veteran California Republican is resigning from the state legislature at the end of the month. Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) says he’s frustrated with the partisanship at the Capitol and no longer has the energy for the job.
California voters may think the major political parties hold all the power at the Capitol. But there are other groups of lawmakers who wield influence as well.
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.
A new report says years of cuts to state child care and early education programs have hurt low income Californians. The California Budget Project says funding for those programs is down significantly from a few years ago.
The California Attorney General’s Office says it has shutdown 10 false state health insurance exchange websites. The sites were allegedly misdirecting consumers to private plans.
California health insurers don’t like President Obama’s proposal to allow people to stay on health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act next year.
A Sacramento Superior Court Judge has rejected challenges to California’s cap and trade program. The ruling means the state maintains its authority to limit greenhouse gases through carbon auctions.
The leader of the California Senate is publicly refuting claims he is under investigation by the FBI.
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.
California lawmakers are looking at the cost fast food jobs might pass on to state taxpayers. Wednesday's hearing was based on a recent UC Berkeley Labor Center study.
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
The California lawmaker accused in an FBI affidavit of taking $88,000 in bribes has been stripped of his committee assignments.
New University of California President Janet Napolitano is overseeing her first UC Board of Regents meeting this week, with on-going labor disputes threatening one day strikes next Wednesday.
California is joining a national mentoring effort intended to help women veterans and military spouses find jobs. The program was launched Monday in honor of Veterans Day.
A controversial California law involving children and LGBT rights may end up going to the voters
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.
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.
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.
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.
California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown now has an official Republican challenger if he runs for re-election next year - with two more GOP candidates poised to join in.
California’s high-speed rail project is surging forward. But it’s leaving a lot of angry people in its wake.
New National Assessment Shows California Schools Improving But Lagging Other States. The National Assessment of Educational Progress has released its periodic evaluation of fourth and eighth grade achievement.
This week’s off-year election was a successful one for local tax and bond measures in California.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown says Proposition 30 will provide permanent stability to California, even though it only brings temporary tax increases.
The people responsible for issuing unemployment checks in California are trying to explain why thousands did not go out on time. The faced lawmakers in a legislative hearing today.
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.
Blue Shield of California is delaying its cancellation date for 115,000 individual market policy holders whose plans aren’t grandfathered in under the federal health care law.
There’s a new leadership team in place at the California Department of Motor Vehicles
Governor Jerry Brown is voicing his support for educational programs that seek to get more people trained in health care.
A new report says California will not reach its green house gas emission reduction goals for 2050 unless much higher standards are put in place. The state want to bring emissions down to 80 percent of 1990 level
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.
Californians produce two million tons of hazardous waste every year. And the department that manages that waste has faced criticism for the way it operates. Now the department is trying to clean up its act.
Sacramento-area clinics say some of their staff have been waiting for about a month for final approval from the state to help sign people up for the new health insurance marketplace.
More than four million low-income Californians will have to make ends meet with less food aid starting today, as a federal stimulus boost to the food stamp program has expired.
An FBI affidavit that details an undercover sting operation targeting Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon is reverberating around the California Capitol. Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says the allegations make him sick to his stomach.
California now has a five-year draft plan for managing the state's water, but some are criticizing it for its lack of details.
The California Department of Education may lose 15 million dollars because of a dispute with the federal government over standardized testing.
State recycling centers say from Friday on, they’ll only be paying refunds for certain beverage containers.
In the United States car dealers can’t knowingly sell you a new car subject to recall. In California, some lawmakers want to apply that restriction to used cars as well.
In an effort to sign more low income Californians up for Obamacare, some California legislators want the state’s health insurance exchange to work with Silicon Valley tech hot shots.
California’s Internet sales tax has brought in more than 260 million dollars since it was implemented about a year ago.
A California legislator plans to re-introduce a bill to ban realistic looking air guns and toy guns. The decision comes after the recent shooting of a teenager armed with an air gun.
A new California State Auditor’s report says State Courts are failing to report thousands of people they determine to be too mentally unstable to own firearms
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.
The nation’s west coast and British Columbia are joining forces to combat climate change. Environmentalists are hailing it as a historic agreement.
Service members who’ve survived military sexual assaults are asking for more support from the state of California.
California is beginning to transfer inmates out of its state prisons. The transfers are part of a court-mandated plan to reduce overcrowding in state prisons
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.
Thousands of insurance agents and counselors in California are waiting to be certified by the state’s health insurance exchange. Community clinics say fixing the problem should be the exchange’s top priority.
