State legislators gave final approval to a package of major legislation aimed at addressing the state's housing affordability problems.
On Friday afternoon the state Senate passed Senate Bills 2, 3 and 35 — legislation Gov. Jerry Brown has said he will sign.
SB 2, a $75 fee on mortgage refinances and other real estate transactions except for home and commercial property sales, is expected to raise $250 million a year to help finance low-income developments.
It's real fear, the kind that makes people stop you on the street and well up in tears.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) on fear felt in immigrant communities under new deportation efforts, which she said is a reason to support the bill creating "sanctuary state" rules
State lawmakers on Friday approved a $1.5-billion plan for spending cap-and-trade revenue, with most of the money going toward financial incentives to get dirty cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles off the road.
The plan, which was included in Assembly Bills 109 and 134, was negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders. Lawmakers extended the cap-and-trade program, which requires companies to buy permits to emit greenhouse gases, earlier this year.
The centerpiece of the plan is $895 million for clean vehicles, which will be divided among programs aimed at electric cars, school buses, farm equipment and other priorities.
A bill that would require California middle and high schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. is being shelved for the year, its author said Friday, a day after it fell well short of the votes needed for passage.
The legislation was introduced by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge), who said he will revisit the issue in January.
Portantino said he is "disappointed in the opposition that promoted non-science and unsubstantiated arguments against SB 328, forcing us to move this fight for our children's health to January. I'm committed to this issue and I will continue to work to see it become law."
Gov. Jerry Brown is hitting the road next week to talk about climate change on the East Coast, his office announced Friday.
He’s scheduled to speak at multiple events in New York on Monday, including one at the United Nations.
On Tuesday he heads to Yale University for a panel conversation moderated by former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, then he returns to New York on Wednesday for an event with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.