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.

Election officials across California on Monday began preparing for a historically large hand recount in the state controller’s race amid uncertainty about how to coordinate an effort involving thousands of precincts in 15 counties.

It’s been almost a year since Jikaiah Stevens stepped off the sidewalk near her home for what she assumed was a routine walk to her job downtown.

Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez filed paperwork Sunday seeking a partial recount of last month’s close vote for controller, making an expensive, contentious and potentially time-consuming bid to advance to the November runoff.

A majority of Californians don’t like the way income and wealth are distributed in the state, but they divide by political ideology and party affiliation and about how much government should do to reduce disparities between the wealthiest people and the rest of the population, according to a new Field Poll.

Assembly Republicans have chosen their next leader. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Riverbank will take over as head of the caucus from Connie Conway of Tulare. Conway said the transition will take place after the November elections, in which Republicans will be focused on picking up enough seats to erode or eliminate the two-thirds majority Democrats carved out in 2012.

A month after the primary election, Betty Yee has finished fewer than 500 votes ahead of fellow Democrat John A. Pérez for second place in the state controller’s race, raising the prospect of a costly and time-consuming statewide recount.

The U.S. Supreme Court chipped away at government-employee union power on Monday by ruling that Illinois home-support workers paid with public money can reject union membership.

Starting July 1, California’s minimum wage is $9 a hour, which is welcome news to many hourly employees. But a number of businesses, including growers, coffee shops and mom-and-pop retailers, say the wage hike is problematic.

Bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown typically become effective the following Jan. 1. But implementation of all or part of some laws is delayed, often to July 1.

With the heightened sensitivity of an election year and the expansion of the carbon program looming, critics are redoubling their opposition. The California Independent Oil Marketers Association, an industry group, has organized Fed Up at the Pump, which describes itself as a “grass-roots coalition of consumers, businesses, and advocates.”

With multiple Democrats not voting, a California Assembly panel on Wednesday rejected a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage beyond the boost agreed to in 2013.

Despite political fallout from his prisoner exchange, the unfolding scandal in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and growing unrest in the Middle East, President Barack Obama has maintained encouraging job ratings in California, where he’s buoyed by a scarcity of Republicans, according to the new Field Poll.

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

As UberX and Lyft grow in popularity and presence, with operations from Orange County to San Francisco, state officials find themselves playing a regulatory game of catch-up.

CalPERS’ health care premiums are going up again for hundreds of thousands of public employees and their families, although 40 percent of CalPERS members will see their rates decline.

Against the backdrop of a sweeping ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

California is one of 12 states with different guidelines for crack and powder cocaine, according to the Sentencing Project, despite science that shows the two substances have an equal chemical effect on the brain. A new effort to equalize the punishments is picking up steam.

California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget Sunday, rushing to pass legislation less than six hours before the constitutional deadline.

California lawmakers passed the state's main budget bill Sunday, less than six hours before the constitutional deadline. The vote comes after Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week reached a compromise on a $156.4 billion budget package for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Even in heavily Democratic California, President Barack Obama's job approval rating has plummeted among voters, largely on his handling of the economy, according to a new Field Poll.

California lawmakers finally voted on a state budget Sunday but it died a partisan death.

Beaches at Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake will go without lifeguards. Drivers could wait longer for licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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The day after unveiling $8.2 billion in proposed tax increases mostly on high-income earners and corporations, legislative Democrats on Wednesday said they have done all they can to trim the state budget without harming education and health care.


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