Latest California state government News

Troubled background check system delays elder care hiring

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Intensive care nurse Meynard Villa was on the verge of losing his family’s $150,000 investment in his new senior care home because he couldn't hire workers while grappling with a glitchy state system designed to automate criminal background checks. ...

More California counties expand vaccine eligibility to 16 up

Apr. 09, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More California counties are opening up vaccines to younger adults, a week ahead of the state broadening eligibility to everyone 16 and up. At the same time, California public health officials warned Thursday of decreases in supply because of a...

Feds charge 3 more in massive California unemployment fraud

Apr. 09, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday that they have charged three Southern California women with using prison inmates' names to bilk a state agency out of a combined nearly $1.25 million in coronavirus-related unemployment benefits, the latest allegations in an ongoing...

Caitlyn Jenner considers run for California governor

Apr. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner has been an Olympic hero, a reality TV personality and a transgender rights activist. Her next step could be candidate for California governor. The 71-year-old longtime Republican has been consulting with GOP advisers as she considers...

California Highway 1 to reopen by April 30, agency says

Apr. 08, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Highway 1 along Big Sur is expected to reopen by April 30 because work to repair a huge piece of roadway that crumbled during a storm is nearly two months ahead of schedule, the California Department of Transportation announced Thursday. The...

California plans $536M for forests before wildfire season

Apr. 08, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will authorize $536 million toward forest management projects and efforts to reduce wildfires before the worst of the fire season strikes later this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders said Thursday. That more than...

California advances bill aimed at massive unemployment fraud

Apr. 08, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud. The measure that cleared its...

Space Force field command to be located at LA military base

Apr. 08, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Air Force Base will serve as a field command site for the U.S. Space Force, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday. The military will establish the Space Systems Command at the base near Los Angeles International Airport, the governor...

New California homeless database aims to help policymakers

Apr. 07, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new California data warehouse system unveiled Wednesday should help policymakers better understand and address the issue of homelessness in a state that has the most unhoused people in the country, officials said. This is the first time the...

California to move to statewide reopening plan in June

Apr. 07, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has led the nation’s most populous state through the pandemic using complicated metrics, county-by-county rules and a color-coded tier system dictating what people and businesses can do. But with summer approaching,...