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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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UC make take tuition from $12,192 today to $15,564 by autumn of 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tuition at the University of California's 10 campuses would increase by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years under a plan UC President Janet Napolitano unveiled Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Oakland mayor loses re-election

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland voters elected Councilwoman Libby Schaaf as the city's new mayor, ousting Mayor Jean Quan after a turbulent tenure marked by constant turnover among city officials and criticism of her handling of Occupy Oakland protests.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Big spenders, as usual, end up with victories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Statewide polling this summer found that most voters supported a ballot initiative to lift a decades-old cap on courtroom damages for medical negligence. The favorable opinions didn't last.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Oakland mayor loses re-election

OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland voters elected Councilwoman Libby Schaaf as the city's new mayor, ousting Mayor Jean Quan after a turbulent tenure marked by constant turnover among city officials and criticism of her handling of Occupy Oakland protests.

November 06, 2014 | | State


Man shot to death in Palmdale McDonald’s

PALMDALE (AP) - Authorities are looking for an attacker who shot a man to death inside a McDonald's restaurant in Palmdale.

November 06, 2014 | | State


House Democrats struggle as their voters stay home

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A handful of Democratic congressional incumbents are fighting for their political lives as a national tide in favor of Republican candidates appeared to reach California, where the GOP hopes to stem a gradual decline within the nation's largest congressional delegation.

November 05, 2014 | | State


California GOP emboldened by showing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long shunted to the political margins, California Republicans showed signs of a small revival on Election Day, thanks in large part to a lukewarm turnout by Democrats who dominate politics in the nation's most populous state.

November 05, 2014 | | State


GPS no panacea against crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California law mandating GPS monitoring of sex offenders can provide a false sense of security for the public, according to a report released Wednesday.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Teacher unions revel in win by California’s schools chief

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The victory of a union-backed incumbent over a reform-minded political novice in the unusually heated race for California's K-12 schools chief on Wednesday had leaders of state and national teachers unions expressing satisfaction that voters were more interested in supporting teachers than holding them responsible for what ails public education.

November 05, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

TEEN REMOVED AFTER TWEETING FROM POLLING PLACE: WESTMINSTER (AP) - A teenage poll worker who was tweeting obscenities and taking photos of voters was removed from an Orange County polling place on election day.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Vacation rental firm sues SF over law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A vacation-home rental website has sued San Francisco, claiming a new law making it legal for residents to rent out their homes online for short periods unfairly gives rivals such as Airbnb an advantage.

November 05, 2014 | | State


$7.5B water bond gets OK; now what?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Passing a $7.5 billion water bond may turn out to be the easy part. Agreeing on how to spend all the money could be much harder.

November 05, 2014 | | State


GOP close to ending Demo supermajority

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans on Wednesday moved closer to preventing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature as a few races remain too close to call.

November 05, 2014 | | State


Fracking ban passes in 2 of 3 California counties

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Voters in California's Santa Barbara County rejected a ban on fracking and most other intensive drilling in the oceanside county's more than century-old oil fields, while two other California coastal communities with comparatively little oil adopted stringent prohibitions.

November 05, 2014 | | State


California measures to tax medical pot win by big margins

SANTA ANA (AP) - Californians are eager to tax medical marijuana, but they want limits on who can grow it and sell it.

November 05, 2014 | | State


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