| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
One summer Saturday in the Bay Area city of Richmond, nitric acid leaked from a tank at a metal plating company, forming a toxic cloud that floated over a neighborhood of small houses and stucco apartments.
"People were coughing. They were gasping for...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:32 AM
SACRAMENTO — The top Democrat and Republican on the California Assembly budget committee both reacted with cautious optimism to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday, while calling for greater investments in their parties' divergent...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:25 PM
One California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in January that will protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other discrimination at work.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said the legislation will give these interns, most often...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:34 PM
SACRAMENTO -- With California's finances rebounding, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) sees an opportunity to stash billions of dollars in a rainy day fund and spend more money on social services and educational programs.
| Dec 13, 2013
Top Assembly Democrats have revealed what they'd like to do with billions of dollars in extra tax revenue that the state is projected to receive, and their top priorities were reassuring: expanding the reserve fund and paying down the debts that...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 8:50 PM
A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident.
Electro-Forming Co. and...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 9:30 PM
SACRAMENTO — A $687.4-million emergency drought relief package is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after easily clearing the Legislature on Thursday.
Brown and legislative leaders unveiled the proposal last week to free up the state's water...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 11:02 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Two Assembly Democrats want to restore funding for California's healthcare program for the poor, laying the groundwork for another debate over how to make the best use of the state's financial recovery.
The proposal, AB 1805, would reverse...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Last weekend's mass killing near UC Santa Barbara has spurred action in Sacramento, with lawmakers announcing Tuesday that they are seeking a new route to temporarily prevent potentially violent individuals from owning or buying guns.
The measure, by...
| May 28, 2014
Shocked by the weekend's mass killings near UC Santa Barbara, state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a new way to temporarily prevent potentially violent individuals from buying or owning guns.
Legislators also advanced dozens of unrelated bills,...
| May 16, 2014
| 1:32 PM
California's tax revenues will rebound more strongly than Gov. Jerry Brown's spending plan predicts, according to the Legislature's top budget advisor, a finding Democratic lawmakers are expected to seize on to challenge the governor's continuing call for...