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 […]

US Unemployment Applications Hit 5 Year Low: Calif. Leads The Way

NATIONWIDE – Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750. Still, many state unemployment offices were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the winter holiday and could not […]

Union Muscle Key to Democrat Victories in State Campaigns

WASHINGTON – From California to Maine, unions used their political muscle in the recent elections to help install Democratic governors, build labor-friendly majorities in state legislatures and defeat ballot initiatives against them. The combination of union money and member mobilization helped Democrats take control of state legislatures in Maine and Minnesota. In Michigan, voters repealed […]

Calif. Set to Officially Launch “Cap-and-Trade”

SAN FRANCISCO – California’s largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark “cap-and-trade” system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies. The program is the most wide-ranging of its kind in the nation and a key part of California’s 2006 climate-change law that dictates standards […]

Former Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally passes away at 86

LOS ANGELES – Former California Lieutenant Governor Mervyn M. Dymally passed away yester day in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 86. “My beloved husband of 44 years Mervyn Dymally passed away very peacefully this morning at 6:30 a.m.,” said his wife Alice Gueno Dymally who recently lost her mother Alice Walker Gueno. “He lived a very […]

Calif. Gas Prices Jump By Up to 20 Cents Overnight

SAN FRANCISCO – Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices. The average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a […]

Brown Signs Bill Allowing Nurses to Prescribe Birth Control Pill

LOS ANGELES – During a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows nurses to dispense birth control, making it easier for women to get contraceptives. The Democratic governor was joined Saturday by women’s health advocates who cheered the signing of AB2348. “At a time when some […]

Census: Nearly 7 Million Californians Living In Poverty

SACRAMENTO – Census figures show nearly seven million Californians are living in poverty. The Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey also shows 26 percent of Fresno residents are below the poverty line to rank the second-highest in the nation. A family of two adults and two children counts as poor if its household income is […]

AG Kamala Harris Announces Slight Decrease in Hate Crimes in California

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the number of reported hate crimes in California decreased 4 percent in 2011. There were 1,060 hate crime events reported statewide in 2011, a decrease from the 1,107 hate crime events reported in 2010. “There is no place in our inclusive Golden State for […]

Brown Allows Parole For Murderers At Greater Rate

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown is allowing murderers to be paroled from California prisons at a far greater pace than his immediate predecessors, a development that raised alarm Wednesday with victims’ rights groups. After a little more than one year in office, the Democratic governor has allowed about 80 percent of the decisions by the […]