| Aug 26, 2014
| 3:35 PM
The fierce competition among five states to land Tesla Motors' planned "gigafactory" for battery production has been the economic development story of the summer.
Now budget watchdogs from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have jointly...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The state would exempt Tesla Motors Inc. from some of its toughest environmental regulations as part of an incentive package being discussed with the automaker to build a massive battery factory in California, a key state senator said.
| Aug 11, 2014
| 2:31 PM
A bill that would mandate that smartphones sold in California be equipped with a “kill switch” that would render them useless if stolen was given final legislative approval by the state Senate on Monday.
The measure, which next goes to Gov....
| Jun 29, 2014
| 4:32 PM
California's latest move to combat global warming will either siphon dollars from motorists' wallets or save them big money on their gasoline bills.
Those are the starkly different predictions being bandied about the Capitol by critics and fans of the...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 12:26 AM
The hotly contested race for state controller, one of the top financial posts in California, remained too close to call on Tuesday night as primary election results continued to be tallied.
Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Assemblyman John A....
| Jun 4, 2014
| 12:49 AM
Dashing toward an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown romped to victory in Tuesday's state primary and in November will face Republican Neel Kashkari, who emerged from a fractious intra-party battle to win a chance to take on the incumbent....
| Jun 7, 2014
| 7:00 AM
State lawmakers from both parties want Elon Musk to know that they're ready to open the checkbook to persuade Tesla Motors to put its "gigafactory" battery plant in California. The thing is, it's not their checkbook, it's yours.
But maybe they should...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 8:04 PM
Driving an electric Tesla Model S sedan, the governor of Texas whisked into the state capital of California on Tuesday with a not-subtle message that he wants to keep nabbing businesses from the Golden State.
Although in the state for a series of...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 4:58 PM
A Republican state lawmaker sued California’s health insurance exchange, saying it overstepped its authority by refusing to allow more than 900,000 people to keep their existing health policies.
In his suit, state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin)...
| May 7, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Outraged by rapidly rising premiums for auto insurance, California voters passed Proposition 103 in 1988 to turn the insurance commissioner's job into an elected office with the power to reject proposed changes in the rates for property and casualty...
| May 26, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Both leading candidates for state insurance commissioner in the June 3 primary election call themselves consumer advocates. But that's where the similarities end.
Incumbent Democrat Dave Jones, 52, a Sacramento lawyer and former legislator,...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:20 PM
In truth, I wouldn't know a smartphone "kill switch" from a typewriter shift key. But I do know strong special interest influence when I smell it.
I'm not saying that every state senator who voted against a bill to require kill switches as theft...