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California governor Jerry Brown signs $687 million drought relief legislation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state’s modern history. “This legislation marks a crucial step – but Californians must continue to take every action possible…

California Gov. Jerry Brown announces he will seek re-election

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, a popular Democrat who has steered the state on a centrist path, said on Thursday he would seek re-election to another term as leader of the most populous U.S. state, in a widely anticipated move. Brown, 75, made the…

Court rejects attempt to force reporters and California Governor Jerry Brown to ‘return’ leaked emails

While it may not be the Snowden or Manning documents, all sorts of smaller “leaks” happen all the time. And, apparently, some people go absolutely crazy about it, such as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, which freaked out that someone had…  …

Jerry Brown declares California state of emergency as huge Yosemite wildfire rages

A huge wildfire raged unchecked near California’s famous Yosemite National Park, threatening thousands of homes as officials declared a state of emergency. The blaze — named the “Rim Fire” — erupted last Saturday in the Stanislaus National Forest to the west of Yosemite, one of the most popular tourist attractions…

California to enact first of its kind transgender student rights law

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Monday signed legislation to ensure transgender students have equal access to school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities. Brown’s signature makes California the first state in the country to write protections for transgender students’ access to activities and facilities into law. In a news…

Judge blocks BART subway workers’ proposed strike in San Francisco through October

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge on Sunday blocked a threatened San Francisco-area rail worker strike that could have disabled a critical part of the region’s transportation system serving 400,000 daily passengers. The ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow to bar Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers…

Judges refuse to let up on order to reduce California prison overcrowding

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

Judges stand firm on California prison crowding relief plan

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

California governor and lawmakers reach deal on budget surplus

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and top Democrats in the legislature have agreed to a state budget deal that gives them some increased spending in exchange for accepting his more cautious revenue outlook, a lawmaker involved in budget talks said on Monday. The state Assembly and Senate…

Los Angeles contracting firm chosen to lead $68 billion California high-speed bullet train project

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California moved a step closer to building a high-speed train line on Thursday, when a state commission chose a contractor to handle construction of the route’s first leg from Merced to Fresno in the state’s breadbasket. The rail line, a major priority of…

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