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Starting this week, California's not paying some of its bills. The state is short on cash and that means billions of dollars in tax refunds and other payments aren't going out. But taxpayer groups are lobbying to get refund checks in the mail sooner. Marianne Russ reports.
Driving while texting will be officially illegal in California on January 1. The California Highway Patrol is already geared up to enforce the new law.
Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly say they're ready to approve a partial solution to the state's budget crisis - and it includes tax increases for all Californians.
A state panel that oversees loans for infrastructure has voted to stop financing nearly all construction projects in California, everything from highway improvements to new schools.
Federal scientists are urging major water cuts from the Delta to save a California native fish from going extinct, but critics say those cuts would devastate public water agencies.
A powerful storm is moving through San Diego county and forecasters say the wintery weather is not over yet. The heavy rain that fell today was partially responsible for for an accident that claimed one life. A person was killed and another injured in the San Diego area when an armored truck rolled down an embankment. National Weather Service Forecaster Forecaster Stan Wasowski says its a typical winter storm that comes out of the gulf of Alaska.
A wet storm is making its way to San Diego today. But too much rain could mean mud slides in some rural areas. Joining us on Morning Edition is Stan Wasowski with the San Diego National Weather Service.
By a narrow margin, voters approved Proposition One-A. It provides roughly $10 billion for work to begin on a statewide bullet train system.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating wildfires of 2007 with a trip to Rancho Bernardo where he visited the newly-rebuilt home of Neil and Barbara Levine. They had just finished a two-year remodeling project on their home when the fire destroyed it.
A brush fire, dubbed the Juliet Fire, has charred 1,500 acres near Camp Pendleton, forcing evacuations of thousands of people from base housing and neighborhoods in nearby Oceanside.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking to the radio airwaves -- this time with a pitch to potential investors. The state treasurer is preparing to sell about four-billion dollars in short term notes next week to bring in some cash.
A taxpayers' group is suing a California state organization overseeing plans for a bullet train in California for failing to prepare its business plan as required by law.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill he says will improve emergency response in California. Under the measure, the state Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security department will now be merged.
The State Treasurer is warning California may run out of cash if Congress fails to adopt an economic recovery plan. Bill Lockyer says for the last ten days state and local governments have been closed out of financial markets and help from the federal government is necessary.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has set a new veto record. He's rejected more than 35-percent of the bills that reached his desk this year. This year Schwarzenegger rejected a total of 415 bills and signed 775.
The state budget isn't the only thing Governor Schwarzenegger will be signing this week. His press Secretary says the Governor has 875 bills sitting on his desk.
Even though California finally has a budget, many of the ten-thousand state workers who were laid off during the stalemate may not get their jobs back.
The waterfront around San Diego Bay is some of the most valuable real estate in Southern California. Which is why there's a growing tension between the industrial working waterfront and the commercial dreams of developers. Now developers have put their dreams on the ballot, with a proposal to build a deck above the existing Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. They want to make the space available for a convention center or even a foot ball stadium on top. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on whether the idea is technically feasible.
The governor and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a budget deal. That will avoid Schwarzenegger's threatened veto. Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders met twice Thursday to work out an agreement that will end the state's nearly three-month long budget stalemate.
California state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner says he supports the federal bailout of insurance giant American International Group and says California consumers shouldn't be too concerned.
While hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ike, volunteers are heading to the area to help with the expected relief effort including some from San Diego. Joining us on Morning Edition is Chris Marek, Director of Development and Communications for the Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
State Assembly Democrats voted against a Republican budget proposal. It does not raise taxes, but adds more spending cuts than proposed by Democrats or Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
One health care provider in danger of closing is accusing lawmakers of criminal negligence for not passing a spending plan.
Governor Schwarzenegger requested a meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Senate and the Assembly to talk about the record late state budget. The GOP governor has been at-odds with legislators in his party over how to fill the state's 15-billion-dollar budget gap.
