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$8M makeover planned at Camp Richardson

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Redevelopment plans for a popular Lake Tahoe campground and resort dating to the 1930s would eliminate parking along busy Highway 89 and cut the number of camp sites by nearly one-third, but offer year-round camping for the first time.

March 04, 2013 | | State


SF’s ‘other’ bridge prepares to shine

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After more than 75 years in the shadow of its glamorous cousin, San Francisco's "other" bridge is getting a chance to shine.

March 03, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers consider expanding mental health law to avoid Newtown shooting

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers from both parties are seeking to expand a decade-old law that lets counties pursue court-ordered mental health treatment for those who refuse to get help on their own.

March 03, 2013 | | State


4 dead in weekend Bay area police shootings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two people in Union City and nearby Hayward have become the latest to die in a string of separate officer-involved shootings over the weekend, San Francisco Bay area police said.

March 03, 2013 | | State


GOP puts turn-around hopes in ex-lawmaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans on Sunday turned to a familiar face to lead the party back from the brink of irrelevance in a state that once was a GOP stronghold but is now home to a powerful Democratic political machine.

March 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

• FEDS LOOK FOR ESCAPED SUSPECTED MARIJUANA DEALER: FRESNO (AP) - Federal authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected marijuana dealer who remains on the loose after escaping custody while undergoing medical treatment at a Central Valley health care facility.

March 03, 2013 | | State


Republicans seek to restore party's luster in California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans began gathering for a round of soul-searching Friday at the start of their spring convention as they seek to restore the party's luster after years of election defeats.

March 01, 2013 | | State


LA civil rights attorney to review Dorner firing case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prominent Los Angeles civil rights attorney said Friday she will conduct an independent review of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's firing.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Californians still gloomy on economy, jobs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Most Californians are downright gloomy about the state's economy and very few voters think the job market will improve this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Californians paying highest gas taxes

CULVER CITY (AP) - Californians could end up paying the highest gasoline taxes in the nation when a 3.5-cents-per-gallon increase kicks in this summer.

March 01, 2013 | | State


LA trying to evict sex offenders by building parks near their homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials are trying to force convicted sex offenders out of some neighborhoods by building parks near their homes.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Governor denies parole to Manson follower

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The enduring mystery of why young people joined Charles Manson's murderous family appeared to be at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown's decision Friday to reverse a parole board's recommendation and keep Bruce Davis in prison.

March 01, 2013 | | State


SoCal wildfire is 40 percent contained

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Firefighters stopped the spread of a 311-acre wildfire in the heavily vegetated Santa Ana River bottom Friday, despite gusty Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions amid a late-winter heat spell.

March 01, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SURFACES IN HOMELESS DEATH CASE: FULLERTON (AP) - An attorney for a popular bar says his client did nothing wrong by making a police call that set in motion a fatal confrontation between several Fullerton officers and a mentally ill homeless man.

March 01, 2013 | | State


Cities lose bid to halt high-speed rail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit.

March 01, 2013 | | State


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Golden Gate National Recreation Area must upgrade handicapped access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area's Golden Gate National Recreational Area soon will be providing upgraded access for the thousands of visitors each year who have vision and mobility disabilities.

March 17, 2014 | | State


San Diegan chosen as next Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly voted Monday to make San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins its speaker, replacing John Perez.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Police: Texting and marijuana actors in fatal crash

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Police say marijuana and cellphone use may have caused a double fatal crash in Sonoma County.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Campaign disclosure proposal fails

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the state Senate fell one vote short Monday in their effort to force political nonprofit groups to reveal their donors this election season, legislation crafted in response to $15 million in anonymous contributions that came in during the final weeks of the 2012 election season.

March 17, 2014 | | State


California chief justice seeks more court money

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's court system needs more money if it is going to recover from years of budget cuts that have forced courthouses to close and court employees to take unpaid days off, the state's chief justice said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Tulare police chief arrested, released

TULARE (AP) - The chief of police in the Central California town of Tulare is under arrest.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Man charged in 2 carbon monoxide deaths

TRUCKEE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against a Truckee-based contractor whose negligence they say produced the carbon monoxide that killed two men at a home north of Lake Tahoe last fall.

March 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING OF TEENAGER: CAMPBELL (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old homeless man is in custody on suspicion of fatally stabbing a teenage boy during a fight at a San Francisco Bay Area park.

March 17, 2014 | | State


Cop body cameras raise concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Entire city’s Little League suspended

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Less than a week after opening day, the Little League season in this Southern California beach city has been indefinitely suspended.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Copter plucks stranded dog from cliff

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Some cities seek water independence

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Drops of rain fell on Josephine Miller's 1920s bungalow - a watery relief in the midst of a punishing drought. Instead of flowing into storm drains and washing out to sea, an oversized tank harvested the precious resource to keep her thirsty citrus trees and vegetables from shriveling up on dry days.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Drought hurts Central Valley blackbird

FRESNO (AP) - California's tenacious drought is imperiling the tricolored blackbird in the Central Valley.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Pilots complain of huge solar farm’s brightness

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Pilots flying over the world's largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert have complained of nearly blinding glare from the sun's reflection off its vast array of mirrors.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley billionaire buys record life policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unnamed Silicon Valley billionaire has purchased the world's most valuable life insurance policy.

March 16, 2014 | | State


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