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Talking With Dan Richard About High-Speed Rail

The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get built—and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.

For the past 10 days my wife Deb and I have been mainly on the road in …

Jerry Brown

California again slams Kaiser for delays in mental health treatment

For the second time in two years, California regulators slammed HMO giant Kaiser Permanente for causing mental health patients, including some who were severely depressed or suicidal, to endure long delays for treatment.

The state Department of Managed Health Care said in a report Tuesday that some …

Mental Health

Port labor deal may be too late for California citrus, almond growers

An end to labor strife at West Coast ports should speed up cargo operations, but it may be too late to help California's drought-weary nut and citrus farmers.

Citrus took the hardest hit. Oranges, many bound for Chinese New Year celebrations, sat decaying on ships, at docks and on the ground as a …


California May Shut Down Baseball's Tobacco Habit

The familiar image of baseball players chewing tobacco may soon be history in California, where state lawmakers are considering outlawing tobacco use in all baseball parks to set a better example for young fans.

The Tobacco-Free Baseball Act was introduced Tuesday by California Assemblymember Tony …


California train crashes: Two people die in three Bay Area collisions

A major Southern California commuter train derailment made headlines Tuesday, but in Northern California, three people were hit by trains in less than 24 hours. Two of those struck were killed.

The string of collisions began about 4:45 p.m. Monday when an SUV became pinned between the railroad …


A rare sighting: Republican presidential prospects come to California

California has stood as a bright blue bulwark against conservative political surges for years now, blocking at its border a series of national Republican sweeps and giving President Obama historically huge victories.

So it was with no little optimism that Republicans here gathered under the slogan …


Can California Textbooks Criticize Slave Traders?

A quirk in the Golden State's anti-discrimination law

In California, the state laws that govern education require very specific kinds of diversity. For example, the curriculum must include "a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican …


California’s snowless winter worsening; Oregon also in trouble

WASHINGTON — California’s unusually high temperatures and shortage of precipitation — especially snow — will probably continue into the spring, federal scientists said Thursday.

And it isn’t just California that is experiencing growing problems, the scientists said: An unusually warm winter in …


Why Hundreds of Starving Sea Lion Pups Are Washing Up in California

It's getting so bad that many rescue networks are at capacity

There are now so many young sea lions being stranded on the West Coast that federal officials say they can’t keep up. As a result, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued some brutal advice Wednesday: If you see …


California Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Law Would Make Riding Less Safe, Advocates Say

Legislation that would make California the first state requiring adult bicyclists to wear helmets has some biking advocates worried the mandate would discourage people from becoming bike commuters.

A bill introduced last week by state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would extend California’s …


For Boxer’s California Senate Seat, the Fight Is Brown vs. Black

Latinos are seething that state and national Dems are blocking Antonio Villaraigosa from seeking a Senate seat. Tradition trumps demography.

African Americans know well the humiliation of being sent to the back of the bus. So it’s ironic that in a U.S. Senate race in California, at least one …

Antonio Villaraigosa

Polluter fees in California could boost state budget, analysts say

California could generate much more revenue from fees on polluters than Gov. Jerry Brown expects, legislative analysts say in a report released Thursday.

Administration officials have estimated $1.7 billion in revenue from the fees by June 30, 2016, the end of the state's next fiscal year. But …


Hahn picks California politics over Congress

Rep. Janice Hahn won't run for re-election to a "broken" Congress where there's "virtually zero cooperation," choosing instead to seek a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The California Democrat, who first won her seat in a 2011 special election, announced her decision on …

U.S. Congress

George Miller Spent 40 Years In Congress. How Long Will His Legacy Last Without Him?

On a balmy Saturday morning in September, George Miller is seated in the backyard of his Martinez, California, home, sipping herbal tea and enjoying a taste of life to come.

It’s quiet here, serene. Miller’s ranch-style house is tucked away in the hills about an hour northeast of San Francisco. It …

U.S. Congress

Economy of California

California's economy would be the 8th largest in the world (2012),[9] if the states of the U.S. were compared directly with other countries.[10][11] …


Family-owned California ski resorts struggle from drought

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running.

The midsized and family-owned resorts struggling most had hoped to reopen for the Presidents Day holiday, …


California's Gavin Newsom says he will run for governor in 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's Lieutenant Governor said Wednesday he would run for governor in 2018, staking an early claim to fund-raising and endorsements as the most populous U.S. state faces an unprecedented generational shift in political leadership.

Gavin Newsom made the …

Gavin Newsom

California Bill Would Make It Harder For Parents To Say No To Vaccines

Two California lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday morning that would eliminate parents' ability to opt out of school-mandated vaccines because of personal beliefs.

The bill from state Sens. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician, and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), an educator, comes amid the …


California Says E-Cigarettes a Health Risk

Department of health advises Californians to stay away from e-cigs

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has come out against electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), releasing a new report on Wednesday outlining their risks.

According to CDPH, e-cig use among Californians aged 18 to 29 has …


California measles cases still increasing

California health officials said Wednesday there are 79 confirmed measles cases in the state, as federal health authorities reported that the number of U.S. cases in 2014 more than tripled any total in recent years.

According to the California Department of Public Health website, 52 of those cases …


Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much.

"We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a …


A California High School Suspended 66 Kids Over Measles Fears

School districts are grappling over whether to make vaccination a condition of enrollment

The move comes after one student was believed to have exposed 20 others to the highly contagious disease during a school field trip.

That student is being allowed to return to the Palm Desert High School …


Measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grows to 87 cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.

The California Department of Public Health said Monday most of the infections — 73— are in California. The rest are in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico.

Measles has been …

California's jobless rate falls to 7%

California employers slowed the pace of hiring at the end of 2014 after spending much of the year adding jobs at a furious pace.

The state's labor market remained healthy in December, though less rosy than in earlier months, according to data from the state Employment Development …

California rethinks tougher licensing for ridesharing drivers

California just stepped back from a policy that might have had a big, big impact on ridesharing services in the Golden State. Its Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked a finding that drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber need commercial license plates in order to do business. The DMV …

Crews working to restore power across California after winds wreak havoc

Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers – …


Brittany Maynard family pushing California right-to-die bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life.

Brittany Maynard's mother and husband will be at the state Capitol on Wednesday to support a bill that would allow …

California measles outbreak expands to 51 cases; more likely

The measles outbreak centered in California is rapidly expanding, with officials now confirming 51 cases of the illness -- nearly double the number reported Tuesday -- and warning that more people will probably fall sick with the highly contagious virus.

Officials said there was now evidence that …

Bill to ban orca shows at SeaWorld will not be reintroduced this year

A bill in the California Legislature to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego, tabled last year for further study, will not be reintroduced this year.

The bill's author, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), confirmed Friday that he would not reintroduce the bill while the issue of …