The Democrat's announcement comes amid threats from her left, with more progressive Californians saying that Feinstein's moderate nature isn’t the right fit for a state that feels the brunt of Trump administration policies.
But Feinstein is leaning on her record as the first woman to be the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and her role on the Senate Intelligence Committee as the reasons she should stay in office.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Sunday to require passengers on commercial buses equipped with seat belts to use them, a decision following a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board after a San Jose bus crash that killed two people.
The new law requires bus drivers to tell passengers before each trip that they are required to buckle up. Failure to do so will be punishable by a fine of up to $20 for the first offense, and up to $50 for the following offenses.
The federal safety board highlighted the need to ensure passengers wear seat belts in a report released after the San Jose crash in January 2016. That Greyhound bus was equipped with the devices, but the two women killed had not been wearing them and were ejected from the vehicle.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law updating the state’s Dating Service Contract Act to encompass online dating services like Match.com and Eharmony, an effort to ensure consumers can opt out of services.
The state contract law gives the customer the right to cancel a dating service – "by mail, telegram, or delivery" – within three days of signing up, and states that cancellation is effective when deposited in the mail. But the law was passed in 1989 in response to the aggressive pressure tactics used by sales employees at the time and had not been updated since.
Assembly Bill 314 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) will allow online-dating customers to cancel contracts by email and have access to electronic copies of contracts.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday morning that she'll consider returning or donating decades-old donations from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, though she seemed unaware she had received them.
The New York Times on Thursday reported allegations of sexual harassment by Weinstein over decades, prompting some Democrats to say they will give away money equal to donations they have received from the Hollywood mogul. Those who have not have been criticized by the Republican National Committee.
According to federal records, Weinstein gave Feinstein $375 in 1992 and $1,000 in 1994. Feinstein was asked by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" how she planned to respond to criticism from the California Republican Party about the donations.
“I don't know that I've received any. I'll certainly take a look, and then I'll make a decision," the California Democrat said.
A recent poll found half of California's likely voters don't think the 84-year-old senator should run again. Feinstein has also been under pressure from liberal activists, and speculation continues that she may face a Democratic challenger in 2018. Among the potential challengers is state Senate leader Kevin de León of Los Angeles, who lashed out at Feinstein after she said in early September that people should have "patience" with President Trump.
Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has spoken out about her experience with embattled Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein following a New York Times report about the producer's alleged history of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior with women and related legal settlements.
“Based on my years in the industry and unfortunately, my own personal experience with Harvey Weinstein, I can tell you that I believe every single word that was written in the extremely disturbing, but not all that shocking, New York Times piece published yesterday,” she wrote in an article for the Huffington Post. “Not all that shocking because very similar things happened to me.”
Siebel Newsom did not disclose the exact details of her interactions with Weinstein. But she described the circumstances of her experiences with him, which were similar to those described by actress Ashley Judd and others.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Saturday that would have forced tougher restrictions on young California drivers.
Assembly Bill 63 from Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) would have blocked Californians under 21 from driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and prohibited them from transporting those under 20 without supervision in the first year of having their license — restrictions that are now only reserved for those 18 and under.
Frazier had argued that the bill would increase road safety. But in a veto message, Brown said such rules should only apply to minors.
A sweeping effort designed to give Californians more information about the biggest donors to ballot measure campaigns was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, a major victory for groups that insist the current system fails to help voters make an informed choice.
The law will simplify the wording on political advertisements that discloses the top three donors of $50,000 or more to a campaign. It also changes existing state regulations on when and how to disclose “earmarked” donations in campaign finance reports — donations that are bundled together by a group such as a labor union or other membership organization.
“Transparency in elections is critical to our democracy and AB 249 brings that transparency to California, giving our voters the opportunity to make informed decisions based on honest information,” said Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco), the bill’s author, after it was sent to Brown in September.