| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 5:05 AM
California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon's "second mother," his Aunt Francisca, spent most of her 74-plus years cleaning houses for people who had pensions through their employers or were wealthy enough to set aside money in their own...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:29 PM
The state Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved three measures aimed at improving ethics in the scandal-plagued upper house, including the creation of an ombudsman to receive allegations of misconduct and a blackout on campaign fundraising during...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 7:51 PM
SACRAMENTO — Obama administration policies stimulating an expansion of tribal gambling have touched off new battles over proposed tribal casinos in California and elsewhere.
Since President Barack Obama took office, the Department of the...
| 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...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 2:50 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A political committee tied to the California Legislature's Latino caucus is shutting down after drawing controversy for one of its donations.
The group, called Yes We Can, notified state officials on Tuesday that it plans to end...