| Feb 11, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Pennsylvania resident Amy Shao enrolled at UCLA last year knowing that she would pay a steep $23,000 more for tuition than her classmates who grew up in California. But with a lot of help from her parents, large loans and some federal grants, she has...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 9:08 PM
Fuel-efficient cars are great for the air and the planet. But they're lousy for our highways, especially those battery-powered vehicles. Let me remind you why.
The more gasoline we buy, the more gas tax we pay. And it's the gas tax that funds road...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:12 PM
The state purchased $540,000 worth of new Ford Fusion Hybrids and other cars for legislators over the last 18 months, prompting criticism from taxpayer activists who call the vehicles unnecessary political perks given at a time when many Californians...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 8:51 PM
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...
| 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,...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 7:39 PM
California's political leaders pledged Monday to advance the state's landmark laws on climate change and fend off challenges from opponents such as oil companies.
"We're just at the beginning," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "There's still lots of skeptics...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 10:46 AM
In a victory for public beach access, the owner of Paradise Cove in Malibu has agreed to stop charging a $20 walk-in fee, to remove all signs banning surfing and to unlock a gate to the pier, the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 9:45 PM
In a victory for public access, the owner of Paradise Cove in Malibu has agreed to stop charging a $20 walk-in fee, remove all signs banning surfing and unlock a gate to the beach's pier, the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands Commission...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:45 PM
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....