| Nov 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is coasting to a historic fourth term with record-high approval ratings, and the ballot measures that he has made the centerpiece of his reelection bid — a water bond and a rainy-day fund — are also supported by a...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 11:45 PM
Democrat John Chiang has won the contest for California treasurer, defeating Republican Greg Conlon.
The treasurer is responsible for managing the state's debt, such as selling bonds that fund major projects.
The campaign was one of the quietest...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:09 PM
California Republicans scored a rare victory in Tuesday's election by denying Democrats a two-thirds legislative supermajority that would consign GOP lawmakers to virtual irrelevance in the state Capitol.
For a party sharply diminished by two decades of...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Here's an ironclad guarantee: California's next state election will be tons more interesting than our just-concluded snoozer.
Make that the next two elections — in 2016 and 2018.
For starters, we'll be electing a new president in 2016. And...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A decade ago, many of California's public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers' retirements.
All that has changed, according to a far-reaching package of data from the state controller. Taxpayers are now on the hook for billions of...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 5:46 PM
La Cañada voters bucked the statewide trend to vote Democrat and instead largely backed GOP candidates in the Nov. 4 General Election, according to results posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office.
La Cañadans also turned out more...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:02 PM
The campaign for state controller, the job responsible for paying the state's bills, was expected to be one of the year's most hotly contested, the showcase for a rising Republican star from the Central Valley.
But it hasn't worked out that way....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 2:00 AM
Directing traffic is part of a police officer's job, and in the city of Fountain Valley, keeping cars moving comes with a $145 monthly bonus — and a bigger pension.
Fountain Valley officers can also pump up their pensions by working with police...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Jerry Brown drew chuckles decades ago when he suggested that California launch its own communications satellite into space. He had a more down-to-earth proposal when he ran for governor in 2010.
He wanted to line the state's highways with shimmering...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 5:11 PM
State regulators are wielding a new tool to combat the intractable problem of employer wage theft, which costs workers an estimated $390 million a year.
The California controller, working with the state labor commissioner, is demanding restitution...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 10:36 AM
Betty Yee, the Democratic candidate for controller, has more than double the amount of campaign funds available compared to her Republican rival, according to new documents filed with the state.
Yee, a member of the Board of Equalization, has nearly...