Newcomer Swalwell Unseats Longtime East Bay Lawmaker StarkVoters in the newly redrawn 15th Congressional District tossed out Rep. Pete Stark on Tuesday in favor of a more moderate Democrat, Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell.
ACLU Challenges Prop. 35, Human Trafficking InitiativeThe American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging California’s new voter-approved law to boost penalties for those convicted of human trafficking.
Voters Approve Gov. Brown's Prop. 30 Tax InitiativeCCalifornia voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise income taxes on the wealthy and raise the statewide sales tax to fund education and help balance the state budget.
San Francisco LGBT Community Hails Gay Marriage Wins In Maine, MarylandSan Francisco’s gay and lesbian community cheered Tuesday night as voters in several states passed mandates approving same-sex marriage.
Berkeley Voters Narrowly Reject Sit-Lie BanBerkeley voters have narrowly defeated a controversial measure that would have banned sitting on sidewalks in the city's commercial areas.
Voters Reject California Death Penalty RepealCalifornia voters have decided to retain the death penalty for the state’s worst criminals, rejecting the argument that too few death row inmates are executed to justify the cost.
Palo Alto’s Medical Marijuana Measure Goes Up In SmokePalo Alto voters overwhelmingly defeated Measure C, which would have allowed three medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.
Herrera Wins SJ City Council Re-Election Bid Despite Pension Reform SupportSan Jose City Councilwoman Rose Herrera won re-election on Tuesday in a tough race where opponents made an issue of her support for pension reform.
Richmond Measure N Soda Tax Fizzles OutRichmond voters rejected Measure N, a business license fee that would have required business to pay one penny for every ounce of a sugar-sweetened beverage sold in the city.
San Francisco Rejects Measure To Study Draining Hetch HetchyA proposal that could have led to the dismantling of San Francisco’s water system in Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley was roundly rejected by the city’s voters Tuesday.
As California Goes, So Goes The Nation: Obama Wins Re-ElectionPresident Barack Obama won California and its 55 electoral votes on his way to being re-elected Tuesday night, despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney as well as the weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term and crimped the middle class dreams of millions.
Labor Defeats Anti-Union Proposition 32California voters have reaffirmed their support for unions in defeating a provision that would have banned the way labor traditionally raises money to fund political activity.
Richmond Votes Down Soda Tax By Wide MarginReturns from Richmond and from El Monte in Los Angeles County were showing voters rejecting a penny-per-ounce tax on businesses that sell soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Anti-Death Penalty Proposition 34 Failing At The PollsHaving tried and failed before to abolish California’s death penalty on moral grounds, capital punishment foes took a new tack this election season: state finances.
California Voters Approve Prop. 39, Closing Tax LoopholeCalifornia voters were leaning toward approving an initiative that would undo a tax break for out-of-state corporations and send more money to state coffers. Proposition 39 was ahead in early returns Tuesday after polls closed.