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SUMMARY OF CALIFORNIA'S OUTSTANDING DEBTS

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees. The chart below summarizes the debts and liabilities, as estimated by the Department of Finance:

January 09, 2014 | | State


Google launches private ferry service for workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.

January 09, 2014 | | State


Cockroaches found at Foster Farms’ Livingston chicken plant

LIVINGSTON . (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.

January 09, 2014 | | State


HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET PROPOSAL

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January 09, 2014 | | State


$8.3M for redesign of Stockton prison facility

Stockton (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.

January 09, 2014 | | State


Brown; ‘Governors can’t make it rain’n

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage.

January 09, 2014 | | State


California budget surges to record high

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state's days as the nation's poster child of fiscal dysfunction.

January 09, 2014 | | State


State referendum reaches next step

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Prison leader seeks delay in court order

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Police say man tried to blow up priest’s rectory

EUREKA (AP) - A man charged with murder in the death of a California priest in a church rectory beat him with a wooden stake and rusty metal pipe then made two unsuccessful attempts to set the body and building on fire, police said in a court document obtained Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


TIME FOR TRUTH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles risks becoming a city in decline as it struggles with poverty, poor schooling, traffic jams and a crisis of leadership, a citizens' panel warned Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Group uses 'brain dead' teen for fundraising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An advocacy group is facing sharp criticism for using the case of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead in a bid to raise money for a proposed ballot initiative.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Mayors cleared to get pension reform signatures for ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other California mayors were cleared Tuesday to start gathering signatures to get their proposed statewide pension reform initiative on voter ballots in November.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Thinking positive helps migraine drug work

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients' expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Brown to propose paying down debt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year calls for an 8.5 percent increase in general fund spending coupled with a dedication to pay down the state's debt by more than $11 billion, according to a copy of the document obtained late Wednesday by The Sacramento Bee.

January 08, 2014 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Killer: ‘I wanted to see what it was like’

DISCOVERY BAY (AP) - A newspaper says a Northern California teenager has confessed to stabbing to death a 9-year-old boy.

April 27, 2015 | | State


Tuna company, 2 employees charged in death of worker in oven

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday by Los Angeles prosecutors with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.

April 27, 2015 | | State


Jayne Meadows, actress & TV personality, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95.

April 27, 2015 | | State


Trout relocated in Lake Tahoe due to low oxygen levels

TRUCKEE (AP) - At least 30 fish have been removed from in the area of Lake Tahoe beneath Fanny Bridge as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife combats low oxygen levels caused by the drought.

April 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CRITICS TAKE AIM AT NESTLE BOTTLED WATER PLANT IN SACRAMENTO: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plant that bottles Sacramento municipal water and sells it at a profit has been the target of criticism during the California drought.

April 27, 2015 | | State


Spring storm drops late rain and snow

YOSEMITE NAIONAL PARK (AP) - A brief spring storm delivered a welcome batch of rain to Northern California on Saturday as well as an unexpectedly hearty supply of snow that closed roads in Yosemite National Park and made tire chains a requirement in the mountain passes around Lake Tahoe.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Effort to restore San Joaquin River endures during drought

FRESNO (AP) - A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California's second-longest river is moving forward despite the state's historic drought and complaints from some farmers who reluctantly agreed to give up some of their water allotments to support the effort.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Graffiti-scarred landmark is restored

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Former GOP chair enters Senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday that he's undertaking a longshot bid to succeed Barbara Boxer as California's next U.S. senator.

April 26, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.

April 26, 2015 | | State


Court keeps sex offender registration ruling intact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.

April 24, 2015 | | State


Residents call 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower ‘overboard’

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that's been planned for more than a decade.

April 24, 2015 | | State


SFPD to pay $725K for termination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.

April 24, 2015 | | State


Group seeking topless Venice Beach sunbathing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.

April 24, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.

April 24, 2015 | | State


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