Kamala Harris to review video targeting Planned Parenthood

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday that she plans to review two undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers, to see if any laws were broken. Harris announced the move in a letter to four Democratic members of Congress who […]

California’s invasive ‘contraband watch’ often yields little

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: “potty watches” where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course. Prison officials say the watches are necessary to recover […]

Rondo unveiled by Kings, says he has high hopes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer. “Sky’s the limit,” Rondo said. This much is clear — they’ll be interesting. The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler, Marco Bellineli and other newcomers to […]

California legislative panel approves minimum wage hike

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A state legislative committee has approved a plan to raise California’s minimum wage again and tie future increases to inflation. The Assembly’s labor committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco. Leno’s SB3 would raise California’s minimum wage to $11 in 2016 […]

Hate crimes, homicides declined in California in 2014

SACRAMENTO (AP)- Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. Hate crimes offenses were down nearly 9 percent last year, the office said in one of several new reports. Crimes based upon the victims’ sexual orientation dropped more than 13 percent, to 187 […]

Ex-State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Corruption & Racketeering

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to […]

Black woman’s arrest on ‘lynching’ charge prompts move to amend 1933 law

SACRAMENTO (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested Black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman was […]

California’s new school vaccine law now one of the strictest in nation

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly […]

U.S. Senior Golf Off To A Hot Start at Del Paso Country Club

SACRAMENTO – In anticipation of 100-degree temperatures, the USGA has revised its U.S. Senior Open Spectator Policy to allow fans to bring two 24-ounce sealed, clear water bottles to the championship this week. The decision came from championship officials at Del Paso County Club on June 24, as on-site forecasters predict high pressure in the […]

President Speaks at National Mayor’s Conference in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (CBM) — On Friday, President Obama and Representative Nancy Pelosi had a message for the nation’s mayors — economic recovery will come at the city level, and mayors must be the ones leading the charge. “It’s about paychecks,” said Representative Pelosi, speaking to over 250 of the country’s mayors at the U.S. Conference […]