The organizing committee for Los Angeles' bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games wants the summertime sports event removed from last-minute state legislation that would ease its ability to build transit projects.
On Friday, state Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) unveiled a bill that would exempt any bus, rail or other transit project related to Los Angeles' 2028 event from the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, the state's primary law governing development. The law requires developers to disclose and reduce a project's environmental impact — a process that often is costly, time-consuming and fraught with litigation.
The California Assembly advanced legislation Tuesday that seeks to protect climate science and scientists from President Trump's administration.
The measure, Senate Bill 51, was approved 51 to 12. It must return to the state Senate for another vote before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
Authored by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the bill would ask the California Environmental Protection Agency to preserve any scientific information "at risk of censorship or destruction by the federal government."
State lawmakers Tuesday gave final approval to designating a section of the 134 Freeway as the President Barack H. Obama Highway in honor of the 44th president of the United States.
Supporters of the measure will now raise the private funds needed to place signs with Obama's name along the section of the 134 between the 210 Freeway and the 2 Freeway, which includes parts of Glendale, Pasadena and Eagle Rock.
Obama, who left office in January, attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock in 1979 before transferring to Columbia University in 1981.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) signaled Tuesday that she believes former President Obama’s executive order to protect young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as minors was on shaky legal ground, and said that is why Congress must act to save it.
Feinstein's remarks are likely to fuel criticism among the most liberal members of her party, some of whom have said that she has grown out of touch with her constituents as she ponders whether to seek a sixth term next year.
The recently pardoned former Maricopa County sheriff is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Fresno County Republican Party's late September fundraiser.
Billed as an annual "2nd Amendment Barbecue," the Sept. 29 event has a wide range of ticket prices. A single seat costs $70, and $1,500 gets you a table of 10, "VIP Gold" status and a photo with the former sheriff at a more exclusive reception.
Los Angeles' 2028 Olympic bid could get a huge boost under new state legislation unveiled Friday.
Under the bill, any bus, train or other mass transit project connected to the Olympic bid wouldn't have to follow the state's primary law governing development, saving lots of time, money and eliminating some litigation risk.
The legislation, Senate Bill 789, also would provide major relief under the California Environmental Quality Act to a proposed NBA arena for the Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood.
The measure, Assembly Bill 748, would have made public footage from police shootings and other cases considered to be in the public interest, including video of police uses of force or violent political protests.
The bill, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), squeaked through the Senate Public Safety Committee in July, but no further hearings were held.
President Trump's decision to abandon existing protections for young men and women in the United States without legal status will likely draw a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown and an assortment of California elected officials, all of whom have vowed to take extraordinary measures to keep those immigrants from being deported.
Now that President Trump is putting what should happen to the "Dreamers" on Congress’ agenda, vulnerable Republicans will be squarely at the center of the debate.
The Trump administration's announcement Tuesday about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could have a broad effect on Democratic efforts to retake control of the House in 2018, and nowhere more so than in California, where more than a fourth of the estimated 800,000 recipients, often called Dreamers, are thought to live.
To secure the 24 seats they need, Democrats are specifically targeting nine of the Golden State’s 14 Republican members of Congress, several of whom represent districts with large minority populations. Stories of the 200,000 or so Californians affected by this decision likely will be a recurring theme of campaigns for the next year.