Officials say the state simply can’t afford to pay for operations at Yosemite and other national parks.
Supporters need 504,760 signatures by February to make the November 2014 ballot.
by Juliet Williams, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The board that oversees California’s High-Speed Rail Authority on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly $1 billion contract to start construction on the first leg of the $68 billion bullet train in the Central Valley, clearing the way for work to start as soon as this summer. […]
by Christopher Weber and Reed Saxon, Associated Press LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight, as cool, moist air moved in Monday to replace torrid weather. The fire, which has fed on old brush that hasn’t burned in decades, did […]
by Shoshana Walter, the Center for Investigative Reporting When a thief rang up $2,000 in charges at Victoria’s Secret, Gymboree and Gap on Rosa Franco’s credit card, she quickly surmised the reason – the state of California had mistakenly left her credit card and Social Security numbers exposed. Twice. The state Department of Developmental Services, […]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges the company dumped hazardous waste across California, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Wal-Mart entered the plea in San Francisco federal court to misdemeanor counts of negligently dumping pollutants from its stores into sanitation drains across the state, spokeswoman […]
California Gov. Jerry Brown likes to frame himself as the one thing standing in the way of out-of-control spending in Sacramento. “Everybody wants to see more spending. That’s what this place is. It’s a big spending machine,” the Democrat said Tuesday morning, when he unveiled his updated budget plan. “You need something? Come see if […]
Having trouble affording housing in the Bay Area? That’s not likely to end soon: The Bay Area led the state in population growth, according to a new report by the California Department of Finance. Overall, California’s population grew by almost 298,000 residents in 2012 to 37,966,000 as of Jan. 1, 2013, the department found. That […]
California’s quest to reduce global warming hit another obstacle on Tuesday. A conservative legal group filed suit to block California’s new cap-and-trade carbon market. The Pacific Legal Foundation alleged that the market’s charge for carbon emissions violates California law because it constitutes a tax, and taxes in California require approval by a two-third majority in […]
By Aarti Shahani It looks like the skies are going to become a lot more crowded. The Federal Aviation Administration wants to put unmanned aerial vehicles operated by joysticks in the same air with planes operated by pilots. Last month the agency put out a call to test-fly drones at six sites still to be […]