When professional sports team owners, Facebook and big developers have asked California lawmakers for some relief from the state's main environmental law over growth, the answer usually has been yes.
The law, the California Environmental Quality Act, requires developers to disclose and reduce a project's effects on the environment — a process that often can get tied up in lengthy litigation.
This year, legislators passed a measure aiming to shorten any potential environmental lawsuit against Facebook's expansion of its headquarters, two skyscrapers planned in Hollywood and other megaprojects to less than nine months. Doing so has led many to question why only big projects get such relief.
You wouldn't expect to see the leader of California’s campaign watchdog agency rooting for Gov. Jerry Brown to veto sweeping new disclosure rules for political donors. And yet, that’s where things stand in a seven-year debate over helping voters follow the money.
"I think we can do better than this bill," said Jodi Remke, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
Remke and her staff have raised a red flag about the fine print tucked inside Assembly Bill 249, the “California Disclose Act,” that rewrites rules for campaign contributions that are "earmarked."
An Oceanside Fire Department officer who risked his life to save a boater received the state's highest award for public safety officers on Monday.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra presented David Wilson with the Public Safety Medal of Valor at a ceremony at the state Capitol.
In July 2016, Wilson rescued a man whose boat crashed into a jetty in Oceanside Harbor. The victim was barely conscious and jammed between two rocks. With only a short window between each set of waves, Wilson dove underneath the water and swam into the boulders to free the victim's legs.
"Removing eligible voters from registration lists serves to silence and suppress citizens," Becerra said in a written statement. "All too often, state policies like the one we’re opposing in Ohio make it harder for our most vulnerable citizens to vote."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein made a direct appeal to her 14 California congressional Republican colleagues on Monday, asking them to stop the latest GOP healthcare bill if it gets to the House.
The Senate hasn't scheduled a vote on the plan, and it's not clear it would pass if a vote was held. But if it did, California House members could determine whether it goes to President Trump's desk or not.
Californians who get their health coverage on the individual market could face dire consequences under the current Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, warned a new analysis released Monday by Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange.
Under the latest plan, which is being led by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), 7.5 million Californians could lose their health insurance by 2027, the analysis said. It also said the repeal could trigger a collapse of the state's individual insurance market.
“The Graham-Cassidy plan takes resources away from California and from the majority of states, which means that far fewer Americans would have insurance or the existing protections from insurers,” said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California, in a statement.
In a flurry of floor debates, committee meetings and deal-making to wrap up the first year of the Legislature's session, lawmakers sent hundreds of bills to the governor's desk.
While high-profile legislation to make California a "sanctuary state" and address the state's housing crisis may have stood out, other bills that can have an effect on daily life could also become law.
Here are 10 bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature:
Today's Essential Politics newsletter details President Trump's sports spat, which originated with California teams before becoming national political drama on football fields across America.
It also notes last fall's USC/Los Angeles Times poll, which found huge partisan divisions in how California voters viewed Colin Kaepernick at the time. Democrats liked him more, while he had just 6% favorability among tea party Republicans here. The state was evenly divided on whether to support his protest during the national anthem.
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State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), whose district includes Oakland, the team's hometown, said the Warriors were invited to the state Capitol well before the Twitter fracas, as is customary whenever California teams win a national championship.