| Apr 8, 2014
| 12:33 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would place a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil drilling in California was approved by a state Senate panel on Tuesday.
The measure was passed by a bare majority of five votes by the Senate...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:57 PM
The decision of Rep. George Miller to retire when his term ends could affect the political dynamic in the state Capitol.
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said Monday he will run for Miller’s 11th Congressional District seat. If he wins, that...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 5:31 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recommended Tuesday that Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) be replaced as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and observers say it appears part of a political squabble between the...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:45 PM
SACRAMENTO — Praising the discipline that pulled the state from the ashes of recession, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on Californians to steel themselves against lingering uncertainties, both natural and man-made.
He sounded a stern warning...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Responding to recent high-profile deaths and injuries, a special county commission on child welfare is proposing a far-reaching overhaul of the Los Angeles County child protection service.
The plans would impose greater oversight on private foster...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 8:21 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown, once perceived as a paragon of California liberalism, finds himself accused of disregarding California's impoverished at a time when President Obama is warning of the expanding inequality between rich and poor in...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 3:15 PM
SACRAMENTO -- The field of candidates competing for the coastal Senate district seat being vacated by Ted Lieu grew Wednesday with former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, both Democrats, announcing their candidacies....
| Mar 6, 2014
| 8:10 AM
SACRAMENTO -- The leave of absence by Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) has left the 40-person state Senate with just one African American member, a situation that is sparking concern about a lack of diversity.
Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles),...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:17 PM
As shoppers hunt for holiday bargains this season, they may find something unusual for sale at the mall: Obamacare.
With enrollment deadlines looming, California officials, insurance companies and agents are staking out retail space to sign up thousands...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:15 PM
SACRAMENTO – Bolstered by help from his powerful father, City Council aide Sebastian Ridley-Thomas beat two fellow Democratic candidates in a special primary election Tuesday for a Los Angeles-area seat in the state Assembly.
The vote tally on...
| 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...