157 People Killed by Police in California in 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Violent police encounters in California last year led to the deaths of 157 people and six officers, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday in a report that provides the first statewide tally on police use-of-force incidents. All of the state’s 800 police departments supplied detailed data from 2016, including demographic […]

California hate crimes up; Blacks, Jews, gay men targets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but the overall number still was a third lower total than a decade ago, the state’s attorney general reported Monday. Blacks, Jews and gay men were among the most frequent targets. There were […]

California’s Democratic Leaders Rebuke Republican Senate Health Care Plan

(CBM) – Three of the Golden State’s top Democrats denounced a Republican Senate-promoted health care bill making the rounds in the nation’s capital during a conference call with media members on the morning of June 27. Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris spoke out against the Better Care Reconciliation Act […]

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday. Much of the cost would be offset by existing state, federal and private spending on health coverage, the analysis […]

Once forgotten, a California primary could sway 2016 contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine Ted Cruz walking precincts in Haight-Ashbury, the hippie homeland in Nancy Pelosi’s district. Or Donald Trump stumping in Compton, the West Coast capital of hip-hop. In California, expect the unexpected. A possibly decisive presidential primary June 7 is going to take Republican candidates where they haven’t been before, since they […]

California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Poll: Many Calif. Voters in Dark on ‘Obamacare’

LOS ANGELES — A new Field Poll says many Californians are only vaguely familiar with details of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, even though enrollment starts in October. The survey released Tuesday finds that about one in four state voters knows little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act. Another 60 percent say they […]

AP Exclusive: Inmate Lawsuits Cost Calif. $200M

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California’s prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest: The private law firms representing inmates and the judges’ own hand-picked authorities benefit financially by keeping the cases alive. How much are they making? A tally by The […]

Sen. Diane Feinstein: Gun Control Faces Uphill Climb

WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group. Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than […]

California Challenges Feds’ Inmate Population Cap

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging a federal court order that California further reduce its inmate population to improve prison conditions, reigniting a legal battle that once reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Complying with the court’s June deadline for lowering the prison population would endanger public safety, Brown contends in court filings seeking to […]