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Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to revamp prison parole rules qualifies for the November ballot

Updates on California politics: Lawmakers send gun measures to Gov. Brown, initiative on parole overhaul makes the Nov. 8 ballot June 30, 2016, 3:32 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Legislators sent Gov. Jerry...

'This is a historic day': California lawmakers send governor sweeping gun control package

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown an unprecedented package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions...

Gov. Jerry Brown again denies parole for ex-Mexican Mafia killer Rene "Boxer" Enriquez

For the second time in less than 18 months, Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a convicted killer and former shot-caller for the Mexican Mafia who developed an unusually close relationship with law enforcement. On Thursday, Brown reversed a February decision by a state parole board to free...

California lawmakers send broad package of gun control bills to Gov. Jerry Brown

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Updates on California politics: State lawmakers vote on gun control package, D-Day for ballot measures June 30, 2016, 1:33 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Today is the final day for voter initiatives to qualify...

Big fish in small pond: No room for bass in Gov. Jerry Brown's delta tunnel plan

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“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton….” Hold it there. Cotton growers don’t like those fish jumpin’. Neither do hardly any other growers in the thirsty San Joaquin Valley. Not bass, anyway, jumpin’ in the bucolic California Delta. They want `em dead. Striped and...

DA: Deny Parole for 'Manipulative' Manson Follower

The Los Angeles district attorney is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reject parole for a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, the AP reports. District Attorney Jackie Lacey released a letter Tuesday she sent to Brown saying that Leslie Van Houten should stay in prison for her role in the...

Assembly resolution asks Gov. Jerry Brown for a homeless state of emergency

Updates on California politics: Sanchez defends Spain trip, Assembly to consider homeless emergency June 28, 2016, 5:58 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Assemblymembers will consider a resolution asking Gov....

California isn't serious about climate change if it gives up on clean cars

To the editor: Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are willing to cut clean-car subsidies for residents out of the budget, but they continue to subsidize corporate fossil fuel technologies through the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which is meant to fund clean energy projects. (“California...

Manson murderer's 'disturbingly distorted' views should prevent her release from prison, DA says

The Los Angeles County district attorney has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to deny parole for former  Manson “family” member Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of the cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. In a letter dated Friday, Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey...

L.A. prosecutor asks governor to deny parole ex-Manson follower

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Los Angeles’ top prosecutor on Tuesday asked California Governor Jerry Brown to keep former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten behind bars, despite the recommendation of a parole board that she be released. “I strongly oppose the release of inmate Van Houten. She poses an...

CA: Reforms Advance for Utilities Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to significant reforms at the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been under criminal investigation over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant

Beset by scandals, the state's energy regulator is facing a massive reorganization

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In a broad reorganization of California’s primary energy regulator, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers announced a deal Monday to strengthen external oversight, boost transparency in communications with the electric and gas industries and jettison some authority over Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing...

U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn brings sit-in against gun violence back home to L.A.

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Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown signs new state budget, sweeping changes proposed to California's public utilities agency June 27, 2016, 8:47 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Gov. Jerry Brown...

Gov. Jerry Brown signs $171-billion state budget

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Gov. Jerry Brown approved a state budget during a busy Monday in the Capitol, where lawmakers made progress on a $2-billion proposal to shelter the homeless but put the brakes on new energy policies during an acrimonious hearing.  The $171-billion spending plan increases funding for state-subsidized...

California voters will be asked this November to change the rules for passing bills in the Legislature

Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown signs new state budget, sweeping changes proposed to California's public utilities agency June 27, 2016, 5:33 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Gov. Jerry Brown...

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announce major reorganization of California's energy regulating agency

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Updates on California politics: Gov. Brown and lawmakers unveil sweeping changes to California's public utilities agency, state budget sees action on helping the homeless June 27, 2016, 10:57 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what...

California's budget isn't quite done, with a to-do list that includes helping the homeless and protecting orcas

Lawmakers may have sent a new budget to Gov. Jerry Brown last week, but their work isn’t done. They continue to hash out details on a variety of related measures that are being wrapped into the $171-billion spending plan. But some issues have nothing to do with dishing out taxpayer money, such...

Lt. Gov. Newsom's gun control initiative qualifies for the November ballot

Updates on California politics: Assembly gives initial OK for parks bond measure, Gov. Jerry Brown invited to tour L.A. homeless camps June 23, 2016, 1:49 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: The Assembly gave...

Republican in heavily Latino district says he can't back Donald Trump

Updates on California politics: Assembly gives initial OK for parks bond measure, Gov. Jerry Brown invited to tour L.A. homeless camps June 23, 2016, 12:55 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: The Assembly gave...

Assembly approves $3.1-billion park bond measure for November ballot

Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown invited to tour Los Angeles homeless problem, Coastal Commission asks for emergency loan June 23, 2016, 10:55 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Gov. Jerry Brown...

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