Gov. Jerry Brown is getting ready to go back to China four years after his last trip across the Pacific Ocean.
The first week of June, the governor plans to attend an international summit on clean energy and meet with other members of a coalition dedicated to fighting climate change. The coalition includes cities, states and provinces who have signed an international agreement promoted by Brown to reduce emissions at faster rates than called for under the Paris agreement on global warming.
During the weeklong trip, Brown is stopping in Beijing, Chengdu and Nanjing to talk with regional and national Chinese officials.
In Orange County on Tuesday night, Rep. Mimi Walters was nowhere to be found when more than 800 people showed up at an Irvine high school for an activist-organized “town hall.”
Outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s Vista office, hundreds of protesters, some dressed in hospital gowns or holding crutches, arrived for a “sick in” protesting his vote while the congressman raised money at a white sand beach resort in Florida. And 80 miles north, the handful of people who showed up to the Simi Valley office of Rep. Steve Knight talked to a single staffer while others were met with a locked door.
All three Republicans were reelected in districts won by Hillary Clinton and have been named as top targets by Democrats. All three, along with the rest of their Republican California colleagues, voted for the GOP plan to dismantle Obamacare last week. None of the three has announced public events in their districts this week, even though the House is out of session.
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.