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Brown, legislature agree to fix records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seeking to quell a media outcry over access to public records, the governor's administration on Thursday said it agrees with a fix-it bill moving through the Legislature that restores a mandate for local governments to comply with document requests.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Mission artifact moved from railway route

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly two centuries ago, an ex-pirate built a mill that ground corn and wheat for the San Gabriel Mission, part of the chain of Spanish outposts in California dating to the 1700s.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Man throws spear at passing vehicle

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento police say they have arrested a man who threw a spear at a moving car.

June 20, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

DEPUTIES SAY MAN SPEARS, KILLS FAMILY DOG, CAT: CASTAIC (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say a man made a spear from a broomstick and kitchen knife, killed the family dog and set it ablaze, then used the spear and an arrow to kill the family cat.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Arborists try to clone Muir's Bay area tree

MARTINEZ (AP) - More than 100 years after John Muir helped conserve thousands of acres of California wilderness, arborists are trying to clone a dying tree the naturalist brought to the San Francisco Bay area in the 19th century.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

MAN CONVICTED FOR DEATH OF GIRLFRIEND IN TRASH CAN: PLEASANTON (AP) - A man in Northern California has been convicted in the death of his live-in girlfriend whose body was found in a trash can.

June 20, 2013 | | State


Panel restores some pay for lawmakers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens' panel voted Wednesday to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Legislature creates confusion over records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature's Democratic leaders are pledging to address a budget bill that threatens public access to information held by local governments, but to do so in different ways.

June 19, 2013 | | State


LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.

June 19, 2013 | | State


BART police chief wants reform review

OAKLAND (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police chief said Wednesday he's asked the department's former auditor to review progress in meeting reforms instituted after the controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white transit officer.

June 19, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE MAY EXPAND CALIF. PRISON MENTAL HEALTH CASE: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attorneys who represent California inmates asked a federal judge Wednesday to expand the court's oversight of prison mental health care to include the Department of State Hospitals.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Pay Box

The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted Wednesday to restore some pay cuts to state lawmakers and statewide elected officials, amounting to a raise of more than 5 percent from current salaries. Here are the current base salaries and the salaries after the raises take effect Dec. 1:

June 19, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF 'LANDLORDS FROM HELL' PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONIES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A couple that prosecutors dubbed the "landlords from hell" for going to scary lengths to drive tenants from a San Francisco apartment building have pleaded guilty to several felonies.

June 19, 2013 | | State


Bill would honor Buffalo Soldiers' role in parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In the decades after the Civil War, the nation's first black Army regiments guarded Yosemite and Sequoia national parks against poaching and timber thefts, a role that in hindsight made them some of the United States' first park rangers.

June 18, 2013 | | State


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Child homelessness on the rise in United States

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Councilman to become city’s next mayor

SAN JOSE (AP) - California's third most-populous city finally knows who its next mayor will be now that Santa Clara County election officials have decided against recounting ballots in the close San Jose mayoral election.

November 16, 2014 | | State


California must speed up inmate releases

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal judges have ordered California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.

November 16, 2014 | | State


DROUGHT BRINGS HARD TIMES

HALF MOON BAY (AP) - California's chronic drought is causing hardships on the coast south of San Francisco for property owners who ordinarily get their water from creeks and wells that have gone dry after four years of scant rainfall.

November 16, 2014 | | State


Customers must pick up part of twin tunnels tab

STOCKTON (AP) - A huge conservation project that includes building two massive tunnels to carry water to California farms and communities can only be funded if local water agencies agree to make fixed payments - even during dry periods when deliveries are reduced, state officials said Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | State


‘No homework’ school fundraiser idea is nixed

LOS ALAMITOS (AP) - A Southern California elementary school has shut down a fundraising idea to let youngsters skip homework if their parents donate money.

November 14, 2014 | | State


LA reaches deal on Owens Lake dust

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles could save billions of gallons of water under an agreement announced Friday that allows it to use waterless methods to control dust at Owens Lake.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Creditor appeals bankruptcy plan for Stockton

STOCKTON (AP) - A major investment firm has challenged a court-approved bankruptcy plan for the California city of Stockton, possibly jeopardizing resolution of one of the country's biggest city bankruptcies stemming from the 2008 housing bust.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Teen gets 7 years for setting boy on fire on bus

OAKLAND (AP) - A 17-year-old boy who set another teen's clothes on fire on a public bus has been sentenced to seven years at a California juvenile facility.

November 14, 2014 | | State


2 employees hurt after blast at Vallejo school

VALLEJO (AP) - Two maintenance workers at Vallejo High School were seriously injured Friday in an explosion inside a classroom that was under construction, authorities said.

November 14, 2014 | | State


Drone-assisted farming taking flight

NAPA (AP) - Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Sexual violence reporting up at state universities

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California State University official said Thursday that he's hearing there are more reports of sexual violence on campuses - but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more attacks.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Governors tackle drought crisis

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The governors of California and Nevada met Thursday at a forum aimed at coming up with the best ways to cope with the unprecedented drought affecting the western U.S., now in its third year.

November 13, 2014 | | State


Man badly injured in SF by falling tree

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a man sustained a critical head injury in San Francisco when part of a tree fell on him during a rare rainstorm.

November 13, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM AROUND CALIFORNIA

INVASIVE FISH POISONED AT SAN FRANCISCO LAKE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Workers in hazmat suits used a fish-killing chemical to rid a San Francisco lake of invasive species - a major step toward turning the area into a nature preserve.

November 13, 2014 | | State


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