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  • SAN FRANCISCO— California is betting big— $1.4 billion over five years— that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. "My top priority is to better prepare California students for college and careers in the 21st century," Torlakson said. One of the largest awards, $15 million,...

  • LOS ANGELES— Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun. Martinez had just gotten off the phone with his son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, on the night of May 23, 2014, when the sophomore English major at the University of California, Santa...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore. Up to 2,500 barrels of petroleum, according to latest...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Environmental activists and local officials said it was believed to be...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach, both popular seaside...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state. Regulators said those first orders Friday will impact holders of century-old...

  • The spill occurred Tuesday about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean for several hours before it was shut off. The spill happened Tuesday about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara.

  • California farmers offer to give up some water, avoid cuts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:53 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. The offer was made as these and other "senior water rights holders" face an imminent threat of being included in the mandatory cutbacks that apply to...

  • California farmers propose voluntary cuts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. If the state accepts the deal, Delta water managers say it may become a model for...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out. Federal regulators were investigating the leak as workers in protective suits raked and shoveled stinky...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 18- The Service Employees International Union, backer of a three-year campaign to improve the plight of low-wage retail and fast-food workers, on Monday said it would petition the Federal Trade Commission to investigate alleged abusive practices by major franchisors, including McDonald's Corp and 7- Eleven Inc.. Separately, franchisor 7-...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday called for increased funding for education and a tax credit for the working poor, but he stopped short of agreeing to fund social programs that were cut during the recession despite a jump in state revenues. "I don't want to get caught in the jaws of the persistent fiscal instability of the state...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14- California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Thursday he would increase spending for education, a rainy day fund and climate change in the May revision of his state budget. California has enjoyed a $3 billion jump in state revenues, a windfall that has set up intense jockeying for funding among state agencies, advocates for the poor and...

  • May 14- California Governor Jerry Brown increased general fund expenditures to $115.3 billion in the May revision of his budget, up 1.8 percent from his January plan. In the new plan proposed on Thursday, Brown said he would bolster the state's rainy day fund to $3.8 billion from $2.8 billion. Education would also benefit from new money.

  • JERRY BROWN INCREASES GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES TO $115.3 BILLION IN MAY, UP 1.8 PERCENT FROM JANUARY.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14- California Governor Jerry Brown will reveal how he plans to spend an unexpected $3 billion jump in the state's revenues on Thursday, a windfall that has set up intense jockeying for funding among state agencies, advocates for the poor and others. The governor's annual May revision of his budget, meant to reflect changes in the economy...

  • Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor. I doubt it, "said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D- San Diego. Brown's updated budget plan marks the beginning of a four-week negotiation period with...

  • Caltrans said in the report, released last week, that it would need about $8 billion annually for the next 10 years to reach management and improvement goals for its highway system, but only $2.3 billion annually has been budgeted. Caltrans said it needed the funding for critical infrastructure projects to roadways and bridges planned over the next decade.

  • MEMLO PARK, Calif., April 30- In the 1980 s when Sony and Toshiba were setting the agenda in the global TV and memory chip markets Japan was bristling with confidence as a hub of technological innovation. Three decades later, with Japan's electronics industry in decline, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come to Silicon Valley- the first sitting Japanese leader to do so-...

  • April 29- California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday to cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, his office said in a statement. Under the current EPA proposal, California is required to cut the rate at which its power plants emit carbon dioxide by 23 percent by 2030.. States will need to submit...