| Oct 19, 2014
| 6:54 PM
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever!
Drums, mariachis, a color guard, political VIPs. It was a full-throated "inauguration" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 7:05 PM
Darrell Steinberg took the helm of the state Senate six years ago with the global economy in a meltdown that choked off tax revenue, causing the state budget deficit to balloon to $42 billion.
It took Steinberg and other state leaders four years that...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 8:10 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law two measures aimed at helping cities and counties expand and improve bike paths and trails, including one allowing voters to consider whether to increase some fees to pay for the work.
| Sep 27, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Concerned about unaccompanied children from Central America who have surged into the U.S. illegally this year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved legislation providing $3 million in legal aid for them.
More than 60,000 unaccompanied children from...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 6:35 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation that will prohibit forced or coerced sterilizations of inmates in California prisons and allow felons behind bars easier access to DNA tests that could prove their innocence.
The bill limiting...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 5:00 AM
California voters have generally supported Indian gaming, which has served, among other things, as an economic lifeline for Native Americans living in poverty. But what happens when a tribe can't reasonably put a casino on its reservation? Should tribes...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 4:27 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign war chest for two propositions on the November ballot has grown to more than $10.7 million, according to campaign filings with the state.
Brown, who is expected to cruise to reelection to a historic fourth bid in...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 6:10 PM
About the only thing Propositions 1 and 2 have in common is they're being used as props of a different kind by Gov. Jerry Brown. They're handy stage props for the governor's reelection campaign.
You've got to tip your hat to a political magician who can...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Think twice next time you tailgate that new Audi in front of you; there might not be a human driving it.
Audi announced Tuesday that it is the first automaker to get a permit from the state of California to test self-driving cars on public roads. New...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 4:00 PM
As California's Republican Party contemplates its way out of the political wilderness, most of the public debate has focused on questions of ideology: Can social conservatives stomach moderation on issues such as abortion or gay marriage in exchange for...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown will hit the airwaves Wednesday morning with three TV ads, but instead of promoting his reelection bid for a historic fourth term, he will plug the $7.5-billion water bond measure and the state rainy-day fund on the November ballot.