San Diego, California - A pair of paleobiologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates ­– ray-finned fishes – began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.

Sacramento, California - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously, 5-0, Friday to adopt a slightly revised version of the original proposed decision in its residential rate reform proceeding. The decision directs California’s investor-owned utilities to begin piloting time-of-use programs in preparation for transitioning all residential customers automatically in 2019.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring July 4, 2015 as Independence Day in the State of California.

Fresno, California - After a two-day trial, Barry Lee Bowser Jr., 52, of Bakersfield, was found guilty today of one count of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

San Francisco, California - Former State Senator Leland Yee, Brandon Jackson, Keith Jackson, and Marlon Sullivan all pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to charges that they engaged in racketeering activity announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson. By changing their pleas from “not guilty” to “guilty” the four codefendants now each have acknowledged they have participated in the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity.

Los Angeles, California - The former owner of Ezcor Medical Supply was sentenced to serve 97 months in prison for her role in a fraud scheme that resulted in $3.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal.