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    1. May 22, 2015

      California farmers vow to cut water use

      Thousands of Californian farmers have pledged to cut their water use by a quarter during this growing season, to help...

    2. May 15, 2015

      Jerry Brown’s middle way is California’s path to recovery

      Six years ago, California was paying bills with IOUs and facing a yawning budget shortfall. Today, revenue is surging...

    1. April 30, 2015

      California raises hopes for climate talks

      California has boosted hopes that a meaningful global climate change agreement will be sealed in Paris this year after...

    2. April 1, 2015

      Californians told to cut water use by 25%

      California governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns in the drought-stricken state to cut their water...

    3. March 6, 2015

      California is too far out for politics

      The 2016 US presidential campaign is now well under way — with the donations flowing and the front pages frothing — but...

    4. January 6, 2015

      California steaming as high-speed rail line begins

      At a ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of work on the US’s first dedicated high-speed rail line, Jerry Brown,...

    5. June 12, 2014

      Dublin grows jittery over EU probe into ‘sweetheart’ tax deals

      The governor of California was joking. Or was he? At a breakfast last week in San Francisco, Jerry Brown admitted he...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. December 3, 2012

      California predicts $1bn budget surplus

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

    14. 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,...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. June 28, 2011

      US pension reform

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

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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