State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday he is concerned about federal immigration agents detaining a 23-year-old man in Washington state who came to the U.S. illegally as a 7-year-old and later received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Becerra made his comments to reporters at the Sutter Club in Sacramento after he spoke to 5th Annual California Business Roundtable's Business Leaders Luncheon.
The attorney general’s office is trying to gather the facts of the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was arrested at his father's home south of Seattle on Friday, Becerra said when asked about the case.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with some local adoptable dogs for members of Congress and their staff to play with, and possibly take home. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey) was among the members who jumped at the chance for a snuggle.
A state Senate panel recommended confirmation of Lori Ajax as California’s chief of marijuana regulation on Wednesday after she promised equal opportunity in making licenses available.
The move came after Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, initially opposed the appointment of Ajax based on concerns that the strict rules she is developing might disproportionately exclude people of color from getting licenses to legally grow and sell pot.
But Huffman said she and Ajax met and agreed to work together to address the concerns.
Rough weather this winter has taken a toll on California's vast network of roads and highways, and state officials calculated the cost Wednesday at $401 million.
"Our roadways have been pounded this winter by the severe weather conditions," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a written statement.
A number of simultaneous hits have taken place in Northern California over the last few weeks. Last weekend, portions of both main routes into Nevada — Interstate 80 and Highway 50 — were closed due to mudslides.
The Republicans have named their top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, and three Californians are among them.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added Reps. David Valadao of Hanford, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Darrell Issa of Vista to its list of "patriots," or those believed to be most vulnerable to Democratic challenges in 2018.
In a statement, NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers called those on the list "battle-tested members" who are "ready to win once again."
Rohrabacher said in a statement that his longtime district director, Kathleen Staunton, fell and hit her head when a protester yanked open the office door as she was leaving. She lost consciousness and had to be hospitalized, he said.
"Deliberate or not, the incident came as part of a mob action that not only intimidates but coerces. Though the protesters think of themselves as idealists, they engaged in political thuggery, pure and simple," he said.
Seeking to stem the growing opioid abuse crisis, a California state senator is proposing to prohibit prescriptions of the painkiller oxycodone for anyone under the age of 21.
Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said his measure, SB 419, would stop younger people from getting early exposure to the highly addictive pain drug, commonly known by its brand name, OxyContin.
“The abuse of this drug is a national epidemic and we need to protect our children from being prescribed this highly addictive substance," Portantino said in a statement. "Lawmakers, regulators and medical professionals have been wrestling with how best to control this synthetic heroin and I’m saying, while we’re looking for solutions, let’s make sure we keep it away from our most vulnerable population."
A California progressive group says it will demand Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) step down as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee during a protest at his Clovis office Wednesday.
The Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign in a news release criticized comments Nunes made Tuesday that the committee won't investigate conversations between former national security advisor Michael Flynn and President Trump. Local activists and constituents affiliated with the group plan to protest outside Nunes' office.
Fueled by what he called "fear and anxiety" over Trump administration actions, California's secretary of state launched a new effort on Wednesday to provide consumers with more information about private immigration consultants.
"We want to make sure that people aren’t taking unnecessary risks and falling into the wrong hands," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla, whose office has a role in overseeing for-profit advocates of those seeking legal immigration status.
State law allows immigration consultants to perform tasks like translation services and assistance filling out forms and collecting documents. Consultants are not allowed to provide legal advice unless they are also attorneys.
A Laguna Beach real estate broker is launching a campaign to challenge longtime Republican Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2018, and he says his campaign will rest in large part on attacking the congressman's friendly views toward Russia.
The Democratic candidate, Boyd Roberts, 57, is also vowing to work to impeach President Trump and has registered a federal political committee that he says will raise money to support other congressional candidates who back Trump's impeachment.
News of Roberts' candidacy and the creation of his Impeach Trump Leadership PAC was first reported by the Hill and comes after Trump's national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned after admitting that he misled members of the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, about conversations he'd had with Russia's ambassador to Washington.