Head of California Public Utilities Commission to retire

U.S. 05/30/19, 18:05

The head of the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that he will retire after almost five years on a job dominated by oversight of devastating wildfires.Michael Picker said at a commission meeting in San Francisco that he won't leave his job as president of the state's utility regulator until ...

California regulators not taking action against care homes

U.S. 05/20/19, 12:28

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 million in back wages and penalties."There's no accountability," said Hina Shah, an associate law professor at Golden Gate University ...

California governor makes big change to giant water project

U.S. 05/02/19, 15:48

California Gov. Gavin Newsom scrapped a $16 billion plan Thursday to build two giant water tunnels to reroute the state's water system and instead directed state agencies to restart planning for a single tunnel.The move is a blow to the vision of his predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown, who had ...

California fire risk shows urgent need for prevention work

U.S. 04/11/19, 07:17

With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state's best tools toward preventing wildfires can't be widely used. Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through prescribed burns and vegetation removal in an ...

California Supreme Court justice blasts death penalty system

U.S. 03/28/19, 13:08

The death penalty system in the nation's most populous state is dysfunctional and expensive, and a ballot measure approved by voters to speed up executions will not make it "workable," a California Supreme Court justice said Thursday in an unusual opinion.Associate Justice Goodwin Liu made the comments after joining the ...

California chief justice says judiciary is more diverse

U.S. 03/19/19, 15:33

California's chief justice on Tuesday praised the racial and gender diversity of judges appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown and highlighted women in leadership roles in state government.Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye noted that more than half of the roughly 600 judges appointed by Brown are women and 41 percent identify ...

Newsom’s death penalty view shaped by father’s advocacy

U.S. 03/13/19, 18:38

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says a man he met as a child who had been wrongfully convicted of murder inspired him to place a moratorium on executions.Newsom says he met Pete Pianezzi through his father and grandfather when he was about 10 years old. Pianezzi had been convicted of a ...

California’s Supreme Court upholds pension rollback

U.S. 03/04/19, 16:57

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by state lawmakers to rollback one way for public workers to pad their pensions, but avoided ruling on the larger issue of whether retirement benefits can be taken away once promised.At issue in the unanimous decision was a provision of a ...

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

U.S. 02/24/19, 14:05

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 ...

FACT CHECK: Newsom wrong on illegal border crossings

U.S. 02/13/19, 15:08

California Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted part of his first State of the State address to attacking President Donald Trump's positions on illegal immigration, declaring, "This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater." His rhetoric in Tuesday's speech was similar ...

California governor names new leaders on water, education

U.S. 02/12/19, 23:56

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named new leaders to top state posts in water, transportation and education policy. The appointments are among his latest moves to reshape state government in his first months in office. Newsom announced the new leaders Tuesday during his State of the State address. He spent most of ...

Update: California governor: No LA-SF high-speed train

U.S. 02/12/19, 14:26

The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's state of the state (all times local): 11:20 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he's ending the state's effort to build a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Newsom said Tuesday in his State of the State address it "would cost too much ...

California governor rebukes Trump in border troop withdrawal

U.S. 02/11/19, 18:42

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he's withdrawing most of the state's National Guard troops on the Mexico border because he won't participate in the Trump administration's "absurd theatrics" on border security. Still, he acknowledged some troops were doing good work fighting drug crime and said he plans to allow 100 ...

Update: Governor to keep some troops at Mexico border

U.S. 02/11/19, 18:32

The Latest on California's withdrawal of National Guard troops from the border (all times local): 2:45 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he had wanted to withdraw all of the state's National Guard troops from the Mexico border but will keep some in place after consulting with guard officials. Newsom said Monday he ...

Latest: Parole recommended for Manson follower Van Houten

U.S. 01/30/19, 17:56

The Latest on the parole request by Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten (all times local):2:45 p.m.A California parole panel has recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be granted parole after serving more than four decades in prison.State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino says the ...

Manson follower Leslie Van Houten again seeks parole

U.S. 01/29/19, 23:38

The woman who was the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson will again ask to be freed from prison.Leslie Van Houten, now 69 and serving a life sentence, has a parole hearing Wednesday at the California Institute for Women.Van Houten was twice recommended for parole, but then-Gov. Jerry ...

Update: ‘Surf City USA’ disputes state housing lawsuit

U.S. 01/25/19, 15:16

The Latest on the state's housing lawsuit (all times local):12:10 p.m.The Southern California coastal city of Huntington Beach says it is complying with state housing laws, rejecting a lawsuit by Gov. Gavin Newsom's new administration.Newsom used a new law for the first time Friday in an attempt to force the ...

Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor

U.S. 01/17/19, 20:28

Gov. Jay Inslee met Thursday with former California Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss climate issues, including a proposal for utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 that is working its way through the Washington Legislature.Last September, Brown, a Democrat who left office last week as California's longest-serving governor, signed legislation ...

California voters must approve law to end bail before trial

U.S. 01/16/19, 22:22

The nation's first law eliminating bail for suspects awaiting trial is on hold until California voters decide whether to overturn it, officials said Wednesday.A referendum that qualified for the 2020 state ballot would overturn the law signed last year by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in ...

In rare move, California court denies 10 clemency requests

U.S. 01/10/19, 16:46

The California Supreme Court denied 10 clemency requests by former Gov. Jerry Brown, the first time it has exercised that power in more than half a century. Brown granted a historic 1,332 pardons and 283 commutations during his final two terms as part of a push to scale back the state's ...

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