Latest California state government News

California regulators to open inquiry into power outages

Nov. 13, 2019 1:04 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators will vote Wednesday on whether to open an investigation into pre-emptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state for much of October as strong winds sparked fears of wildfires. The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., initiated...

PG&E faces potential showdown over its bankruptcy plan

Nov. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is stepping up pressure on Pacific Gas & Electric to fork over billions more in cash to pay thousands of people who lost homes in wildfires that drove the utility into bankruptcy. The rising tensions were scheduled to be aired out in a bankruptcy court...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

The Latest: Camp Fire anniversary proclaimed Resilience Day

Nov. 8, 2019 6:58 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the anniversary of the wildfire that tore through the town of Paradise (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed the anniversary of the Camp Fire to be "California Resilience Day." The wildfire a year ago Friday was the most deadly and destructive...

California suspends hundreds of marijuana supply businesses

Nov. 7, 2019 7:46 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — California has suspended 394 marijuana business permits in a move that critics say will temporarily reduce the number of legal cannabis shops in the state. The suspension affecting about 5% of California's legal cannabis supply chain comes after the businesses failed to complete mandatory...

Former Google exec, Schwarzenegger aide enters Senate race

Nov. 7, 2019 4:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Google executive and adviser to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is joining the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Susan Collins. Biddeford native Ross LaJeunesse, a Democrat, makes it a four-way primary race with Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon,...

The Latest: 3 firefighters hurt battling California blaze

Nov. 7, 2019 3:08 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Officials say three firefighters have received minor injuries as they battled a wildfire that has been burning in rural Northern California since Sunday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says...

California woman pleads guilty to wire fraud in Arizona

Nov. 6, 2019 11:19 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A California woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a wire fraud scam involving real estate in Arizona. The Office of the Arizona Attorney General said Wednesday that Alysia Franco entered a guilty plea to one count of attempted money laundering. Prosecutors say Franco, who also goes...

Republican wins, joins spouse as California lawmaker

Nov. 6, 2019 8:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California Republican is set to join her husband in the state Legislature, with her Democratic opponent in Tuesday's special election conceding but promising a rematch next year. Megan Dahle had 58% of Tuesday's special election vote to 42% for Democrat Elizabeth...

California judge ordered removed from office for misconduct

Nov. 6, 2019 6:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Commission on Judicial Performance said Wednesday it has ordered a county judge removed from office for multiple acts of misconduct, including denial of due process to a defendant, improper conversations with attorneys and comments that constituted sex harassment. The...