The California political action committee that received a mysterious and illegal donation last fall says it has no intention to pay the state an $11 million penalty.
A group of California conservatives and gun rights advocates have announced an effort to recall several Democratic state lawmakers who voted for gun control bills this year.
Three former leaders of California’s three branches of government disagree about whether the state’s direct democracy process is serving voters well, but they all agreed on one way to improve it at a Public Policy Institute of California panel.
California and seven other states pledge to put three-point-three million Zero Emission Vehicles on the road by 2025. But it may be a tough sell.
A pair of out-of-state non-profits will pay California’s largest ever fine for election rules violations. An investigation revealed they failed to divulge the donors of an $11 million contribution during the 2012 elections.
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.
Covered California says it's been doing a pretty good job of rolling out the Affordable Care Act in the state since open enrollment started October 1st.
The California Department of Water Resources will delay the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan yet again. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the costly delay is a result of the federal government shutdown.
California's "realignment" program to ease state prison overcrowding by transferring some inmates to local jails is drawing criticism and suggestions for improvement from people on all sides.
It’s been nearly a year since California’s Homeowners Bill of Rights went into effect and both banks and groups representing distressed homeowners are giving the legislation mixed reviews.
California is getting a little more time to address prison overcrowding.
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.
Monday is the end of the negotiation period between the two sides in the legal challenge to California’s prison system.
The final spending deal that ended the federal shutdown includes a provision that adds a layer of scrutiny for income verification in the new health insurance marketplaces. What does it mean for California?
In a first of its kind ruling, state regulators have unanimously voted to direct some of California’s largest utilities to purchase enough energy storage capacity to power a total of nearly one million homes by 2020.
When the shaking starts, California wants to make sure you know what to do. A statewide earthquake drill is taking place tomorrow.
Economists are looking back on the impacts the federal government shutdown has had on California's shaky economic recovery.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown and state Corrections officials have lost their final bid to overcome a federal court order on prison overcrowding.
Mayors of a handful of California cities struggling with public employee pension costs announced Tuesday that they’re filing an initiative for the November 2014 ballot. Their measure would allow cities and counties to unilaterally reduce publ
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.
Actual construction work on California’s bullet train project has yet to begin – despite promises that it would by now – but the High-Speed Rail Authority says the project remains on schedule.
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.
California environmental groups say the 2013 legislative session was about playing defense. Several environmental bills never even made it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Imagine spending 22 hours a day locked in a small, concrete room. That’s daily life for about four-thousand California prisons inmates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the California legislature are focusing their attention on Security Housing Units within state prisons.
The passage of a law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver licenses has the California Department of Motor Vehicles planning to process a million or more new license applications in the coming year.
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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed more than 30 bills as he works to clear his desk ahead of a midnight Sunday deadline.
The Covered California health insurance exchange reported Tuesday that, during its first week of operation, more than 28,000 people became eligible for coverage.
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.
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.
Ten years ago Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger unseated Gray Davis in a unique election in California history. But the debate over Schwarzenegger’s legacy – and the Recall itself – persists to this day.
A bill signed into law today by California Governor Jerry Brown grants undocumented immigrants the right to obtain driver licenses. California is now the 10th state to legalize licenses for undocumented immigrants.
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.
A California State Senator is adding his voice to demands that the classified ad website Craigslist ban ads for the sale of powerful drugs without a prescription.
California’s Employment Development Department could be facing new problems if the federal shutdown drags on. The EDD only recently overcame sequestration cuts, computer problems and staff furloughs.
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.
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.
California’s new formula for funding local school districts comes with the requirement of family income documentation. That requirement is creating concern for officials in some large districts.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown continued signing bills into law today, including a measure that requires overtime pay for domestic workers.
A top California health care official has apologized for not taking more aggressive action against fraud in the Medi-Cal drug rehabilitation program.
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.
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.
California’s minimum wage will go up for the first time in six years. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law today.
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.
One question was the basis of a hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday. “When should government intervene in the free market to protect public health?”
The State of California will get an extra month to figure out how to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.
California lawmakers are taking a closer look at two new water bond proposals that would replace the measure currently set for next November’s ballot.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed 12 bills into law today (Tuesday) One authorizes the development of a statewide earthquake early warning system, other bills expands paid family leave and reign in the paparazzi.
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.
Tens of thousands of Californians still face delays in getting unemployment checks because of a problem implementing a new payment system at the Employment Development Department.
