| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:05 AM
It has been 23 years since workers at a massive farming company in Fresno, Calif., led by labor icon Cesar Chavez, organized and voted to have the United Farm Workers union represent them.
Certifying a union does not guarantee a contract, and in the...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 7:09 PM
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are set to receive a 5.3% pay raise Monday, but a dozen say they won't accept it in the wake of a tax hike approved last November and while many residents are still struggling to recover from the recent recession....
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:35 PM
SACRAMENTO — Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he has seen enough. He wants to rid California of incessant special elections to fill vacancies in the Legislature.
The elections interrupt the legislative process, he asserts, and they bleed local...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:16 PM
SACRAMENTO — It used to be called "shop." Then educators started using two-bit labels like "vocational education." And it got worse.
"Career tech," they renamed it when the dot.com era emerged. Now it goes by "linked learning." Or is it "career...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Judging from the emails, many readers think that eliminating special elections to fill vacant legislative seats and simply allowing the governor to choose replacements would be dangerously un-American.
"Oh, sure," has been the...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 6:31 PM
The field of candidates jockeying to replace termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is quickly taking shape and probably will yield one of the most intriguing county government elections in decades.
In the first county contest prompted...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 8:32 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's finances are improving faster than expected and schools could receive billions in extra funds next year, according to the Legislature's budget advisors.
"The state's budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in...
| Nov 20, 2013
Steinberg leaves law firm: In the Nov. 16 LATExtra section, the headline on an article about state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's resignation from a law firm said that Steinberg was leaving a firm linked to an FBI investigation. As the story...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:59 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown expressed hope Tuesday that court-ordered negotiations can resolve the lingering impasse over how to relieve prison crowding in California.
As ordered by federal judges, the Brown administration has been in talks with...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:33 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has resigned from a law firm that represents the son of a medical firm executive named in an FBI affidavit on the Capitol corruption investigation, an aide said Friday.
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:51 PM
SACRAMENTO — A federal court ordered law enforcement officials Thursday to respond to an accusation by state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon that they leaked a confidential FBI affidavit alleging that he took bribes.
A clerk for U.S. District Judge Troy...