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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 …

Obama Declares Major Disaster in California Wildfire

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster Tuesday in a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed at least 1,200 homes and killed at least three people. The declaration issued for the fire that broke out in Lake County 90 miles …

California Climate Change Bills Unlikely to See Easy Passage

California lawmakers negotiated frantically behind the scenes on Tuesday over the fate of several proposals to dramatically reduce the state’s use of fossil fuels and slash the amount of greenhouse gases that legally could be emitted.   The measures, part …

California Insurance Company Oversight Law Signed

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 553, which establishes new oversight aimed at reducing the number of insurance company insolvencies. AB 553 was authored by Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and was sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and …