California drivers will soon be required to leave at least three feet between them and bicyclists they pass on the roads. That's one of 15 bills signed Monday by California Governor Jerry Brown.
Governor Jerry Brown signed 10 bills into law today, including a measure regulating the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California.
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.
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.
The relationship between California cities and the state has turned a bit frosty. And it may take some time to thaw out.
The state of California is putting its stamp of approval on high-tech ride sharing networks. The state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to authorize the increasingly popular peer-to-peer networks, but with some very specific guidelines.
Buying a concert ticket online isn’t easy these days. But a bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature could make it less painful in California.
Environmentalists are celebrating a court ruling today upholding California’s low emission fuel standards. But fuel manufactures say the law is unfair.
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.
The federal government is giving California an extra $155 million in funding because the state has met all its federal transportation project deadlines this year. Caltrans will get $97 million, local transit agencies will get the rest.
California reproductive health and civil liberties advocates are waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on a bill that would create a more private way for patients to receive information about sensitive health services.
Proposition 65 mandates California businesses post signs warning customers of possible exposure to harmful chemicals.
California lawmakers approved a number of bills in the session just passed that are intended to address the state’s shortage of primary care providers. But clinics say the measures are not enough.
California lawmakers are still catching their breath after a whirlwind final week of the 2013 legislative session. But the Assembly Speaker is already looking forward to next year.
California lawmakers are done for the year. They adjourned just past midnight Friday after a busy and at times chaotic final day – and night – of action.
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
The California legislature has adjourned for the year - but not without plenty of twists and turns. Here's our blog of how the final day of session turned out, along with tweets from our Capitol Bureau.
With the clock ticking down, the California legislature tackled some big items during its all-day session Wednesday. .
California Governor Jerry Brown is giving his backing to two key pieces of legislation moving through the legislature.
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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated that he will sign a bill that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which passed the Assembly Wednesday. The bill is generating fierce debate.
School testing, lead ammunition and public records. Those issues are among the dozens California lawmakers debated Tuesday during this busy final week of session.
A California lawmaker is calling for action following four recent confirmed HIV cases among adult film stars in the state.
A pair of bills to regulate California’s medical marijuana industry have been introduced into the state legislature. Friday is the deadline to get them passed.
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.
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.
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.
The California legislature today sped through a stack of bills as the end of the legislative session draws near. Lawmakers have one week left to get everything done.
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.
Californians appear to want different things from their state and local governments. New data show a split between who is being elected to office.
California inmates have ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system's isolation policies, prison officials said Thursday.
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.
The Obama administration has forced California Governor Jerry Brown to retreat from the pension law he pushed so hard last year – at least for the short term.
Prosecutors in California may soon have more flexibility on how the charge people in certain drug cases.
A bill that would suspend the STAR tests for California students and phase in a new computer-based standardized testing assessment has passed a key legislative committee.
Under a bill that cleared the California Assembly Tuesday, applicants would find it easier to participate in the state’s food stamp program. California now has the lowest rate of participation in the nation.
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.
California’s new health insurance marketplace will start advertising through TV commercials this week.
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 .
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.
Friday was the deadline for a number of environmental bills to either make it out of Appropriations Committees in the California legislature or die.
The owners of the Sacramento Kings are getting a big assist from California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg.
The California legislature moved quickly to clear its to-do list before the Labor Day Holiday weekend.
In modern times, midwives tending to home births have largely been marginalized from mainstream medicine. But a bill moving through the California legislature could foster stronger links between midwives and obstetricians.
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.
A federal court has ruled that a California law barring therapists from trying to persuade gay minors into becoming heterosexuals will remain on the books. Opponents had challenged the law’s constitutionality.
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.
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
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.
California's law banning the sale, trade or possession of shark fins has been upheld by a federal appeals court. Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown has released a fresh batch of bill signings.
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 Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to alleviate prison overcrowding is generating opposition from activists who oppose adding more space to the state’s prison system.
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.
A bill that would allow some non-physician health care professionals in California to perform first trimester abortions has cleared the Senate.
The California health insurance exchange says some of the people who will help to enroll the uninsured in coverage next year will be on the job later than expected.
Under a bill now in the California legislature, cities and counties would be authorized to require that developers of new rental housing set aside a certain percentage of units for low income tenants.
Two state Senators from opposite sides of the aisle want to require California charter cities to pay workers prevailing wages on public construction projects.
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.
Under a bill now moving through the California legislature, local prosecutors would be given the option of classifying low level drug possession as a misdemeanor
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.
