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  • Kevin de León of Los Angeles elected leader of California Senate

    Kevin de León of Los Angeles elected leader of California Senate
    Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León of Los Angeles was elected by his peers Monday to become the next president pro tem of the Senate. He said his priorities as leader will include restoring public trust in the Legislature after a series of scandals. De...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown resists unzipping school construction wallet

    Gov. Jerry Brown resists unzipping school construction wallet
    Who can be against building, modernizing or repairing schools? It's good for children and creates jobs. It improves learning and stimulates the economy. It's like motherhood and apple pie. Who dares dump on that? Well, behind closed doors in the...
  • Where does Jerry Brown stand on ethics reforms?

    Where does Jerry Brown stand on ethics reforms?
    One thumb up for Gov. Jerry Brown. And the other thumb down. The governor signed a bill inserting a smidgen of sense in California's oft-abused ballot initiative system. Excellent. But he vetoed legislation imposing sensible ethics rules on Capitol...
  • Statewide ban on disposable plastic bags is signed into law by Brown

    Statewide ban on disposable plastic bags is signed into law by Brown
    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....
  • California's initiative process could become more enlightened under this new law

    California's initiative process could become more enlightened under this new law
    It turns out that a legislative hearing can be simultaneously enlightening and pointless. Take, for example, Monday's hearing in Sacramento on Proposition 46, the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to increase the cap on medical malpractice damages, and...
  • Gov. Brown signs bills aiding immigrant children, troubled students

    Gov. Brown signs bills aiding immigrant children, troubled students
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to provide $3 million in legal aid for the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded into the U.S. illegally this year. The Democratic governor also approved a...
  • Gov. Brown approves major changes in initiative process

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved a bill that would give proponents of initiatives a chance to work with lawmakers on compromise legislation to address their concerns without having to go through an expensive election campaign. "California's...
  • Insurance plan for farmworkers falls short of Obamacare rules

    Insurance plan for farmworkers falls short of Obamacare rules
    Two landmark liberal healthcare achievements are on a collision course in California, and the result could be higher costs for taxpayers. Years ago, legendary activist Cesar Chavez helped create the first health insurance plan for farmworkers who toiled...
  • Shortage of affordable housing is dire in L.A. County, advocates say

    Shortage of affordable housing is dire in L.A. County, advocates say
    Advocates for low-income Californians called Wednesday for more homes with below-market rents, releasing a report that says Los Angeles County faces the greatest shortage of affordable housing in the state. The county needs 490,340 additional homes with...
  • Calif. Senate leaders promise new laws after Isla Vista massacre

    Senate Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they plan to introduce a package of bills aimed at reducing violence by emotionally disturbed individuals following the slaying of six people near UC Santa Barbara. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg...
  • Mass killings prompt lawmakers to propose new firearms bill

    Mass killings prompt lawmakers to propose new firearms bill
     Shocked by the weekend's mass killings near UC Santa Barbara, state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a new way to temporarily prevent potentially violent individuals from buying or owning guns. Legislators also advanced dozens of unrelated bills,...