| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:02 PM
SACRAMENTO — State employees who process unemployment claims wrongly denied benefits for hundreds of thousands of jobless Californians, a result of a botched system and procedures that caused fired workers to wait months for benefits, a state...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:32 PM
A bill pushed by the oil industry, business lobbyists and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to suspend a new motor vehicle fuel regulation won't see the light of day this year.
The group, led by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), had been...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 8:05 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Lobbyists have launched a frenzied eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:30 AM
As California gas prices climb, a group of moderate and pro-business Democratic lawmakers is voicing concerns about the cost to drivers of state regulations to curb carbon emissions set to take effect next year.
As part of a landmark law passed in 2006,...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 5:04 PM
Political-economic fights at the Capitol never really end. They just morph into new incarnations.
Take, for example, the eight-year battle among industry, environmentalists and the administrations of Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and successor Jerry Brown...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
California's landmark climate change law, AB 32, has created a promising cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases that has put the state on track to meet its emissions goals for 2020, kick-started the state's green technology industry and generated...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 10:49 AM
A group of California legislators has conveyed concern in person to the president of El Salvador about the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America who are traveling illegally to the United States, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:41 PM
As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there's a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.
Not just the politicians, but —...
| May 15, 2014
| 4:50 PM
It's "back-to-basics" time at the state unemployment insurance program, where a new director, more staff and fewer computer problems are reviving a troubled agency.
Although the Employment Development Department's many critics are taking a wait-and-...
| May 29, 2014
| 1:43 PM
A measure that would require employers to give employees at least three paid sick days a year cleared the Assembly on Thursday, overcoming fierce opposition from business groups.
The bill, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would make...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:41 PM
SACRAMENTO — They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency.
Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs....
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:08 PM
A California lawmaker Monday asked for additional funding and an audit intended to ease problems with the state's unemployment insurance program, which has been hampered after a botched technology upgrade implemented by the beleaguered Employment...