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Demos win supermajority in Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California's majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.

November 14, 2012 | | State


California home prices rise 19% during October

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices posted an eighth straight annual increase in October, a research firm said Wednesday, the latest evidence that the state's housing market recovery is picking up steam amid tight inventories.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Budget deficit shrinks to $1.9B with taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SAN FRANCISCO NUDISTS SUE TO BLOCK PROPOSED BAN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Brown urges UC leaders to rethink education, embrace online learning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs, embrace online learning and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Panel rejects quake study by nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Health board OKs plan for insurance exchange

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board overseeing California's efforts to establish an insurance marketplace for providing affordable health care approved its operational blueprint Wednesday, an essential step toward meeting a key deadline under the federal health care reform law.

November 14, 2012 | | State


San Francisco Bay area drivers first in nation with algae biofuel

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel.

November 14, 2012 | | State


New CSU chief requests pay cut to help system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a $380,000 salary for the system's incoming chancellor that included a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Landmark cap emissions program debuts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California began auctioning permits Wednesday for greenhouse gas emissions, launching one of the world's most ambitious efforts to cut heat-trapping gases from industrial sources.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When it comes to new taxes, voters tend to say government should ask for money from somebody else, like the rich. But that doesn't always hold true, especially on the local level.

November 14, 2012 | | State


‘Ex-convict who shot co- workers took no hard drugs

FRESNO (AP) - The Fresno County coroner's office says the ex-convict who shot co-workers execution-style at a chicken processing plant and then killed himself had traces of marijuana in his system.

November 14, 2012 | | State


Raley’s workers reach contract deal

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - Raley's supermarket chain reached a tentative contract deal with workers, ending a nine-day strike at dozens of stores in Northern California and Nevada, officials said Tuesday.

November 13, 2012 | | State


Governor names military leader to oversee parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a retired Marine Corps general on Tuesday to oversee California parks in the wake of a scandal that uncovered $54 million kept hidden from the Legislature.

November 13, 2012 | | State


Bullet train route will be engineering feat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A bullet train linking Northern and Southern California will be an audacious engineering feat because the line must cross two mountain ranges and a half-dozen earthquake faults, experts said.

November 13, 2012 | | State


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Costly special committees do little

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges met just once in its two-year existence, but it provided its Democratic chairman 14 personal aides at a cost of $644,000.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Rain, snow falling on north state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Cold weather bringing rain and snow to Northern California is expected to linger through mid-week but do little to ease a drought gripping the state, forecasters said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Teacher gets three years for student sex

CORONA (AP) - A former Riverside County high school teacher who admitted having sex with five male students has been sentenced to three years in state prison.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Governor pardons 83 people

OAKLAND (AP) - An Oakland man pardoned for crimes he committed nearly three decades ago says he considers the Easter Sunday announcement a new beginning in his life.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Deputy police chief resigns amid charges

FRESNO (AP) - A deputy police chief in California has resigned amid federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Friday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Man shot by police was arrested day earlier

ORANGE . (AP) - A 31-year-old man shot and killed by police in Anaheim had been arrested a day earlier after running from authorities and crashing his truck into a construction site, police said Sunday.

April 05, 2015 | | State


Drought forces skiers to higher ground

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK - We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet - until this year.

April 03, 2015 | By BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press | State


Californians with century-old water rights face restrictions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farms and other Californians that have been shielded from water reductions because of century-old claims could face new restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board said Friday.

April 03, 2015 | | State


‘Price is Right’ model apologizes for $21K mistake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Price is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez thought she would have to come on down to the unemployment line after she mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the game show.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Court: Yoga doesn’t bend rules on religious freedom in schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn't violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Thousands more bikes could hit Bay Area roads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area riders could have thousands more bicycles to share.

April 03, 2015 | | State


7 San Francisco officers suspended over racist texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired.

April 03, 2015 | | State


Q&A on California’s drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.

April 03, 2015 | | State


California appeals court issues ruling about out-of-control kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state can remove an out-of-control child from the custody of a parent even if the mother or father is not to blame for the child's behavior, a California appeals court said Thursday.

April 02, 2015 | | State


California eyes deadline for shutting more oilfield wells

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators on Thursday proposed an Oct. 15 deadline for starting to close more of the 2,000-plus oil-industry wells that funnel waste and other fluids into federally protected underground water reserves.

April 02, 2015 | | State


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