A group trying to get California to secede from the United States said the results of the presidential election give their cause new momentum.
A previous effort to get a "Calexit" initiative on the ballot ended less than three months after organizers were allowed to start gathering signatures.
Efforts to split California from the rest of the U.S. have been closely watched since the election of President Trump even though it's not clear such an effort is viable.
Whether voter approval could make secession possible is a source of a debate among constitutional experts, with some saying there is no legal method for a state to do so. The U.S. Constitution only lays out the steps for a state to join the union.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Thursday joined 19 other state attorneys general in calling for the immediate appointment of an independent special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Two days after President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Becerra and other top attorneys sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, calling the firing during an active investigation “a violation of the public trust.”
“As prosecutors committed to the rule of law, we urge you to consider the damage to our democratic system of any attempts by the administration to derail and delegitimize the investigation,” the letter states.
Robert Lee Ahn announced endorsements from three religious leaders Thursday, including the pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles.
The endorsement comes nearly two weeks after African American and Korean American community leaders commemorated the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots with a "unity" event on the church's grounds.
Ahn has been prominently featured at several events at First AME in recent weeks: He was introduced at a town hall there with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and gave brief remarks at the April 29 commemoration.
State utility regulators will continue to oversee Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies for the foreseeable future under new plans unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.
But Brown proposed shifting oversight of smaller transportation options, including intrastate moving companies, charter boats and hot air balloons, from the California Public Utilities Commission to different state and local agencies by mid-2018.
The governor argued the changes would allow the agency to focus on oversight for the ride-hailing, limousine and other industries under its control.
California counties were alarmed when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in January that they take on $600 million in costs related to the state's In-Home Supportive Services program. Now, Brown wants to offer the counties some cash to soften the blow.
In his revised budget proposal released Thursday, Brown would provide $400 million to counties in the 2017-18 budget year. That aid would decrease in subsequent years.
The extra money is meant to quell concerns from counties that feared strains on their budgets due to Brown's proposed revamp of how they shared costs of the in-home care program with the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed no new money or policy changes to address the state’s housing affordability crisis in the May revision to the state budget, saying that the state shouldn’t spend money on low-income housing unless it also makes politically hard decisions to lower building costs.
“I don't think we should throw money at the housing problem if we don't adopt real changes that make housing production more efficient and less costly,” Brown said at a Thursday morning press conference. “We've got to do that first.”
In last May’s budget revision, Brown unveiled a plan to limit some local review over developments that included units for low-income families and later agreed to tie $400 million in housing funding to its passage. But lawmakers balked at the governor’s proposal and it went nowhere.
Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Thursday to increase the budget of Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to pay for continuing the barrage of lawsuits that have been filed challenging executive orders by President Trump on immigration, the environment and healthcare.
The revised budget adds $6.5 million to provide 19 attorneys and 12 support staff focused primarily on health care, environmental, immigration and consumer protection issues, according to Chris Moyer, a spokesman for Becerra..
“There are unique litigation expenses right now and the attorney general feels that he wants to pursue those and I think he should be given some latitude,” Brown told reporters. “There are some real legal issues [raised] by Mr. Trump and his deputies there in Washington. We do have to defend our rights. I think as an initial investment its reasonable but certainly I would be watching it carefully over the next year.”