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California governor taps new top utilities regulator

Jul. 12, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he is tapping Marybel Batjer, a veteran of state government, to serve as the state's top utilities regulator. Batjer will serve as president of the California Public Utilities Commission, overseeing power companies and other services...

California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits

Jul. 12, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation's most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state's top oil and gas regulator for issuing twice as many fracking permits this year compared to last. "I don't think anyone that...

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

Jul. 12, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts. Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially....

California governor orders firing of oil, gas regulator

Jul. 11, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the firing of California's top oil and gas regulator Thursday over an increase in state permits for hydraulic fracturing and allegations of conflicts of interest among senior government officials. Newsom's chief of staff asked the state's natural...

California ends use of out-of-state prisons after 13 years

Jun. 25, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen years after California began exporting thousands of felons to private prisons across the nation, the last convict boarded a bus back to California on Tuesday. "This is an historic day for corrections, to be out of the out-of-state business," said Corrections Secretary...

Lawyers for church leader decry Becerra's comments on client

Jun. 8, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference Thursday...

California Lottery head to step down, investigations ongoing

Jun. 7, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of the California Lottery is leaving his job. The Sacramento Bee reports Hugo Lopez told employees Friday he was stepping down immediately. The move comes as the lottery is under investigation over alleged misconduct including employees misspending money and acting...

California Editorial Rdp

Jun. 5, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

June 4 The Sacramento Bee on funding a clean water solution: Water is a basic necessity of life, but over one million Californians lack access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water, says Gov. Gavin Newsom. Six million Californians receive their water from operators who have been fined for violating the...

California governor won't free Manson follower Van Houten

Jun. 3, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board's decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, marking the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson's murderous cult. Van Houten, 69, is still a threat, Newsom...

Head of California Public Utilities Commission to retire

May. 30, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The head of the California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that he will retire after almost five years on a job dominated by oversight of devastating wildfires. Michael Picker said at a commission meeting in San Francisco that he won't leave his job as president of the...