Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a law that will require the University of California to be more transparent in how it reports costs and how it deals with the state auditor, a measure that was introduced in the wake of a scathing audit of the UC president's office this spring.
The audit found that the UC Office of the President failed to disclose up to $175 million in budget reserve funds, even as the system looked to lawmakers and tuition hikes for more money.
Records showed that surveys sent to individual campuses as part of the audit were altered after consultation with the president's office, raising concerns of interference in the audit by the top office.
California’s equal pay laws must apply to public sector workers, after Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure extending pay equity protections to state employees.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) said his bill, AB 46, removes any doubt that public workers were protected under existing equal pay laws.
“I authored AB 46 because not only am I the father of four women of color, but also because I believe it is important to lead by example and ensure that our pay equity laws apply to all sectors, both private and public," Cooper said in a statement.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown swooped into California this week for a money run.
Warren of Massachusetts was the beneficiary of a Tuesday fundraiser hosted by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer J.J. Abrams and others at the Brentwood home of “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof. Supporters donated between $500 and $5,400 to Warren’s 2018 reelection campaign to attend.
The following day she raised money in Irvine for Katie Porter, who is challenging Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).
State agencies overseeing juvenile offenders, state hospitals and developmental services will no longer have to collaborate with federal immigration authorities under a new California law.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that will repeal provisions in the state welfare code requiring the Division of Juvenile Justice, the Department of State Hospitals and the Department of Developmental Services to help facilitate deportations of people illegally in the country.
Senate Bill 613 by Senate leader Kevin de León was introduced as part of a package by majority Democrats to counter President Trump’s call for more deportations and expanded immigration enforcement.
In an effort to help the beleaguered taxi industry compete with ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill limiting the permits taxis will need to operate.
The measure, Assembly Bill 1069, allows drivers to operate with a maximum of two permits per county — one where they live and a second where they predominantly operate. Currently, drivers often have to pay fees in every county where they drive, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars and make it harder to remain competitive with the less heavily regulated ride-hailing industry.
"In order to compete in the changing for-hire transportation ecosystem, taxis are in need of some statutory relief because the current system restricts competition by setting different, more onerous rules for taxis," said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell).
Two months after militia members openly carried semiautomatic rifles during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will ban the open carrying of rifles in some areas of the state where they were previously allowed.
The new law he signed Friday makes it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded long gun in public unincorporated areas outside of incorporated cities that are deemed by counties as not appropriate for such firearms.
The law was requested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to expand state law that already bans openly carrying handguns in areas outside cities.