Gov. Jerry Brown argues opponents of Proposition 57 are misrepresenting the potential impact of the early-release measure. Leaders of the opposition campaign, including Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II, stand by their position.
This region remained below state averages, but schools are marching in the right direction, state test scores show. Across California nearly half of test takers, 49 percent, were at or above grade level in English and 37 percent passed the bar in math, in results made public Wednesday.
A California state district engineer approved $3.9 million in payments to the firm that employed the worker's spouse and the state public health department improperly reimbursed an official $75,000 for driving to work, according to an audit released Thursday.