A couple hundred people showed up to rally against the GOP healthcare plan at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center today, and California Sen. Kamala Harris showed up to greet them. The hospital's chief doctor told supporters that Obamacare "was a gamechanger" for patients.
Sacramento streets were quiet Monday, with many of the capital city's professionals adding an extra day to a long weekend stretching through the July 4th holiday.
But not lawmakers, who dutifully returned to the state Capitol for a single day of work. And, of course, their stipend for living expenses.
California's state Constitution makes clear that lawmakers don't receive their "per diem" allowance if the Legislature is "in recess for more than three calendar days." The daily payment is now set at $183, and is in addition to a legislator's annual salary.
Anticipating billions of dollars from new tax increases, the California Department of Transportation is predicting it will make significant headway during the next decade on delayed highway and bridge repairs.
The Legislature and governor recently approved new gas taxes and vehicle fees starting in November to fund such repairs.
A 10-year Highway Operations and Protection Plan submitted by Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty predicts an improved system of primary roads and bridges with money from the new taxes, albeit still with billions of dollars in funding shortfalls to complete 100% of the roadwork that needs to be done during the next decade.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Porter Ranch) was among the speakers at an anti-President Trump rally attended by thousands in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday after a march calling for the president's impeachment.
"We have to act now to protect our country from abuse of power and impulsive, ignorant incompetence," Sherman told the crowd near City Hall. The crowd cheered and began chanting, “Lock him up.”
The San Fernando Valley lawmaker has put himself at odds with House Democratic leaders by drafting and circulating articles of impeachment, accusing Trump of trying to thwart the FBI’s investigation into Flynn.
Supporters of legislation to create a single-payer healthcare plan in California haven't backed down from demanding that the bill be revived at the state Capitol, even as lawmakers seem set to move on.