Latest California state government News

California utility customers sue over wildfire law

Jul. 19, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Pacific Gas & Electric customers want the federal judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy to strike down a new California law that Gov. Gavin Newsom has championed as a way of shoring up the state's major electric utilities in the face of disastrous wildfires. A lawsuit...

Defense in murder case can obtain private social media posts

Jul. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has effectively ruled that the defense in a gang-related murder trial can obtain private postings from social media companies. The court on Wednesday lifted a stay of a ruling by the judge overseeing the San Francisco trial and noted that the judge's...

The Latest: Facebook mulls response to private posts ruling

Jul. 19, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a California Supreme Court ruling on defense lawyer access to private social media postings (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Facebook says it's deciding how to respond to a California Supreme Court ruling that says defense lawyers in a gang-related murder trial can obtain...

Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

Jul. 17, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday. The settlement comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and other...

California Gov. Newsom to keynote Lake Tahoe summit Aug. 20

Jul. 17, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will give the keynote address at the annual environmental summit at Lake Tahoe being hosted this year by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein announced Wednesday that Newsom plans to focus on the effects of climate change and wildfires in the Tahoe...

Study: California's 12 oldest prisons need major fixes

Jul. 16, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's 12 oldest prisons, some dating to the mid-1800s, need major repairs or replacements if they are to continue housing about a third of the state's inmate population, according to a new state-commissioned study made public Tuesday. "In nearly all cases, the building and...

Report finds California government IT security flaws

Jul. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's state auditor raised alarms Tuesday about information security in some state offices and called for additional oversight and regular assessments. The report from Auditor Elaine Howle comes amid scrutiny of how companies and governments alike handle the data of...

California readies $1.6B high-speed rail design contract

Jul. 16, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials on Tuesday moved toward awarding a $1.65 billion contract to design and construct the tracks and system for the first segment of its beleaguered high-speed rail project. The action taken by the California High-Speed Rail Authority's board of directors was a...

California lawmakers consider new rules for political ads

Jul. 13, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Elections come and go, but the season for political advertising sometimes seems to never end. Facebook users in California, for example, may have noticed ads in recent months showing a woman with duct tape over her mouth and text that warns: "Legislators are leaving sexual assault...

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

Jul. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and...