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Statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, fee for other bags proposed

SACRAMENTO — Many more Californians would have to pay for paper or reusable plastic bags at the grocery store under a new agreement by key state lawmakers that would ban other plastic bags.<p>After three unsuccessful attempts to outlaw single-use plastic grocery bags statewide, legislators announced a …

California areas brace for water rationing as reservoir levels fall

Officials of the small Mendocino County town of Willits looked at their two municipal reservoirs last week, did some calculating and realized they had enough water to last only 100 days. It was time to adopt the toughest rationing measures they could.<p>The 5,000 residents of this former lumber town …

What Happens After Fed-Up Parents Take Over a School

A new California law lets parents petition to transform a public school into a charter school.<p>ADELANTO, Calif. — Chrissy Guzman chucked the old bottle of paint across the classroom, aiming for the large trash bin that the custodian had wheeled in earlier that summer day.<p>As she and fellow parent …

Obama pledges help for drought-stricken California

LOS BANOS, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama toured parts of California’s drought zone on Friday and pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state, but he said harsh weather in the United States will get worse until more steps are taken to address climate change.<p>California is coming off …

Activists push to split California into 6 states

California's secretary of state has given the go-ahead for activists to start gathering signatures for a bizarre initiative that would split the state into six new states.<p>FOX40 reports that the plan is being pushed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who says California is currently …

California Couple Finds $10M in Gold Coins Buried in Yard

U.S. news<p>A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.<p>Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint …

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Los Angeles moves toward $15.37 wage for hotels

<b>(Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)</b><p>Tuesday vote brings second-largest city one step closer to setting nation’s highest wage mandate<p>Josh Eidelson<p>February 26, 2014 3:36pm (UTC)<p>In a unanimous Tuesday vote, a Los Angeles City Council committee voted to authorize a study on nearly doubling the minimum wage for …

El Niño may return late this year, experts say

El Niño, nature's most powerful influence on weather around the globe, has been in a lull for two years. But indications suggest that could change as early as fall.<p>Since spring 2012, the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean has not warmed enough to create an El Niño. Nor has it cooled to form a La Niña. …

Gov. Jerry Brown formally announced his reelection bid

Gov. Jerry Brown, shown at a climate change conference in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, formally announced that he is running for reelection.

California storms did little to ease drought conditions

The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions.<p>"This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada …

California: Meet women who run Napa Valley vineyards at their estates

Women who love wine and the wine business may want to think about taking an insider tour of Northern California vineyards owned and operated by women. They'll be entertained by vintners including Molly Chappellet of Chappellet, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse and Beth Milliken of Spottswoode and learn …

California governor 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.<p>A tumbleweed is seen at an irrigation channel on a farm near Cantua Creek, California …

California governor seeks drought help from Israel's Netanyahu

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he hoped Israeli water technology could help his state deal with a devastating drought.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu (R) and California …

Does California Rain Mean the Drought Is Over?

Recent storms bring respite to the parched state, but real relief may be a year away.<p>For the first time in over a year, a deep trough of low pressure is sweeping across California's skies, bringing soaking rainfall all the way from San Diego to the Oregon border. Finally, western hills show a tinge …

U.S. issues alert for El Niño watch

U.S. government forecasters say odds are increasing that El Niño, an ocean-warming pattern that alters weather across the globe, will develop later this year.<p>Conditions in the eastern tropical Pacific have shifted enough that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday activated …

A new avenue for sheltering Sonoma County’s homeless

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors created the safe parking program in late January as an emergency response to freezing weather, making it one of just a handful on the West Coast. Similar programs operate in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo and San Diego County.<p>But lawmakers here went one …