Gov. Brown Takes Action as Gas Prices Keep Rising


LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown is taking action in an effort to drive down the cost of gasoline as California drivers cope with record-breaking prices at the pump. For the second straight day Sunday, the statewide average price for a gallon of regular rose to an all-time high, hitting $4.655, according to AAA. That […]

Governor Makes Final Decision on Dozens Bills Before Deadline Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law. AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received the required public school vaccines […]

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 […]

Field Poll: Voter support for Brown tax hike dips


SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax increase initiative has only slim support with likely California voters, with just 51 percent backing it and 38 percent opposed, according to the results of a Field Poll released Thursday. A rival tax initiative to fund schools remains below the critical 50 percent threshold. It’s the second public […]

Calif., Feds Reveal Water Tunnel Plan


SACRAMENTO – California’s ambitious $24 billion plan for ending the state’s water wars was unveiled Wednesday, but standing in its way are unanswered questions and hurdles that will take years to surmount — if that’s even possible. With fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted a massive twin-tunnel system to carry water […]

Brown Seeks Business Support For Tax-Hike Proposal


SACRAMENTO –  Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday pitched his proposal to raise the state sales and income taxes to an audience that traditionally opposes tax increases _ members of the California Chamber of Commerce. The Democratic governor wants voters to approve the temporary tax increases in November as part of what he described as a […]

Governor: Tax Hikes Needed For $16B CA Budget Gap


SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday proposed more than $8 billion in cuts to close a widening California budget deficit but also said public schools will receive more money if voters approve his tax-hike initiative in November. The governor wants public employees to take a 5 percent pay cut and also seeks cuts […]

Brown Allows Parole For Murderers At Greater Rate

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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 […]

Calif. Ballot Could Be Crowded With Tax-Hike Plans

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SACRAMENTO – Proponents of a millionaire’s tax said Monday they would immediately begin collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative to raise income taxes on California’s wealthiest residents, even as Gov. Jerry Brown and another group push their own tax-hike campaigns. The California Federation of Teachers and the Courage Campaign are among the groups backing […]

Poll: Sales Tax Hike Will Be Challenge For Brown


SACRAMENTO – More than two-thirds of California’s likely voters say they favor Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes as a way to stabilize state finances, but a near equal proportion say they strongly disagree with a key element of that plan, raising the statewide sales tax, according to a poll released Tuesday. […]