By Bay Area News Group | PUBLISHED: May 16, 2019 at 10:20 am | UPDATED: May 16, 2019 at 10:46 am The new list of favorite names for California babies is out, and on the boys’ side it doesn’t look much like the U.S. list. In the 2018 rankings released Thursday by the Social Security Administration, the top two names for California boys are Noah and Liam. On the list for the U.S. as a whole, it was Liam at No. 1, Noah at No. 2. But the rest of the top 10 diverges from the national favorites. The most notable outlier is Mateo — 4th in California, 37th in the United States. Julian is 7th in California, 36th in the United States. The girls’ list conforms more closely to the national picks. Four of the top five are the same for the state and the nation: Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Sophia. The most distinctly Californian names in the Top 10 are Luna (10th in California, 23rd in U.S.), Victoria (9th in California, 21st in U.S.) and Camila (6th in California, … [Read more...] about Baby names that scream California: State’s most popular in 2018
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By Eric Ting, SFGATE Updated 7:05 pm PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Gavin Newsom speaks at Willie Brown's annual breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Gavin Newsom speaks at Willie Brown's annual breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 Gavin Newsom speaks at Willie Brown's annual breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Gavin Newsom speaks at Willie Brown's annual breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. … [Read more...] about Gavin Newsom proposes using California state funds to aid migrants
By The Associated Press, Bay Area News Group and CALmatters | PUBLISHED: October 16, 2018 at 11:00 am | UPDATED: October 18, 2018 at 8:06 am Amid a number of higher-profile contests, voters will also choose California’s next lieutenant governor, treasurer and other statewide officeholders on Nov. 6. Some of them are real battles: The race for superintendent of public education is shaping up to be an expensive showdown between unions and charter-school advocates. In the contest for attorney general, appointed incumbent Democrat Xavier Becerra faces statewide voters for the first time, hoping to hold onto his seat against a GOP challenger. Either candidate running for insurance commissioner will make history with a win. While the races for governor and senator are drawing most of the attention — read more about the senate race here and the governor’s race here — these “down-ballot” offices are important both for the jobs themselves and for the … [Read more...] about California voter guide: closer look at contests for state office
Sophia Bollag, Associated Press Updated 12:49 am CDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Cristian Rodriguez fuels his vehicle in Sacramento, Calif. As the political battle to overturn the gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency coordinated frequently with the public relations firm working to block the repeal on behalf of unions, construction companies and local governments, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. less FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Cristian Rodriguez fuels his vehicle in Sacramento, Calif. As the political battle to overturn the gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP FILE - In this June 18, 2018, file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, center, blasts a recent gas tax increase during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Cox, chairman of a … [Read more...] about Emails show California agency’s cozy ties to gas tax backers
By Adam Ashton | McClatchy-Tribune PUBLISHED: October 14, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: October 15, 2018 at 6:41 am The California State Lottery has paid more than $500,000 to settle lawsuits filed by two former investigators who claimed they were fired for calling attention to jackpots they believed the lottery improperly awarded to recipients who could not prove they were winners. The two ousted lottery cops had flagged a $2 million jackpot in 2015 and a $750,000 prize in 2016 that they argued should not have been paid. “It was a travesty the way they were both handled,” said Steve Tacchini, a retired San Francisco police captain and former lottery deputy director. A third and related lawsuit from another former investigator is still in play. The ongoing costs to taxpayers stem from discipline the lottery handed down two years ago when a group of investigators grew frustrated by what they considered to be preventable fraud among lottery retailers as well as questionable … [Read more...] about California Lottery cops questioned a $2 million jackpot. Then they lost their jobs.