| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:02 PM
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...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:32 PM
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...
| 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...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:41 PM
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....