Latest California state government News

In California, get a vaccination, ride a roller coaster

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving away more goodies to people who get coronavirus vaccinations and plans to make it easier to show who has been inoculated as health officials and businesses encourage people to get their shots so they can fully partake in the state's newly...

Capitol rioter used charity to promote violence, feds say

Jun. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

A California man charged with joining anti-government extremists in rioting at the U.S. Capitol told the IRS last year that he formed a charity called the American Phoenix Project to defend “human and civil rights” and educate the public about vaccines. Instead, Alan...

California's virus reopening met with cheers and caution

Jun. 16, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cable car bells clanged, Minions danced and restaurant patrons sipped their drinks indoors on a scorching day as California fully reopened its economy after 15 months of coronavirus restrictions. From the wine country to Disneyland, restaurants and...

County clerks: Don't hold Newsom recall before mid-September

Jun. 15, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's county elections officials are urging the lieutenant governor not to schedule the expected recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom before mid-September. One reason? Any earlier and they can't guarantee enough paper to print ballots. ...

California farmers told drought could cut off their water

Jun. 15, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of Central California farmers were warned Tuesday that they could face water cutoffs this summer as the state deals with a drought that already has curtailed federal and state irrigation supplies. The State Water Resources Control...

California marks reopening with jackpots, Hollywood flair

Jun. 15, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Welcome back, California. San Francisco announced the return of its iconic cable cars. Disneyland threw open its doors to out-of-state tourists. And Gov. Gavin Newsom marked the day with Hollywood flair, visiting Universal Studios to celebrate the...

More than 30 pelicans mutilated on Southern California coast

Jun. 15, 2021 18:12 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...

10 California residents get $1.5M richer via vaccine jackpot

Jun. 15, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom doled out $1.5 million each to 10 vaccinated winners at Universal Studios on Tuesday to mark the end of the state's coronavirus restrictions. The $15 million total was the final part of Newsom's $116.5 million so-called “Vax for...

Judge OKs Weinstein's extradition for California rape case

Jun. 15, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

A New York judge on Tuesday approved disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's extradition to California, where he faces additional sexual assault charges, ending a legal fight prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the defense's concerns about Weinstein's failing health and a squabble over...

Kaul to seek permission to drop multistate abortion lawsuit

Jun. 15, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul will try to persuade Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee on Thursday to let him join a multistate decision to drop a lawsuit challenging Trump administration obstacles to abortion. Twenty...