In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama on Thursday granted clemency to Ricardo Montes, who was convicted in 2008 for illegal marijuana distribution while running a dispensary in Modesto and sentenced to 20 years. Montes’ partner, Luke Scarmazzo, did not have his sentence commuted.
Long gun sales nearly doubled in California in 2016, and handgun sales rose 18 percent. A major factor in the surge: People rushing to buy “bullet-button” rifles that were outlawed in the state as of Jan. 1.
Teenagers represent a smaller share of California’s licensed drivers compared with 35 years ago. Since the late 1990s, lawmakers have imposed and extended restrictions on learning permits and provisional licenses for teen drivers.
Donald Trump is being sworn is as the nation’s 45th president on Friday, and you can watch live streaming video at Sacbee.com. The livestream will cover the entire day of activities, including the evening inaugural balls.
Anti-Trump protesters jeered and screamed at supporters of the president-elect who were attending the "DeploraBall" at the National Press Club on Thursday night, in one case throwing an object that struck a partygoer in the head.
California has withdrawn its request for a federal waiver to allow undocumented people to obtain health insurance coverage through Covered California. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, who requested the move, called the waiver the “first California casualty” of soon-to-be President Donald Trump.
Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, is seeking to assess political support for the federal Affordable Care Act. Nearly 5 million Californians face losing access to health care under federal repeal of Obamacare.
In a Sacramento hotel ball room, state regulators meet with marijuana growers Wednesday to discuss future regulation. “Our goal is to make this business legitimate,” branch chief for state’s new CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division tells conference of the California Growers Association.
Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general tapped by Donald Trump to head the EPA, has long advocated giving states greater control over environmental decisions. But under questioning from senators, including Kamala Harris of California, Pruitt on Wednesday declined to say whether he’d continue to grant California waivers to enact automobile emissions standards stronger than those of the federal government.
With rivers roaring and more rain falling, California’s drought cops are wrestling with a complicated question: Should they keep patrolling the beat? A chorus of urban water districts Wednesday urged the State Water Resources Control Board, California’s chief drought regulator, to allow the state’s emergency conservation rules to expire.
If approved by the full Senate next week, Xavier Becerra would become first Latino attorney general. The Los Angeles congressman said he would not shy away from fights with the incoming Trump administration.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein gave her standard answer Wednesday when asked whether she planned to seek re-election when her term comes up in two years. Then, she dropped a little hint that she’s leaning toward running again in 2018.
Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.
Former California lawmaker Lucy Killea, a former military intelligence officer and aide to Eleanor Roosevelt who later shocked the political establishment when she left the Democratic Party to become an independent, and whose support for abortion rights led the Catholic Church to bar her from receiving communion, has died. Video courtesy of the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame.
Former legislator Lucy Killea is dead at 94
Planned Parenthood rallies on California Capitol steps to oppose federal funding cuts
Kevin Starr, California’s premier historian, dead at 76
Sacramento woman explains why she's joining the Women's March on Washington