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Proposition 31 at a glance

What it would do: Proposition 31 changes California's annual budgeting process to a two-year cycle. It will require the Legislature to show what programs would be cut or how revenue would be raised if it decides to spend or cut more than $25 million.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative seeks to alter budget process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - How to end California's boom-and-bust budget cycles and perpetual deficits has perplexed governors, lawmakers and fiscal experts for years.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Gas prices hit record high 2nd straight day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Recycling fraud costs California millions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rampant fraud within California's recycling redemption program is costing the state millions of dollars, as scammers drive trucks full of cans across the border from Nevada and Arizona to collect nickels on deposits that were never paid.

October 07, 2012 | | State


Short supplies keep gas prices rising in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California gas prices continued surging Friday, adding another 17 cents per gallon on average, and the increases are expected to continue for at least several more days, ensuring long lines and short tempers at pumps around the state.

October 06, 2012 | | State


Energy Commission says gas prices should fall

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Energy Commission has determined that the state has plenty of gasoline to meet consumer demand and says prices at the pump should start to fall next week.

October 06, 2012 | | State


Texas teen describes slayings of mom, sister to 911 operator

ALEDO, Texas (AP) - A chilling recording of a 911 call captured a 17-year-old Texas boy telling the operator in a calm, monotone voice that he had just shot his mother and sister multiple times.

October 06, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

STATIONS ASKED TO PULL BROWN'S TAX INITIATIVE ADS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax proposal are asking California television and radio stations to stop running ads they say make false claims.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Drivers who dropped insurance would see rate hike under Prop 33

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Billionaire insurance executive George Joseph has been fighting with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield for two decades over California's landmark automobile insurance law.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Principal's notes say teacher blindfolded girl

SAN JOSE (AP) - Notes taken by a former principal accused of failing to report suspected sexual abuse at her California elementary school reveal that a teacher who was later charged with molesting children in class blindfolded a second-grade girl and put something in her mouth, a newspaper reported.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Giants, 49ers, yachts, fests: SF braces for crowds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unusual convergence of sporting and entertainment events in San Francisco this weekend promises to bring up to a million extra people into the densely populated bayside city.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Teen is latest Scout to run afoul of gay ban

MORAGA AP) - A San Francisco Bay area teenager has become the latest Boy Scout to be kicked out of his troop because of the organization's national policy of excluding gay members and adult troop leaders.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Proposition 33 at a glance

What it would do: Allow insurance companies to charge motorists based in part on their history of coverage. Insurers could offer discounts to drivers who have maintained coverage and charge higher rates on those who have not.

October 05, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF archbishop jokes about recent DUI arrest

October 05, 2012 | | State


Anger remains over teen's fatal shooting

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland's city council limited public seating at its meeting after protesters angry over the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old high school student forced the council to adjourn abruptly two weeks ago.

October 03, 2012 | | State


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Thousands of mail-in ballots too late to count

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of mail-in ballots are being invalidated in California elections because they arrive too late to be counted, government officials and political experts said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Slain teen: Pasadena pays $1M to parents

PASADENA (AP) - Pasadena will pay a little over $1 million in settlement agreements with the parents of Kendrec McDade, a young man who was killed by police in March 2012.

June 16, 2014 | | State


Airbnb allowing landlords get around San Francisco rental laws

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco's already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | | State


SF ups campaign to win Lucas museum against Chicago, LA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco politicians and property groups are rolling out the welcome mat for George Lucas' collection of American art and movie memorabilia in an effort to keep the "Star Wars" creator from building his proposed museum to Chicago or Los Angeles.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Lost girl spent night alone in woods

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - A 9-year-old New Mexico girl who got lost after she wandered away from her family's campsite in a Northern California park was found uninjured and in good spirits Saturday after spending the night alone in the woods, authorities said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Los Angeles man arrested in brother’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police arrested a man on suspicion of murder after his brother was fatally shot during a weekend family birthday celebration in South Los Angeles.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Meth pours into SJ Valley as liquid

FRESNO (AP) - In methamphetamine's seedy underworld, traffickers are disguising the drug as a liquid to smuggle it into the United States from Mexico.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Casey Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Daughter runs over dad when he tried to stop her

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 69-year-old man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Salinas man nabbed for online fireworks sales

SALINAS AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Salinas man nabbed for online fireworks sales

SALINAS AP) - Authorities have arrested a Salinas man on suspicion of selling about 1,800 pounds of illegal fireworks through Facebook.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Condor makes rare flight to NorCal

PESCADERO (AP) - A California condor that was released into the wild last year has been spotted in a part of Northern California where the endangered species hasn't been seen in more than a century.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Kern County wildfire threatening 500 homes

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened 500 homes in Central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Assembly approves $108B state budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly on Sunday approved the main bill for California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

June 15, 2014 | | State


Details of state’s proposed $156M spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.

June 13, 2014 | | State


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