| Sep 27, 2014
| 8:41 PM
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...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 4:42 PM
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...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:41 PM
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,...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:34 PM
With only days left to hammer out a deal on the state budget, legislative leaders say they're close to a final agreement.
"We've still got some details to flesh out," said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). "We feel pretty good about where we...
| May 25, 2014
| 5:40 PM
When statehouse discussions turn to business, one theme recurs for the newly elected speaker of the Assembly: balance.
Taking a balanced approach, Toni Atkins explains, is key to reconciling the demand for jobs with environmental, health, safety,...
| May 30, 2014
| 9:39 PM
As the biggest cheerleader for California's $68-billion bullet train, Gov. Jerry Brown has battled lawsuits from angry landowners and intractable opposition from Republicans. And two years ago, the project barely survived a vote in a Legislature...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Today's primary is brimming with Assembly races featuring intra-party squabbles, torrents of outside money and general election previews. Having trouble keeping track? Here's a guide to the top three Assembly races to keep an eye on today.
| May 16, 2014
| 8:17 PM
California's income will be about $2.5 billion higher than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted in his latest budget, according to the Legislature's top financial advisor — surprise cash that Democratic lawmakers will almost certainly use to challenge the...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:49 PM
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said Wednesday that she has a "clear mandate" from Assembly Democrats to seek a budget deal that "strengthens our fiscal condition first, and makes responsible investments second."
In a speech to the Sacramento...
| May 25, 2014
| 4:00 PM
John A. Pérez became speaker of the Assembly, arguably the second-most powerful position in California, on March 1, 2010. When he took the oath, the state faced the highest unemployment rate in its recorded history and a budget shortfall of $60 billion....
| May 12, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, will become the state's 69th Assembly speaker in a swearing-in ceremony Monday afternoon.
Among those set to be in attendance is Gov. Jerry Brown, who will watch as Atkins takes the oath of office in...