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Sacramento Shoppers Taking Wait And See Approach With Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

The statewide ban would take effect next year as environmental lobbyists beat out opponents who warned the bag ban could cost jobs. A similar law has been in place in Davis since July, and most shoppers in the city don’t seem to mind.


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California Appeals Controversial Teacher Tenure Ruling

Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or raise the standards for obtaining them.


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California GOP Challenger Neel Kashkari Tries Novel Tactics Against Gov. Jerry Brown

Republicans finally have the kind of gubernatorial candidate they need to be competitive in overwhelmingly Democratic California – a young, second-generation social moderate who has financial expertise and is comfortable on social media.


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Lawmakers Approve $100 Million Boost For UC, CSU Systems Despite Governor’s Reservations

The budget Brown signed this summer included the $100 million if the state received a certain level of revenue from property taxes. The taxes didn’t materialize, but Skinner says revenue was “just shy of that,” and the universities need the money.


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Legislation Would Allow Oil Companies To Call Refinery Shutdown Information ‘Trade Secret’

SB1300 by Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley would protect information submitted to state officials from disclosure under the California Public Records Act.


MISSION, TX - JULY 24:  Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States with her family on July 24, 2014 near Mission, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

California To Give Legal Aid To Immigrant Minors

Democratic lawmakers say they will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million to provide legal help for unaccompanied children from Central America.


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Lawmakers Approve Placing Historic $7.5 Billion Water Plan On November Ballot

After weeks of difficult negotiations, the ballot measure sailed through both houses of the Legislature: 77-1 in the Assembly and 37-0 in the Senate.


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Lawmakers Plan Water Bond Vote As Talks Continue

Pressed by a deadline and California’s severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot and authorize billions in borrowing to pay for new reservoirs, groundwater cleanup and habitat restoration.


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Long Delayed California Water Bond Vote Scheduled For Wednesday

The compromise measure needs two-thirds support in both houses. That will require backing by Republicans in the Senate, where Democrats lack a supermajority.


View of the Bald Fire in Lassen. (Source: U.S. Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Region, Fire & Aviation Management)

Northeast California Wildfire Destroys 8 Homes

A pair of wildfires burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital.


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Court Gives New Life To California High-Speed Rail

A state appellate court ruling is giving new life to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project.


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Galt City Leaders Putting Pressure On Residents To Cut Water Usage

Starting on Friday, watering your lawn more than three times a week, washing sidewalks or driveways, or using a hose without an automatic shutoff device could mean up to $100 in fines in Galt.