Amid a roiling dispute among labor groups over Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “strong mayor” ballot proposal, Bill Camp, the longtime executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, was abruptly fired this week.

A collective gasp filled the air of the Elliott Ranch Elementary School multipurpose room Wednesday morning as the countdown to a live downlink with the International Space Station began.

Lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown and ride-sharing companies have reached a deal on California legislation upping insurance requirements for the emerging companies such as Lyft and Uber.

The state's proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta will be delayed for months because parts of the environmental document need rewriting, officials announced Wednesday.

Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city, Elk Grove officials confirmed today.

The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

It took the people who make beer at home a few days to get around to this, but the American Homebrewers Association issued a statement Wednesday praising the enactment of a California law that will let them gather in San Diego next year, after all.

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.

California community colleges will attempt to increase degree completion and transfers by nearly a quarter of a million students over the next decade as part of its broader student success initiative.

In his first public comments on his case, Nicholas Teausant said he is not dangerous but the victim, in part, of his own words and boasts to an informant and an undercover FBI agent.

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities.

SANTA CLARA -- When Anquan Boldin arrived last offseason, his connection with Colin Kaepernick was immediate. As early as May OTAs, the two looked like they had been playing together since childhood, and in Week 1 they hooked up 13 times for 208 yards.

Skeletal remains found near Donner Lake by hikers last month have been identified as Duane Colin, 60, of Truckee, who was reported missing in March.

State agencies gave their employees nearly 200,000 hours of unearned leave credits worth almost $6.4 million over five years, and the self-inflicted taxpayer expense will only grow until the government fixes the errors, according to a new state audit.

In earthquake-prone California, a surprising number of homeowners and businesses don’t carry any earthquake insurance. In the aftermath of Napa’s 6.0 rumbler, the cost of cleanup, rebuilding and business interruption – with or without insurance – is becoming uncomfortably clear for many.

After hours of discussion, the Davis City Council on Tuesday night voted to ask staff to return within 60 days with options for the military surplus armored rescue vehicle the police department recently added to their fleet.

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the death penalty of a transient who fatally stabbed a man 33 years ago on a bank of the American River in Sacramento, then fled in the victim’s car.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto lauded California on Tuesday for its relatively favorable treatment of undocumented immigrants, telling a joint session of the Legislature that the state has taken the “ethically correct” position in a national debate over immigration.

The arrest of Sen. Ben Hueso on drunken driving charges extends a 164-year intertwined history of the Legislature and liquor.

The lawyer for Lynnsey Evakarla Braun argued at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that her client fired out of self-defense in the Jan. 23 killing of a man on a light-rail train in downtown Sacramento.

The Grant High School community will get a look at an artist’s rendition of the proposed new campus pool Wednesday.

Christian Brothers, defending Division III champion, enters the season top-ranked by The Bee. The Falcons are led by returning All-Metro player Nastassja Bowman, a senior setter who was a dominant outside hitter last season and is headed to SMU, and junior outside hitter Ashlynn Fresques and senior outside hitter Lauren Oversteet.

Gov. Jerry Brown was at the rostrum to introduce Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, but amid the diplomacy he made time for Texas.

Amazon.com is hiring for more than 200 full-time positions at its sprawling, 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center in Tracy.

Sacramento County supervisors imposed emergency restrictions Tuesday on smoking along the American River Parkway and barbecuing in all county parks, citing increased fire risks from the ongoing drought.

Republic FC is on a five-match USL Pro winning streak with a chance to climb into second place entering tonight’s critical match against the Charleston Battery at Bonney Field.

Educational research and public attitudes have changed since voters banned bilingual education in 1998, Lara said.

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Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that the earthquake that shook Napa County on Sunday is “nothing compared to the big one” that California may still face.

The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques widely denounced as torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for California controller, said Tuesday she would bring an independent voice to the state’s top fiscal office, and later backed that up by refusing to commit to her party’s candidate for governor, Neel Kashkari.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, goes on the road to spread the word about her agency’s help for small businesses.

Nick Dillon said he is “hanging in there” after a nine-hour surgery for injuries to his pelvis that he suffered during Sunday’s earthquake in Napa.

After debating whether it would protect harmless civilians or confuse police officers, the California Assembly on Tuesday narrowly passed legislation requiring toy guns to be brightly colored.

A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal restricted use of the Napa County Hall of Justice and Jail Annex after a safety inspection Tuesday morning found that the exterior and interior walls of the building had sustained minor damage in Sunday’s earthquake, county officials reported.

Sacramento police have arrested a man after they said allegedly broke into a business and drove around on a forklift.

Mike Wise’s life changed a little bit last week, when a Sacramento Superior Court jury found his client innocent of all charges in a high-profile murder case.

The university shut down access to the site, blocking part of the trail with tree limbs and erecting no-trespassing signs. The reason: visitors who ignored rules on trash and camping, and bans on dogs, alcohol and firearms.

The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.

Divers on Tuesday recovered the bodies of a mother and two of her children who authorities say drowned in a popular lake west of Portland.

The Emmys welcomed plenty of movie stars to television's biggest awards show, including Julia Roberts, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey, Mark Ruffalo and the reigning Oscar winner for best actor, Matthew McConaughey. All were sent home empty-handed.

While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday praised California for its relatively liberal treatment of immigrants from Mexico, about 150 protesters called from across the street for the release of a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico on a gun matter.

What was supposed to have been a two-man battle to become the 49ers’ starting center this year never was much of a competition. When training camp began, draft pick Marcus Martin was on the sideline with an ankle injury. Then just as he was starting to assert himself in preseason games, he suffered a knee injury that could keep him out until midseason.

After Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake, Napa Valley vintners are assessing damages – estimated at $100 million and rising – and hoping the shaker doesn’t deter wine tourists.

While this is a public relations coup at the very least for the Kings, this is a nice plum and a second go-round for Rudy Gay, and an absolutely monumental achievement for DeMarcus Cousins.

Smoke from an electrical outlet led to the temporary evacuation of a state building on Broadway early this morning.

Assemblyman Richard Pan is facing fellow Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson this fall in the state Senate race to replace Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. With the legislative session in its final days and the Nov. 4 election looming, Pan sat down Monday with The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau.

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