• California man cleared after 40 years in prison gets $21M

    The city of Simi Valley, California, has reached a $21 million settlement with a man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years in the killing of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son. Craig Coley was released in 2017 after he was pardoned by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, who said DNA evidence and re-investigation proved Coley’s innocence. Simi […]

  • California’s Minimum Wage Law Bumps Employees Up Jan. 1

    With the New Year came a new law Tuesday that would set increases to the California minimum wage. Senate Bill No. 3 grants salary workers in companies with 25 or fewer employees an increase of $10.50 to $11. The increase goes from $11 to $12 for companies with more than 25 employees. The controversial law […]

  • 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 […]

  • California’s Brown orders new DNA testing in old murder case

    California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new DNA tests that a condemned inmate says could clear him in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case, which has drawn national attention. On Monday, Brown ordered tests of four pieces of evidence that Kevin Cooper and his attorneys say will show he was framed for the 1983 Chino Hills hatchet […]

  • Gov. Brown Pardons 5 Cambodian Refugees Among Other Clemencies

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned five refugees from Cambodia and another immigrant from Honduras who faced the possibility of deportation because of their criminal convictions. The five Cambodians entered the country when they were 5 or younger, according to Brown’s office. They were among more than 250 clemency decisions announced by the governor on Christmas […]

  • President Trump to Visit California as Firefighters Gain Ground on Deadly Wildfires

    President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with people affected by the state’s deadly and historic wildfires, according to the White House. Details about locations President Trump will visit were not immediately available. The visit was announced as the death toll in the Northern California Camp Firegrew to 56. Hundreds more remain […]

  • California’s Tough Net Neutrality Bill Prompts US Lawsuit

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration. Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national implications by pushing Congress […]

  • California Is 1st State to Require Women on Corporate Boards

    California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors. Gov. Jerry Brown approved the legislation Sunday that forces changes at California-based corporations by 2020. Some European countries already require corporate boards to include women. A fourth of publicly held corporations with headquarters in California don’t […]

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