Latest California state government News

Police: California prison guard beat banker over face mask

Sep. 17, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police in Grover Beach said. James Allen Jones, Jr. was...

Start of school year fuels California job growth in August

Sep. 17, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Public school teachers and staff returning to the classroom in August fueled another impressive month of job gains in California as officials said Friday that the state added another 104,300 jobs on its march to erase an unprecedented pandemic employment deficit. ...

California imposes more safeguards on youth organizations

Sep. 16, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California imposed more safeguards on youth service organizations Thursday to protect against future child abuse complaints like those that drove the Boys Scouts of America into bankruptcy last year. Legislation approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom...

California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 16, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

California Supreme Court justice leaving to head think tank

Sep. 16, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Supreme Court justice said Thursday that he will leave after next month to head an international think tank, giving Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom his second appointment to the high court. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar will...

California recall could boost Newsom's clout for 2022

Sep. 16, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The recall election that once threatened to derail California Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future has instead given it new life, offering a rare midterm vote of confidence that could fuel an ambitious legislative agenda featuring new coronavirus vaccine mandates,...

Democrats push for changes to California recall efforts

Sep. 16, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom handily defeated a recall election that could have removed him from office, but his Democratic allies in the Legislature already are seeking changes that could make it harder to mount such a challenge in the future. ...

California GOP licks wounds after another lopsided loss

Sep. 16, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The results of Tuesday’s recall election in which California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated an attempt to remove him from office look all too familiar to the state's enfeebled Republicans — they were embarrassed again by Democrats, who haven’t lost a statewide race in...

Democrats could change 'weaponized' California recall system

Sep. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a recall election that could have cost him his job, his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature said Wednesday that they will push for changes to make it more difficult to challenge a sitting governor. ...

Democrats see a midterm map in California recall success

Sep. 15, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Few Democrats were surprised to see Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom swat down a Republican-driven recall campaign in bright-blue California. But they were pleased with how he did it. By making the race into a referendum on former President Donald...