Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter.

Amid criticism that the California Acupuncture Board’s priorities give short shrift to consumer protection, state lawmakers are moving for an overhaul and lobbing a pointed message at its executive officer to get in line.

President Barack Obama is flying into California on Tuesday for a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles area.

Neel Kashkari, the Republican long-shot challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown, has repeatedly served as a guest host on talk radio stations to get his name – and his views – out to the public.

Insurance for dogs, cats, even hedgehogs, falls into the category of property insurance, and providers have leeway to place coverage limits and can carve out exclusions for preexisting conditions or hereditary diseases. With complaints to the Department of Insurance on the rise, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Sherman Oaks, is reviving an effort vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to set guidelines for the largely unregulated industry.

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.

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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