Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate leader Kevin de León agreed Monday to amend a "sanctuary state" bill that would limit the role of state or local law enforcement agencies in holding and questioning immigrants in the country illegally.
Senate Bill 54, which De León introduced earlier this year, would prohibit police and sheriffs from asking about a person's immigration's status, detaining people for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "hold" requests and participating in any program that deputizes police as immigration agents.
Brown had made it clear he wanted changes to the original language of SB 54, and those negotiations have been underway at the state Capitol for several weeks.
California on Monday sued the Trump administration, challenging as unconstitutional the president’s plan to rescind a program to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally from deportation.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Monday he decided to file a separate suit because the state and its economy will be especially harmed by the president's action because it is home to a quarter of the 800,000 people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
Political parties and open primaries are the electoral equivalent of oil and water. They may coexist, but they don't mix.
So it's hardly surprising that neither California's dominant Democrats nor its fading Republicans have ever really embraced Proposition 14, the sweeping ballot measure that abolished partisan primaries six years ago.
Some, in fact, say they've seen enough. It's time to scrap it.
A package of bills to address California’s housing affordability crisis inched forward late last week ahead of a do-or-die week in the Legislature.
Lawmakers introduced or changed two bills aimed at attracting support for key parts of the housing package from wary colleagues and Gov. Jerry Brown.
SB 2 from Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would charge a $75 fee on mortgage refinances and other real estate transactions other than home sales and use the estimated $250 million raised a year to help finance low-income housing construction. But Atkins has struggled to secure the two-thirds supermajority vote of the Assembly needed. No Democrats in the Assembly can vote against the measure for it to pass.
California on Monday will wade into the legal battle over President Trump's decision to scrap the nation's 5-year-old program protecting young immigrants without legal residency.
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra plans to announce a lawsuit against the Trump administration over last week's rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The action is scheduled to be announced at a late morning event in Sacramento, and a news release from the attorney general's office said he will appear at the event with several DACA recipients from California.
After years of stop-and-go, behind-the-scenes negotiations, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to integrate California’s electricity grid with neighboring states will finally be unveiled.
The proposal, which was obtained by The Times on Friday, has not yet received a public hearing, and is only being introduced with a week left in the legislative session.
The effort involves a sweeping transformation at the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the state’s electricity grid. Right now the organization, known as Cal-ISO, is run by a board chosen by the governor and confirmed by state senators.