The California Department of Education is ramping up its effort to get more kids into preschool with a $25 million item in the new state budget.
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.
California lawmakers are calling for a state audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women inmates. Experts say it is part of the state’s dark history with a discredited social philosophy.
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.
With just three-and-a-half weeks to go before California lawmakers adjourn for the year, Governor Jerry Brown says he wants to avoid what he calls legislative “clutter.”
A headline-grabbing bill may be resurrected in the California Legislature.
Under a bill now headed to the state Senate, the California Coastal Commission would have the power to fine people or business suspected of damaging the state’s coast line, or limiting public access to it.
A new survey finds most Californians don’t know a lot about the Affordable Care Act – President Barack Obama’s health care law – but they do support it.
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.
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.
California cities and counties are furious over a late-developing bill they say would limit their political involvement.
New legislation intended to close a loophole that allowed some convicted rapists to go free is on its way to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
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.
California health officials have released details about looming cuts in the Medi-Cal program. And there’s good news for some hospitals.
Some Californians can expect a break on their electric bills soon, thanks to a $750 million settlement related to the energy crisis of 2001.
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.
California lawmakers and mental health groups say they ‘welcome’ new findings of inadequate oversight of state mental health funds.
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.
As an inmate hunger strike in California stretches on, prison reform advocates want the rest of us to know what it’s like inside a SHU.
Nearly 30 California congressional representatives have written to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to sign legislation that would reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants.
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.
California lawmakers are scrutinizing the practice of sterilizing female inmates in the state’s prisons.
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.
A California bill that would give sperm donors additional child custody rights has stalled in an Assembly committee.
A controversial California measure that would allow advanced nurses more independence from doctors got a second life today from the same committee that rejected it last week.
A bill that would increase fines for big air polluters in California is now headed to the Assembly floor. It was drafted in response to the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.
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.
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that school employees without medical licenses can give insulin shots to diabetic students when a nurse is not available.
A measure that would stiffen fines and strengthen disclosure requirements in California campaign finance law is now working its way through the state legislature.
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.
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.
A bill on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk would allow permanent residents of California to serve as poll workers during elections.
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.
California’s health insurance exchange board has taken a step toward adding children’s dental insurance to the health plans it will offer under the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says if California must spend money increasing its prison capacity to comply with a federal court order, it should also invest in mental health and substance abuse programs.
A California Assemblyman says now is the time to address problems facing young men of color.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a new policy focused on non-lethal ways of dealing with mountain lions is proving successful.
The push to change California law to allow nurse practitioners more independence from doctors suffered a major setback today in an Assembly committee.
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.
Veterans new to California could be exempted from out-of-state tuition fees in two bills in the state legislature.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released a report Monday dealing with the economic impact of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
A second agency has upgraded the state of California’s credit rating. Fitch Ratings now gives California an “A” – up from an “A-minus.”
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.
California education officials are reaching out to school districts, teachers and parents as they prepare to implement the state’s complicated new school funding system.
California owes the federal government $10 billion it’s borrowed to cover a shortfall in the fund used to pay for unemployment benefits.
The federal government has announced a sweeping study of fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques in California.
The latest fundraising totals for California political campaigns are out, and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is blowing away his potential Republican challengers.
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.
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.
Hunger strikers in California prisons and their supporters are petitioning Governor Jerry Brown for changes to prison isolation, or SHU, units.
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.
California’s new education funding formula sends more dollars to disadvantaged students – with new strings attached.
For a third time a California lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require cars to maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing a bicycle. The previous two bills were vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.
A bill in the legislature would give US citizens living abroad a chance to pay in-state tuition in California.
A move to lift the cap on damages awarded for malpractice lawsuits could be on the ballot in 2014.
Forced federal spending cuts are reportedly slashing the number of public defenders working at federal courts in California.
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.
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’s tourism industry is showing signs of recovering from the Great Recession. The latest numbers show more people are visiting the state’s attractions and pumping money into its economy.
Latino students converged on the state Capitol to promote Hispanic youth participation in California government.
California has made a top ten list, but it may not be one the state wants to be on. A new national survey on state government spending growth ranks California 10th in the country.
The death of a woman who fell from a Texas roller coaster recently has renewed concern about the safety of California’s amusement park rides.
California’s Insurance Commissioner says the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act means more people will have to buy their own health insurance in a few months.
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.
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.
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?
A bill that would give union officials confidentiality protection when they speak with their members is under consideration at the California capitol.
