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Google wins 25 permits to test self-driving SUVs on California’s public roads

Technology giant Google clinched most of the permits that the California state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued for testing autonomous/driverless cars on the state's public roads last week.

The DMV handed out a total of 29 permits, of which Google alone won 25 to test modified,... read more

California achieves recovery in growth with tax hikes

Increase in top marginal tax rate helped California in achieving acceleration in its growth rate after 2009, according to Standard & Poor's latest report.

Released on Monday, the new S&P report pointed out the average sales tax revenue growth in the Golden State slipped from... read more

California adopts Paid Sick Leave Law

After Connecticut, California has become the second state in America to have paid sick leave law. On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill turning it into a law that requires employers in California to give at least three days of paid sick leave a year to their workers.

"Whether... read more

Schwarzenegger touts California’s Assembly Bill 32

As world leaders are preparing to assemble in Lima and Paris for next round of UN climate talks, California is ready to lead by example, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said.

Addressing a gathering at a symposium on Monday this week, Schwarzenegger touted... read more

Californians reduce water use by 7.5% in July

Drought-hit Californians reduced their water use by 7.5 per cent or 17 billion gallons in July 2014 compared with the corresponding month of the previous year, fresh stats released by the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday revealed.

The new figures showed progress in water... read more

California’s “kill switch” measure expected to cut smartphone theft cases

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a measure into law that requires all smartphones sold in the state starting next July to come with so-called "kill switch" technology that allows the owner of a stolen or lost phone to disable it remotely.

As the owner of a stolen or lost phone will be... read more

California Gov. Jerry Brown restricts Outdoor Use of Water

Authorities have revealed that the golden state is facing the worst drought situation since the past century. Drought in California has led to severe wildfires, water shortages and restrictions, and potentially agricultural losses.

Park Williams, a professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth... read more

California’s paid sick leave bill awaiting Governor Brown’s signature

A bill designed to provide up to three paid sick leaves a year to all workers in California has passed the state legislature and is now waiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.

The California Assembly approved the measure, AB1522, last Saturday with a 50-20 vote. The state Senate... read more

California’s ‘plastic bags ban’ bill is an effort to cut down on waste

California's recently approved Senate Bill 270 that would impose a statewide ban on use of single-use plastic bags is an effort to cut down on waste and is the first of its kind measure in the U. S.

Environmentalists have long been urging lawmakers to ban plastic bags, arguing that... read more

Governor Jerry Brown agrees to hike film tax credits

Governor Jerry Brown recently confirmed that he would endorse film tax credits legislation that would offer over three-times more tax credits for films and TV shows produced in the state.

Proponents initially sought tax credits of $400 million for the film and TV industry. Gov. Brown... read more

Lawmakers & ride-sharing firms reach agreement over insurance standards

California lawmakers, the office of Governor Jerry Brown and ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber have finally reached a deal over insurance standards.

Under the terms of the deal, Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing companies would have to carry a minimum amount of insurance to... read more

California earthquake wreaks havoc on famed wineries & historic structures

The earthquake that hit the heart of California's wine country in early hours of Sunday, August 24, sent as many as 120 people to hospitals and left some famed wineries and historic structures of the region damaged.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was centered near the city of Napa, which... read more

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