A protest grew to 3,000 once it reached the gates of the Chevron refinery, and 209 were subsequently arrested in a sit-down act of non-violent civil disobedience.
Inmates in California are risking their lives against a form of punishment many say is worse than death.
From at least 1997-2010, nearly 150 women were found to be sterilized while in prison,.
Thousands of inmates July 8 renewed a hunger strike begun in 2011 to protest prison practices they say amount to torture.
While the Senate debates the immigration bill, labor and community activists in northern California charge that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency continues to require local employers to fire hundreds of workers, saying they have no immigration papers.
California, with the nation's biggest insurance market, continues to lead the nation in preparing for next year's launch of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
Not surprisingly, Republican legislators praised Brown's budget, with Republican Assembly leader Connie Conway calling it "realistic."
SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of immigrants and their supporters marched across northern California May 1, calling for legalization of all undocumented immigrants, an end to deportations, reunification of families, labor rights and fair wages, and an end to human trafficking.
A crowd packed Berkeley City Hall to celebrate the life of Maudelle Shirek, an extraordinary woman dubbed "the conscience of the council."
A new coalition has formed to uphold the California Environmental Quality Act against business-backed attempts to weaken the state's landmark 1970 environmental safety law.