U.S. voters next month in five states, including bellwether California, are poised to expand the legal use of recreational marijuana to almost a quarter of the American population, a move that could prove to be one of the most consequential shifts in U.S drug policy since the 1930s.
It would swell Oregon’s budget 33 percent and steer $3 billion of corporate earnings annually toward schools, healthcare and the elderly, making it something of a Pacific Northwest welfare state.
Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names are pouring money into an effort to overturn California’s death penalty as support for capital punishment has declined to the lowest in decades.
When three Colorado marijuana entrepreneurs made a presentation to 40 Silicon Valley investors last year, it was as though they were discussing something dirty.
Office landlords are bracing for a cooling of San Francisco’s red-hot market as weaker startup valuations and lower venture-capital funding temper years of runaway growth in the technology-industry hub.
California has overtaken France as the world’s sixth-largest economy, fueled by strong growth and the U.S. dollar’s gains against foreign currencies, state data released Tuesday show.
San Francisco is preparing for a different kind of Big One.
As California voters prepare to consider the most ballot measures in almost two decades, companies such as Merck & Co. Inc. and Pfizer Inc. and other interests have already plowed $160 million to sway the outcomes, a sum that could more than triple before the Nov. 8 election.
Alan Burradell walks his rat terrier, Django, around San Francisco in a red, white and blue Donald Trump dog sweater. Across town, Tom Canaday sports a Ted Cruz button as he calls neighbors from a rent-controlled apartment urging them to support the conservative Texas senator.
California Governor Jerry Brown said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s idea to build a wall to prevent migrants from crossing the southern U.S. border and have Mexico pay for it is “absolutely preposterous.”
Apple Inc.’s decision to defy a court order demanding the company help federal agents unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in a California terrorist attack has emboldened a state lawmaker seeking to mandate that smartphones come equipped with a backdoor access feature.
Daren Grant biked to the Bloom Room dispensary in San Francisco on Monday to pick up some “Big Kahuna.” Instead, he walked out with two grams of “Carolina Cam Crush” and “Bronco Mile High.”
When a million people descend on San Francisco later this month to revel in Super Bowl festivities, they can see a performance by Alicia Keys, a fireworks display and art by local artists. What they won’t see much of are hordes of homeless people.
California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a $123 billion general-fund spending plan for the next fiscal year, a 6 percent increase over the current budget and the largest ever as state coffers overflow with surging tax revenue.
Uber customers in Austin, Texas, who ordered cars last month got a political prod, right on their phones: the option of a $50 horse-and-buggy ride.
California’s big public pension fund has a message for corporate board members like Lee Raymond, the 77-year-old lead director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.: It’s time to retire.
Airbnb Inc. has fought off a San Francisco ballot measure that sought to limit the short-stay rental service in its hometown, an effort to contain housing costs that some say has made the city a playground for well-heeled techies.
California’s $184 billion pension fund for school teachers chided Volkswagen AG for rigging some diesel engines to cheat on U.S. emission tests and said it is evaluating its exposure to losses from the scandal.
In another sign that U.S. states are recovering from the Great Recession, a handful are triggering mechanisms that repay taxpayers when coffers overflow, and the wealthiest are receiving the most.
Two groups likely will have to battle each other over what is expected to be a crowded California ballot in November 2016.
The retired neurosurgeon tested his message Tuesday in the staunchly Democratic city.
California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a $3.6 billion transportation funding plan to repair the state’s roads and bridges that would raise gas taxes and for the first time impose a user fee on drivers.
The company has spent more on lobbyists in California than Facebook and Apple combined.
California Governor Jerry Brown said he won’t tip his hand yet as to whether he’ll back raising gas taxes to come up with $5.7 billion needed to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
His decision to wait out the market is being closely scrutinized by other U.S. pensions that view Calpers as a bellwether for investing a collective $3.7 trillion.
The dilemma that California and other U.S. states face is that their main road-funding source—gasoline taxes—is shrinking as engines improve and electric vehicles become more common.
California farmers whose water rights may date to the Millard Fillmore presidential administration are battling restrictions as the state tries to address its historic drought.
The $300 billion fund says it earned 2.4 percent in the last fiscal year, below its 7.5 percent target rate.
Seven out of 10 cities in the U.S. are increasing their spending on public safety, according to the National League of Cities.
The state is taking on a $132 million annual burden as Congress blocks federal reform.
The Democratic presidential candidate avoided specifics while criticizing congressional gridlock on the issue.
California lawmakers are poised to pass a bill allowing regulators to merge some of the state’s 8,000 public water systems as a record drought depletes supplies.
The agreement calls for a record $115.4 billion in spending.
It comes even though Governor Jerry Brown has said the spending plan relies on overly optimistic revenue projections.
Governor Jerry Brown has called for conservatism, saying the good times won’t last.
California’s epic drought, four years old and seemingly endless, is getting on people’s nerves.
Some water rights holders in the drought-ravaged state will need to cease siphoning from two key rivers in the Central Valley.
The surplus is fleeting and the money should be banked, the governor says.
Less water, more wine, says the California governor.
Nestle SA’s plan to bottle Oregon’s spring water is stoking a fight with lawmakers and environmental activists who say a corporation shouldn’t be allowed to profit from a natural resource as drought spreads across the state.
The governor said that another $6.7 billion has flowed into the state's coffers.
The record drought plaguing California isn’t limited by lines on a map.
Those attending were encouraged to label their tweets with the hashtag “DisruptingDemocracy.”
He speaks after regulators for the first time required urban water cutbacks.
At stake is a market of 39 million California residents, more than double the combined size of Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon.
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos will seek to put the measure on the ballot this November or next year.
She pledges not to seek or accept payment from any outside source while in office and says her family and staff will follow suit.
He'll seek the job being vacated by Governor Jerry Brown.
Local governments help the lowest earners while efforts to approve a nationwide boost languish in Congress.
Voters in all five states where a minimum-wage increase was on the ballot supported it on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama has pressed Congress to raise the federal minimum to $10.10.
Taxes on marijuana sales could generate millions for states that allow it.
The hedge fund founder is pouring $36 million into seven states to put climate change on the political agenda.