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California mental hospitals exec being investigated

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An executive hired to overhaul California's troubled state mental hospitals is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

UNIION CITY BURGLARS POSE AS MUNICPAL SNAKE INSPECTORS: UNION CITY (AP) - Police say a pair of burglars duped two elderly people when one posed as a city pest inspector who appeared at their home to investigate an alleged snake infestation while the other burglarized the residence.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Woman arrested for having rocket launcher

MURIETTA (AP) - Murietta police have found a shoulder-fired rocket launcher in a storage unit as part of an investigation that led to the arrests of two women and a man.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Plane goes down on Sacramento golf course, 2 hurt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has gone down on a golf course near a Sacramento airport, and the two men aboard have been taken to a hospital.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Diego mayor agrees to resign

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mayor Bob Filner agreed Friday to resign in return for the city's help defending him against claims he groped, kissed and made lewd comments to women, allegations that shook and embarrassed the city and turned the former 10-term congressman into a national punch line.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Judge: Atheist & former state parole needs compensation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California former parolee and atheist who went back to prison after refusing to participate in a religiously-tinged inpatient treatment program is entitled to monetary compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

August 23, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

POLICE SHOOT PIT BULLS THAT BIT 2 IN KERN COUNTY: BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police have shot a pack of pit bulls that mauled two people in the backyard of a Kern County home.

August 23, 2013 | | State


Non-citizens could be jurors under Calif. bill

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California would become the first state to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve as jurors under a bill that cleared the Assembly on Thursday and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

August 22, 2013 | | State


Will San Diego mayor leave office?

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A deal aimed at resolving the sexual harassment scandal involving Bob Filner hit a snag Thursday when the attorney suing the mayor over such allegations said she was not party to the tentative agreement between city officials and Filner.

August 22, 2013 | | State


San Francisco sues to block college sanctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's city attorney took legal action Thursday to stop the agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western U.S. from revoking the accreditation of the city's community college, a sanction likely to force California's largest school to close.

August 22, 2013 | | State


Wells Fargo to lay off 2,300 mortgage workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo is laying off workers from its mortgage unit, the latest sign that the mortgage refinancing boom has cooled.

August 22, 2013 | | State


Wildfire surges to 84 square miles

BUCK MEADOWS (AP) - A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park more than tripled in size Thursday, shutting down businesses in surrounding communities and leading scores of tourists to leave the area during peak season.

August 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

YOSEMITE SMOKE FUELS AIR QUALITY ALERT IN RENO: RENO, Nev. (AP) - Heavy smoke from a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has triggered an air quality alert in Reno and surrounding areas more than 150 miles away.

August 22, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

TRAVELERS TOLD TO MAKE TIME FOR CLOSED BAY BRIDGE: OAKLAND (AP) - State transportation officials are warning travelers to find alternate routes around the San Francisco Bay Area next week through Labor Day weekend while workers ready the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

August 21, 2013 | | State


Judges: PG&E improperly declared two pipelines safe near San Bruno explosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could be fined for improperly declaring two natural-gas pipelines safe and using misleading filings to minimize the problem, state utilities regulators said.

August 21, 2013 | | State


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Victims group sues over slow executions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A victims' rights organization sued California state officials on Thursday as it seeks to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.

November 06, 2014 | | State


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


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