Secretary of State

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Industry Referendum Delays California’s Plastic Bag Ban Until November

Tuesday was supposed to be the last day for plastic grocery bags in California, but an industry-financed referendum has delayed the ban until after next November’s election.

06/30/2015

Jason Rezaian, Iran, journalist

Brother Of Journalist With Marin Ties Pleads For Release; Trial On Espionage Charges Begins In Iran

The espionage trail of a Washington Post journalist, who is jailed in Iran and has ties to Marin, is now underway. The man’s brother is in Washington to help lobby for his release.

05/26/2015

Plastic grocery bags are piled into a grocery cart. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Enough Signatures Gathered To Put Referendum On California’s Plastic-Bag Ban On 2016 Ballot

The secretary of state’s office says a referendum seeking to repeal California’s statewide ban on plastic bags has qualified for the November 2016 ballot.

02/24/2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton Holds Q&A Sessions At Facebook, Twitter

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took questions at the Bay Area headquarters of Facebook and Twitter Monday to promote her new memoir.

07/21/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez took this picture of State Sen. Leland Yee leaving the San Francisco federal courthouse after being indicted on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

Leland Yee Receives Nearly 300,000 Votes In Primary Despite Corruption Charges

More than two months after being charged in a federal corruption case, suspended State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) received more than 200,000 votes for Secretary of State in Tuesday’s primary election.

06/03/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez took this picture of State Sen. Leland Yee leaving the San Francisco federal courthouse after being indicted on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

Sen. Leland Yee Refuses To Resign, Will Drop Out Of Secretary Of State Race

KPIX 5 has learned that State Senator Leland Yee is refusing to resign his state senate seat. According to state sources familiar with the matter, Yee has made it clear that he will ask for a leave of absence but so far has not formally requested it.

03/27/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez took this picture of State Sen. Leland Yee leaving the San Francisco federal courthouse after being indicted on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

Leland Yee Arrest Makes 3 Scandals In 3 Months For California State Senate Democrats

So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The separate investigations culminated Wednesday in the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges that roiled the capital, leading one of Yee’s opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a “corrupt institution.”

03/27/2014

Leland Yee arrives at the San Francisco Federal Building in custody. (CBS)

State Sen. Leland Yee Arrested, Accused In Conspiracy Involving Arms Trafficking, Campaign Fraud

Democratic State Senator Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday morning in a series of federal raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento targeting an alleged corruption conspiracy involving arms trafficking and campaign fraud to fund his campaign for Secretary of State.

03/26/2014

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Secretary Of State Sued Over Decision To Make Prisoners Ineligible To Vote

Secretary of State Debra Bowen is being sued over a decision she made in 2011 that said tens of thousands of criminals who are serving their sentences under community supervision are ineligible to vote.

02/04/2014

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Defiant Clinton Takes On Lawmakers Over Libyan Attack That Killed Bay Area Native

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, that killed Bay Area native Chris Stevens.

01/23/2013

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