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  1. January 18, 2014

    Californians urged to cut use of water

    Californians have been asked to cut their water consumption by a fifth as the most populous US state grapples with its worst...

  2. November 4, 2013

    BYD hits back at California labour allegations

    A Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles has hit back at allegations it transferred low-cost labour to a bus factory in...

  1. October 3, 2013

    California allows illegal immigrants to get driving licences

    California has cleared the way for illegal immigrants to be given driving licences. Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic...

  2. April 5, 2013

    Second coming

    The only picture on Jerry Brown’s desk in the California state capitol building in Sacramento is a black-and-white...

  3. March 14, 2013

    US web education

    Few sectors harbour as many hopes and fears about technological change as universities. This week a bill was submitted to...

  4. February 15, 2013

    Texas wrangles with California for business

    Rick Perry likes coming to Beverly Hills. “I always have a good time here,” says the governor of Texas, wearing black tennis...

  5. January 31, 2013

    Golden State has credit upgrade

    Standard & Poor’s has upgraded the credit rating of California, reflecting an improvement in the Golden State’s financial...

  6. December 3, 2012

    California predicts $1bn budget surplus

    After a decade marred by ballooning budget deficits, rising unemployment and swingeing cuts in public services, California’s...

  7. November 9, 2012

    California leads the way on raising taxes

    In a state known for its occasional tremors Californians this week delivered an earthquake of the political variety, one...

  8. November 9, 2012

    Obama fires first in US fiscal battle

    Barack Obama demanded higher taxes on the rich as a condition of any budget agreement with Republicans but left the door...

  9. November 7, 2012

    Californians vote for $6bn-a-year tax rise

    California voters have backed a tax increase to plug a budget hole and protect the state’s ailing education system in a move...

  10. November 5, 2012

    Ballots put pressure on US state ratings

    State and local government credit ratings could come under pressure, depending on the outcome of scores of ballot measures...

  11. October 25, 2012

    Stark tax choice for Californian voters

    Jerry Brown, California’s governor, has warned that the wealthiest US state will have to close schools for up to an extra...

  12. October 25, 2012

    California vote tests demand for services

    With his short legs and brown and white coat, Sutter Brown looks like he should be relaxing in Buckingham Palace with his...

  13. June 10, 2012

    From the California Dream to a cautionary tale

    There is a saying that you go to Europe to observe the past and to California to witness the future. Washingtonians hope the...

  14. June 8, 2012

    California to vote on school aid tax rise

    From the first commercial satellites and clean-air laws to curb auto emissions, to trail-blazing Silicon Valley companies...

  15. May 29, 2012

    Competing tax plans try California voters

    They do things differently in California. While other governments agonise over using taxes to balance the books, in the...

  16. May 18, 2012

    One man stands between California and a bleak future

    When somebody asked California’s governor Jerry Brown at a conference in Silicon Valley a couple of weeks ago what he would...

  17. May 17, 2012

    California screamin’

    We all know that California shows the future. The Golden State has long been the vanguard that the rest of the US sooner or...

  18. May 17, 2012

    Brown cuts threaten social safety net

    It has been a tough week for Deborah Miles, a 49-year-old mother of two from south Los Angeles. She suffers from...

  19. February 17, 2012

    Chinese leader anoints Hollywood deal

    DreamWorks Animation has unveiled a joint venture with three Chinese state-owned media groups in a deal endorsed by Xi...

  20. January 19, 2012

    California governor calls for tax rises

    Its widespread housing collapse, deadlocked state government and perennial budget crises made California one of the whipping...

  21. November 20, 2011

    Policy heavyweights call for California tax cuts

    A bipartisan committee of business and policy heavyweights that includes Condoleezza Rice, George Shultz and Google’s Eric...

  22. FT Alphaville

    October 28, 2011

    California governor proposes public sector pension reform

    On Thursday, California government Jerry Brown proposed an overhaul to the state’s pension plans for public sector workers...

  23. September 22, 2011

    California’s ‘landmark’ law on aid for immigrant students will not be alone

    From Mr Jacob R. Freudenthal. Sir, Granted, everything in Los Angeles, from where the FT’s correspondent Matthew Garrahan...

  24. September 19, 2011

    California blazes trail on immigrants

    The September sun shines fiercely in California but gloom pervades the Golden State. Its 12 per cent unemployment rate is...

  25. July 28, 2011

    Hollywood’s closet Republicans

    They hide in plain sight, buying organic quinoa, attending yoga classes and drinking soy lattes like everyone else in Los...

  26. FT Alphaville

    July 12, 2011

    Amazon urges California referendum on online tax

    Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has called for a referendum in California on the state’s controversial move to...

  27. July 6, 2011

    Brown leads California into ‘inevitable’ age of austerity

    This must rank as a painful moment in the long political career of Jerry Brown, the Democrat whose distinctively Californian...

  28. June 30, 2011

    Austerity budget threatens crimefighters

    After years of struggling to thwart the spread of so-called “transnational gangs” operating within Mexico and the US, law...

  29. June 28, 2011

    US pension reform

    Politics makes strange bedfellows indeed. But can they respect one another in the morning? Democratic state and local...

  30. FT Alphaville

    June 28, 2011

    California officials reach budget deal

    California is preparing for a round of deep cuts in public spending as the state seeks to address a $9.6bn budget deficit...

  31. June 28, 2011

    Spending cuts seal California budget deal

    California is preparing for deep cuts in public spending to close a $9.6bn budget deficit without a proposed extension of...

  32. June 22, 2011

    Arguing politicians see pay suspended

    California’s failure to agree a budget that addresses a $9.6bn deficit is hitting members of its legislature in the wallet,...

  33. June 17, 2011

    California nearing fiscal crisis

    California inched closer to a repeat of its 2009 fiscal crisis, when America’s most populous state issued IOUs to its...

  34. May 20, 2011

    Why Amazon’s tax-free landscape needs bulldozing

    California governor Jerry Brown killed two birds with one stone last month when he signed a law that would require internet...

  35. May 18, 2011

    California: pennies from heaven

    Don’t break out the Napa Valley sparkling wine yet. A toast might seem appropriate after a surprise $6.6bn jump in projected...

  36. April 20, 2011

    Green energy

    California’s Jerry Brown was nicknamed Governor Moonbeam in the 1970’s. But after committing his state to America’s most...

  37. March 31, 2011

    Gloom hits ‘Governor Moonbeam’

    In his overwhelming defeat of Meg Whitman last November, Jerry Brown spoke of needing “someone with an insider’s knowledge...

  38. March 31, 2011

    Terminator reborn as superhero Governator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled his first business venture since finishing his last term as California’s governor with...

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