Latest California state government News

The Latest: Mudslide snarls commute over Golden Gate Bridge

Jan. 16, 2019 2:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): 11:55 a.m. A mudslide on a major Northern California freeway just north of the Golden Gate Bridge snarled the morning commute as road conditions throughout the state deteriorated amid heavy rain and snow. The California Highway Patrol...

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

Jan. 15, 2019 1:43 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the...

Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires

Jan. 14, 2019 8:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The...

The Latest: California governor says PG&E not trusted player

Jan. 14, 2019 8:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on utility PG&E seeking bankruptcy protection (all times local): 5:15 p.m. California Gov. Newsom says "safety, reliability and affordability" are his main concerns as he addresses the likely bankruptcy of the state's largest utility. Newsom sought to assure the public...

Latest: California governor urges end to LA teacher strike

Jan. 14, 2019 5:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a strike by Los Angeles teachers (all times local): 2:35 p.m. California's new governor is urging Los Angeles teachers and school officials to resume contract negotiations and end a massive strike by educators in the nation's second-largest school district. Gov. Gavin...

Armed suspect shot after California freeway chase, standoff

Jan. 12, 2019 7:03 PM EST

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an armed suspect who led officers on a high-speed chase was fatally shot during a standoff on a busy Southern California freeway. Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow said deputies who were investigating a domestic violence call in Moorpark chased the suspect...

The Latest: Police say gunman on bike ambushed slain officer

Jan. 11, 2019 10:15 PM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a police officer killed in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities say a rookie police officer killed on duty in Northern California was ambushed by a gunman on a bicycle. The police chief in Davis says investigators have not determined a motive for Thursday...

The Latest: Government shutdown set to hit record length

Jan. 11, 2019 8:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says it would be easy for him just to declare a national emergency and find federal money to build a barrier along the southern border, but he's not going to be so...

California governor brings personal touch, fresh focus

Jan. 11, 2019 7:18 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom held his toddler son during his inaugural address, spent nearly two hours discussing his state budget with reporters and engaged in two Twitter spats with the president. Newsom, 51, took office Monday and quickly dove into governing the nation's most populous...

2nd man who died at California home of political donor ID'd

Jan. 11, 2019 12:37 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second man who died at the Southern California apartment of a Democratic donor in less than two years was identified Thursday as a fitness buff who once won a gold medal at the Gay Games and was looking forward to a year of personal and professional growth. Fifty-five-year-old Timothy...