Mark Leno, once one of California’s most seasoned and powerful state lawmakers, officially launched his campaign Monday to become mayor of San Francisco.
The Democratic politician filed the paperwork for a race he’s been preparing for since leaving the state Senate due to term limits in 2016.
Leno, 66, served in both the Assembly and Senate and before that on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In Sacramento, he was a key architect of most state budgets over the last decade. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Leno was tops in a recent poll of potential candidates.
Democratic Assemblymen Richard Bloom of Santa Monica and Al Muratsuchi of Torrance have agreed to pay fines for violating state campaign finance disclosure laws, according to documents released Monday.
Bloom has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose 11 contributions made and received by his 2014 campaign within 24 hours of the donations, a requirement during the last days before an election.
The contributions not disclosed on time totaled $80,420 and included checks from Paramount Pictures, Anheuser Busch Companies and the Assn. of California Life & Health Insurance Companies PAC.
San Francisco billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer said Monday he’s not going to run for Senate or the governor’s office in California this year.
“I'm not going to run for office in 2018; that's not where I can make the biggest difference,” Steyer said at a news conference he called in Washington, D.C. “My fight is not just in California, my fight is in removing Donald Trump from office and from power.”
The former hedge fund manager said he will instead pour tens of millions of dollars into Democratic efforts to retake the House.
This CA taxpayer funded PSA spends most air time normalizing/promoting pot use before saying don’t drive stoned. Imagine same extolling virtues of alcohol? This is is absurd, @JerryBrownGov should nix this. https://t.co/ABfLK6j0ZE
A public service commercial aimed at preventing drugged driving has been pulled from television stations by state officials after some viewers complained that it promoted the use of marijuana.
The ad, part of a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze” campaign by the California Office of Traffic Safety, began running just before the state began issuing licenses for the sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use.
The video features men and women talking about why they use cannabis and why they don’t drive after doing so.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday blasted a company that has employed and donated heavily to gubernatorial race rival and fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa.
Newsom, campaigning at a union hall in Riverside, was asked about his position on Cadiz Inc.’s proposal to pump water from a Mojave Desert aquifer to provide water to Southern California.
“I don’t support it,” he replied. “… I’m worried about what it means to the Mojave Desert. I’m worried about what it means for the environment. I don’t like people buying influence. I don’t like money determining the fate of even good ideas, let alone bad ideas. I don’t like the way this whole thing has played out. It doesn’t sit well with me.”