Orinda Mayor Faces Concord Assemblywoman In East Bay’s State Senate Special ElectionThe state Senate race between Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer and Concord Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla has led to $7 million in campaign spending. Voters decide who goes to Sacramento in a special election on Tuesday.
East Bay State Senate Race Gets Dirty, Signs Vandalized, StolenAn already heated and expensive race for the State Senate in the East Bay has gotten dirty, with campaign signs for candidate Steve Glazer being vandalized. Meanwhile, supporters of opponent Susan Bonilla say their signs are being stolen.
Sonoma County Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect; Statewide Ban Bill Sits On Governor’s Desk Sonoma County joins the growing list of jurisdictions in the State of California to impose a ban on plastic shopping bags. The ban went into effect on Monday.
Ban On Warrantless Drone Use By Law Enforcement Passes California State SenateThe California State Senate passed legislation Thursday night that would, in most cases, require law enforcement and other government agencies to get a warrant before gathering information with an unmanned aircraft.
Warriors Exec Rick Welts, Actor George Takei Honored By California Legislature For LGBT Pride Month Former "Star Trek" actor George Takei is being recognized by the California Legislature as part of its celebration of LGBT Pride Month.
Power Struggle In State Senate Over 'Opt-In' Requirement For Alternative PowerA power struggle is underway in California’s State Assembly over two simple words that are complicating a bill about where residents get their electricity.
Hayashi, Wieckowski Race For California Senate District 10 An Internet Mudslinging AffairA 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.
Bill Requiring Mandatory ‘Kill-Switch’ In Smartphones Passes California SenateA 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.
Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union A California Senate bill would require public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors on campus in the event a student experiences a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, but those in the medical field are getting push back from the teachers union.
State Senators Get Ethics Training After Leland Yee Arrest, Other ScandalsState senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature's image.
#LelandYee FBI Raid Explodes On Social Media, Offering Analysis, Depth To Story In the world capital of social media, where suspected felon and State Senator Leland Yee governs a district incorporating offices of Twitter and satellite offices of Facebook, it's no surprise that social media is exploding with the #LelandYee discussion, adding nuance and depth to an already riveting plot line.
Phil Matier: Democratic Shakeup At State House Will Benefit Gov. BrownIt’s rare but the two houses of the California Legislature are about to choose two leaders from Southern California: Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as its president pro tem, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, its speaker.
Phil Matier: California Lawmakers Kill Proposal To Ban Transit StrikesWith little debate, a State Senate committee killed a proposal Monday that would have banned transit workers from going on strike.
Phil Matier: California's Lawmakers Get A Pay RaiseCalifornia state lawmakers are receiving more in their pay checks, as a raise went into effect on Monday. The California Citizens Compensation Commission approved the increase of more than five percent back in June.
State Senate OKs New Regulations For Calif. Medical Marijuana DispensariesThe measure is intended to restrict dispensaries that federal prosecutors say had grown out of control in California, where voters first supported legalizing cannabis to treat illness in 1996.