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Students walk through Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Plan To Impose Sexual Consent Standard At California Universities Up For Vote In Sacramento

The California State Assembly is expected to vote on legislation this month that would require colleges that receive state funds for student assistance to adopt an “affirmative consent standard” as part of their sexual assault policies in determining allegations from a complainant.

08/11/2014

State Sen. Ted Gains attempts to present Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk with a 'golden' shovel. August 8, 2014. (photo credit: Margie Shafer)

State Senator Presents Tesla’s CEO With ‘Golden’ Shovel; Courting Auto Maker’s Multi-Billion Dollar Battery Factory

State Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) visited Tesla Motors’ Palo Alto headquarters Friday to deliver a golden shovel to as a gift and a hint to the electric car maker’s CEO and founder, Elon Musk.

08/08/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Kill Switch Legislation Passes Assembly, Now Heads Back To State Senate For Vote

The bill by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is headed back to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

08/07/2014

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California Bill Could Be First To Provide Diapers For Families On Welfare

A California Assemblywoman drafted a bill for the CalWorks program that would give qualifying families $80 a month to spend on diapers for children under age 2.

08/06/2014

A view of the new Bay Bridge Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) tower on August 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California. After nearly 12 years of construction and an estimated price tag of $6.4 billion, workers are making final repairs to the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge which is set to open on September 3. The bridge will be the world's tallest Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) tower once completed.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Top Transportation Officials Grilled Over Alleged Conspiracy Of Hiding Bay Bridge Problems

A state legislative committee is conducting a hearing into the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge after a report issued last week found that officials with the state transportation department allegedly conspired to keep problems secret.

08/05/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Alameda County Leaders Pressure Lawmakers To Make Kill Switch Mandatory On Cell Phones

Alameda County leaders are pushing state lawmakers to pass a smartphone kill-switch bill — with the intention of passing their own at a local level should it fail.

06/19/2014

Lyft Rideshare Service

State Senate Committee Passes 2 Bills That Would Tighten Regulations For Apps Like Uber, Lyft

A State Senate committee approved two bills Tuesday to tighten regulations on on-demand, ride-app services such as Uber and Lyft.

06/17/2014

Artist rendering of a California High-Speed Rail trail. (CA High-Speed Rail Authority)

California State Budget Triggers Federal Spending On High-Speed Rail

Gov. Jerry Brown scored a big win for the $68 billion high-speed rail project this week by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget.

06/16/2014

Surveillance video of former 18th District Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi shortly before she was arrested on shoplifting charges. (San Francisco Police Department)

Surveillance Video Released Of East Bay State Senate Candidate Hayashi Shoplifting

The hour long video shows the former 18th District assemblywoman picking out about $2,500 worth of clothing then going into a dressing room with shopping bags.

05/21/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Bill Requiring Mandatory ‘Kill-Switch’ In Smartphones Passes California Senate

A bill by state Sen. Mark Leno, that would require all smartphone manufacturers sold in California to come equipped with anti-theft “kill switches” passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday in the state Senate with a 26-8 vote.

05/08/2014

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