California

Buddhist group to protest Dalai Lama visit in SoCal

A couple hundred people are following the Dalai Lama's tour through Southern California to protest his ban on Buddhists worshiping the 500-year-old deity called Dorje Shugden.

California officers killed in crash remembered

CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow called officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez heroes and asked everybody in attendance to consider the families they left behind.

Heavy rainstorms due in SoCal this week, but drought persists

With storms starting Wednesday night, the coast could see 1 to 2 inches of rain and the mountains 4 inches before the weekend is over.

High-speed rail given extension to start spending

Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending state money on the project.

Mono Indian tribe seeks protection of California watersheds in response to drought

Governor Jerry Brown has outlined nearly $700 million in measures to respond to California's drought. The proposed legislation outlines funds to recapture and re-use storm water, increase conservation, and get relief to the hardest-hit areas, including 17 communities at risk of running out of drinking water in the coming months.

Gov. Jerry Brown on his plan to ease California's water woes

California Governor Jerry Brown joined Take Two to discuss the state's drought situation, what he and President Obama discussed during his visit, and how he plans to address the issue.

Metrolink to become first commuter rail line with new safety system

The new safety system was mandated under federal law following a 2008 train crash in Chatsworth that left 25 people dead.

Gov. Brown proposes $687 million for California drought relief

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday proposed spending nearly $700 million to provide immediate help for communities coping with California's drought.

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.