California unemployment chief to retire amid claims backlog

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The director of California's unemployment benefits department said Friday she will retire at the end of the year following an explosion of more than 15 million claims that overwhelmed the agency and resulted in months of frust...

California governor: Death penalty ‘infected by racism’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's process for imposing the death penalty “is now, and always has been, infected by racism,” Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Monday in a brief filed with the state Supreme Court. Newsom filed the brief in the case of Dont...

California will house transgender inmates by gender identity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity - but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns.” The California Dep...

GOP California senators vote remotely for first time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - For a few horrifying seconds, Scott Wilk thought everyone had heard him. The California Republican state senator was trying to cast his vote on a bill from his apartment in Sacramento, having been barred from the Capitol along...

California leaders reach deal on eviction protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Californians who can't pay rent because of the coronavirus could stay in their homes through at least Jan. 31, but only if they pay a portion of some missed payments under a proposal endorsed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and st...

California signs deal to more than double testing capacity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has signed a contract worth up to $1.4 billion with a company to provide a significantly cheaper coronavirus test that will allow the state to eventually more than double the number of people tested to 250,000 per d...

California signs deal to more than double testing capacity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has signed a contract worth up to $1.4 billion with a company to provide a significantly cheaper coronavirus test that will allow the state to eventually more than double the number of people tested to 250,000 per d...

Coronavirus case in California capitol delays Senate session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A person who works at the California Capitol has tested positive for the coronavirus, delaying the Legislature in the critical final week of session as hundreds of bills face a Monday deadline. Senate President Pro Tempore Ton...

Auditor: California’s coronavirus spending at ‘high risk’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is getting so much money from the federal government because of the coronavirus - more than $71 billion - that the state's auditor on Tuesday warned Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration it is at high risk of waste, fr...

California closer to banning sale of most flavored tobacco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is on track to ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products, joining states like New York and Massachusetts in an effort to slow the spread of the harmful habit among children. The state Assembly passed the ban on...