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California To Audit DMV Amid Hourslong Wait Times, Outages - KPBS

California's motor voter law lets residents automatically register to vote and took effect in April. The DMV says it sent the secretary of state's office incorrect information for thousands of voters. The department says the errors mostly affected ...

Steve Poizner for California insurance commissioner - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The race for state insurance commissioner pits independent Steve Poizner, who held the job as a Republican from 2007 to 2011, against state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. Poizner's background as a tech entrepreneur served him well in his first stint.

Underage marriages get new restrictions in California - KCRA.com - KCRA Sacramento

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation putting new restrictions on marriages involving one or more minors. California already allows minors to marry with the ...

Underage marriages get new restrictions in California - Sacramento Bee

It's unclear how many marriages involve an underage partner each year in California. Los Angeles County, California's largest, received about 44 petitions for an underage marriage in the past five years, according to legislative records. Alameda County ...

California Takes Major Steps Toward Fighting Its Wildfire Crisis - HuffPost

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a round of bills Friday aimed at preventing, recovering from and staying safe during wildfires, which have ravaged the state in recent years and become a year-round problem as weather patterns grow more unpredictable.

Prepare to survive 'The Big One' with the Great California Shakeout - fox5sandiego.com

SAN DIEGO — All across the state, people will practice “dropping, covering and holding on” for the tenth annual Great California Shakeout drill on Oct. 18. The one-minute earthquake preparedness drill is an important opportunity for San Diego, where ...

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals - WTNH.com (press release)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids' meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year. A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full ...

Shoddy Science and Shaky Assumptions: Court Invalidates California's Handgun Ad Ban on First Amendment Grounds - NRA ILA

The law, California Penal Code § 26820, was enacted almost a century ago and prohibits licensed gun dealers from displaying handguns, imitation handguns, or any “placard advertising the sale or other transfer” of a handgun in any part of the dealer's ...

Tamales anyone? New California law legalizes sale of homemade food - Sacramento Bee

Home cooks looking to make a little extra money just got a boost from California Gov. Jerry Brown, who has signed a bill recognizing and regulating “microenterprise home kitchens,” or MHKs, also referred to as the cottage food industry. Assembly Bill ...

Court rules against UnitedHealth Group on California fines - Minneapolis Star Tribune

A California appeals court has ruled in favor of state regulators in their attempt to impose fines on a subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group related to more than 900,000 alleged violations of a California law on insurance claims. Dave ...

California environmentalists caught setting up Alabama shadow campaign, cancel planned meeting - Yellowhammer News

After getting caught trying to set up a shadow campaign to influence Alabama's upcoming elections for Public Service Commission (PSC), the California-based “Citizens' Climate Lobby” has canceled a scheduled meeting for September 26 in Auburn.

New California Law Helps Utilities With Wildfire Lawsuits - KPBS

The nation's largest utility by revenue faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. "Wildfires in California aren ...

CALIFORNIA: Children Can Now 'Aid, Advise And Encourage' Their Parents Into Killing Themselves - The Daily Wire

In the once golden state of California, children can "aid, advise and encourage" their parents into killing themselves thanks to a new bill signed into law by Jerry Brown as part of the newly-minted assisted suicide law. According to LifeNews, SB 282 ...

Governor calls for audit of California DMV due to hourslong wait times - KCRA Sacramento

Gov. Jerry Brown has authorized an audit of the embattled California Department of Motor Vehicles. It's a move that comes months after a failed attempt at authorizing an audit in the state legislature.

More possible victims of California doctor found - KSBW The Central Coast

A Southern California prosecutor said Friday his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged with drugging and raping two women. Orange County District ...

Woman falls to her death taking selfies on hiking trail - USA TODAY

A California woman slipped and fell to her death while taking selfies at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to National Park Service officials. Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California, was hiking solo at ...

Yes, California has a full-on fall. And the Sierra is starting to pop already - Los Angeles Times

Welcome to fall, California style, which officially starts with the equinox on Saturday, but has been dressing for the occasion for weeks. In upper altitudes, near peak fall color has already been reported by the state's grand marshal of leaf-peeping ...

Southern California just saw its longest streak of bad air in decades - San Francisco Chronicle

The region violated federal smog standards for 87 consecutive days, the longest stretch of bad air in at least 20 years, state monitoring data show. The streak is the latest sign that Southern California's battle against smog is faltering after decades ...

Cal State Long Beach retires Prospector Pete mascot amid cries of racism and genocide during California gold rush - Los Angeles Times

“As our diversity grew and more voices were heard, we came to know that the 1849 California gold rush was a time in history when the indigenous peoples of California endured subjugation, violence and threats of genocide,” President Jane Close Conoley ...