Governor Schwarzenegger pounded on lawmakers for attending their party conventions and failing to pass a budget. He said legislators are not being held accountable for the record-long budget impasse
Supporters of Proposition 11 have filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission. The measure would change the way political districts are drawn in California.
As the Democratic National Convention heads into its final day, anticipation is building for Barack Obama's acceptance speech tonight.
Drive less, get a bigger break on your car insurance. That's the goal of new regulations proposed by State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.
Governor Schwarzenegger is addressing rumors about lawmakers borrowing to balance the overdue state budget. The governor said raiding funds earmarked for other purposes -- such as transportation and local government needs -- would make the state's fiscal problems worse.
Some advocates for renewable energy are disappointed with the state's efforts this year when it comes to creating renewable energy plants.
This is the week to get a state budget in place. If not, there's no telling how long the stalemate will drag out according to a spokesperson for the governor.
San Diego Citys Ethics Commission has slapped fines on two city officials for soliciting campaign contributions from city employees. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A proposal for the state budget would make visiting state parks free for people with a valid state license plate.
A Sacramento judge is set to rule today on what to name a controversial measure on the November ballot. Proposition 8 aims to ban same-sex marriage in California.
San Diego County is getting more than $7.5 million in grants from the office of homeland security this year. That's an increase of 14 percent from last year.
Dozens of state workers rallied at the Chula Vista Department of Motor Vehicles today. They dont like the governors decision to lay off thousands of state workers and cut the pay of tens of thousands of others. The governor says its necessary to avoid a cash crisis.
San Diego County politicians are asking state lawmakers to keep their hands off local tax dollars.
A new study is giving Californians insight into why some homes burn and others don't during wildfires. The research was done by the Institute for Business and Home Safety. It's a non-profit agency funded by the insurance industry.
San Diego voters may have a chance to decide if they want to ban alcohol permanently from city beaches. Councilmen Scott Peters and Kevin Faulkner say they want the issue to be on the ballot next November.
Marines, Border Patrol, Homeland Security and some non-government organizations spent yesterday practicing disaster relief exercises at San Diego's Brown Field.
Thousands of people are in Del Mar for the opening day of the track's six week horse racing season. The trainers haven't been the only ones racing around the track in the last week and a half. The Thoroughbred Club's Mac Mcbride says crews have scrambled to turn the County Fair venue into a race track.
San Diego home sales continue to drop when compared to numbers from a year ago. San Diego based Dataquick Information Systems says just over three thousand homes changed hands last month. That's down more than 12 percent from last June. Dataquick's John Karevoll says the only thing he can say for certain is that there's uncertainty in the housing market.
Hundreds of UC San Diego service workers hit the picket line Monday to protest unfair wages. It marked the beginning of a five-day walkout at University of California facilities across the state.
Hundreds of homeless veterans gathered at San Diego High School's athletic field this weekend to get help from volunteers and community groups.
A California agency that monitors energy use says demand has been below expectations, but is likely to be high during the next few days.
A warehouse belonging to the San Diego Rescue Mission went up in flames last night. The fire engulfed the University Avenue building, destroying donated furniture, clothing and household appliances. Nothing was salvageable. The estimated replacement value is over a million dollars.
Former San Diego Chargers football player Steve Foley is getting $5.5 million from the city of Coronado to settle his lawsuit against the city. Foley was shot by off-duty police officer Aaron Mansker nearly two years ago. The injuries ended his professional football career. Coronado City Attorney Steven Boehmer says the city did not admit any liability in the case.
People who celebrated fourth of July in San Diego say the beaches were much quieter compared to past years. About a million people showed up compared to 1.8 million a year ago.
Californians are driving less and travel times on freeways are dropping in San Diego County. Berkeley Transportation Systems measures traffic data collected by California Department of Transportation road sensors. They record how many cars are on the road and how fast the vehicles are moving.
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