| Oct 23, 2014
| 6:55 PM
The record-low voter turnout in California's June primary has added urgency to the contest for the state's top elections post.
The two candidates — Republican Pete Peterson, the director of a public policy think tank, and Democratic state Sen....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Who could have imagined? The California controller contest is more intriguing than the slow-motion race for governor.
Gov. Jerry Brown isn't really campaigning, and he's jogging far ahead of Republican Neel Kashkari, even if the Democrat's lead has been...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 9:48 PM
California will have the nation's first statewide ban on disposable plastic bags under a measure signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who also expanded gun controls and personal privacy protections in an eclectic final flurry of bill signings for the year....
| Sep 30, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday fulfilled a promise by signing a measure that will phase out single-use plastic bags from checkout stands at California supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores and pharmacies.
California is the first state in the...
| Sep 23, 2014
Republican Party convention: An article in the Sept. 22 LATExtra section about Neel Kashkari's speech at the California Republican Party convention said Pete Peterson, GOP candidate for secretary of state, was running against Democrat Betty Yee. In fact,...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Stung by the refusal of two fellow Republicans to support his candidacy for governor, Neel Kashkari sought to put the controversy behind him Sunday with a fiery speech portraying his party as a champion of minorities and the poor.
"We don't just fight...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 6:35 PM
When the 6.0 earthquake struck Napa County last month, a computer at a university lab here raced to warn agencies across the Bay Area.
BART received an alert ordering trains to stop. San Francisco 911 operators had eight seconds to brace for an...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 4:39 PM
The five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is far too small to represent the county's 10 million people, a point to which this page has returned repeatedly. In years past, courts have struck down the board's district lines for having been...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 11:30 PM
The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter.
The measure, which now...