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  • Vote results prime new Legislature for GOP, Democratic cooperation

    Stung by losses in the November election, the California Legislature's Democratic majority arrives for the first day of a new session Monday facing a political terrain more hostile to tax increases and other priorities of liberal lawmakers. The...
  • Prison guard union failed to report $24,603 in gifts to lawmakers

    Prison guard union failed to report $24,603 in gifts to lawmakers
    The state’s powerful prison guard union has agreed to pay $5,500 in fines for failing to properly disclose nearly $25,000 in gifts it provided to state lawmakers during a three-year period. The gifts include lodging, meals, wine and spa bags for...
  • Gov. Brown blocks expansion of injury leaves for emergency workers

    Gov. Brown blocks expansion of injury leaves for emergency workers
    Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed two little-noticed bills that would have expanded a special injury leave program that pays California's emergency responders 100% of their salaries, tax-free, when they're out with claimed ailments. Monday's action came a day...
  • Democratic bill would slow California's effort to curb climate change

    Democratic bill would slow California's effort to curb climate change
    Political-economic fights at the Capitol never really end. They just morph into new incarnations. Take, for example, the eight-year battle among industry, environmentalists and the administrations of Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and successor Jerry Brown...
  • Lawmakers travel to Central America, express concern on immigration

    A group of California legislators has conveyed concern in person to the president of El Salvador about the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America who are traveling illegally to the United States, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said...
  • How California can best fight climate change

    How California can best fight climate change
    California's landmark climate change law, AB 32, has created a promising cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases that has put the state on track to meet its emissions goals for 2020, kick-started the state's green technology industry and generated...
  • State wrongly denied hundreds of thousands of jobless claims, audit confirms

    SACRAMENTO — State employees who process unemployment claims wrongly denied benefits for hundreds of thousands of jobless Californians, a result of a botched system and procedures that caused fired workers to wait months for benefits, a state...
  • Gas prices to rise in January after bill to suspend 'hidden' tax fails

    A bill pushed by the oil industry, business lobbyists and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to suspend a new motor vehicle fuel regulation won't see the light of day this year. The group, led by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), had been...
  • Lawmakers praise drought declaration; some say it took too long

    Lawmakers praise drought declaration; some say it took too long
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency in California received widespread praise from state lawmakers, although some criticized the governor for not taking action sooner. Lawmakers, farmers and activists for weeks have been...
  • EDD answers only 10% to 17% of calls from jobless, records show

    SACRAMENTO — Four months after a botched computer upgrade delayed unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of Californians, jobless workers are still finding it nearly impossible to reach state employees for help. On any given day in recent...
  • EDD makes big improvements in phone service

    SACRAMENTO — They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency. Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs....