Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to prevent landlords from threatening immigrant tenants with deportation, measures he said were part of broader efforts by his administration "to bolster resources and support for the immigrant community."
One proposal by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would bar landlords from disclosing information about immigration status in order to intimidate, harass or evict tenants without following proper procedures. It also would allow immigrant tenants to file civil claims against their landlords if they do.
Another bill by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) would ensure that no state office or entity in California could compel a landlord to obtain and disclose information on a tenant's immigration status.
In an interview to air on C-SPAN this weekend, the Whittier Democrat also touched on gun safety laws, immigration reform and the prospective tax overhaul. But the most striking moment came near the end of the discussion when Sanchez was asked if Democrats should keep their current leaders after the 2018 election.
The Times' Sarah D. Wire and the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe conducted the interview with Sanchez for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers," which airs Sunday at 7 a.m. PST and 3 p.m. PST.
In a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s expanded deportation orders, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting whom state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.
Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been hailed as part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield more than 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in the state. Weeks before Brown’s signature made it law, it was met with swift denunciations from Trump administration officials and became the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws.
For decades, the city of Los Angeles has forced developers who want to build projects with 50 or more homes to complete an in-depth environmental analysis — no matter what zoning codes say.
A new law authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) aims to wipe away Los Angeles' rule and similar ones around the state that slow growth and add to the cost of home building in an attempt to address California's housing affordability crisis.
With just three months left to draft new rules for marijuana sales in California, the state on Wednesday appointed a panel of industry members, health experts, law enforcement officials and union leaders to provide advice during the effort.
The 22-member Cannabis Advisory Committee will help the Bureau of Cannabis Control develop regulations on the cultivation, transport, testing and sale of medical and recreational marijuana, with state licenses scheduled to be issued starting Jan. 2.
“These individuals represent the diverse backgrounds of California and the cannabis industry and have the necessary experience to make the committee successful,” said Dean R. Grafilo, director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs. He said hundreds of people applied for the panel.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two measures Wednesday to help Californians who buy health insurance under Covered California, the state's Obamacare marketplace. The measures ensure a longer enrollment period and continued treatment for some patients even if their insurer leaves Covered California.
The first measure, AB 156 by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), was spurred by a Trump administration policy that established a 45-day window for shoppers on Obamacare marketplaces to buy new insurance policies for the coming year.
That's half the amount of time Covered California shoppers are used to, because the state has always offered a three-month enrollment period. Healthcare advocates said Wood's bill was necessary to both conform to the federal 45-day policy and establish additional enrollment times in order to give Californians adequate time to sign up for coverage.
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is the reason Rep. Dana Rohrabacher hasn't spoken with President Trump about a meeting the congressman had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Costa Mesa Republican told Business Insider.
Rohrabacher told the news site that Kelly and "a coalition of people in the White House" are keeping him from talking with Trump about what he learned from Assange regarding the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee. WikiLeaks published the emails before the 2016 presidential election.
"The White House staff and other top people in the administration are trying to protect the president from himself," Rohrabacher told the publication. "That's what they think, and in fact they are usurping his authority to make decisions — the important decisions — himself."
Months after an audit found widespread problems with the program providing disabled parking placards in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at preventing fraud.
"We must make sure the drivers who need this important program have access to the benefits it provides — and block scofflaws and fraudsters from gaming the system," Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who authored the bill, said after the governor's action.
A state audit in April found the California Department of Motor Vehicles isn't making sure that people issued placards for disabled parking should actually have them. The agency hasn't canceled tens of thousands of the permits issued to people who have died, which has allowed some placards to be misused by family members, the audit concluded.