As other potential candidates have been weighing whether to jump in to the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), L.A. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has been busy rolling out endorsements from state and national Latino leaders.
Five members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have endorsed Gomez so far: Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Norwalk), Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), Filemon Vega of Texas and Arizona's Ruben Gallego.
Gomez already has support from state Senate leader Kevin de León of Los Angeles, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Contradicting claims made by President-elect Donald Trump, the state Assembly's top Republican said Wednesday that he doesn't believe there was rampant voter fraud in California on Nov. 8.
"I don't think there's widespread fraud in California," said Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) in an interview with The Times in Sacramento.
In a Nov. 27 tweet, Trump alleged "serious voter fraud" in California and two other states — an allegation without any evidence to support it. It was the president-elect's first and only comment about the results in California, which he lost to Hillary Clinton by almost 4.3 million votes.
Residents of government housing would be barred from smoking and using electronic cigarettes inside their residential units and within 25 feet of buildings under legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg).
The bill is one in several measures restricting tobacco use in California in recent years because of health concerns, and comes as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has drafted rules for a nationwide public housing smoking ban to be implemented in the next 18 months.
“This is a great step forward in protecting families by significantly reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and this bill codifies federal regulations,” Wood said. “In AB 62, we are taking it a step further by including the use of e-cigarettes to be consistent with California’s definition of tobacco products which includes e-cigarettes and other vaping products.”
In perhaps his most fiery comments since Donald Trump won the presidency, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Wednesday California will push back against any effort to stop or reverse policies fighting global climate change.
"We've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers and we're ready to fight," Brown said to applause during a speech to the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
The governor has mostly held back in recent weeks from commenting on the potential policy changes promised by the president-elect during the campaign. But in the impassioned speech to a group of scientists, Brown lamented what he described as a "miasma of nonsense" on important issues facing the nation and world.
When it comes to dealing with Donald Trump, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti seems committed to walking a political tightrope: offering to work with Trump on some issues while pushing back on the president-elect's immigration stance.
A pair of powerful California elected officials expressed outrage Tuesday at a recommendation that the state's largest public employee pension fund cancel its ban on investing in tobacco companies.
A staff report from the California Public Employees Retirement System calls for the agency's directors to abandon a 16-year effort to move away from tobacco-related securities. The report estimates there are about $547 million worth of investments related to tobacco in the CalPERS portfolio.
CalPERS staffers wrote that the existing policy has left pension fund managers in limbo, and that any effort to completely divest from the tobacco industry would be "tying the hands of investment staff, thereby severely hampering staff's ability to re-evaluate and reinvest as market conditions warrant."
Seeking swift action before the arrival of a new president, Gov. Jerry Brown urged President Obama on Tuesday to make permanent the existing ban on new oil and gas drilling along the California coast.
"Now is the time to make permanent the protection of our ocean waters and beaches," wrote Brown in the letter released by his office. The governor later participated in a San Diego event to mark California joining a regional effort to combat ocean acidification.
Brown's letter comes almost two weeks after a similar request by legislative Democrats. Whether Obama could act in a way that could not be revisited by President-elect Donald Trump next year remains unclear, though a growing chorus of Democrats and environmental activists are urging an attempt by the president before he leaves office.
A taxpayer group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jerry Brown that seeks to invalidate a new law that will allow public funds to be used for political campaigning.
The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. The legal challenge says that a law signed by Brown in September that allows cities and counties to use public financing for political campaigns violates Proposition 73, which voters approved in 1988 and prohibits public funds from being used in campaigns.
“It runs directly contrary to the expressed language of the Political Reform Act,” Jon Coupal, president of the association, said on Tuesday. He said the law cannot be changed without another vote of the people.