| Aug 30, 2014
| 10:47 AM
(Reuters) - A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement.
The bill would require employers...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 5:52 PM
In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:00 AM
California, like the rest of the nation, is slowly rousing itself after a generation-long binge of harsh and unthinking criminal sentences, especially for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and sale. Our morning-after realizations include the...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 11:08 AM
Lawmakers in the Assembly approved on Thursday a bill that would reduce the penalties for the sale of crack cocaine, closing a sentencing disparity that supporters say hurts communities of color.
The measure, by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles),...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 4:49 PM
First Lady Michelle Obama took to an entertainment-industry pulpit in Los Angeles to stump for expanding the role of arts in education, saying that 6 million children in the U.S. have no exposure to any form of arts in school.
Speaking before an...
| May 12, 2014
| 10:56 PM
When Gov. Jerry Brown releases his latest budget plan Tuesday, he will already have a major fiscal victory under his belt, having cut a deal to strengthen the state's reserve fund.
But over the next few weeks, spending negotiations with lawmakers...
| May 20, 2014
| 1:52 PM
The event: The Discovery Ball, benefiting the California Science Center Foundation, celebrated the West Coast premiere of “Pompeii: The Exhibition.” It was one of L.A.’s most elaborate black-tie bashes, raising nearly $1.2 million for...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 10:51 AM
The controversy over a stalled effort to overturn a state ban on affirmative action spilled into a hot race for Congress this week when six Democratic state legislators rescinded their endorsements of state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance).
In a March 25...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 12:33 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A bill that would place a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in oil drilling in California was approved by a state Senate panel on Tuesday.
The measure was passed by a bare majority of five votes by the Senate...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 4:37 PM
SACRAMENTO — A longtime board member of the country's largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California's political watchdog.
Priya Mathur, board vice president of the $288-billion California Public Employees' Retirement System,...
| Apr 20, 2014
Many concerns have been raised about hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — but the one scientists know the least about is the potential for earthquakes.
Until recently, evidence linking earthquakes to fracking — the high-...
| May 22, 2014
| 9:34 AM
More than 100 environmental and community groups Thursday sent a letter to the California Legislature urging lawmakers to support a moratorium on the oil-production method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California.
Led by the national...