California's Campaign Watchdog Bans Political Donations with Bitcoin - newsBTC

The Fair Political Practices Commission, California's campaign watchdog arm, has voted 3-1 to ban political donations with any cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, because of transparency issues. The vote follows similar decisions made by other states in ...

California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western coast of the U.S., California is bordered by the other U.S. states of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. The state capital is Sacramento. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second largest after New York City. The state also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County.

State of California
Flag of California State seal of California
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Golden State
Motto(s): Eureka
State song(s): "I Love You, California"
Map of the United States with California highlighted
Official language English
Spoken languages

Demonym Californian
Capital Sacramento
Largest city Los Angeles
Largest metro Greater Los Angeles Area
Area Ranked 3rd
 • Total 163,696 sq mi
(423,970 km)
 • Width 250 miles (400 km)
 • Length 770 miles (1,240 km)
 • % water 4.7
 • Latitude 32°32′ N to 42° N
 • Longitude 114°8′ W to 124°26′ W
Population Ranked 1st
 • Total 39,250,017 (2016 est)
 • Density 240/sq mi  (92.6/km)
Ranked 11th
 • Median household income $63,636 (13th)
Elevation
 • Highest point Mount Whitney
14,505 ft (4,421.0 m)
 • Mean 2,900 ft  (880 m)
 • Lowest point Badwater Basin
−279 ft (−85.0 m)
Before statehood California Republic
Admission to Union September 9, 1850 (31st)
Governor Jerry Brown (D)
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D)
Legislature California State Legislature
 • Upper house California State Senate
 • Lower house California State Assembly
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D)
Barbara Boxer (D)
U.S. House delegation 39 Democrats, 14 Republicans (list)
Time zones Pacific Time Zone
 • Standard time PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer time (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ISO 3166 US-CA
Abbreviations CA, Calif., Cal.
Website www.ca.gov
California state symbols
Flag of California.svg
Seal of California.svg
Living insignia
Amphibian California red-legged frog
Bird California quail
Fish Golden trout
Flower California poppy
Grass Purple needlegrass
Insect California dogface butterfly
Mammal California grizzly bear (State animal)
Reptile Desert tortoise
Tree California redwood
Inanimate insignia
Colors Blue & gold
Dance West Coast Swing
Folk dance Square dance
Fossil Sabre-toothed cat
Gemstone Benitoite
Mineral Native gold
Motto Eureka
Nickname The Golden State
Rock Serpentine
Soil San Joaquin
Song "I Love You, California"
Tartan California State Tartan
State route marker
California state route marker
State quarter
California quarter dollar coin
Released in 2005
Lists of United States state symbols

California (/ˌkælˈfɔːrnjə/ KAL-ə-FORN-yə, /ˌkælˈfɔːrniə/ KAL-ə-FAWR-nee-ə) is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western (Pacific Ocean) coast of the U.S., California is bordered by the other U.S. states of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. The state capital is Sacramento. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second largest after New York City. The state also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County.

California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east; and from the redwoodDouglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Though California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state means it can vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north, to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains.

What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Spanish Empire then claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California then was organized as the State of California, and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.

If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous. It is also regarded as a global trendsetter in both popular culture and politics, and is the birthplace of the film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer, among others. Fifty-eight percent of the state's economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services. The San Francisco Bay Area has the nation's highest median household income by metropolitan area, and is the headquarters of three of the world's largest 20 firms by revenue, Chevron, Apple, and McKesson. Although it accounts for only 1.5 percent of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.S. state.

California Police Turn To Podcast To Catch Fugitive | NBC Nightly News

Investigators are narrating a true crime podcast series, hoping the public can help them find a suspected murderer who has been on the run for three years now.

At California restaurants, plastic straws to be "by request only"

Starting next year in California, if you want a plastic straw at a restaurant, you'll have to ask for one. On Thursday Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill aimed at ...

Memory Keeping My California Trip

In this video, I am memory keeping my trip to California!! I have so many photos because it was an amazing week!! I wish I could go back and live it all again, but ...

California police using podcast to capture murder suspect

Newport Beach police are using a unique tactic to try and catch a murder suspect. This week they launched a podcast centered on a man charged with ...

California doctor and girlfriend charged with sexually assaulting women

A California surgeon who appeared on a reality TV show is being charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women in 2016, and his girlfriend is ...

California/California State/California Geography

Learn about the State of California's Geography and county names with this fun educational music video for children and parents. Brought to you by Kids ...