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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 13-month-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a California motel was found safe, and two men were arrested on suspicion of abducting her, authorities said Saturday.
MODESTO (AP) - A man was arrested Sunday in the deaths of his daughter, two other girls and two women whose bodies were found in a Modesto home, police said.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities in Northern California are working to recover the body of a man they say drowned near the The victim is a 24-year-old man who officials believe drowned Sunday after entering the water on the Sacramento River side of Tiscornia Beach. Tiscornia Beach is a popular area for people seeking access to water on hot days.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a Los Angeles home she owns.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second day of showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California was expected to bring heavy rain and set more rainfall records in what is usually a dry month.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The last of several Southern California beaches soiled by last spring's massive oil spill reopened Friday to enthusiastic crowds that quickly jammed its campgrounds to capacity.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed five high school students on a tour last year.
OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland has paused a plan to sell land for a luxury high-rise in the sparkling Lake Merritt district, possibly killing the idea after months of protests by housing advocates, a councilmember said Friday.
DUBLIN (AP) - The 38-year-old man charged in the kidnapping of a Northern California woman that police initially dismissed as a hoax says his alleged victim deserves an apology.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A proposal to freeze the construction of luxury housing in a San Francisco neighborhood has qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety before burning at least five homes. Two people suffered minor injuries, authorities said Friday.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's jobless rate dropped back to 6.3 percent in June after seeing a slight increase in May, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A weekly newspaper has been criticized for its illustrations of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson that civil rights leaders and prominent members of the black community have deemed racist and stereotypical.
LONG BEACH (AP) - City officials were providing shelter and handing out food, flashlights, ice and water Friday as thousands of Long Beach residents endured a third day without electricity after fires in three electrical vaults short-circuited a power grid.