California

Central California meat producer closed by federal inspectors

A Central California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program has been closed by federal inspectors after failing to meet cleanliness standards.

California won't vote on legal pot until 2016

California was the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana back in 1996. For a while, it seemed likely that we'd be voting on whether to legalize recreational pot this fall.

The debate over Little Arabia: What’s in a name?

The idea of branding Little Arabia has caught on with city leaders eager to promote another facet of Anaheim beyond Disneyland.

Authorities ID man fatally struck by SF Muni train

Michael Mendez, a 55-year-old transient, was killed by an outbound Muni train at the Powell Street station around 2:40 p.m. Saturday

Good news and bad news about California's drought

Forecasters say the high-pressure zone that's blocked rain from the state may be breaking up in some places. Unfortunately, Southern California isn't one of them.

California officials warn of measles exposure

A Berkeley student infected with measles could have exposed thousands of others by attending classes and riding public transit, say health officials.

Immigrant drivers worry about having the right papers to apply for licenses

California is the biggest state to allow immigrants without legal status to apply for driver’s licenses. But regulators still need to write the rules, and some immigrants are concerned the finalized law might not work as intended.

7 great hiking spots to enjoy this President's Day weekend (map)

Hike to the Hollywood sign and mute out the buzzing sounds of cars, cell phones and LA traffic. Enjoy a glowing scene of LA lights from afar and star gaze with your pals at the Cross in Palm Desert.

Palm Springs Modernism Week: What to do when you get into town

If you're heading out to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, Charles Phoenix has his list of favorite hotspots to see while you're there.

What California freeway has the most gridlock?

Caltrans figures that, in 2012 alone, vehicles spent a cumulative 6.6 million extra hours in heavy congestion on this freeway — that's 753 years.

More fracking jobs approved off California coast

Federal regulators have approved three new fracking jobs off the California coast, more than previously known.

Central Valley farm communities brace for the drought

California's drought woes are getting the attention of lawmakers in Washington with California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introducing drought legislation to help the state deal with the drought.

California drought: Highway signs urge water conservation

This week Caltrans launched an education campaign with 700 electronic highway boards displaying the message: "Serious Drought. Help Save Water."

Republican Faulconer elected mayor in San Diego

City councilman Kevin Faulconer will fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, becoming the only Republican mayor of a top 10 U.S. city.

Dodgers announcer Jaime Jarrin pitches broadband access to Latinos

As the Spanish voice of the LA Dodgers, Jaime Jarrin is known for calling plays . But in a new public service campaign, Jarrin’s the one making the pitch.

Drought: SoCal water district declares 'water supply alert'

The water supplier for 19 million southern Californians has triggered more rebates for water conservation and is calling to slake the state’s thirst.