| Sep 15, 2014
| 5:55 PM
California's next secretary of state will take over an office that has been stuck in neutral. Key projects that would make it easier to cast a ballot or track political campaign disclosures have been delayed, and there's been little urgency or advocacy...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 6:23 PM
In a mostly lackluster election season, at least one statewide race in California is intriguing. It's for secretary of state.
Battles for state controller and superintendent of public instruction also are engaging. But the rest, including Gov. Jerry...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Republican Pete Peterson sparred verbally with Democrat Alex Padilla on Thursday as the two candidates for California secretary of state outlined their plans for improving voter participation in elections and upgrading the office’s antiquated...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 6:35 PM
When the 6.0 earthquake struck Napa County last month, a computer at a university lab here raced to warn agencies across the Bay Area.
BART received an alert ordering trains to stop. San Francisco 911 operators had eight seconds to brace for an...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 12:13 AM
After a lawmaking season that left them bruised by political scandal but salved by California's revitalized economy, state lawmakers were attempting to wrap up their work late Friday by tackling the complexities of water policy, everyday matters such as...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 11:30 PM
The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter.
The measure, which now...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 4:39 PM
The five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is far too small to represent the county's 10 million people, a point to which this page has returned repeatedly. In years past, courts have struck down the board's district lines for having been...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 9:59 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers addressed technology's dark side Monday, with Brown approving a requirement for "kill switches'' on smartphones and legislators requesting new protection for victims of revenge porn and identity theft.
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:00 PM
A proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags stalled in the Assembly on Monday after failing to overcome opposition from Republicans and a bloc of moderate Democrats.
The plastic bag ban has been one of the most hotly contested items on the...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 10:03 PM
California community colleges could offer four-year degrees for the first time, and suspension of defiant schoolchildren would be curtailed, under proposals sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by the Legislature on Thursday.
Bids to reduce sentences for some...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 5:45 PM
There's logic missing in the battle of bags now raging in the California Legislature.
Flimsy plastic bags are evil, we're told. They don't biodegrade. They hang around forever, fouling the environment and gagging fish. They must be banned.
| Aug 13, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Single-use plastic bags — the kind with handles that you get, or used to get, at the grocery store — are an environmental menace. They end up draped across trees and shrubbery in wilderness areas, and are the second most common item of trash...