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:
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.
LIVINGSTON . (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco resident has succeeded - for now - in preventing his landlord from nearly doubling his rent because his parents moved out of the apartment where his family had lived since he was a young teenager.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Department of Motor Vehicles retracted on Saturday an advisory requiring anyone who transports people for money to commercially register their vehicles.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that practice "invidious" discrimination against gays came against the wishes of some jurists with children who are Boy Scouts or who are active in Scouting themselves.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - A California educator who was confronted with allegations of abuse in a phone call by a former student who then posted the conversation on YouTube has pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges involving two victims.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's public-employee payroll increased again last year as the state emerged from the recession that shrank salaries and the size of its taxpayer-supported workforce, a newspaper reported Saturday.
LIVINGSTON (AP) - Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol said Friday that it has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state's office.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Treasurer John Chiang has decided not to seek Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat, the latest prominent Democrat to sidestep the unfolding 2016 contest.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed with scissors in front of an East Los Angeles middle school, and authorities are looking for another boy who attacked him.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a drop of two-tenths of a percentage point from a month earlier, but the state added just 700 jobs in December, a disappointing number after good job gains in November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric $530,000 for safety violations it says it found during audits that began in 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer announced Thursday that he will not enter the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in California, a move that reshaped the early contest that has attracted a pack of potential candidates.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.