1. California Vote by Mail

2012-09-27 08:50:00

As noted in previous dispatches, a number of states have seen a rise in voters casting ballots before Election Day. California is no exception.

2. California Reconsiders "Three Strikes"

2012-09-21 00:30:00

Voters in California will decide whether to revise the state's "three strikes" law, largely considered to be the nation's harshest on repeat offenders. Polling is strong for revision, but many police officers, victims' advocates and district attorneys oppose the change.

3. Redevelopment in California: The Program That Disappeared

2012-09-19 00:30:00

One of the oldest urban redevelopment programs in the country went out of existence this year. Cities in California have yet to recover from the blow.

4. California Overhauls Workers' Compensation

2012-09-19 00:30:00

A new law in California is expected to reduce costs to employers while increasing payouts to some workers injured on the job.

5. California Scales Back Pension Benefits

2012-09-13 00:30:00

A law signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday will scale back retirement benefits for public employees in an effort to rein in the costs of the state's woefully underfunded pension systems.

6. School Budgets Are on the Ballot in California

2012-09-12 00:30:00

Two ballot initiatives would raise taxes in California over the next several years to increase funding for schools.

7. With 'Facts' Website, California Looks to Thwart Opposition to Climate Change

2012-08-15 00:05:00

California Governor Jerry Brown has unveiled a new website seeking to quiet climate change skeptics. The move comes as conservative legislators in some states are pushing back against efforts to address the impacts of a climate shift.

8. No Child Left Behind: Not Dead Yet

2012-08-13 00:05:00

Most states have received waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind law, but some have found flexibility harder to come by.

9. Online Pew Center Study Includes Interactive Data on Payday Loans

2012-08-03 15:56:44

California is among states with the least regulation of payday lending, allowing loans that if renewed repeatedly would sock borrowers with 391% annual interest rates or higher, according to a new study that classifies states as permissive, restrictive or in

10. Best of #StateReads: California Mental Health Money Spent Elsewhere

2012-08-01 00:05:00

This week's extraordinary journalism about state government, tagged to #StateReads on Twitter.

11. Best of #StateReads: California Parks Director Resigns After Budget Revelations

2012-07-25 00:05:00

This week's extraordinary journalism about state government, tagged to #StateReads on Twitter.

12. California Drops Most For-Profit Colleges From Scholarship Pool

2012-07-01 00:05:00

Facing a $15.7 billion budget hole, lawmakers cut the budget for college scholarships by knocking out schools with low graduation rates and high default rates.

13. 30 Cities: Interactive

2012-06-27 07:35:00

The Pew American Cities Project focuses on the biggest city in the nation's 30 largest metro areas.

14. Teach for America Alums Take Aim at State Office

2012-06-27 00:05:00

Some alumni from the teaching program are making runs for state office. Many are facing opposition from teachers' unions.

15. Dueling Tax Measures Added to California Ballot

2012-06-22 00:05:00

As California struggles to dig itself out of a $16 billion hole, three initiatives up for a vote in November are asking taxpayers to bear more of the cost. But competition between the measures could challenge all of them.

16. California: Widening Gap Update

2012-06-18 11:55:44

In California there was a consistent failure to make the full annual pension contributions towards the teacher retirement system from 2005 to 2010, although public employers did make the full contributions into California's main pension plan.

17. Squeezing Local Governments

2012-06-11 13:30:00

Cities, counties and school districts are facing a one-two punch: simultaneous drops in property tax revenue and state aid. The blows come even as demand for services is growing. This fiscal squeeze-not seen since 1980-has resulted in painful choices for local governments large and small.

18. Time Served in California

2012-06-06 00:00:00

The average offender released in 2009 in California served 2.9 years in custody, 51% more than the average offender released in 1990.

19. Military and Overseas Voters in California

2012-06-05 09:05:00

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently entered into a consent decree with California after more than 8,000 ballots were sent to military and overseas voters later than federally required for the state's June 5 primary.

20. Critiquing Statehouse Reporters, 140 Characters at a Time

2012-05-31 00:05:00

The ability to Tweet about the day's news is changing the relationship between Statehouse reporters and the politicians they cover.

21. A Bill of Rights for State Workers?

2012-04-03 10:05:00

California lawmakers are debating whether to enshrine a list of protections for state workers in state law. Some believe state employee unions already have more than enough power.

22. Election Websites: California

2012-04-02 14:30:00

Being Online Is Still Not Enough provides state-by-state reviews and analysis based on detailed criteria of election websites for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

23. California Pension Move Could Cost Both State and Localities

2012-04-02 00:00:00

The largest public pension fund in the United States is likely to lower its projection of investment gains today. If it does, agencies will pay more to support the fund.

24. Best of #StateReads: California Legislators Flip-Flop When the Voting's Done

2012-03-20 00:00:00

This week's extraordinary journalism about state government, tagged to #StateReads on Twitter.

25. Fate of Ballot Measures Often Depends on the Wording

2012-03-09 00:00:00

When a proposal comes before the voters, somebody has to produce the ballot language describing it. Sometimes, the people who write that language have other priorities than simply making it clear.

26. Facebook IPO Could Bring Windfall for California

2012-02-02 00:00:00

TODAY'S TAKE: Legislative analysts say California could see as much as $1 billion in new revenue after Facebook, the Menlo Park-based social networking giant, goes public.

27. California County Jails Coping With Bigger Inmate Population

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Governor Jerry Brown ordered that California prisons deal with overcapacity by sentencing new inmates to county facilities. The counties are complying, but they are under a great deal of stress.

28. Brown's Tax Plan Comes With Double Dose of Uncertainty

2012-01-18 00:00:00

TAX & BUDGET BEAT: The big question Californians are asking is whether Governor Jerry Brown's plan to increase taxes will pass. But an equally important question is how much money it will bring in if it does.

29. California State of the State Address 2012

2012-01-18 00:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jan. 18 - Following is Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) 2012 state of the state address: As required by the state constitution, I am reporting to you this morning on the condition of our state. Putting it as simply as I can, California is on the mend. Last year, we were look

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