Health, education and other human needs programs have endured repeated severe cuts over the years. The California budget that finally passed included still deeper cuts.
It's no surprise that this week's meeting of America's Health Insurance Plans, the health insurance industry's national trade association, was greeted by a "welcoming committee."
An unexplored and deadly consequence of the Vietnam war occurred on U.S. soil - the political assassinations of six Vietnamese-Americans, five of them journalists - between 1981 and 1990.
After a long court battle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, on May 23 that California must lower its prison population by tens of thousands in the next two years, so the state can provide decent health care for those who remain.
Calling the economy "not as good as it's been, but definitely on the mend," California Governor Jerry Brown released a revised budget proposal.
Texans: Your much-maligned Lone Star State has been vindicated once again by none other than Chief Executive magazine.
Lawmakers are considering a bill to make sure the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are accurately portrayed in public schools.
On March 17, 29-year-old Huy Pham, a city maintenance worker, jumped off the roof of Costa Mesa City Hall, killing himself, after receiving a pink slip.
California became No. 1 in the nation in its commitment to renewable energy after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all electricity retailers to get at least 33 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal, by 2020.
When Governor Jerry Brown put his signature on Senate Bill 2X April 12, California became No. 1 in the nation in its commitment to renewable energy.