| Oct 22, 2013
| 10:03 AM
Two state lawmakers Monday said California should pour more money into rapidly mapping known active earthquake faults, a safety measure that would keep new construction from being built atop dangerous faults
“The more we know,” said state...
| Nov 27, 2013
As it does each year, a bill to ban plastic bags in California will almost certainly come before the Legislature in the next session. Each year, under heavy lobbying by the makers of such bags — who say the bill will kill jobs and wreak other...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:51 PM
SACRAMENTO — Amid growing concern about the hot-button issue of cellphone privacy, state regulators are considering whether California needs stronger protections.
At issue before the Public Utilities Commission is whether it's time to update the...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 1:26 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Pete Peterson, a Republican candidate for California secretary of state, is casting himself as the antidote to the "Sacramento merry-go-round" as he pledges to bring new transparency to state government.
Peterson, the executive director of...
| Aug 27, 2013
A proposed earthquake warning system designed to alert Californians before the forceful seismic waves reach them faces a test this week in the Assembly, where questions about the cost and the technology are giving some lawmakers pause. That's a good...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:51 PM
State legislators gave final approval Thursday to a bill authorizing a new earthquake early warning system to alert Californians when temblors are heading their way, although the measure wouldn't provide the money needed to build it.
SB 135 by Sen. Alex...
| Sep 15, 2013
Among the hundreds of bills now on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is SB 3, proposed legislation to update the online system that allows Californians to see who is donating campaign money to whom, how much, and when. The bill was coauthored by...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 5:02 PM
Republican lawmakers on Friday mounted an unsuccessful effort to revive a bill that would speed the dismissal process for teachers who engage in sexual abuse. The bill, SB 1530 by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), had been rejected by the......
| Dec 3, 2012
| 6:14 PM
A state senator has reintroduced legislation intended to speed the dismissal of teachers for gross misconduct. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) acted in the wake of a state audit concluding that current laws added excessive cost and time to the firing......
| May 7, 2012
| 4:39 PM
UCLA players support student rights measure...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 9:40 PM
Two bills intended to streamline teacher discipline got a mixed response in the California Legislature on Wednesday. One of the bills, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), cleared the Senate Education Committee, while the other, from Senate...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 9:35 PM
Two bills dealing with teacher sexual misconduct are making their way through the state Legislature, with each passing a key hurdle Wednesday. One bill passed the state Senate Education Committee, and separate legislation moved through state Assembly...