Berkeley, California - A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming.

Santa Cruz, California - UC Santa Cruz has been awarded $350,000 in combined grant and donor funds for a major upgrade to the Kast Spectrograph at Lick Observatory.

Sacramento, California - Final statewide results certified by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen show the November 4, 2014, General Election brought a record low turnout for a regularly scheduled general election: 42.2 percent of registered voters. By contrast, the last gubernatorial general election in November 2010 drew nearly 60 percent of registered voters.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Steven J. Singley to a judgeship in the San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), it was announced by Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH Director and State Health Officer. California, with its more than 38 million residents, is the largest state to have its public health department achieve such an accomplishment.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Geoffrey M. Howard to a judgeship in the Marin County Superior Court.