Health education remains optional in most California schools, with some students receiving comprehensive education on the dangers of substance use and other students receiving scant, if any, instruction on the topic.
Gas prices in California reached $6.41 a gallon on Tuesday – a dizzying 96-cent increase over the past two weeks – according to AAA. But the California Energy Commission can't fully explain what is behind the punishing hike.
In a nearly hour-long interview with CalMatters, state Treasurer Fiona Ma talks about her accomplishments on housing, her priority to fix up local fairgrounds, and what she's doing differently after a lawsuit from a former employee.
A new study shines a light on a system of earthquake faults in the San Francisco Bay Area that most residents don't even know exists. The Foothill Thrust Belt faults are deep under Silicon Valley, and researchers at Stanford found they are capable of generating a magnitude 6.9 earthquake every 250 to 300 years.
California gasoline prices are soaring again -- up more than a dollar over the last month -- and the latest big congressional idea for relief involves creating an emergency oil supply that Washington would tap when prices soar.
As California fast approaches what is likely to be a fourth year of punishing drought, residents are being asked to cut their water use to historic lows. But while city dwellers are rising to the occasion -- including record reductions in Los Angeles in August -- urban consumption still represents only a small fraction of total water use in the state.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday that bars prosecutors from using rap lyrics and other forms of creative art as evidence in court, a measure intended to prevent attorneys from creating bias against defendants.
A new law will encourage California school districts to work with local Native American tribes to develop history lessons for students. For too long, students and tribal leaders say, schools have lacked an in-depth and accurate history curriculum that addresses their culture.
Parent advocate? Culture warrior? In a nearly hour-long interview with CalMatters, Lance Christensen, the challenger for California schools superintendent, vows to put students first and give parents a bigger voice.
A report released Thursday, Sept. 29, by the California State University Chancellor's Office confirmed allegations that former Chancellor Joseph Castro failed to properly address sexual harassment complaints against a former Cal State Fresno administrator when Castro was president there.
Young adults in California experience mental health challenges at alarming rates, with more than three-quarters reporting anxiety in the last year, more than half reporting depression, 31% experiencing suicidal thinking and 16% self-harm, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the California Endowment.
Again heralding California as a refuge from discriminatory policies in conservative states, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Thursday that aims to protect transgender youths and their families from bans against gender-affirming care.