Gov. Jerry Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Americorps Volunteers

Gov. Jerry Brown Celebrates 20 Years of Americorps Volunteers

California Governor Jerry Brown celebrated two decades of the AmeriCorps national service program with volunteers at the Presidio in San Francisco this morning while President…

Stanford Law Professor Confirmed to State High Court

Stanford Law Professor Confirmed to State High Court

Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was unanimously confirmed to a post on the California Supreme Court by a state commission at a hearing in…

Governor Signs Sexual Assault Counseling Bill

Governor Signs Sexual Assault Counseling Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill authored by state Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley that ensures…

Gov. Brown Calls On Arrested, Suspended Senator Leland Yee To Resign

Gov. Brown Calls On Arrested, Suspended Senator Leland Yee To Resign

California Gov. Jerry Brown today called on state Sen. Leland Yee, who faces federal corruption and gun trafficking charges, and two other senators to resign…

Jerry Brown Files Papers To Run For Historic Fourth Term As California Governor

Jerry Brown Files Papers To Run For Historic Fourth Term As California Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown filed papers at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office in Oakland today to run for an unprecedented fourth term as California’s…

SF And LA Legislators Targeted By Prison Reform Advocates

SF And LA Legislators Targeted By Prison Reform Advocates

A coalition of advocacy groups today delivered letters to state legislators calling on them to act quickly reduce prison overcrowding and drop any plans for…

Bay Area Officials Applaud Plan To Provide $687.4 Million In Drought Relief Funding

Bay Area Officials Applaud Plan To Provide $687.4 Million In Drought Relief Funding

Gov. Jerry Brown and state Democratic leaders today announced emergency legislation providing $687.4 million in funding to support drought relief projects. The legislation includes funds…

California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard To Retire

California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard To Retire

California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard announced Tuesday that she will retire from the court on April 5. Kennard, 72, is the longest-serving justice on…

Panel In SF Gives California Two More Years To Fix Prison Overpopulation Problem

Panel In SF Gives California Two More Years To Fix Prison Overpopulation Problem

A federal three-judge panel today gave Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration a two-year extension of a deadline for reducing the number of inmates in the state’s…

Water Conservation Ordered: Gov Brown Declares Drought State Of Emergency In California

Water Conservation Ordered: Gov Brown Declares Drought State Of Emergency In California

12:03 PM: Gov. Jerry Brown today proclaimed a drought state of emergency in what is expected to be the driest year on record in California….

CA Needs Two-Year Extension To Meet Court-Ordered Cap On Prison Population

CA Needs Two-Year Extension To Meet Court-Ordered Cap On Prison Population

The head of California’s prisons said today that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $9.8 billion budget for corrections in the next fiscal year is aimed at…

Immigrant Rights Advocates Celebrate New Law Limiting Deportations

Immigrant Rights Advocates Celebrate New Law Limiting Deportations

Immigrant rights advocates are lauding a new California law taking effect today that will limit the criteria by which a local law enforcement agency can…

SF Lawyer Ascends To Superior Court

SF Lawyer Ascends To Superior Court

Gov. Jerry Brown today appointed Salinas City Attorney Vanessa Vallarta to the Monterey Superior Court and civil litigation attorney Ethan Schulman (photo above) to San…

Passage Of Ammiano’s Trust Act Heralded As Step Toward Limiting ICE Deportations

Passage Of Ammiano’s Trust Act Heralded As Step Toward Limiting ICE Deportations

Supporters of the Trust Act Monday lauded the governor’s decision to sign the law that aims to limit the criteria for deporting undocumented residents after…

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Raising California’s Minimum Wage To $10 By 2016

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Raising California’s Minimum Wage To $10 By 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Oakland today to mark the signing of a bill to raise California’s hourly minimum wage to $10 by 2016….

