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Bill strengthens oversight of state utilities commission

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The president of the California Public Utilities Commission would be required next year to step down from two nonprofits created by the commission under legislation that passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, a provision created amid criticism that the nonprofits could be used to shroud how money is spent.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers pass K-12 transgender-rights bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.

July 03, 2013 | | State


SF City College to lose accreditation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western United States told City College of San Francisco on Wednesday that the school will lose its accreditation a year from now, a move that could lead to the closure of one of the nation's largest institutions of higher learning.

July 03, 2013 | | State


Court rejects plea to delay inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges Wednesday refused to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional prison inmates by the end of the year.

July 03, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

CONVICTED CALIF. MOLESTER, PSYCHIC FACES NEW TRIAL: SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for a former television psychic and self-proclaimed karate expert who is being kept in a California state mental hospital after serving 17 years in prison for a molestation conviction.

July 02, 2013 | | State


San Diego man fatally shoots pit bull, owner cited

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a man who fatally shot a pit bull in a San Diego front yard is not expected to face charges, but the dog's owner was cited.

July 02, 2013 | | State


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BART WORKER STRIKE

OAKLAND (AP) - Here are five things to know about the worker strike at Bay Area Rapid Transit, the nation's fifth largest train system:

July 02, 2013 | | State


Teacher accused of having 16-year-old student's baby

REDLANDS (AP) - A Southern California high school teacher was arrested on unlawful sex charges two weeks after she gave birth to a baby that was allegedly fathered by a student, Redlands police said Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Brown appoints 26 in state reorganization

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has made 26 appointments as part of his reorganization of state government, which takes full effect this week as the new fiscal year begins.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Talks to resume to end strike that stymied commute

OAKLAND (AP) - Rail workers and transit officials agreed Tuesday to resume contract talks to end a two-day strike that has caused chaotic commutes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and prompted businesses to claim the walkout is costing the region millions of dollars.

July 02, 2013 | | State


California to move inmates over illness

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State corrections officials said Tuesday they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF FIREFIGHTER COULD FACE DUI, HIT-AND-RUN CHARGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a San Francisco firefighter who allegedly drove a ladder truck into a motorcyclist while drunk and left the scene could face drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Landlord fatal arson conviction overturned

MODESTO (AP) - A former Modesto landlord will be freed from prison after being exonerated of a triple murder and arson conviction after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

July 02, 2013 | | State


Judge allows yoga in public schools

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge ruled Monday that a public school district can teach yoga, siding with administrators who argued the practice is a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance and rejecting pleas of parents who said the classes are inherently religious and violate the constitutional principle of separating church and state.

July 01, 2013 | | State


BART strike slows down rush hour in in SF Bay area

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.

July 01, 2013 | | State


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Facebook CEO wants students learning tech

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Contempt charge for PG&E?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.

September 18, 2014 | | State


HOAs barred from requiring luscious home landscaping

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.

September 18, 2014 | | State


500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Democratic state senator offered deal on DUI charges to avoid jail

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol is being offered the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | State


Facebook name policy a real drag

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Patients sue over application backlog

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Medi-Cal patients and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday for leaving hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled people waiting months for care.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Claim: Police killed unarmed man, 25, with mental issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The parents of a black man killed last month by Los Angeles police filed a $75 million claim against the city on Wednesday and a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department and the two officers who shot him.

September 17, 2014 | | State


LAUSD returning grenade launchers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroyed, damaged 200 homes in 375-acre inferno

WEED (AP) - Teams of firefighters went house-to-house on Wednesday to pin down damage done by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90 when flames swept through the small Northern California town of Weed.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Brown signs ride-sharing insurance requirement

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft must carry minimum levels of insurance under legislation that will take effect next July.

September 17, 2014 | | State


Self-driving cars now need a permit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

September 16, 2014 | | State


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

September 16, 2014 | | State


Brown signs first California groundwater pumping rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

September 16, 2014 | | State


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