Lawyers sue Calif. because too many children can’t read

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed […]

California rampage puts spotlight on homemade ‘ghost guns’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He built his own at home. Kevin Neal, 44, was armed with what authorities believe were two high-powered rifles that he […]

California regulators reject new lethal injection method

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators for the second time Monday rejected a proposed new method of carrying out the death penalty by lethal injection, another move that slows the process for California to resume executing death row inmates. A voter-backed initiative aimed at speeding up executions, though, may render the regulators’ decision moot. The […]

Governor signs legislation making California a ‘sanctuary state’

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sanctuary state legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump. Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration […]

Southern California freeway to be named for Obama

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers in California have approved a plan to name a stretch of freeway in the Los Angeles area for former President Barack Obama. A stretch of the 134 Freeway passing through the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles and the cities of Glendale and Pasadena will be known as the […]

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 […]