| Aug 6, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The day after his chief of staff sent an e-mail to industry officials signaling the lawmaker's opposition to the bill as written, California State Sen. Kevin de Leon said that he was "100-percent committed" to passing legislation to expand and extend...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 2:23 PM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari’s proposal Friday to require state legislators and other elected officials to undergo annual drug tests was met with derision from lawmakers.
“If the architect of George W. Bush’s Wall...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 4:01 PM
Democratic State Sen. Roderick D. Wright said Monday that he will resign from office effective Sept. 22-- bowing to pressure three days after a judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail on felony perjury and voting fraud charges for lying about living in his...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:50 PM
Political party leaders are funneling large amounts of cash and other resources into three key legislative contests that could decide whether Democrats will regain their supermajority in the state Senate in the November election.
The Democratic State...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 6:21 PM
The Legislature went home for a month Thursday, but not before handing aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. a controversial $420-million tax break.
Branded as a sweetheart deal for Lockheed, the bill sailed through the Assembly and Senate — but...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:47 PM
SACRAMENTO – Republican state Senators on Monday blocked a bill that would require more disclosure of those who contribute money through nonprofit groups to affect California elections, the first legislative setback for Democrats since they lost...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:12 PM
SACRAMENTO — The Democrats' loss of a legislative supermajority stifled their push to change California's campaign finance and affirmative action laws Monday, potentially foreshadowing a return to partisan battles over their other priorities, such...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:05 PM
The highest-paid pensioner in California's largest retirement system continues to receive more than $500,000 annually, even though officials promised almost two years ago his retirement pay would be dramatically cut.
After an angry state senator...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:40 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s new $156.3-billion budget on Friday, ensuring a permanent source of state funding for construction of the bullet train he has championed.
The budget, which includes a $108-billion general fund, $7.3 billion...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined two leading state Senate Democrats on Friday to support a plan to invest the state's cap-and-trade revenue in mass transit and affordable housing.
"This is smart legislation," Garcetti said, "because it would...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:47 PM
The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last...