Two-thirds of Californians disapprove of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven predominately Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days, according to a new Survey Monkey poll.
Opposition to the order is much stronger in left-leaning California than in the rest of the nation.
Overall, 47% of those polled nationwide said they approved of Trump’s order, and 51% disapproved. Opinion was split along partisan lines, with nearly 9 out of 10 Republicans supporting the ban and almost an identical number of Democrats and independents disapproving of the policy.
Multiple California cities began exploring whether to tax consumers for watching Netflix and other streaming video services last year, and now a Los Angeles lawmaker wants to ban the idea.
Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a Democrat, has introduced Assembly Bill 252, which would prohibit cities from implementing so-called “Netflix taxes.” Pasadena and other cities have been weighing whether to extend existing taxes on cable-television subscribers to those who used video-streaming services.
Cities had argued such taxes make sense as revenue sources, especially as more and more residents are cutting off their cable television subscriptions in favor of video streaming.
Battles over Airbnb and other short-term rentals are ongoing in city halls across California. But despite their efforts, state lawmakers have failed to pass legislation either to crack down on short-term rentals or make it easier for the industry to operate.
The reason: Neither Airbnb nor their opponents, chiefly those in the labor movement, have been able to out-muscle each other politically nor have legislators figured out how to address sticky tax issues between cities and the state.
Kathy DeChellis, a 64-year-old retired school teacher, stood in the hallway outside Republican Rep. Steve Knight's district office in Santa Clarita and recalled the last time she went to a political protest.
It was 1971, when she was a college student at the University of San Francisco and marched around Golden Gate Park to protest the Vietnam War.
DeChellis joined a crowd made up of retirees, young organizers and parents with toddlers who showed up at one of Knight's three district offices to hand-deliver letters urging the Palmdale Republican not to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The protests were among several that have popped up in recent days outside the district offices of members of Congress throughout the state.
California leaders have taken great pride in the state's environmental regulations, from tighter rules for vehicle emissions to new targets for renewable energy.
But although much of California's agenda is rooted in state law, it also relies on permission from the federal government. The state has regularly sought and obtained waivers to the Clean Air Act that allow officials here to create regulations that are tougher than federal standards.
President Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, who is poised to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, wouldn't commit to continuing that tradition.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took his strongest swipe yet at President Donald Trump on Thursday after his fellow Republican said people should pray for Schwarzenegger because of the low ratings on “Celebrity Apprentice."
After Trump made the comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, a visibly frustrated Schwarzenegger tweeted a video in which he offered to switch jobs with Trump.
"You take over TV, because you’re such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job. And then people can finally sleep comfortable again. Hmm?" Schwarzenegger said.
Drug companies often offer coupons or vouchers to take the sting out of certain medications' high price tags. But one Democratic lawmaker says such offers actually contribute to high healthcare costs — and is proposing legislation to limit their use.
Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) has introduced a measure that would prohibit the use of coupons for medications when there are cheaper drug options available.
"Coupons may appear to help the consumer by reducing or eliminating their out-of-pocket costs but, in fact, are too often simply a marketing tool to drive patients to higher priced drugs that may not be a more effective treatment option for them, and eventually will result in an increase to their health care premiums," Wood, who chairs the Assembly health committee, said in a statement.
Several members of California's congressional delegation derided a tweet from President Trump on Thursday morning that seemed to be a threat to cut federal funding to UC Berkeley because of a violent protest.
The crowd of hundreds was ready to march, winding a circuitous route from a Bakersfield park to the nearby district office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy to rally in support of the Affordable Care Act. But before they hoisted their signs and joined in healthcare-themed chants, there was a quick geographic roll call.
“How many of you are from Bakersfield?” asked the emcee. About half the attendees cheered. The rest had come from farther-flung homes: Long Beach, Sacramento, Riverside. They had traveled via chartered bus, largely with labor unions or grass-roots liberal groups, to the heart of the California effort to save Obamacare.
A potent mix of politics and policy has drawn the Central Valley into the center of the debate around the future of the Affordable Care Act. It is the region in the state most transformed by the landmark healthcare law. It is also a rare Republican enclave in California, represented in Congress by members of the majority party that will determine the law’s fate — including McCarthy, who, as House majority leader, commands a top post in the GOP.