Latest California state government News

California's largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West

Jul. 25, 2021 01:48 AM EDT

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state's largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already...

California Republicans approve recall endorsement process

Jul. 24, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Republican Party cleared the way Saturday to potentially endorse a candidate among the 24 Republicans seeking the governorship in the upcoming recall election. The endorsement vote will take place virtually Aug. 7 and does not...

Imprisoned 'Dating Game Killer' Alcala dies in California

Jul. 24, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” died Saturday while awaiting execution in California, authorities said. Rodney James Alcala was 77. He died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, California,...

San Diego audit faults real estate deals under Faulconer

Jul. 23, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Kevin Faulconer was San Diego's mayor, his administration failed to follow best practices and conduct due diligence when spending hundreds of millions of dollars on real estate purchases, a city audit found. The audit released Thursday,...

California could cut off water from thousands of farmers

Jul. 23, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state's major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought. The Sacramento Bee reported that the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on...

California inks contract with new 40K-member childcare union

Jul. 23, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At a time when labor unions are struggling across the United States, California on Friday signed a first-time contract with 40,000 childcare providers under a new collective bargaining agreement. With his signature, Democratic Gov. Gavin...

California's rising COVID-19 rate sparks pleas to vaccinate

Jul. 23, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health officials pleaded with people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as infections and hospitalizations continued a worrying rise and three Bay Area counties urged employers to enforce mask-wearing among those who haven't had the shots. ...

California makes change to pay unemployment benefits faster

Jul. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on Thursday announced a major change in how the state pays unemployment benefits, potentially unlocking payments for up to 100,000 people who have gone weeks or months without assistance. Getting...

California's recall ballot is set, but GOP strategy isn't

Jul. 22, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s recall ballot is finally set, but the Republican Party still is determining its best strategy for winning the governor's office in one of the nation's most Democratic states. With less than a month until ballots start arriving in...

Radio host Larry Elder wins fight to enter California recall

Jul. 22, 2021 01:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge on Wednesday cleared the way for conservative talk radio host Larry Elder to join the field of candidates for an upcoming recall election aimed at removing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. Elder scored a swift court victory...