Dec 31, 2012 Under a new California law, it is illegal for employers or admissions officers to require applicants to hand over their social media usernames and passwords.
Dec 10, 2012 Hedge funds and private-equity funds are buying up hundreds of foreclosed homes at a time, turning them into rentals, crowding out first-time home buyers looking for bargains.
Dec 7, 2012 Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and some big banks will halt evictions from foreclosed homes during the holidays. Is this altruism or a publicity stunt?
Nov 30, 2012 An effort to build the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant faces a crucial test today, as San Diego's regional water agency votes on whether to buy all the water the plant would make.
Nov 26, 2012 An internal scuffle between Detroit's city council and the state of Michigan could drive the Motor City's budget into a big ditch.
Nov 16, 2012 California's debt is shrinking, for now, thanks to voters who approved a tax hike and a growing economy.
Nov 14, 2012 It's official: Companies must now purchase permits to emit excess levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the state of California.
Nov 14, 2012 Six years after enacting its own law to fight global warming, California conducts its first auction of carbon permits. Companies that give off large amounts of carbon dioxide will need permits to cover the emissions.
Nov 8, 2012 In California, voters may have beefed up Democrats to a two thirds majority in both the Assembly and Senate -- a situation the state hasn't seen since 1933.
Nov 6, 2012 A ballot initiative in Richmond and El Monte proposes a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Proponents say it could help prevent diabetes among low-income residents and generate revenue, but the soft drink industry is spending millions to block it.