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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take six hours or more by car. In the second phase of a court challenge filed in 2011, attorneys for a group of Central Valley farmers will argue...

  • LOS ANGELES— A California official outlined a plan Thursday to cap a massive Los Angeles- area gas leak by the end of next week. The final phase to intercept the ruptured Southern California Gas Co. well is expected to begin Monday, said Wade Crowfoot, an adviser to Gov. The well has been leaking for 15 weeks and has been a major disruption for the upscale Porter Ranch...

  • LOS ANGELES— A California official outlined a plan Thursday to cap the massive Los Angeles- area gas leak by the end of next week. Jerry Brown, told residents of Porter Ranch that the final phase to intercept the ruptured well should start Monday. It is then expected to take another five days to permanently seal the Southern California Gas Co. well that began...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- A California utility failed to protect residents from the largest methane leak in state history at its natural gas field near Los Angeles, a regional pollution watchdog said in a lawsuit filed against the company. The suit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, seeks penalties...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 23- Regional air quality regulators in California voted on Saturday to require the utility responsible for a ruptured underground pipeline in the Los Angeles area to underwrite an independent study on the health effects of a huge methane leak from the site. The natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon, just outside the Los Angeles neighborhood of...

  • Jan 22- Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. Jurisdiction over facilities storing gas to be transported across state lines falls to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 21- California Governor Jerry Brown urged continued fiscal restraint amid the state's economic expansion but hinted broadly that new fees would be needed to pay for repairs of deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Improvements in the state's financial health and a weather pattern that is helping to ease four years of...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 7- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a new state budget that increases public spending in education, healthcare and infrastructure, the latest indication of the most populous U.S. state's rebound from years of economic doldrums. Brown, a Democrat, proposed a new budget plan for fiscal year 2016-17 that topped $122...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 10- Neel Kashkari, who as a top U.S. A former executive at Goldman Sachs and global investment firm Pimco who ran as a Republican for California governor last year, Kashkari will take over from Narayana Kocherlakota on Jan. 1. He also has a theatrical flair: in 2014 in what he said was both a publicity stunt and an effort to draw attention to poverty in...

  • Previously an executive at Goldman Sachs and at bond fund Pimco who ran for California governor last year, Kashkari will take over from Narayana Kocherlakota on Jan. 1. He also has a theatrical flair: in 2014 in what he said was both a publicity stunt and an effort to draw attention to poverty in the California gubernatorial race, he lived as a homeless man for a week.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 10- Neel Kashkari, who as a top U.S. Kashkari, who also ran a failed bid for California governor in 2014 and was previously an executive at Goldman Sachs and at bond fund Pimco, will take over from current chief Narayana Kocherlakota on Jan. 1. Named in People Magazine's "sexiest men alive" issue in 2008, Kashkari ran the government's $700 billion...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 21- Private firms looking to build California's $68 billion high-speed train system have concerns about the state's ability to finance some of the project's cost through an untested' cap-and-trade' carbon trading levy. The California High-Speed Rail Authority expects to raise $500 million per year for the rail line from the cap-and-trade...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 19- As California's pension funds discuss divesting from investments in coal companies, a consultant warned on Monday that past efforts to divert CalPERS' money away from investments deemed unethical have cost the largest U.S. public pension fund between $4 billion and $8 billion. In the past, CalPERS has pulled cash out of tobacco and...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring California to produce half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a goal he said was key to combating global climate change. "A decarbonized future is the reason we're here," Brown said at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles. "There's no question that increasing the amount...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring the state to produce half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a goal that he said was key to combating global climate change. "A decarbonized future is the reason we're here," Brown said at a bill signing ceremony in Los Angeles. "There's no question that...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring the state to produce half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, the most aggressive target in the country. The move was cheered by environmentalists even though language to cut petroleum use by 50 percent over the next 15 years was stripped from the...

  • California governor signs renewable electricity bill Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring the state to produce half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, the most aggressive target in the country.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 25- California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday directed $10 million from the state's budget reserve to help pay for the removal of huge amounts of burned debris left in the wake of two massive wildfires, the administration said. In a letter to leaders of the legislature's budget and appropriations committees, the Brown administration said...

  • California Democrats drop fuel-cutting proposal Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 11:08 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 9- California's top Democratic lawmakers said on Wednesday they were abandoning a proposal aimed at dramatically reducing the state's use of fossil fuels, blaming intense lobbying in the final days of the regular legislative session. "We could not cut through the multi-million dollar smoke screen created by a single interest group...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 8- 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 of an environmental agenda championed by state Senate Democratic Leader Kevin...