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  • A report from the state treasurer says the Golden State's debt burden is up to 7.8 percent, more than double what it was eight years ago. According to the report, each Californian owes $2,542 this year for state debt, more than twice the national median of $1,066. It could be worse.

  • Out of Work

    Senate Democrats are rewriting portions of President Barack Obama's jobs bill to include a new 5 percent tax on income above $1 million—a proposal that is sure to be blocked by Republicans.

  • Pig Theft on the Rise     Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 5:30 PM ET

    Hog futures have been holding up well amid all the market volatility, so much that stealing hogs is on the rise, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    A strike deadline came and went Sunday night for Southern California grocery workers, but no one was walking off the job just yet as negotiations with supermarket chains continued and looked like they could last into the night.

  • Cisco's Future     Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 3:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt has the story on how John Chambers, Cisco System CEO plans to increase sales and reassure investors. Also, discussing whether the stock is oversold, with Mark Sue, RBC Capital Markets, and Alkesh Shah, Evercore Partners.

  • TechCrunch Conference     Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 4:51 PM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt reports from the front lines of the San Francisco TechCrunch Conference, where start-ups meet venture capitalists.

  • Auctioning A Malibu Home     Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 11:56 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells has the story on a 10,500 square foot home on the housing market for auction originally going for $65 million and now finally at a minimum bid of $22 million.

  • Amazon in Deal With Legislators Over Tax Law: Report Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 8:31 AM ET
    amazon.com

    Amazon.com is in a deal with legislators to avoid a ballot battle over the state's insistence that the online retailer collect state sales tax on purchases by Californians, the LA Times said.

  • September 11 Memorials Across America Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 2:55 PM ET
    During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. There are some 500 recorded memorials in the U.S. and more are underway or planned. Most of them are in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut, home to the majority of the victims. Others are hundreds of miles away, such as one in North Dakota. The memorials vary widely in size, design and cost. Some are public, others private.

    During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. Click to see the photos.

  • Gold: A Brief History Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    An Apulian red-figure calyx crater depicting Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece, circa 340 BC–330 BC.

    Gold has had a hold on mankind since it was first mined in the Copper Age.

  • A Gold Rush Without The Rush Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    A jeweller weighs gold jewellery at a shop in Ahmedabad on October 7, 2010. Gold surged to a record 1,356.50 USD an ounce in Hong Kong trade. Dealers are buying up the precious metal as the USD remains under pressure amid concerns over the global economy and as dealers look to invest in the safe haven in times of uncertainty. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

    These should be boom times for the mining business in California and Nevada.  There is no "rush" in the new gold rush.

  • Auto & Left Coast Indicators     Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 2:40 PM ET

    A look at the auto indicator, with Lacey Plache, Edmunds.com, and CNBC's Phil LeBeau, and what the Golden State is telling investors about the economy, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • 11 Celebrity Foreclosures Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    Ever since the housing crisis began, Americans have gotten used to hearing a word that only used to apply to the very desperate --- foreclosure. In the past, the word summoned to mind images of abandoned, dilapidated homes with boarded windows, a vacant porch swing and the occasional tumbleweed.Those days are over now, and the foreclosed home in move-in condition is an increasingly common sight today. It seems like something that can happen to anybody, including famous people. The idea that cele

    Fame is no longer protection from foreclosure, and neither is success. Who are some of the celebrities who have gone through a foreclosure? Find out!

  • Tamminen: The City of the Future is Already Here Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 9:46 AM ET
    Toys 'R' Us Times Square

    There are vast economic development opportunities in efficiency, renewable energy, and converting waste into valuable assets, says blogger Terry Tamminen.

  • Thinking Small Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 10:09 AM ET

    JumpStart NYC was created to help unemployed professionals apply their knowledge, skills and abilities in opportunities at small, entrepreneurial companies.

  • Impact on State Spending     Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 2:51 PM ET

    How would a U.S. downgrade impact individual states? Insight on the financial fallout, with CNBC's Scott Cohn, and John Miller, Nuveen Asset Management.

  • A New Chapter for Vallejo Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 5:05 PM ET

    If all goes according to plan, the city of Vallejo will emerge from a three-year bankruptcy.

  • Don't Panic — The Debt Ceiling Explained Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 5:08 PM ET
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    I know I’m supposed to be all freaked out about the nation reaching its debt limit and our credit being downgraded and we’ll stop paying some bills. But I live in California. This is normal. Daily panic and doomsday scenarios over government finances started here. Political gridlock, kicking the can down the road…that’s how we roll.

  • A First Solar (FSLR) solar photovoltaic plant. The firm is contracted with Pacific Gas and Electric (PCG) to provide 550MW of renewable electricity capacity by 2013.

    A new law requires utilities to get  33-percent of their energy needs from  renewable energy sources by 2020.  Sounds good, except financing and licensing approval for new sources is unlikely to happen  at a pace sufficient to produce that much supply.

  • Flying High for Real Estate     Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 1:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on a new way for home buyers to get a bird's-eye view of expensive homes in California.