| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will undergo a state audit of its troubled computer billing system after a committee of state lawmakers voted Wednesday to examine what went wrong.
The state audit, proposed last month by Assemblyman Raul...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:32 AM
SACRAMENTO -- The head of the California Legislative Latino Caucus proposed Friday that immigrants in the country illegally be allowed to get healthcare coverage through a state program similar to that provided through Obamacare.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 6:56 PM
A group of California scientists Wednesday urged state lawmakers to adopt a steeper target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.
"California's leadership is needed now more than ever to address the risks of a dangerously warming climate," the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:44 PM
SACRAMENTO — Immigrants who are in California illegally should have access to health insurance through a state version of the Affordable Care Act, the head of the Legislature's Latino caucus said Friday.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 2:45 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227.
| Jan 15, 2014
| 7:52 PM
SACRAMENTO—The head of the state toxics department told a state Senate hearing Wednesday that she is working hard to correct the agency's problems regulating hazardous waste and is seeking increased funding and other changes to beef up key areas....
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:24 PM
If the name “Ron Unz” is ringing bells in your brain, it may be because of his initiative to raise California’s minimum wage to $12 an hour.
But when I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, the subject of...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 5:09 PM
When Alva Alvarez gets sick, she buys over-the-counter medicine from the grocery and takes as much as she can until she feels better. The mother of five resorts to this because she can't afford a visit to the doctor to figure out what's ailing her....
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:40 PM
A proposed law requiring a Vernon battery recycler to get a final permit to operate by 2015 or shut down was approved Thursday morning by the California Senate.
The bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) targets Exide Technologies, one of the world'...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:38 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Key legislative opponents of a bill to ban plastic single-use grocery bags in California have negotiated changes that they say will allow them to support a new measure and help it win enough votes to pass this year.
| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:53 PM
SACRAMENTO -- With the state Legislature being rocked by scandal after scandal, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to come up with recommended changes in state ethics and campaign laws, officials announced Monday.
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:00 PM
SACRAMENTO — With the state Legislature rocked by multiple scandals, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to examine the state's decades-old ethics and campaign laws.
The Senate Ethics Working Group was formed by Senate...