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...

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 discloses Facebook probe, sues for documents

Nov. 6, 2019 5:58 PM EST

California's attorney general disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook's privacy practices Wednesday, as it sued the company over its repeated refusal to turn over documents and answer questions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was...

California justices skeptical of requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 6, 2019 4:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Wednesday of a state law requiring President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns if he wants to be a candidate in the state's primary election next year. The justices wondered in a rapid-fire hour of questioning if the...

The Latest: California court doubts law on Trump tax returns

Nov. 6, 2019 2:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Supreme Court's consideration of President Trump's tax returns. (all times local): 11:30 a.m. California's Supreme Court justices seem skeptical of a state law requiring President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns if he wants to be a candidate...

California attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook's privacy practices since 2018

Nov. 6, 2019 2:09 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook's privacy practices since 2018 .

California utility meets with governor amid bankruptcy case

Nov. 5, 2019 5:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor called the chief executive of a troubled utility to his office on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting as the company struggles to emerge from a high-profile bankruptcy while facing criticism for its practice of shutting off power for millions of people to...