Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for California on Friday, and he's urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent. The typical Californian uses 192 gallons of water a day, according to a new website the state set up to help people reduce water use; half the water is used to water yards, it says, while nearly a third of the water people use inside their homes goes down the toilet.

Governor Jerry Brown may help City Hall attain one of its key legislative objectives this year: Reclaiming the right to use property taxes to help finance the redevelopment of Alameda Point.

In a budget plan released Thursday, Brown began backtracking off his 2011 elimination of the state’s redevelopment program by offering to expand the use of existing special districts that allow cities to leverage future property taxes for military base reuse.

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill to increase California’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 by 2016. But will people earning that wage be able to afford living in Alameda?