The number of inmates being released by county jails increased by 37 percent statewide during the first three years after California began sending lower-level offenders to local lockups instead of state prisons, state auditors said Tuesday. Read more
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Gov. Jerry Brown is sticking to his statewide mandatory water conservation targets, his administration said Tuesday, even as a new appeals court ruling limits the ability of cities and water districts to hit people with punishing rates to encourage them to save water. Read more
“The practical effect of the court’s decision is to put a straitjacket on local government at a time when maximum flexibility is needed,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “My policy is and will continue to be: Employ every method possible to ensure water is conserved across California.” Read more
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has removed fellow San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez from the Assembly Public Safety Committee in a move that’s raised questions about whether there’s a rift between two of the state’s most prominent lawmakers. Read more
In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation campaign, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation was unconstitutional. Read more
California employers added 39,800 jobs in March, and the state's unemployment rate fell to 6.5% -- its lowest level in seven years. Read more