World / Politics Oct 7, 2015

California governor signs sweeping new equal pay protections

Female workers in California are getting new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the U.S. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Tuesday while surrounded by women and girls at an event at Rosie ...

Obama declares Northern California fire a major disaster

World Sep 23, 2015

Obama declares Northern California fire a major disaster

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 (145 km) north of San ...

California governor orders mandatory 25% water restrictions

Environment Apr 2, 2015

California governor orders mandatory 25% water restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. In an executive order, Brown ordered the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns that ...

World / Politics Jan 6, 2015

California governor sworn in for record fourth term

Democrat Jerry Brown made history Monday when he was sworn in for his fourth term as the governor of California. The 76-year-old governor challenged the state, already a leader with far-reaching environmental laws, to set new goals for 2030 and beyond. In the next 15 years, ...

World Oct 1, 2014

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the first statewide ban in the U.S. on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a ...