When on average, wealthier neighborhoods consume three times more water than less affluent ones, drought-afflicted Californians look to enforce water conservation edicts.
California prisons are running out of room to house the condemned men it said it would kill but has yet to.
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislative bills to protect privacy, including bans against “revenge porn” and the use of drones to take photos of celebrities.
Los Angeles (AFP) — California governor Jerry Brown said he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, in what would make the western U.S. state the first to outlaw them. Lawmakers passed the bill late last Friday, and it now only requires Brown’s signature to pass into law. The governor must do so before […]
By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times After months of struggling to disrupt California Gov. Jerry Brown’s widely presumed glide to re-election, Republican Neel Kashkari will have a chance to shift the dynamics of the lopsided contest Thursday in the candidates’ first and only debate. The televised one-hour encounter in Sacramento gives the novice Laguna Beach […]
By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico. Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting a luncheon for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the mansion, part of Pena’s two-day […]
By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — On a recent sunny Sunday in South Los Angeles, worshipers gathered in a wood-beam Pentecostal church to sing and offer testimonials of faith. In the middle of the African-American congregation, swaying during the hymns and dropping money into the collection basket, stood Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate […]
Mexico City (AFP) – Mexico’s foreign minister and the visiting governor of California questioned Monday plans by Texas to deploy troops to stem the flow of immigrant children, saying they need humanitarian aid instead. Governor Jerry Brown, on a visit focused on boosting trade with California’s southern neighbor, said the Texas plan must be a […]
By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state’s most pressing issues. Brown’s handling of state prisons, efforts to address poverty and his response to California’s […]
By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a states’ rights appeal from California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday, leaving in place a judge’s order that requires state officials to monitor each of about 2,000 disabled prisoners who are held in county jails. Without comment, the justices refused […]
By David Siders, The Sacramento Bee California Gov. Jerry Brown, blaming climate change for the increasing prevalence of wildfires in California, said Sunday that “humanity is on a collision course with nature.” “The state’s climate appears to be changing,” Brown said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The scientists tell us that definitely. So we’ve got to gear […]
Today the Weekend Reader brings you Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, by labor journalist and union representative Steve Early. Early gives a voice to union workers who are losing funding and collective bargaining rights in the name of big business and elected leaders’ political gains. The decline of unions in the U.S. is a […]
By Sharon Noguchi, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Unlike the political uproar and division elsewhere in the country over revamping public-school curriculum, Californians across party lines overwhelmingly support the new standards for education, a survey released Wednesday revealed. The educational standards known as Common Core — adopted by nearly every state — revise […]
By Anthony York and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On a recent Thursday morning, Jerry Brown walked unannounced into the basement office of the Alameda County registrar’s office to draw re-election papers. With a post on Twitter and an email to supporters, he then declared his bid for an unprecedented fourth […]
By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — California Democrats broke with Governor Jerry Brown by calling for the legalization of marijuana and a ban on “fracking” in the state party’s official platform Sunday. The Democrats’ support for decriminalizing and taxing recreational cannabis and putting a stop to fracking sparked no […]
By Jessica Calefati, San Jose Mercury News SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It took Democrats more than a century to win a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature, but two corruption cases have cost them their dominating two-thirds majority in the state Senate in little more than a year. State Senator Ronald Calderon’s decision Sunday […]
By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown finally made it official Thursday — he’s running for re-election. Brown filed paperwork in Alameda County to seek an unprecedented fourth and final term as governor. He had been widely expected to make the move, but had remained coy about his official plans as […]
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama locked arms with Democratic governors Friday to press the case for raising the minimum wage, an issue the party is hoping will drive voters to the polls in the midterm elections. Ahead of this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting, Democratic governors met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to […]