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  • 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.


  • 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...

  • Rancher wars are back...over California water Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Workers install a new drill pipe in search of water at a farm near Mendota, Calif.

    In parched California, there's talk of measuring water use better in year four of the drought. But there's resistance.

  • 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.

  • Why California's new water rules may not work Friday, 8 May 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    A man waters down the sidewalk outside Taco Bell in Los Angeles.

    California is adopting new drought-fighting rules, but many people in the state don't seem interested in cutting back on water use.

  • 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...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by...

  • California water wars: Farms vs. everybody else Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    Signs referring to the water shortage in Kettleman, California's Central Valley.

    California has the most people and the biggest farm economy, but an epic drought is turning the two against each other.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9- The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a...

  • Forget 'food trucks'—California has water trucks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Water truck delivery at home just outside Clovis, California.

    Neeley Keeney's water delivery service is struggling to keep up with a booming demand in the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley.

  • Santa Barbara's drought plan: Tap the Pacific Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    Santa Barbara, California

    Faced with California’s worsening drought and shrinking local water supplies, Santa Barbara is looking to the sea for salvation.

  • California imposes mandatory water restrictions Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Men walk past a bench with a sign telling people to only water their lawns three times a week, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.

    Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order slashing water use by 25 percent to deal with a drought that just won't quit. NBC News reports.

  • CA farmers fight for 'survival' as drought worsens Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif.

    California is bracing for year four of a major drought and many farmers already are reducing acreage.

  • Where would Cisco (and its CEO) be without her? Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:49 AM ET
    Debbie Gross and John Chambers.

    Few people in tech worked harder over the past 24 years than Debbie Gross. She's executive assistant to John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco.

  • Despite water bond, Calif drought relief elusive Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove in Lakehead, Calif.

    A bond measure to fund water projects in California easily passed Tuesday. But what might not be so easy is getting relief from the state's drought.

  • First-of-a-kind law would help gay businesses Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:12 PM ET
    Marchers carry a rainbow flag in the LA Pride Parade on June 8, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif.

    LGBT businesses in California may get the same consideration for contracts now given to minorities and women.

  • New California law promotes LGBT business Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    New California law promotes LGBT business

    A first-in-the-nation law passed by the Calif. legislature and awaiting Gov. Brown's signature would allow LGBT businesses qualify for special consideration for work with state regulated utilities. Beyond Curious CEO Nikki Barua, Justin Nelson of the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and AT&T California Pres. Ken McNeeley explain what it means.