| 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...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 12:13 AM
After a lawmaking season that left them bruised by political scandal but salved by California's revitalized economy, state lawmakers were attempting to wrap up their work late Friday by tackling the complexities of water policy, everyday matters such as...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 10:03 PM
California community colleges could offer four-year degrees for the first time, and suspension of defiant schoolchildren would be curtailed, under proposals sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by the Legislature on Thursday.
Bids to reduce sentences for some...
| 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 24, 2014
| 5:45 PM
There's logic missing in the battle of bags now raging in the California Legislature.
Flimsy plastic bags are evil, we're told. They don't biodegrade. They hang around forever, fouling the environment and gagging fish. They must be banned.
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:00 PM
A proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags stalled in the Assembly on Monday after failing to overcome opposition from Republicans and a bloc of moderate Democrats.
The plastic bag ban has been one of the most hotly contested items on the...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 9:59 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers addressed technology's dark side Monday, with Brown approving a requirement for "kill switches'' on smartphones and legislators requesting new protection for victims of revenge porn and identity theft.
| 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 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 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....
| 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...