| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Single-use plastic bags — the kind with handles that you get, or used to get, at the grocery store — are an environmental menace. They end up draped across trees and shrubbery in wilderness areas, and are the second most common item of trash...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 5:50 PM
With one week remaining until they adjourn for the year, California legislators have saved the hardest votes for last.
By midnight Aug. 31, they must address such contentious issues as whether to ban plastic carryout bags from supermarkets statewide,...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 9:44 PM
Lawmakers on Wednesday approved new campaign rules in response to a controversy involving the political activities of suspended Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, both Democrats from Montebello.
| Aug 16, 2014
| 6:21 PM
When singer Miley Cyrus recently spotted a mysterious drone hovering over her Los Angeles home, she posted video of the aerial intruder on Instagram, complaining that it appeared to be a new tactic by the paparazzi.
The incident, in which Cyrus was...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:08 PM
Lawmakers on Thursday shelved plans to require state licenses for medical marijuana shops and condom use by adult film actors, among dozens of other measures.
They also halted a plan that would have closed a loophole in Proposition 13, the state's...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:33 PM
The state Senate on Wednesday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would allow minority groups to file legal challenges to the way Los Angeles County and other jurisdictions draw districts for elected officials.
The bill, which goes to Gov....
| Jul 31, 2014
| 8:48 PM
The Republicans vying to be controller and secretary of state entered the general election in the red, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state Thursday.
Pete Peterson, a university civic engagement leader who is running to be the...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 5:39 PM
State Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican bill that proposed some of the toughest ethics and campaign finance restrictions put forward since three Democratic lawmakers were suspended while facing criminal charges, two of them involving...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Both candidates vying to be California's next secretary of state say the controversial recount in the controller's race demonstrates the need to change election laws.
Sen. Alex Padilla, the Democratic candidate from Pacoima, called the process...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 7:05 PM
What do sugar-laden soft drinks, flimsy plastic shopping bags and used kitchen grease have in common?
They are the focus of controversial legislation in Sacramento. So far, they've survived a gauntlet of lobbying and multiple committee and floor votes...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 4:18 PM
Seeking to counter bad publicity over a series of scandals, the state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would ban campaign fundraising during the 30 days before the budget is approved and the 30 days before the end of each year’s session....