SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to ask federal judges to delay their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding. If the judges reject his plan, the administration plans to spend $315 million this fiscal year to house the inmates in private prisons and county jails instead of turning them loose.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A sign has gone up dedicating a stretch of U.S. 101 in the Salinas Valley to the 32 farmworkers who died in a horrific crash five decades ago. The San Jose Mercury News reports the sign for the Bracero Memorial Highway in Chualar pays tribute to the victims. On Sept. 17, 1963, a freight train collided with a bus transporting 59 celery pickers on the highway, killing 32 people. It was considered the worst traffic-related calamity in California history.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tiny tree door has appeared in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park after another one was removed because it violated city code. The San Francisco Chronicle reports a father and his 6-year-old son first installed a wooden door to cover the small opening of a tree in March. But when city park officials found out, they removed the door, saying its hinges damaged the tree. A new tree door now passes inspection because it's attached to a log — not a living tree.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would tack a fee on the purchase of a new mattress in California is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. The bill passed by lawmakers last week is aimed at reducing mattress-dumping and has its origins in Oakland. The Oakland Tribune reports that the city spends about $500,000 a year to collect more than 5,000 mattresses dumped on the streets.