| Sep 3, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin are calling for a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is used by energy companies to extract hard-to-reach oil.
In a prepared statement Tuesday,...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:11 PM
SACRAMENTO—California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster.
A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second.
| Sep 11, 2013
| 8:31 PM
SACRAMENTO — A heavily lobbied bill that would give California the nation's toughest regulation of a controversial oil drilling technique won easy passage Wednesday from the Legislature.
The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said Wednesday...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 7:36 PM
SACRAMENTO — It's a new era in Sacramento — a markedly improved one, so far.
Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much.
They're actually getting things done in the state Capitol. You can set aside that old label...
| Sep 12, 2013
Some level of regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is preferable to none. Except if the helpful aspects are canceled out by more problematic ones. That is the case with SB 4, passed by the Assembly on Wednesday. It goes back to the state...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 5:55 PM
SACRAMENTO — Barrels of excess water have been tumbling down the Sacramento River with nowhere to go except the San Francisco Bay and out to sea.
To be precise, 58,000 cubic feet of water per second — think of one cubic foot as a...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 12:05 AM
Democrats were within striking distance of a supermajority in the state Senate late Tuesday, and were drawing near in the Assembly as well, moving the party closer to unilateral power to raise taxes.
The potential gains, a result of sweeping changes...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 8:22 AM
California senator demands swift investigation of sexual assault of disabled people...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 12:43 PM
The California Senate on Tuesday approved a two-year extension of tax credits for the film and television industry, providing $100 million annually through July 2017. "The film and television industry is critically important to the economic vitality of...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 1:33 PM
California Senate leader skips convention to focus on state races...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 8:43 AM
California legislative races are being inundated by spending from campaign committees that are independent from the candidates and therefore exempt from normal funding limits, the state’s campaign watchdog agency reports. Independent expenditure...