| Apr 8, 2015
| 7:23 PM
Latino lawmakers, who have increasingly flexed their muscle as a voting bloc in the Capitol, endorsed a slate of proposals Wednesday that includes efforts to increase voter registration and promote clean energy.
The package underscores how the...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 10:38 AM
Twenty-five state lawmakers flew to Maui in November to attend a conference that was partly funded by a group of special interests, but it was not until Tuesday that all of their identities were made public when they were required to file annual gift...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 12:41 PM
It doesn’t really matter what you call the trip to Cuba that California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and a passel of legislators and staff are planning for next week. Trade mission or junket or learning expedition, it all equals the same thing: a...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 11:16 AM
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is leading a delegation of nine California legislators and 18 other state officials on a five-day trade mission to Cuba starting on Monday.
As the Obama administration seeks to normalize relations with...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The state finally has stepped up its once-weak effort to get unemployment benefits more efficiently to nearly 3 million jobless Californians.
After several years of pitiful phone service, late payments, computer gaffes and bureaucratic delays, the...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 5:47 PM
A meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown and Chevron executives was ending when an oil company official turned to Mary Nichols, California's top regulator for air pollution.
There was only so much Chevron could do to meet the state's rules, he told her. "I...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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.
| Nov 11, 2014
| 1:06 PM
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...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 9:16 PM
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...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 5:04 PM
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...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 10:49 AM
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...