Touting them as a way to further loosen California's reliance on automobiles powered by fossil fuel, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a dozen laws on Tuesday aimed at boosting the use and sale of zero-emission vehicles.
State agencies will be directed to buy more clean-burning cars and trucks over the next decade and a half under a pair of bills signed by Brown, in both cases expanding goals that were put in place just a few years ago.
Taking shots at President Trump, sounding the alarm on Russian hackers and doubling down on her call to fight a powerful gun lobby, Hillary Clinton on Monday told advocates and activists in California to get back up and keep going.
“Stand up for you, for our values because there is too much at stake not to speak out against the things that matter most,” she said to cheers and applause from an audience of about 1,700 people at UC Davis.
The stop at the Mondavi Center is the only one scheduled in California on her 16-city tour promoting her new book, “What Happened,” a memoir about her loss to Donald Trump. Her message of resilience seemed to resonate in a state that bills itself as home to “the resistance,” and where supporters handed the former U.S. senator her largest victory.
Vice President Mike Pence toured an industrial machine shop in a Sacramento suburb on Monday evening to pitch President Trump's tax reform plan.
"President Donald Trump is committed to work with the Congress and pass the largest cut in American history," Pence told a gathering at Stroppini Enterprises in Rancho Cordova. "And we’re going to do it this year."
The vice president toured the machine shop with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and held a roundtable discussion with small-business owners about the president's tax plans.
Oct. 9, 2017, 7:36 p.m.
I can assure you as I did the governor, the federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance to the state of California as your courageous firefighters and first responders confront this widening challenge.
Vice President Mike Pence on the wildfires in California on Oct. 9 at an event in Rancho Cordova
Accents and other marks on names will not be included on California vital records after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure that would have allowed diacritical marks such as accents, tildes and umlauts on birth, death and marriage records.
"Mandating the use of diacritical marks on certain and local vital records without a corresponding requirement for all state and federal government records is a difficult and expensive proposition," Brown wrote in his veto note.
Since Proposition 83, a measure approved by voters in 1983 to make English the state’s official language, diacritical marks — such as accents (è or á), umlauts (ö or ü) and tildes (ñ or ã) — on vital records were deemed unacceptable.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure on Monday that sought to curb escalating opioid addiction rates by creating a new state working group tasked with determining best practices in prescribing addictive drugs.
The measure, Assembly Bill 715 by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), would have directed the state Department of Public Health to convene doctors, opioid addiction specialists and other experts to examine how painkillers are being prescribed to treat acute, short-term pain.
The goal of the working group would have been to establish statewide guidelines on prescribing such drugs.
After successfully fighting to bar restrictions on political donations to legislators facing recall, an attorney who normally represents Democratic lawmakers is asking the state to also drop limits on contributions to legal defense funds used by lawmakers facing criminal or civil investigations.
The request comes a year after two Democratic senators were sentenced to federal prison in corruption cases and a third was convicted of lying about living in his district.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission outraged Republicans in August by granting a request by Senate Democrats to lift the $4,400 campaign contribution limit for legislators giving to colleagues facing recall. That request was made on behalf of the Senate Democrats by attorney Richard Rios.
Hours after Vice President Mike Pence left a professional football game in protest of players taking a knee during the national anthem, he landed Sunday in Southern California for a series of fundraisers aimed at helping vulnerable members of Congress in the state.