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Massive transportation bill has no $ for CA bullet train

Massive transportation bill has no $ for CA bullet train

Harris campaign makes moves to reduce costs

Harris campaign makes moves to reduce costs

Tragedy could boost Newsom’s gun-control push

Tragedy could boost Newsom’s gun-control push

By Chris Reed . The slaughter of 14 people at a San Bernardino conference center Wednesday morning by two heavily armed Islamic extremists could provide a boost to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s planned 2016 ballot initiative imposing stricter gun-control laws on California. Wednesday afternoon, before much was known about the attacks or the motives of the […]

State Lottery Payments Total $1.39 Billion for 2014-15 Fiscal Year

State Lottery Payments Total $1.39 Billion for 2014-15 Fiscal Year

State Controller Betty T. Yee announced today that payments from the Lottery Education Fund to school districts, higher educational institutions, and state agencies for the 2014-15 fiscal year totaled $1.39 billion. The Controller transmits the money each quarter to county treasurers, who apportion it to school districts. The Controller makes direct quarterly payments to the […]

CA solar plans snarled by controversy

CA solar plans snarled by controversy

By James Poulos . In the California desert and in solar-paneled neighborhoods around the state, a new conflict over alternative energy has broken out. Pitting lawmakers, regulators, customers and the solar power industry against one another, the dispute centered around how much solar users ought to be charged — and how much solar power ought to be […]

Active shooter in San Bernardino, Calif.; 20 victims reported

Active shooter in San Bernardino, Calif.; 20 victims reported

12-2 evening update: SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Fourteen people were confirmed killed and 17 more wounded in a mass shooting at a San Bernardino community social services building. CBS News confirms one of the suspects is named Syed Farook, an American citizen. One of the other suspects is reportedly his brother. The female’s relationship to either […]

Gavin Newsom transforms Lt. Governor’s post

Gavin Newsom transforms Lt. Governor’s post

By John Hrabe . A lieutenant governor’s only job, the old joke goes, is to wake up every morning and check the governor’s pulse. The position has been considered so pointless that even Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called for eliminating the post in 2012. In spite of that image, Newsom has found a way to transform the […]

Google jumps into CA housing market

Google jumps into CA housing market

By James Poulos. . . Google has broken into the real estate industry. Convinced that a big market still exists for bargain-seekers, the tech giant launched a mortgage calculator and recently debuted a new mortgage comparison feature. “Google predicted that nearly one in two borrowers still don’t shop around for their mortgage and set up the tool to […]

Water woes bring uneven fines and regulations

Water woes bring uneven fines and regulations

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

By James Poulos . The latest tit-for-tat between lawmakers and the California Public Utilities Commission has brought back bad memories of an in-state — and unsolved — national security threat. The tiff began when the CPUC “hired outside lawyers as federal and state investigators probed allegations of official influence-peddling and improper deal-making with Pacific Gas and […]