Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry will participate in a discussion tomorrow at Stanford University as part of a bicoastal event organized by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists during which the 2016 time of the Doomsday Clock, which represents a metaphorical countdown to possible global catastrophe, will be unveiled.

Los Angeles, California - The University of California Regents voted today to formally establish the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and campus officials named an interim dean for the first music school in the UC system.

Sacramento, California - Though it’s just an hour south of California’s Silicon Valley, the Salinas Valley - better known for churning out lettuce and tomatoes than the world’s newest tech devices — might as well be a world away. In Silicon Valley, companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Google reign supreme. In Salinas, the biggest names are those of fruit and vegetable producers - Dole Foods, Chiquita, Driscoll Berries, Taylor Farms.

Fresno, California - A new portion of Fresno County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one ACP within the City of Fresno.  The quarantine zone measures 97 square miles, bordered on the north by W Alluvial Avenue; on the south by W North Avenue; on the west by N Chateau Avenue; and on the east by S Chestnut Avenue. 

Berkeley, California - Just last year, researchers were saying there was no end in sight for California’s recent drought. During the past four years, the driest the state has been in a half-century - reservoirs and lake levels plummeted, leaves on giant trees grew brittle, plants shriveled and groundwater was depleted through excessive pumping for agricultural use.