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Number of women dropping in California Legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group […]

01/26/2014

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California high court to take up high speed railings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Friday petitioned the California Supreme Court to overturn two lower-court rulings that have stalled progress on the state’s high-speed rail project, one of the nation’s most […]

01/25/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown at a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Brown: Calif. comes back but challenged by drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered a dual message in his annual address to the Legislature — that a California resurgence is well underway but is threatened by economic and environmental […]

01/22/2014

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New Calif. law squeezes recyclable collectors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new California law that tightens the state’s recycling redemption rules is squeezing people who cash in bottles and plastic to make ends meet. The Los Angeles Times reports that, as […]

01/19/2014

Scheryl Duarte, a senior at Roosevelt High School, fills out a college enrollment application at her school in Washington, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

UC, CSU receive record number of applications

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More students than ever are applying for undergraduate admission at the University of California and California State University systems. The UC system reported Friday more than 183,000 students applied to at […]

01/18/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown points to images showing the snow depth in the Sierra mountains on Jan. 13, 2013, left, and Jan. 13, 2014, center, while declaring a drought state of emergency in San Francisco, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Governor Brown proclaims state in a drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is nearly as dry as it’s ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are […]

01/17/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown holds up a chart showing the statewide average precipitation by water year while declaring a drought state of emergency while speaking in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Brown proclaims drought emergency

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimed California in a drought Friday, saying the state is in the midst of perhaps the worst dry spell it has seen in a century, and the […]

01/17/2014

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado reacts after he abandons his long-shot run for governor at the Santa Maria City Hall in Santa Maria, Calif. Thursday Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Klein)

Former lt. governor abandons GOP bid for governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado abandoned his long-shot GOP bid for governor of California on Thursday as his campaign was floundering for support and failing to attract the kind of donors […]

01/16/2014

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Gubernatorial hopeful to make ‘major announcement’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a Republican candidate for governor, has scheduled a news conference Thursday morning for what his campaign calls a “major announcement.” Maldonado, a former state senator who […]

01/16/2014

Citing years of budget cuts to the state courts, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye unveiled her "Three Year Blueprint for a Fully Functioning Judicial Branch" at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.,  Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Chief justice: Layoffs likely under Brown’s budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state’s courts would be so squeezed under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget that it would be not just a fiscal problem but a civil rights problem, California’s chief justice warned this […]

01/15/2014

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Calif. poised to implement school funding reform

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After months of sometimes angry debate, California education officials are set to take up rules this week aimed at making good on Gov. Jerry Brown’s promise to invest in the state’s […]

01/12/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown at a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Brown vows to start debate over teacher pensions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In Gov. Jerry Brown’s promise to start paying off California’s massive liabilities, the largest single unfunded debt will not be seeing any additional pay-down in the coming fiscal year. The unfunded liability for teachers’ pensions stands at more […]

01/11/2014

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