Latest California state government News

Judge OKs California earlier releases for repeat offenders

Jan. 21, 2022 21:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge is allowing California to proceed with plans to allow earlier potential prison release dates for repeat offenders with serious and violent criminal histories under the state’s “three strikes” law. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shama...

California jobless rate dips half-percentage point to 6.5%

Jan. 21, 2022 15:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate dipped a half-percentage point in December as the most populous state added 50,700 nonfarm jobs, accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s 199,000 new jobs for the month, according to new data released Friday. The...

Governor vows state help in cracking down on LA rail theft

Jan. 20, 2022 21:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is promising statewide coordination as law enforcement and prosecutors go after thieves who have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains near downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes. The...

California offers college students $10K for public service

Jan. 20, 2022 14:30 PM EST

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that 45 colleges and universities in California, including some of the most prestigious campuses in the state, will be part of a new public service program that will subsidize tuition for students who do community service alongside their studies. ...

Longtime California lawmaker moves to 'emeritus' position

Jan. 19, 2022 19:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg, a former Assembly speaker, is moving to an “emeritus” role as he prepares to leave a state Legislature he first joined in 1996, officials said Wednesday. Hertzberg, of Van Nuys, is termed out of the...

California's top cop to probe troubled sheriff's office

Jan. 19, 2022 19:28 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general on Wednesday announced a civil rights investigation into the office of Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith, a polarizing figure who is fighting formal public corruption accusations following a no-confidence vote by the county's board of...

Double dealing: Legal, illicit blur in California pot market

Jan. 16, 2022 15:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On an isolated farm, greenhouses stand in regimental order, sheltered by a fringe of trees. Inside are hundreds of head-high cannabis plants in precise rows, each rising from a pot nourished by coils of irrigation tubing. Lights powerful enough to turn night into day blaze...

San Quentin inmate podcast host among California clemencies

Jan. 13, 2022 21:27 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Thursday commuted the sentence of an inmate who has drawn national attention as co-host of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated podcast Ear Hustle, which is produced inside San Quentin State Prison. Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision will allow...

RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan will remain in prison

Jan. 13, 2022 21:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole Thursday by California’s governor, who said the killer remains a threat to the public and hasn’t taken responsibility for a crime that altered American history. ...

California governor rejects releasing Robert F. Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan from prison

Jan. 13, 2022 17:32 PM EST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor rejects releasing Robert F. Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan from prison.