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California Kicks Paparazzi Drones to the Curb

Gov. Jerry Brown bans flying drones taking pics, recordings in private airspace

(Newser) - If you've been thinking of firing up the ol' Blade Chroma Quadcopter to take some snapshots of Sandra Bullock's supposed new baby , you'll have to wait until she leaves her California home. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that effectively bans flying drones over private property...

California Gets First-Ever Rules to Limit Water Use

Jerry Brown issues mandatory order amid historic drought

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown made history today, but not in a way he's happy about: He ordered the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions amid a brutal drought, reports CBS Local . A slew of new rules will aim to curb water use by 25% over nine months. "It'...

No More Room on San Quentin's Death Row

It's essentially full, governor warns

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has submitted his $113 billion budget proposal, and in it he notes that, on average, 20 new felons are expected to show up per year on death row in San Quentin State Prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. One problem: There's no more room. With...

California Gets Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Bag-makers say they want a referendum

(Newser) - After some will-he-or-won't-he speculation, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed America's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags into law . "This bill is a step in the right direction—it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself," the...

California Spells Out When 'Yes Means Yes'

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill about sexual consent

(Newser) - A busy weekend for California Gov. Jerry Brown culminated in several signed bills designed to assist students across his state. Chief among the legislation is SB-967 , which seeks to combat sexual assault on campus by flipping the traditional "no means no" mantra on its head: Colleges and universities will...

California May Get Nation's First Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

But it's unclear whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation

(Newser) - California's legislature has approved what will be a national first if Gov. Jerry Brown goes along—a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in supermarkets and other stores, reports the Los Angeles Times . Lawmakers narrowly approved the measure yesterday in the name of reducing litter on streets and beaches....

California Will Have 4 Governors Next Week

Jerry Brown leaving the state, setting off unusual chain reaction

(Newser) - It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: How many governors does it take to run California? Except next week, the answer happens to be four. Follow the bouncing ball: Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving tomorrow to lead a trade mission to Mexico. While he's gone, executive powers...

Wasting Water in California Will Cost You $500

So get a nozzle on your hose if you plan to wash your car come August

(Newser) - If you live in California, now may be the time to stop using drinking water in non-recirculating ornamental fountains. That's one of the practices—along with things like allowing runoff from your sprinklers, hosing down your driveway or sidewalk, or washing your car without a nozzle on the hose—...

City Ends War on Sriracha Factory

It's no longer considered a 'public nuisance'

(Newser) - You can sleep easy tonight, Sriracha fans, because peace has been declared in the war between Irwindale, California, and Huy Fong Foods. Irwindale's city council voted unanimously yesterday to roll back its declaration that Huy Fong's factory was a "public nuisance," and to drop its lawsuit...

Manson Follower Granted Parole—Again

Gov. Brown has 150 days to nix Bruce Davis release

(Newser) - Former Charles Manson acolyte Bruce Davis has been granted parole for a third time but it will be at least four months and possibly a lot longer before he becomes a free man. A California parole board has recommended Davis—who murdered two people on Manson's orders in 1969—...

Calif. Gov: Stoners Will Be Our Downfall If Pot Is Legal

Jerry Brown says we won't be 'alert' enough

(Newser) - Jerry Brown thinks legalizing marijuana would put California and the rest of America at a competitive disadvantage, because we'd have too many stoners. Toward the end of a brief Meet the Press interview yesterday, the California governor was asked about Colorado and Washington's legalization moves. It was just...

California Farmland Lies Bare and Dry—Over a Fish?

Central Valley farmers want water, but it's complicated

(Newser) - California is embroiled in a water crisis that's right out of Chinatown. In the midst of a devastating drought, state officials cut off water to thousands of acres of Central Valley farmland—in part to protect smelt fish from swimming into pumps and going extinct. Not surprisingly, farmers and...

California in 'Worst Drought in 100 Years': Governor

Meteorologists predict drought will last at least 3 more months

(Newser) - Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for California today, over what the governor called "perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen" in the roughly 100 years the state has been keeping records. Brown asked all residents to voluntarily cut back their water usage by 20%. "...

Kids Can Now Have More Than 2 Legal Parents in Calif.

Gov. signs new bill allowing judges to recognize more parents

(Newser) - Heather can now have two mommies and a daddy ... at least in California, which has just signed a bill allowing kids to have more than two legal parents. The move is intended to recognize a broader range of family structures in legal cases, like those where a same-sex couple shares...

Illegal Immigrants Can Now Drive in California

It becomes 11th state to grant licenses

(Newser) - California has joined the ranks of states that allow illegal immigrants to legally drive. "When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," said Gov. Jerry Brown at...

California Outlaws Revenge Porn

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill making it a misdemeanor

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge porn and levying possible jail time for people who post naked photos of their exes. Senate Bill 255, which takes effect immediately, makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the...

California to Pay Priciest Minimum Wage—in 2016

Would hit $10 then under new legislation, after bump to $9 in July 2014

(Newser) - California looks set to adopt the highest minimum wage in the country: $10 an hour. The state Legislature backed the move last night, voting 51-25 in favor of it after the state Senate had approved it 26-11. Gov. Jerry Brown says he'll sign the bill despite earlier concerns, Reuters...

California the 1st to Give Transgender Kids Rights

Transgender students can now use bathroom of choice

(Newser) - California yesterday became the first state to enshrine certain rights in state law for transgender students in kindergarten through 12th-grade, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he had signed AB1266, which also will allow transgender...

Jerry Brown Has Prostate Cancer

California governor being treated after early-stage diagnosis

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated with radiation for early-stage prostate cancer, his office announced today. The 74-year-old Brown is receiving a short course of conventional radiotherapy for "localized prostate cancer," the statement said. Brown's "prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be...

Judge Sets $500K Bond on Brent

Cowboys are 'grieving,' Jerry Jones says

(Newser) - Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent entered no plea at his arraignment in the death of teammate Jerry Brown today, and a judge set bond at $500,000, CNN reports. Brent was returned to jail following the hearing; his lawyer said the $500,000 figure was more than the team had...

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