Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not unaware” of California’s diversity as he decided whom to appoint.

In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Governor Jerry Brown said only that attorney general Kamala Harris had on Monday filed a request for additional information from the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

California immigrants who are newly eligible for government health care are being rebuffed because of inadequate communication between public agencies, Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and advocates warned on Wednesday.

Before Gov. Jerry Brown heads south on a four-day trade mission to Mexico, he’ll meet with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña at a luncheon hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce this afternoon.

President Barack Obama has been making lots of visits to California recently, but mostly just for golf and fundraisers, Dan says.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday nominated a Mexico-born Stanford Law School professor to the California Supreme Court, moving to replace one of the high court’s most conservative members with a Democrat.

The corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon will likely be delayed until next May, months after the suspended lawmaker is forced to leave office because of term limits.

Opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove from the fall ballot a nonbinding question asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision.

For Californians caught between a drought and a brown space, a newly signed bill could offer some relief.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation limiting full-contact football practice for California teenagers, his office announced Monday.

California’s 5,822 soldiers killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War are honored with a memorial in Capitol Park that lists their names on 22 black granite panels. But what about veterans who returned home, only to die from wounds they sustained abroad?

No one is claiming responsibility for the crumbling Board of Equalization building, leaving taxpayers holding the bag, Dan says.

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have obligated the state to enter into a lease with a non-profit group that runs a museum at Folsom State Prison.

Nadia Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is lashing out at Attorney General Kamala Harris for not pursuing charges against a former boyfriend she said assaulted her, promising “the opposition of the Lockyer family” if Harris ever runs for higher office.

Facing no organized opposition, Proposition 41, a measure authorizing $600 million in bonds for housing and other services for homeless veterans, passed with more than 65 percent of the vote in June.

Once a prolific public commenter, Gov. Jerry Brown barely discusses anything since he returned to California's highest office, Dan says.

Bribed surgeons implanted counterfeit spinal hardware into the backs of potentially thousands of patients as part of a vast scheme overseen by Michael D. Drobot, the former hospital executive who as part of a plea deal admitted to bribing indicted California state Sen. Ron Calderon, according to a new lawsuit. Drobot’s attorney rejects those claims.

Assemblyman John A. Pérez abandoned his recount in the California controller’s race Friday, ending an effort to overcome a narrow third-place finish after picking up only a handful of votes amid increasing impatience from Democratic activists and others worried about its impact on the fall election.

California’s political ethics agency has begun posting the names of campaign treasurers who have repeatedly run afoul of state rules, with the goal of alerting candidates and party officials.

Four years after a Sacramento jury found a Board of Chiropractic Examiners supervisor liable in retaliating against an employee and more than a decade after the case first went to court, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he has signed legislation authorizing payment of a $2.7 million judgment in the matter.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a gun control measure eliminating an exemption for certain semiautomatic pistols from California’s unsafe handgun law, Brown’s office announced Friday.

With oil industry groups intensifying pressure on Gov. Jerry Brown to delay expanding California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels in 2015 – a measure they say will result in higher gas prices – utilities already regulated under the program are urging Brown to go forward with the expansion.

Now 63 years old, El Soldado is looking a little worse for wear: The barrel of his weapon is broken, the strap of his helmet is missing, and he has cracks and mold on his back.

After several days and many thousands of dollars, the results of the state controller's race have barely changed, Dan says. How long will John A. Pérez keep the recount going?

The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday confirmed Sam Hawgood, dean of the School of Medicine at the university's San Francisco campus, as the tenth chancellor of UCSF.

Back in February, pop superstar Lady Gaga got permission to fill the pool at Hearst Castle for a music video shoot. Among the conditions of the deal was her participation in a public service announcement promoting water conservation, which earned her a letter of thanks from Gov. Jerry Brown.

With Californians' views rapidly changing, a federal judge's decision throwing out the death penalty in the Golden State may really spell the end, Dan says.

Gov. Jerry Brown will allow the placement of an advisory question on the November ballot asking whether Congress should amend the Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, but he did so only grudgingly.

Huge gains for California's state employee retirement funds this year only put a dent in their financial troubles, Dan says.

The Brown administration said Wednesday that local property tax revenue from the last budget year did not come in high enough to trigger an additional $100 million in funding for state colleges and universities.

At a maximum price of $6,250, candidate statements in voter information guides are a rare bargain in California campaigns.

Rep. Ami Bera reported raising more than $700,000 in the latest quarter, boosting his cash on hand to nearly 10 times that of Republican rival Doug Ose.

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin said he plans to introduce legislation next month to overhaul California’s recount laws, with the goal of preventing a repeat of the increasingly acrimonious recount underway in the state controller’s race.

The University of California Board of Regents gathers for its bimonthly meeting, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Over the next two days of sessions, which frequently draw a visit from Gov. Jerry Brown, the regents are expected to approve Sam Hawgood as the new chancellor of UC San Francisco, among other business.

Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, said his campaign will deliver 1.3 million signatures to elections offices around the state this week. Slightly more than 800,000 valid voter signatures are needed to qualify for the ballot. One political consultant says it’s time to take seriously the proposal to carve California into six states.

California’s dogged drought will cost the state’s economy $2.2 billion and an estimated 17,100 jobs, but consumers will largely be spared higher prices, according to a major study released Tuesday.

As California’s severe drought continues, so do efforts to conserve what little water the state does have.

Californians have been trying for decades to chop themselves up, and Tim Draper’s latest effort is no more likely to succeed, Dan says.

California’s Highway Patrol officers need far more training on how to handle mentally ill citizens, the department’s top officer said Monday.

An artist who once cleaned Gov. Jerry Brown’s apartment is now portraying him in an unflattering sculpture on display at the California State Fair.

Election officials in Kern and Imperial counties continued hand recounts Monday of thousands of ballots in the state controller’s race, with a new survey by the secretary of state’s office suggesting that the recount could last well beyond the Nov. 4 election if it covers all of the 15 counties sought by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

Following heavy lobbying from both sides, the California Democratic Party’s executive board has voted to endorse Proposition 45, a measure to give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates.

With few official duties to worry about during the summer recess, California politicians have turned their attention to the burgeoning border crisis caused by a surge of Central American children crossing illegally into the U.S.

California hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer is using his considerable wealth to boost environmentally-friendly politicians. Too bad his money isn't so green, Dan says.

While a historically small number of Californians participated on Election Day, more of them than ever cast their votes by mail.

As politicians wrangle over how to handle the flow of Central American children arriving in U.S. border states, six California lawmakers have announced they will travel to El Salvador and Guatemala on Monday to meet with officials about the situation.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called recent border crossings by children fleeing violence in Central America a “human tragedy” and accused critics of exploiting the situation for political gain.

For the first time since before the recession, California ended the fiscal year with a surplus. But the state still has plenty of debt to worry about, Dan says.

Two big election battles shaping up this fall are over ballot measures that might not immediately stand out to voters: Proposition 45, which would give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates, and Proposition 46, which would require drug and alcohol testing of doctors and raise the cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation granting hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to help aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin in their bid to land a contract for a new strategic bomber project, the governor’s office announced Thursday.

In the latest sign of California’s improving budget outlook, the state general fund ended the fiscal year in the black for the first time since June 2007, according to the state controller’s monthly cash report.

Maybe the opportunity to support Tim Draper’s ballot measure to split California into six states is enough to stop you the second a signature gatherer approaches on the street.

Perhaps you’ve roamed the Capitol grounds and noticed that your smart phone picked up this wifi network: “FBI mobile surveillance.”

The State Board of Education adopted emergency regulations in January for the new “Local Control Funding Formula,” which allocates millions of extra dollars to school districts to support low-income and English learner students, as debate raged over how the money would be spent.

Can public employee pensions be cut back in bankruptcy proceedings? That question may be headed for a lengthy court battle, Dan says.

A California Assembly member representing a town that has become a flashpoint for a mass exodus of young immigrants into the country called on Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday to offer more information and resources to handle the situation.

California’s dominant healthcare union has taken the “extraordinary” step of requesting that elected officials refrain from accepting political contributions from an Ontario-based hospital chain and its chief executive.

Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the Vietnam War hero turned congressional crook, is now a free man.

The big business of Indian gaming could be a controversial issue in California this fall.

With a recount potentially hinging on thousands of ballots deemed uncountable, the state controller’s race could be decided in court, Dan says.

A surge of unaccompanied immigrant minors into the United States has reached a “heartbreaking” magnitude and demands a federal response, California state legislators said after visiting a temporary housing facility on Tuesday.

California state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, will not seek to overturn a $40,000 money-laundering penalty imposed on him, his brother and a pair of county GOP committees.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bold experiment in accepting campaign contributions via bitcoin has generated its own set of disruptors.

California small businesses will be allowed to keep health insurance plans that don’t conform to the federal Affordable Care Act through next year.

Californians can start sipping wine at farmers markets.

Not all Californians are sharing in the state's improving fortunes, Dan says.

Though illegal immigration into California has declined in recent years, the state has recently become a flashpoint for the national debate on immigration reform.

Election officials across California began preparing Monday for hand recounts in thousands of precincts in the tight race for state controller.

The criminal sentencing hearing for suspended state Sen. Rod Wright has been delayed for a third time as his lawyers argue that the judge should throw out the jury's verdicts that found Wright guilty of eight felonies for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

Mike Curb, the former lieutenant governor who famously made trouble for Gov. Jerry Brown when Brown was governor before and traveled out of state, demonstrated over the weekend that he is still capable of stirring the gubernatorial pot.

Despite California's pressing drought crisis, lawmakers aren't showing much urgency on a new water bond, Dan says.

It's summer recess for legislators, most of whom have headed back to their districts, and for your humble AM Alert crew, it feels like all our friends went away to camp and left us with nothing to do.

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