Last-minute voters trickled into a polling place at Mt. Washington Elementary School Tuesday night to cast their votes in the race to represent California's 34th Congressional District.
Steve Brown, a 62-year-old, semi-retired business consultant, joked as he was leaving that he was the only Republican voter "for a hundred miles."
He said he voted for Steven Mac, who like Brown is a military veteran. Brown said he personally leans progressive on social issues, but is more conservative when it comes to international issues. He said liked that Mac, who served as a U.S. Army JAG officer, spent time in Iraq. He noted that Mac, a Los Angeles County prosecutor, was the only candidate to knock on his door.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers who have not committed to a gas tax increase for road repairs, appearing in the Riverside district of Democratic state Sen. Richard Roth, one of the holdouts, and calling for legislators to step up and act.
With a self-imposed deadline for a vote just two days away, Brown warned that if legislation raising $52 billion over 10 years is not approved this year, the cost of repairing the same crumbling roads and bridges could grow to $100 billion in five years, creating a deeper “hole” to dig out from.
“Now is the time — and don’t blow it, guys,” Brown said in a message aimed at legislators. “I’m going off to my ranch” at retirement. “You’re going to be driving on these damn roads. Fix them now, or we may never get them fixed.”
Candidates in California's 2018 race for governor on Tuesday sounded off on their support for mental health services, rehabilitation programs and an approach to criminal justice that puts victims at the center of policy.
At a community forum hosted by the group Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, State Treasurer John Chiang, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom were quizzed on their public safety priorities as the state has moved to loosen sentencing, reduce prison overcrowding and provide greater assistance to offenders re-entering society.
The event, held at a Sacramento hotel, was part of a two-day conference that brought hundreds of crime survivors and victims advocates to the state Capitol. Participants marched, rallied and lobbied lawmakers to carry legislation that focuses on treatment, not incarceration.
California senators advanced legislation Tuesday that would keep the gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon closed until a study is completed on the 2015 leak that forced thousands to evacuate their homes.
However, the measure was modified by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee to address concerns that Southern California could see power outages without a supply of gas from Aliso Canyon.
Under the amendment, the governor could declare an emergency that would allow the facility to start operating again.
A coalition of two dozen agricultural industry groups has announced its opposition to proposed gas tax and vehicle fee increases to pay for road repairs, saying the additional costs will be a burden on struggling farming operations without greatly expanding the capacity of roads to transport goods.
The letter to legislators is on behalf of groups including the Western Growers’ Assn., California Cattlemen’s Assn., California Fresh Fruit Assn., the Assn. of California Egg Farmers and the California Farm Bureau Federation.
“The proposed taxes in SB 1 will dramatically increase transportation costs for farmers, ranchers, food processors and agricultural suppliers,” the letter said.