California Gov. Jerry Brown News

California Governor Wants to Expand Efforts on Climate Change

California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade …

California Insurers Group Hopes Governor Signs Airbnb Bill

Another bill dealing with the sharing economy is headed to the California governor’s desk. A bill to ensure homeowners and renters offering rooms for rent on hosting platforms like Airbnb and Home Away understand what insurance coverage they have recently …

Firefighters Advance on California Blaze That’s Destroyed 200 Homes

Fire crews are making inroads against a raging wildfire in central California that has claimed two lives and destroyed 200 homes. Roughly 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, according to officials. Federal fire officials said Sunday evening that containment on …

El Niño Could Signal Easing of California Drought, Says Official

In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Niño storms keep pummeling the state into the spring. The assessment came …

Emergency Declaration from California Governor for Sempra Gas Leak

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency to protect residents from natural gas that has been leaking from Sempra Energy’s underground storage site near Los Angeles for more than two months. Brown said he was directing state agencies …

California Bill Requiring Earthquake Reports on Water Infrastructure Signed

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a plan to require regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake. Senate Bill 664, authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, addresses Urban Water …

California Wants Half Its Power from Renewable Energy by 2030

Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years. Brown tried for an even stronger measure that also would …

California Governor Signs Workers’ Comp Formulary Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to move California forward in curbing abuse of opioid medications in the workers’ compensation system. Assembly Bill 1124, authored by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, requires the Division of Workers Compensation to establish a …

California Governor Signs Beer Bikes Bill into Law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing beer bikes to operate on city streets. The governor’s office tweeted a photo of Brown signing the bill on a beer bike in Sacramento Sunday with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, and …

California Governor Signs Bill Dealing with Insurance Code

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1515, which clarifies and corrects sections in the insurance code. The omnibus bill was authored by the Assembly Committee on Insurance and sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. AB 1515 restores the requirement …