California

OAKLAND, Calif.  | California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival

OAKLAND, Calif.  — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger. In backing de Leon, a majority of the party’s 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein’s calls to stay neutral in the race. … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif.  | California Democratic Party snubs Feinstein, endorses rival

California News: CA Attorney General Becerra Leads Coalition in Calling for Immediate Halt to Former EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Parting Gift to Polluters

SACRAMENTO, CA — Leading a coalition of 13 Attorneys General, the California Air Resources Board, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday submitted a LETTER to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding the immediate withdrawal of an order issued on now-departed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s final day in office.  … Continue reading California News: CA Attorney General Becerra Leads Coalition in Calling for Immediate Halt to Former EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Parting Gift to Polluters

California News: California Governor Brown Issues Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Employee, Braden Varney

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney: “Anne and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney, a man who dedicated his life … Continue reading California News: California Governor Brown Issues Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Employee, Braden Varney

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California | California fire officials say a firefighter has been killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.  — California fire officials say a firefighter has been killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park. By Associated Press

Rights group questions DEA exploit of encrypted cellphones

In the first known case of its kind, U.S. drug agents supplied unwitting cocaine-trafficking suspects in California with smartphones they thought were encrypted but had been rigged to allow eavesdropping, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The advocacy group said it feared the technique could be abused to violate the privacy of non-criminals. “I think there … Continue reading Rights group questions DEA exploit of encrypted cellphones

SACRAMENTO, California | California 2018 midterm primary turnout highest in 2 decades

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s June primary saw the highest percentage of voter turnout in a midterm primary election since 1998. More than 37 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary. That’s up more than 12 percent from the previous midterm primary in 2014, when turnout hit a record low. It is closer … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, California | California 2018 midterm primary turnout highest in 2 decades

Virginia News: California Man, Zia Zafar Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of U.S. Consulate Official

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A California man pleaded guilty today to shooting a U.S. diplomat stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. “The Vice Consul was targeted and shot because he represented the United States,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “No one should doubt the resolve of law … Continue reading Virginia News: California Man, Zia Zafar Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of U.S. Consulate Official

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  | California regulators weigh public access to gated beach

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  — The California Coastal Commission was set to decide Thursday whether access to a secluded beach can be restricted by a 9-foot iron fence, a locking gate with a $100 annual key fee and a gate attendant. The commission will vote on whether the resident-run program that has regulated access to Privates … Continue reading SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  | California regulators weigh public access to gated beach