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Governor signs limo safety bill, vetoes another over costs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill requiring limousines that operate in California to have emergency exits, but vetoed another bill requiring annual Highway Patrol limo inspections, saying it fails to properly pay for them.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Director secretly shoots film at Disney parks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As a kid, Randy Moore was haunted by Disney World, where he made an annual trip during summers with his dad. So as an adult, and a filmmaker, Moore wanted to capture and question the allure of such manufactured-fantasy.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Off-duty SFPD sergeant arrested after possible DUI hit and run crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An off-duty San Francisco police sergeant has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he allegedly rear-ended a parked car and fled the scene.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Calif. man pleads not guilty in terrorism case

SANTA ANA (AP) - A California man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida and lying on a U.S. passport application to facilitate an act of terrorism.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Offshore 4.9 quake gives NorCal. a jolt

EUREKA (AP) - A moderate offshore earthquake gave a jolt to cities in far Northern California, but there are no reports of damages or injuries.

October 11, 2013 | | State


California first state to band lead ammo

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has become the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday over objections from firearms and sporting groups.

October 11, 2013 | | State


Airborne pickup truck spurs fatal So Calif. wreck

FULLERTON (AP) - An eight-vehicle accident that killed one person and injured several others in Southern California began when a speeding pickup truck crossed into oncoming lanes and then flew into the air as the driver tried to swerve back to safety, police said Friday.

October 11, 2013 | | State


SoCal snow comes on heels of heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Snow capped the peaks of Southern California's mountains and glistened on forests Thursday after an unusually early winter-like storm that hit just days after a heat wave.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Assembly speaker announces 2014 bid for controller

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Assembly Speaker John Perez has announced that he is running for state controller next year.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Governor signs law to help homeless veterans

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a number of bills Thursday aimed at helping veterans, including legislation that could provide funds to expand affordable housing to combat homelessness among former service members.

October 10, 2013 | | State


BART, unions resuming talks

OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area rapid transit agency and two of its unions were back at the bargaining table Thursday for 11th-hour talks as the possibility loomed of a second transit strike in less than three months.

October 10, 2013 | | State


News from around california

GOV. SIGNS BILL FOR PRICIER COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow California's community colleges to offer additional courses at inflated prices during short summer and winter sessions.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Foul play ruled out in SF hospital patient's death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators have ruled out foul play in the disappearance and death of a San Francisco woman whose body was found in the stairwell of a hospital where she was a patient, a family spokesman said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Law requires breaks for workers during hot weather

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will ensure workers in industries such as agriculture and landscaping get rest breaks during hot weather.

October 10, 2013 | | State


Brown vetoes 'imperfect' discipline bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed what he termed an "imperfect" union-backed bill intended to streamline the dismissal of teachers accused of misconduct, calling on lawmakers to try again next year.

October 10, 2013 | | State


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Woman who dismembered ex-boyfriend gets 26 years to life

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California woman arrested with a trash bin containing her ex-boyfriend's body parts has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

September 30, 2014 | | State


UC campuses will add ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system's 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name.

September 30, 2014 | | State


California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFONRIA

BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State


Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State


ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State


Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LIMITING DAILY USE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State


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