| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 6:23 PM
In a mostly lackluster election season, at least one statewide race in California is intriguing. It's for secretary of state.
Battles for state controller and superintendent of public instruction also are engaging. But the rest, including Gov. Jerry...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
California's next secretary of state will take over an office that has been stuck in neutral. Key projects that would make it easier to cast a ballot or track political campaign disclosures have been delayed, and there's been little urgency or advocacy...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Republican Pete Peterson sparred verbally with Democrat Alex Padilla on Thursday as the two candidates for California secretary of state outlined their plans for improving voter participation in elections and upgrading the office’s antiquated...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:10 AM
When California voters go to the polls Tuesday they will see an unlikely name on the ballot for secretary of state: state Sen. Leland Yee.
Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, is out on bail after he was charged in a federal indictment in March with...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:29 PM
The state Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved three measures aimed at improving ethics in the scandal-plagued upper house, including the creation of an ombudsman to receive allegations of misconduct and a blackout on campaign fundraising during...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:17 AM
State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has extended his big lead in campaign fundraising among the seven candidates for California secretary of state, reporting late Thursday that he has brought in $2.2 million so far.
Finance reports for the period ending...