• Jerry Brown Wraps a 5-Decade History in California Politics

    It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die. After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for “death with dignity” advocates and a blow to the Catholic Church, which vigorously opposed […]

  • What to Know: California’s New Laws for 2019

    New laws are coming to California. On Jan. 1, laws regarding minimum wage, workplace harassment, driving, public health and safety, transportation and other subjects go into effect. Below, a look at some of the most relevant laws. Employment and the Workplace SB 3, Minimum Wage Increase: Workers in companies with 25 or fewer employees will […]

  • Hot Weather Prompts Issuance of Flex Alert Designed to Conserve Electricity

    Due to high temperatures in California and most of the western United States, the California Independent System Operator Corporation Monday issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon and evening, when […]

  • Supreme Court Blocks 3 Californias Measure From Ballot

    The California Supreme Court has blocked a measure that would divide the state in three from appearing on the November ballot. The justices on Wednesday ordered the secretary of state not to put the initiative before voters, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. The court will now consider the merits of a […]

  • NorCal Prison Spent Nearly Half a Million Dollars on Bottled Water

    California has spent nearly a half-million dollars providing bottled water to inmates since a prison’s water system failed last fall. The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that Central Valley water regulators are requiring prison officials to provide the bottled water whenever the system can’t provide fresh water at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy. They’ve spent $417,000 […]

  • Gas Tax Repeal Initiative to Go Before California Voters

    California voters will decide this November whether to get rid of higher gas taxes and vehicle registration fees approved last year. Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Monday that initiative supporters collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The move was widely expected after organizers turned in far more signatures than required. The […]

  • California 3-Way Split Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

    A long-odds effort to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said Tuesday. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the initiative is eligible for the Nov. 6 general election. The initiative is spearheaded by billionaire venture capitalist and bitcoin enthusiast Tim Draper. The split would look like this: […]

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