Threats To SF Law Firm Worker Drove California’s New Anti-Stalking Law

Threats To SF Law Firm Worker Drove California’s New Anti-Stalking Law

State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, announced this morning in San Francisco the passage of a law that will extend the length of restraining orders…

Ban On Large-Capacity Magazines, Gun Conversion Kits In Gov. Brown’s Hands

Ban On Large-Capacity Magazines, Gun Conversion Kits In Gov. Brown’s Hands

A bill authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would ban kits that convert guns into assault-type weapons was approved in a state Assembly concurrence…

Gov. Brown’s $315 Million New Plan To Reduce Prison Overpopulation: Rent More Space

Gov. Brown’s $315 Million New Plan To Reduce Prison Overpopulation: Rent More Space

Gov. Jerry Brown today announced a plan to comply with a federal court limit on prison overcrowding by leasing more space for nearly 8,000 inmates…

State Of Emergency Declared For San Francisco, Power And Water At Risk

State Of Emergency Declared For San Francisco, Power And Water At Risk

The epic Rim Fire is not only threatening large swaths of wild forest and communities near Yosemite National Park, but the San Francisco Public Utilities…

SF Court Will Mull Brown’s Request To Enjoin BART Strike Sunday Morning

SF Court Will Mull Brown’s Request To Enjoin BART Strike Sunday Morning

Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he will seek a 60-day cooling-off period in the BART contract talks at a special court hearing in San…

Both Sides On BART Negotiations Spend Tuesday Preparing For Fact-Finding Panel

Both Sides On BART Negotiations Spend Tuesday Preparing For Fact-Finding Panel

Negotiators for BART and unions representing about 2,400 employees didn’t meet Tuesday and instead prepared for a hearing that a fact-finding panel appointed by Gov….

BART Strike Averted: Mayor Lee Raves Over Governor’s “Decisive action”

BART Strike Averted: Mayor Lee Raves Over Governor’s “Decisive action”

After California Gov. Jerry Brown stepped in to forestall a BART strike, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee raved over the governor’s “decisive action.” Lee “applauded”…

US Supreme Court Denies Stay Of Prison Population Reduction Order

US Supreme Court Denies Stay Of Prison Population Reduction Order

The U.S. Supreme Court today turned down a request by Gov. Jerry Brown for a stay of a lower court order requiring a reduction of…

Gov Brown, AG Harris Urge CA Supreme Court To Deny Stay Of Same Sex Marriages

Gov Brown, AG Harris Urge CA Supreme Court To Deny Stay Of Same Sex Marriages

Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Kamala Harris urged the California Supreme Court this evening to reject a bid by the supporters of Proposition…

Drug Protocol Change Could Delay All California Executions For Several Years

Drug Protocol Change Could Delay All California Executions For Several Years

A decision by the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown to switch from three drugs to a one-drug protocol for lethal injections will delay the potential…

Strikewatch: BART Contract Negotiations Resume At Gov Brown’s Behest

Strikewatch: BART Contract Negotiations Resume At Gov Brown’s Behest

BART and union officials headed back to the bargaining table this afternoon at the request of Gov. Jerry Brown as the deadline for a threatened…

Court In SF: State Officials “have no excuse for failing to meet” Prison Population Requirements

Court In SF: State Officials “have no excuse for failing to meet” Prison Population Requirements

A federal court today reaffirmed its order for a reduction of nearly 10,000 in the state’s prison population by Dec. 31, saying that Gov. Brown…

Gov. Brown Talks Economic Inequality And Climate Change In SF

Gov. Brown Talks Economic Inequality And Climate Change In SF

Economic inequality and climate change were the themes of a speech by Gov. Jerry Brown today at a conference in San Francisco hosted by the…

Water Wars: Six Lawsuits Filed Against Delta Stewardship Council

Water Wars: Six Lawsuits Filed Against Delta Stewardship Council

Groups from all sides of California water wars filed at least six lawsuits by today’s deadline to challenge a state agency’s plan for protecting the…

State Files Court-Ordered Plan To Reduce Prison Population

State Files Court-Ordered Plan To Reduce Prison Population

Gov. Jerry Brown and state prison officials have reluctantly filed a plan in federal court in San Francisco to reduce California’s prison population by 9,300…

Governor Brown, Prison Officials In Danger Of Contempt Of Court Over Prison Overpopulation Order

Governor Brown, Prison Officials In Danger Of Contempt Of Court Over Prison Overpopulation Order

A three-judge federal court has rejected a bid by Gov. Jerry Brown for modification of its order for the reduction of the number of inmates…