Latest California state government News

The Latest: United Farm Workers backs Harris for nomination

Nov. 17, 2019 7:06 AM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The farm workers union started by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta has endorsed Kamala Harris for the Democratic nomination for president. United Farm Workers announced its endorsement of Harris on...

California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

Nov. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines,...

California governor pardons 3 in bid to block deportations

Nov. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is pardoning three men who separately committed crimes when they were each 19 years old and now are attempting to avoid being deported to Cambodia or Vietnam. It’s the latest in a series of similar actions by the...

23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

Parole rejected for Charles Manson follower after 50 years

Nov. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson who has been in prison for decades for two of the Manson family’s slayings in the 1960s. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday reversed a parole recommendation for...

California faces fraught path out of wildfire, power crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

California regulators order inquiry into power outages

Nov. 13, 2019 10:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. The unanimous vote by...

The Latest: PG&E told to explain why it shouldn’t be fined

Nov. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a state investigation into power shutdowns in California (all times local): 1:20 p.m. California’s top utility regulator is ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to show why it should not be fined for violations related to its power shutdowns in October. The...

California sued again for requiring women on company boards

Nov. 13, 2019 2:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge. The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by the end of this year. By 2021, boards with...