The Wall Street ratings agency Standard & Poor's gave a vote of confidence to California's finances on Thursday, upgrading its credit rating to its highest level in 14 years.
The state's new budget, which took effect Wednesday, "marks another step forward in the state's journey toward improved fiscal sustainability," said the agency's report.
The upgrade, from A+ to AA-, was welcomed by state officials.
A bill to strike a controversial reference to lynching from California's criminal code was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.
Since 1933, California law characterized the act of taking a person from lawful police custody as "lynching." But, as Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the measure's author, noted, for most people the term "lynching" has a more violent connotation: when a mob...Read more
A measure calling for the statue of Father Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with one of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was shelved in the Legislature on Thursday.
The measure has been controversial since it was introduced in January. Roman Catholics in particular have criticized the proposal to remove the likeness of Serra, an 18th century Franciscan...Read more
Former Assemblyman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly wants California voters to overturn the strict new childhood vaccination requirements signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.
Donnelly, of Twin Peaks near Lake Arrowhead, filed paperwork with the state attorney general’s office Wednesday for a statewide referendum on the vaccination law.
Donnelly hosts “The Tim Donnelly Show”...Read more
With former state Sen. Leland Yee's public corruption trial fast approaching, lawyers for him and three co-defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday to change their pleas.
Jury selection for Yee and the others -- political fundraiser Keith Jackson, his son Brandon Jackson and boxing promoter Marlon Sullivan – is set to begin July 27, with the trial to follow on Aug. 10.
The deadline...Read more
Adopting one of the most far-reaching vaccination laws in the nation, California on Tuesday barred religious and other personal-belief exemptions for schoolchildren, a move that could affect tens of thousands of students and sets up a potential court battle with opponents of immunization.
California’s weakened public health defenses against measles and other preventable diseases led to the adoption...Read more