Fiscal Cliff could undermine prop 30's gains

A plunge over the 'fiscal cliff' could hurt California's effort to harness billions in Prop. 30 tax revenue to protect school funding and balance the state budget.

3 die in small plane crash in San Diego County

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the four-seat Lancair IV-P had departed from San Diego's Montgomery Field en route to Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix

California missions undergo upgrades to resist quakes

Conversion these days at the state's Spanish missions isn't only about religion; it's also about seismic retrofitting.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants more analysis at San Onofre

Federal regulators are asking for more information as they try to determine if the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant should be restarted.

New Cottage Food Act lets home producers sell their goods, cuts red tape

Current laws prevented Grandma from selling trichinosis treats and prevented people from making and selling a long list of homemade food: dried fruit, nuts, and mole paste to name a few.

Entertainment's future: Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley

In the year about to end and the year ahead, the battle between Silicon Valley and Hollywood for entertainment supremacy is a constant.

World's tallest thermometer: Death Valley landmark deemed roadside eyesore

A giant thermometer built to attract motorists headed to and from Las Vegas has become an eyesore and residents in Baker, Calif., are divided about whether to take the landmark down.

CA official says payroll system in chaos

California's state controller's office says a $371 million overhaul of the government payroll system is heading for collapse.

Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

A federal appeals court has put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy that aims to turn gay minors straight.

Hundreds of gun owners in San Diego turn in their weapons

Hundreds of people in San Diego County have turned in their firearms to authorities as part of the annual Guns for Gift Cards program.

SoCal takes shots at the NRA, shows little support on social media

Wayne LaPierre imagined aloud about "the shocking headlines you'll print tomorrow " seemingly unaware of what was being typed and transmitted at that very moment.

Medi-Cal patients sue over being forced into managed care

Advocates say California health officials put seriously ill people at risk in a rush to shift seniors and disabled patients into managed care. The state says it's working to provide efficient health care.

Jerry Brown warns Medi-Cal expansion could hurt California

Expanding California's Medi-Cal program to meet new federal guidelines could add up to $4 billion a year in costs, potentially putting the budget "right out of whack," Gov. Jerry Brown said.

Supporters of TRUST Act meet with Governor Brown's staff for first time

The state bill called the TRUST Act would require local law enforcement to release undocumented immigrants who’ve been arrested once they post bond, as long as they have no serious convictions.

Chart: California's gun control efforts vs federal gun laws

California has a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. There is no federal waiting period. Learn some more differences between US law and the Golden State.

DMV 2013: New laws and old plates

A look at some of the new California Department of Motor Vehicles laws that will take effect beginning Jan. 1, 2013.