Today, three federal judges still call the shots on how inmate health care is handled and how many inmates California can pack into its prisons. But a remarkable series of court decisions and compromises between the Brown administration and lawyers for the inmates during the past year have led to what the two sides agree is the most progress in many years in cooperation to change inmate care inside the nation’s largest corrections system.
The same Chinese firm that built a portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge also built a wind farm in the North Sea. It too was plagued by bad welds and shoddy work. The difference? The wind farm got its money back.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal is just around the corner, and it’s the event every lawmaker, lobbyist and chief financial officer in your life will be talking about over the holidays. Want to join them? Here are five things to watch.
California voters overwhelmingly backed a 2008 ballot initiative giving more space to egg-laying hens. But weeks away from implementation, the specifics of what the law requires continue to be a matter of dispute and the outlook for enforcement is cloudy.
The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst suggests ways that California could craft a state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The move would help low-income Californians, but cost the state $400 million to roughly $1 billion
The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another significant design change: State officials now plan to eliminate giant pumps at the three Sacramento River intakes.
The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.
In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season.