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.
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.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurance companies writing more than $100 million in premiums to respond to a climate change survey.
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.
Long-term unemployed Californians could lose their federal benefits as the state’s economy improves.
California education leaders are in DC to lobby for No Child Left Behind waivers.
More than two-thousand Californians are being trained this month to educate people about getting coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is celebrating a big improvement over last year’s dismal returns.
Women in California can be paid for donating their eggs for reproduction, but not if they donate their eggs for research. A new bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature could change that.
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.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has been nominated to be the next president of the University of California.
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.
The California State Senate has confirmed Jeffrey Beard as Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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.
California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s not sure a long-delayed $11 billion water bond will make it on the 2014 ballot.
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.
A new study shows California’s economy, unemployment rate and state revenues are all moving in the right direction – at a faster pace than most other states.
California lawmakers want to know how the state is going to make up for the loss of a major electricity source. A State Senate committee will hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow.
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.
Here’s something the Giants and Dodgers actually agree on: They both support a bill to tweak state workers' compensation law as it relates to pro athletes.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in California for about a week and a half. But no one knows exactly how many couples have tied the knot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buying or selling shark fins is now illegal in California. The ban went into effect today.
The price at the pump goes up today/Monday in California – by 3.5 cents per gallon of gasoline – because of a particularly complex part of an old state budget deal.
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.
California's new state budget is now law. Governor Jerry Brown has signed the $96 billion general fund spending plan for the fiscal year that will begin on Monday, with very few line-item vetoes.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate the controversial Enterprise Zone tax break has squeaked through the Assembly with the bare minimum two-thirds vote.
There was a sense of celebration as Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget today, especially among health care advocates.
A bill that would have imposed financial penalties on large companies with workers who wind up on California’s Medicaid program failed in the Assembly today. But it didn't go without heated debate.
If California’s elected officials are a microcosm of the state’s population, they proved it after Wednesday’s same-sex marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The California Department of Public Health has submitted its plan to the EPA to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The department says it’s making numerous changes to provide clean drinking water to communities that need it.
The California Senate has passed an Assembly bill that would roll back changes to the state’s Public Records Act.
A California senate committee has passed a bill that would update building standards to protect people from toxic flame retardants. Flame retardants are widely used in plastic foam insulation.
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.
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.
A federal three-judge panel is reiterating its order to California Governor Jerry Brown to reduce prison overcrowding. Thursday's ruling even removes any state and local laws that might get in the way.
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.
After an angry outcry from the public and press, California state lawmakers are backtracking on provisions that would weaken California’s Public Records Act.
The Republican Party is not typically seen as leading the charge on federal immigration reform. But in California some Republicans have become outspoken supporters of Congressional action.
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.
A top Sacramento county official says the new California budget will mean local health services will take a hit next year.
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.
Two California bills to expand the state health program for the poor were passed by California lawmakers over the weekend.
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.
California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown reached a budget agreement this week. A small number of areas won restored funding for next year - dental care was one of them.
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.
A new California law could make it more difficult to get public records from local governments.
The California Department of Insurance says a major company should be left out of a new health insurance marketplace for small businesses.
California’s low carbon fuel standard may be driving the development of alternative fuels more quickly than expected. A new report shows significant progress in fuels that can replace or blend with gasoline and diesel.
School districts in California will receive varying amounts of money under the state’s new school funding plan. And attitudes about the plan vary as well.
California’s budget agreement borrows $500-million from the state’s cap-and-trade program. Environmentalists say the maneuver neglects polluted communities.
California county and state negotiators have come to a budget deal on how local governments can use state dollars for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
It wasn’t too many years ago California could barely get a budget passed. But things are different this year.
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.
Women in California can already be paid for donating their eggs for fertility treatments. But a proposed new law would allow women to be paid for donating eggs for research as well.
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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders appear to have reached a budget deal days before the legislature’s constitutional deadline.
President Obama used a stop in San Jose today to highlight California’s efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic Senator Kevin de León says he’s received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
The performance of a new clean-burning alternative fuel for heavy duty trucks will soon be tested in California.
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.
California’s High speed rail project is on track to start construction this summer. But questions are already being raised about the company chosen today to begin the venture.
A county official says a state budget fight over money for health services involves more than care for the uninsured. The money also pays for programs that protect everyone from disease.
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.
The EPA and lawmakers say California needs to do more to provide communities with safe drinking water.
UPDATE: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched two Capitol offices belonging to Calif. Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello).
