All Schools Get More Money Under Guv’s New Funding Proposal

SACRAMENTO — All California schools will receive at least the same amount of money as they currently do, and poorer ones will receive significantly more, under Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping proposal to change K-12 education funding, according to district-by-district estimates released Wednesday. Last month, the Democratic governor released a budget plan that proposed drastic changes […]

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 […]

Calif. Budget Aims to Change Education Funding

LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds. Fresh off voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy, the Democratic governor’s newly […]

Calif. Budget To Be Buoyed By Voter-Approved Tax Hikes

SACRAMENTO — After years of double-digit deficits and billions in budget cuts, California’s fiscal outlook is looking brighter. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday will propose his third budget since reclaiming the governor’s office. It’s expected to be the first time in many years that the nation’s most populous state does not face drastic budget cuts. […]

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 […]

Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Role of Online Education in Calif.

LOS ANGELES – Leaders in online education initiatives will convene at UCLA on January 8, 2013, to bring awareness and discuss key issues regarding the potential for online education to lower costs and improve higher education in California. The conference is sponsored by the 20 Million Minds Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the cost […]

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

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 […]