Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Chiang spent nearly every dollar he raised during the last six months of 2017, according to a campaign financial disclosure statement filed with the California secretary of state’s office on Wednesday.
Chiang, the state’s treasurer, raised $1.3 million and spent $1,264,602 during this reporting period, according to the filing.
It’s a dramatic uptick in spending since he entered the race in mid-2016, and it occurred just before a campaign shake-up intended to reboot a candidacy that has been lagging in the polls.
The Asian American Small Business PAC launched a broadside attack against Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor with a website and digital ad accusing him of having inappropriate relationships and a history of violating the “public trust.”
The ad tries to draw a parallel between Newsom’s past and the “epidemic of sexual misconduct” in the White House and Sacramento.
"In California we protect all of our people from criminals and gangs, as well as dangerous assault weapons. We do our job Mr. President, you do yours,” @JerryBrownGov says after Trump threatens to remove ICE agents from the state.
“This administration has continually put a target on California’s back and we won’t be bullied,” Sen. Kamala Harris said in a statement. “Instead of targeting immigrant communities, this administration should focus their energy and resources on violent criminals and transnational gangs.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein called it “not only mean spirited but patently false.”
Since 2011, California lawmakers have lamented the demise of redevelopment, a state urban renewal program that provided billions of dollars for low-income housing development. There’s a new proposal in the Legislature now to bring a version of it back.
Our guest is Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who oversaw redevelopment’s dissolution as leader of the state Senate. Steinberg tells us what he’d like to see in a revived program, why homelessness is the most important issue facing California cities and how Sacramento is benefitting from an influx of Bay Area transplants.
Tony Mendoza, a former East Los Angeles elementary school teacher who moved swiftly from local to state government elected offices, resigned from the California Senate on Thursday just moments before his colleagues sought to formally expel him after a series of sexual misconduct accusations.
The resignation was the culmination of an almost three-month saga that saw the Artesia Democrat stridently deny any improper conduct while accusing his fellow legislators of unfair treatment. He becomes the third state legislator to resign in the wake of allegations that have shaken the state Capitol community.
It is with great pain that I resign today from the Senate. This secretive investigation, with no Due Process and Disparate Treatment, left me with no other choice... (read my letter) pic.twitter.com/KtOoDws5mE
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, is suggesting to the national media that questionable expenses of his campaign funds took place in California while he was in Washington, D.C., doing the people's business.
But a review of campaign records and social media by The San Diego Union-Tribune shows that Hunter was regularly present, with his family, when improper campaign spending happened.
State Sen. Tony Mendoza, who faces increasing scrutiny over allegations of inappropriate contact with female staffers, could face a formal expulsion vote on Thursday under a resolution introduced late Wednesday night.
The resolution was authored by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). Last week, Senate leaders acknowledged an expulsion of Mendoza was a possibility.
No member of the California Legislature has been expelled since four senators were removed from office in 1905. Senators met in private caucus meetings on Wednesday to consider the fate of Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat who faces accusations of inappropriate behavior with six women during an eight-year period ending in 2017.
Formal discipline against state Sen. Tony Mendoza could come on Thursday, after lawmakers privately discussed the findings of a sexual misconduct investigation and Mendoza lobbied colleagues with a last-minute letter defending his actions.
The investigation this week found that Mendoza “more likely than not” behaved in a flirtatious or sexually suggestive manner toward staffers.
Members of the Senate Democratic caucus met Wednesday behind closed doors for about three hours to hear the full report on the independent investigation and discuss recommendations from the Rules Committee on what disciplinary steps the chamber could take. State Senate leader Kevin de León and Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), the incoming Senate leader, declined to comment after the meeting.