- California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought Updated: May-25-15 12:02 pm
SYDNEY - California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
- California governor pitches amnesty on traffic debt for poor Updated: May-23-15 12:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Calling California's traffic court system a "hellhole of desperation" for the poor, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can't afford to pay off spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver's license suspensions since 2006.
- Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms Updated: May-22-15 1:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun.
- University board OKs 8 percent tuition hike for nonresidents Updated: May-21-15 8:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system's governing board on Thursday.
- Spending tops $7 million in nasty East Bay Senate contest Updated: May-17-15 12:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
- Advocates push lawmakers to help social programs in budget Updated: May-15-15 8:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's $115 billion budget proposal, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they see many areas that need even more funding to make up for deep cuts during the recession.
- Brown's budget boosts spending for schools, adds tax credit Updated: May-14-15 7:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor.
- Following the money in revised California budget proposal Updated: May-14-15 6:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - With California's proposed general fund budget peaking above $115 billion, the state will have billions more to send to public schools while boosting spending on universities, prisons and health care. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday also proposed more money to help the state cope with the ongoing drought.
- In-state tuition won't rise for most undergrads for 2 years Updated: May-14-15 3:17 pm
- California governor, other top officials get 3 percent raise Updated: May-11-15 8:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown and other California leaders already making six-figure salaries got a raise on Monday for the third year in a row.
- Former Assembly speaker returns with ambitious tax overhaul Updated: May-02-15 12:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - His nicknames include Huggy, Herztie and Hugsberg, child-like monikers that when combined with his freshman status in the state Senate might make it seem Bob Hertzberg is a back-bencher.
- Japan prime minister touts economic synergy with US in visit Updated: May-01-15 8:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - The United States and Japan will work toward strengthened economic ties, including promoting more direct investment in each other's markets and approval of a Pacific trade agreement, officials said Friday.
- Correction: Greenhouse Gases-California-Things to Know story Updated: Apr-30-15 8:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - In a story April 29 about Gov. Jerry Brown's new target for reducing carbon emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that California has cut its emissions to about 25 percent below 1990 levels. The state is on track to cut its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 but does not plan to reduce emissions beyond that before 2020.
- Brown appoints budget manager as next state parks director Updated: Apr-30-15 8:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday named a budget manager to continue reform efforts at California's beleaguered parks department.
- Jockey Alex Solis appointed to California Horse Racing Board Updated: Apr-30-15 8:06 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Jockey Alex Solis has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board, replacing actress Bo Derek, who resigned after serving nearly seven years.
- Japanese PM seeks tech innovation in Silicon Valley visit Updated: Apr-30-15 1:05 am
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans a swing through Silicon Valley on Thursday, speaking with Stanford University experts about innovation, building relationships with tech firms and investors, and - as head of one of the world's leading car producing nations - popping in on electric carmaker Tesla Motors.
- California ramps up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions Updated: Apr-29-15 7:35 pm
LOS ANGELES - Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.