Latest California state government News

Sara Stewart, foreground, reads a book while away from crowds visiting Baker Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Officials: 2 church services sources of virus outbreaks

May. 25, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to release plans for how religious institutions can reopen in California during the coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced that two church services that were held without authorization have been sources of outbreaks. Mendocino County public health...

Nevada, California highway patrols target I-15 enforcement

May. 24, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol is joining its California counterpart targeting the highly traveled interstate corridor between California and Las Vegas. It’s estimated that an average of 45,000 vehicles enter Nevada on the I-15 corridor from Los Angeles on a daily basis, which equates...

Court upholds ban on in-person church services in California

May. 24, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court has upheld California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on in-person church services amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a split ruling that found that government’s emergency powers override what in normal times would be fundamental constitutional rights. The 9th...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

Protesters gathered outside the

Hundreds protest in Sacramento against stay-at-home order

May. 23, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the state Capitol on Saturday to protest against California's stay-at-home orders even as residents entered the Memorial Day weekend with newly expanded options for beachgoing, barbecuing and shopping. The rally to demand that Gov. Gavin...

FILE - This March 3, 2020, file photo shows the Klamath River from atop Cade Mountain in the Klamath National Forest, Calif., in Humboldt County. The county was among the first in the state to get the governor's green light to open up restaurants and stores after a two-month statewide lockdown. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

In rural California community, officials slow reopening

May. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Humboldt County on California’s North Coast was among the first in the state to get the governor's green light to open up restaurants and stores after a two-month statewide coronavirus lockdown. With only about 50 cases confirmed in the whole month of April in the county of...

A San Diego police official passes on motorcycle as two women drink at an beachfront restaurant Friday, May 22, 2020, in San Diego. Millions of Californians are heading into the Memorial Day weekend with both excitement and anxiety after restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus were eased across much of the state. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Loosened restrictions, holiday weekend to test California

May. 22, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — George Cruz relaxed at an outdoor beach restaurant as a waitress wearing a face covering rushed by, carrying a tray with a Pina Colada in a pineapple-shaped cup. An employee in a face covering stood nearby with cleaning supplies in his gloved hand, ready to sanitize any empty tables. The...

FILE — In this Monday April 20, 2020 file photo is Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee at a hearing in Sacramento, Calif. Ting said Friday, May 22, 2020 he was concerned with some of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's spending proposals, saying they were a

Governor's increased spending draws concern from lawmakers

May. 22, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers delivered a stern rebuke to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday for his cornoavirus spending, saying he is sidestepping the Legislature in his decision to take an extra $1.8 billion from the state's dwindling coffers. In a letter to lawmakers late Thursday night,...

California rushes to aid virus-stricken border region

May. 22, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that the state is building a “field medical station" with up to 125 beds to aid a farming region along the Mexican border that has witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases. As many parts of the state eased restrictions, Newsom said...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. California's unemployment rate nearly tripled in April because of the economic fallout from coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate nearly tripled to 15.5% in April as the nation's most populous state lost more jobs in one month from the coronavirus than it did during the Great Recession a decade ago, state data released Friday showed. Just two months ago, California was...