Latest California state government News

COVID's sweep through California since January 2020

Jun. 15, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

JANUARY 2020 — The Orange County Health Care Agency reports California’s apparent first case of COVID-19, a man who had traveled to Wuhan, China. FEBRUARY — The Feb. 6 death of a a San Jose woman is the first known U.S....

With COVID tamed, it's a 'grand reopening' in California

Jun. 15, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. At the stroke of midnight, California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions and ushered in what has been billed as the state’s...

California lawmakers OK budget placeholder as talks continue

Jun. 14, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Frustrated by years of partisan bickering that often delayed the state budget, California voters in 2010 made a big change to the state's Constitution: Lawmakers must pass a state spending plan by June 15 or else they forfeit their six-figure salaries. ...

More than 30 pelicans mutilated on Southern California coast

Jun. 14, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — More than 30 brown pelicans have been viciously attacked and mutilated along a coastal stretch of Southern California, a wildlife care organization said Monday. At least 22 of the rescued pelicans had their wings broken so severely that...

California adds vacation incentive to spur vaccinations

Jun. 14, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will offer six “dream vacation” incentives to spur more people to get coronavirus vaccinations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday on the eve of the state awarding of $15 million in cash prizes. Aside from boosting California's...

California governor pledges consistent workplace mask rules

Jun. 11, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he's confident the state's workplace regulators will soon fall in line with California's plan to drop virtually all masking and social distancing requirements next week for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus. ...

California prisoner stabbed to death; 2 inmates suspected

Jun. 11, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate was stabbed to death Friday and two other men were identified as suspects, authorities said. Artemio Gomez, 40, was attacked at around 8:15 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison, north of Bakersfield, according to a statement...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

California governor signs orders to roll back virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's official: Most of California's coronavirus rules governing public gatherings will disappear on Tuesday after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday afternoon that heralds the end of the pandemic's hold on much of public life for the nation's most...

California Capitol to reopen for visitors next week

Jun. 11, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Capitol will reopen to the public starting next week, legislative leaders announced Friday. During the pandemic, the Capitol has only been open to the public on days when the Legislature is in session or lawmakers are holding...