California elections officials completed their work on tallying votes from the Nov. 8 election on Wednesday, submitting a final report of more than 14.6 million ballots cast in races for president to seats in Congress and the Legislature.
California elections officials completed their work tallying votes from the Nov. 8 election on Wednesday, submitting a final report of more than 14.6 million ballots cast in races from president to seats in Congress and the state Legislature.
Hillary Clinton, whose presidential bid came up short in the electoral college, handily beat President-elect Donald Trump in California by more than 4.2 million votes — almost double the number of ballots cast for Trump, helping boost her lead in the national popular vote.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla must certify the presidential vote by the end of this week and fully certify the election results next week.
Led by members of California’s delegation, dozens of House Democrats are again pleading with President Obama to pardon hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to whom he granted temporary deportation deferrals.
Last month, several members of Congress asked Obama to use his pardon authority to forgive the past and future civil immigration offenses of the nearly 750,000 people granted deportation deferrals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
The lawmakers say that even though the so-called Dreamers would be left in legal limbo without work permits or visas, they could more easily apply for legal status from within the U.S. without immigration offenses on their records.
California would create "safe zones" prohibiting immigration enforcement on public schools, hospital and courthouse grounds under a new bill by state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that is sure to clash with the tough enforcement plans of President-elect Donald Trump.
By also proposing to bar state and local law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws, De León is doubling down on the issue at a time when Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the state of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” De León said in a statement Wednesday.
Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) looked back on her 10 terms representing California's Central Coast in a final House speech Wednesday.
"Thank you, thank you truly to the people of the Central Coast for trusting me as your representative, for inspiring me every single day with your passion and your dedication for our nation and for California's 24th District," she said.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) made her farewell speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, marking her 24 years in Washington.
She reflected on her accomplishments and heartbreaks, talking about her work on the environment and Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential contest, and thanked the many who have helped her along the way, including her California partner of more than two decades, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein wasn't in the chamber for Boxer's speech. Her staff said the busy final week before Congress leaves kept her from attending.
After failing to pass new funding to tackle the state’s housing affordability crisis last session, two state senators are trying again.
Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) have re-introduced legislation to add a $75 fee to real estate transactions, which is expected to generate hundreds of millions a year for low-income housing construction, and place a $3-billion bond to finance low-income housing before voters in 2018, respectively.
Both bills were unveiled as part of Senate Democrats’ package of new spending plans to finance improvements in housing, transportation, water and parks infrastructure.
Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump will experience a political backlash internationally if he pursues policies that deny the impact of climate change.
Appearing in a webcast for the Climate Reality Project, Brown was asked by former Vice President Al Gore whether states can have an impact on climate change if it is no longer a priority of the federal government.
Brown noted that, in addition to legislation in California, he has signed agreements with other states to pursue policies to address global warming. But he said there are indications Trump may delay action if he is not convinced it is a serious problem.