More than 600 communities in California rely on contaminated groundwater. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in the Tulare Lake Basin and the Salinas Valley.
With revenues in California improving, court advocates say it’s time to start restoring year’s worth of budget cuts to state trial courts.
Thousands of people withstood temperatures near 90 degrees in Sacramento Tuesday to show their opposition to the state’s plan to cut payments to Medi-Cal providers.
An institution of California politics for the last four-and-a-half decades is ready to move on from elected office. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer says he'll retire when his term's up at the end of next year.
Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is forming a volunteer commission to recommend changes to California’s struggling state parks system.
Revenues are up in California, and many legislative Democrats want to use the money to restore previous funding cuts. But Republicans say now is not the time.
A non-profit group wants trampoline parks in California to be safer, and it’s sponsored a bill to regulate them.
State government reporter Katie Orr checks in with a wrap-up of what was a very busy week at the Capitol.
The California Assembly has rejected legislation that would regulate medical marijuana. But the bill’s author says he’ll try again later this year.
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.
California’s minimum wage would go up for the first time in six years under a bill passed by the state Assembly Thursday.
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.
With one day left until the House of Origin deadline, lawmakers worked rapidly to get through numerous bills.
California counties and Governor Jerry Brown don’t agree on what to do with more than $1 billion counties spend on health care for the poor once the new federal health law kicks in next year.
Democrats in the California Senate have sent their package of gun control bills to the Assembly, but not without more than an hour of heated debate.
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.
Undocumented immigrants in California are one step closer to being able to apply for driver licenses.
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.
It turns out there’s going to be a run-off in a hotly contested race to replaces Democratic State Senator Michael Rubio.
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.
The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill that would require gun owners to lock and store their firearms safely before leaving their property.
A bill that would increase restrictions on the construction of big box stores in California has squeaked by the Assembly with one vote to spare.
A bill that expands which medical professionals in California can perform abortions prompted heated debate today on the Assembly floor.
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.
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.
The California Assembly will take on the issue of regulating big box stores this week. Some lawmakers want to require more information before the stores can be built.
California’s new health insurance exchange has announced what plans and prices may look like for millions of people buying individual coverage next year. An insurance official sheds light on what the changes may mean for people already in the market.
Bills that would raise California’s minimum wage and allow out-of-state veterans to pay in-state college tuition are among the hundreds that passed a key legislative hurdle Friday.
Details of California’s new health insurance exchange were announced today. About five million people are eligible to get covered through the exchange.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown dismisses the conflicting revenue projections between his administration and the Legislative Analyst's Office. Republicans pick up a State Senate seat previously held by a Democrat. And the state cracks down on distracted driving.
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.
Environmentalists and other groups are urging lawmakers to reject California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to borrow money from the state’s cap and trade program.
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.
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow community colleges to offer extra courses at higher costs.
There’s good news and bad news on the California jobs front. The state’s unemployment rate dropped quite a bit – but the job gain was much smaller than in recent months.
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.
The California Assembly has passed a bill that limits when local law enforcement agencies can turn undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities.
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.
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.
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.
California Gov. Jerry Brown says K-12 schools will benefit from one-time influx of cash, and expects the state budget to be balanced for the foreseeable future, as he unveils his revised 2013-14 budget proposal this morning. Updated 1:04 p.m.
California is officially appealing a ruling by a federal three-judge-panel ordering the state to further reduce prison overcrowding.
Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release a revised budget proposal Tuesday. Health policy professionals are eager to hear administration’s latest thinking about the expansion of Medi-Cal.
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.
The big battle in this year’s California budget negotiation is shaping up to be the fight over increased funding for pre-kindergarten education.
New data show cost estimates of providing healthcare to retired California state workers keeps getting higher.
A California Senator is trying to change the way California prisons use solitary confinement. The move comes after a hunger strike over the practice this past summer.
A California legislative committee has passed an eight billion dollar water bond measure that would replace an unpopular eleven billion dollar bond on next fall’s ballot.
Consumers would know whether their new sofa contains flame retardant chemicals in a bill the California legislature is considering. The proposal would require disclosing the information on labels.
Dozens of bills advanced in the state legislature Wednesday. The measures must move out of their “Houses of Origin” by Friday or they'll lose their chance this legislative session.
A bill in the California legislature would require social media sites to remove a minor’s personal information if requested by a parent.
California health officials propose to lower the limits of a heavy-metal often found in drinking water.
An effort to create driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants has stalled for the year in the California legislature.
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