Jerry Brown
California Legislature hits a lull

SACRAMENTO — It's quiet at the California Capitol. While activity traditionally lags in the first few months of a legislative session, it's downright sleepy at the statehouse. Lawmakers including scores of freshmen are still proposing plenty of bills — 2,297 as of Friday's deadline for new legislation. But the usually camera-hungry politicians are holding fewer news conferences to tout proposals such as protecting consumer privacy and banning chewing tobacco at baseball games. And Gov. Jerry Brown, who was handily reelected to a fourth and final term, is spending most of his time in his office working on the agenda he set in his state of the state speech in...