| Aug 25, 2014
| 9:59 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers addressed technology's dark side Monday, with Brown approving a requirement for "kill switches'' on smartphones and legislators requesting new protection for victims of revenge porn and identity theft.
| Aug 17, 2014
| 6:05 PM
They're all patting themselves on the back in the state Capitol for finally achieving a water bond deal. And that's fine. It was a momentous act.
But what really would be historic — and worth running self-congratulatory reelection ads about...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 7:07 PM
As California continues to endure a calamitous lack of water from the sky, the state could, for the first time, start to regulate water drawn from the ground.
Groundwater regulation has been politically poisonous since the state's founding. But...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 6:36 PM
It's not just reservoirs and aqueducts that are drying up in the state's drought. Under the ground, aquifers that store water relied on by more than three-quarters of Californians are being over-pumped, often to such an extent that the earth above them...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 9:55 PM
Hours after a man was charged with arson that allegedly caused the sprawling King fire east of Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed into law tougher penalties for those who cause major fires.
The measure reinstates a law that...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills Tuesday establishing a framework for statewide regulation of California's underground water sources, marking the first time in the state's history that groundwater will be managed on a large scale.
"This is a...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:52 PM
For the first time in its history, California will establish statewide management of water pumped from the ground, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The package of regulations was heralded by supporters as a long-overdue step in...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 5:12 PM
California is finally about to join the rest of the West in regulating groundwater supplies. But the package of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature is not an instant fix for the state's shrinking, over-pumped aquifers.
It could be decades,...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 6:05 PM
So let me get this straight: The state government is telling us we can't hose down the driveway and should feel guilty about watering the lawn. But it's OK for somebody to pump all the groundwater he wants?
The policy-makers are padlocking flush toilets...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two gun-related measures into law Friday, including one bill to make single-shot pistols subject to the state's handgun safety requirements.
Most guns sold in California must comply with the state's safe handgun requirements --...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 6:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — The recent hacking of customer data from Target Corp. computers is roiling the California Legislature.
Last week, two members of the Assembly touted a bill to strengthen consumer safeguards and limit the type of information...