Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Marin, Mendocino, San Mateo and Ventura counties due to the effects of severe winter storms that caused damage to roads and highways throughout the state as a result of mudflows, debris, flooding and erosion. Today's proclamation directs Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program.

Los Angeles, California - The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents “Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates,” the first major touring exhibition of Emirati art. The exhibition was organized by the Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and premiered in Washington, D.C., in May 2014.

Davis, California - The magnitude 6 earthquake that shook the Napa Valley in August was the strongest the region had felt in more than 20 years. But the next earthquake in the area could be much stronger, according to preliminary research from the University of California, Davis, presented this week at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.

Stanford, California - Culture makes a significant difference in how people experience spirituality, according to new Stanford research.

Davis, California - The year 2020 is a mere five years away but will be a turning point defining a new era of nutrition for both consumers and scientists, say nutritionists who met this year at the University of California, Davis.

Stanford, California - Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play.