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  • De León throws extravagant bash as Steinberg quietly leaves

    De León throws extravagant bash as Steinberg quietly leaves
    State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever! Drums, mariachis, a color guard, political VIPs. It was a full-throated "inauguration" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown...
  • Gov. Brown approves legal help for minors in the country illegally

    Concerned about unaccompanied children from Central America who have surged into the U.S. illegally this year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved legislation providing $3 million in legal aid for them. More than 60,000 unaccompanied children from...
  • Kevin de León becomes state Senate leader in $50,000 event

    Kevin de León becomes state Senate leader in $50,000 event
    In an elaborate event at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring mariachis, a Korean drum circle and a student color guard, Democrat Kevin de León was sworn in Wednesday as leader of the state Senate — the first Latino to hold the post since 1883....
  • Free of repercussions, Brown confounds friends and foes on bills

    Gov. Jerry Brown waded through many hundreds of bills last month in the political freedom that comes with a faint reelection challenge, a $22-million campaign war chest and a Legislature stacked with fellow Democrats. The governor dispensed gifts...
  • Gov. Brown signs bills aiding immigrant children, troubled students

    Gov. Brown signs bills aiding immigrant children, troubled students
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to provide $3 million in legal aid for the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded into the U.S. illegally this year. The Democratic governor also approved a...
  • Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting

    Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting
    Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process. He also signed dozens of other...
  • San Diego councilwoman has breast cancer, expects 'full recovery'

    San Diego councilwoman has breast cancer, expects 'full recovery'
    San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald announced on Facebook that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo outpatient surgery. Emerald said she received the diagnosis this week while she was on a Chamber of Commerce lobbying mission...
  • California to vote on scaled-down $7.5-billion water bond in November

    California to vote on scaled-down $7.5-billion water bond in November
    After months of political haggling, a ballot measure that will ask voters in November to approve $7.5 billion in borrowing for water projects sailed through the Legislature on Wednesday. Soon afterward, flanked by dozens of lawmakers from both parties,...
  • Senate leader pushes new plan to spend polluter fees

    Senate leader pushes new plan to spend polluter fees
    SACRAMENTO -- Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Monday outlined a new proposal for funding affordable housing, transportation upgrades and bullet train construction with money from California's cap-and-trade program. The program, approved by the...
  • Fighting season for Brown, lawmakers

    SACRAMENTO — High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol. As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity. There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be...
  • Orca bill will get further study, Assembly panel decides

    Orca bill will get further study, Assembly panel decides
    SAN DIEGO — Putting the brakes on a controversial bill to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego, an Assembly committee Tuesday called for additional study that could take at least 18 months. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the...