“While the charges were primarily authorized by the campaign, the buck stops with me and I take full responsibility — including the responsibility to determine and implement other structural changes to ensure errors are not repeated,” he told the newspaper. “In taking these steps, I am fully confident that the right oversight and controls are now in place.”
Five former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency have signed a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to take a stand against Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana in California.
Brown has not taken a position on the ballot measure, an aide said, and it is uncertain whether he will do so before Tuesday’s election.
The letter says California should delay approval of legalization until it can see how Colorado and other states are dealing with problems including impaired driving and marijuana use by teenagers.
In a segment on HBO's "Vice News Tonight" that aired Thursday, California billionaire and political donor Tom Steyer avoided saying whether he planned to run for governor.
"I have said consistently that we are completely engaged through 2016. I will continue to work on the stuff that I care most about,” he told correspondent Nellie Bowles when she asked about a potential gubernatorial bid. “The question will be how can I do it in the way that has the most impact."
The former hedge fund manager's comments are consistent with what he told The Times in a June interview, when he said he wouldn't decide whether to run until after the November election.
Proposition 57, a sweeping plan to offer new parole opportunities to thousands of state prisoners while shifting juvenile defendants out of adult courtrooms, is poised to become law once the votes are tallied next week.
A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows the ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown supported by 57% of likely voters, with 31% opposed.
Proposition 51 seems to have everything going for it. The $9-billion state school bond ballot measure has support across the political spectrum, a decent chunk of campaign money and a strong history of voters looking kindly on school construction spending.
But the measure is having trouble in the polls, registering less than 50% support. A pollster says that voters could be scared off by the bond’s size and impact on the state budget.
A gun control initiative on next week's ballot in California is supported by 58% of likely voters, while 35% are opposed, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Proposition 63 enjoys its strongest support among minority registered voters, the poll shows.
The initiative would require background checks for those purchasing ammunition and outlaw the possession of large-capacity ammo magazines, among other things.
For 10 years, the death penalty system in California has been on pause, as the state has sought to develop a new method for killing prisoners. Now the fate of the latest proposal is hanging at the ballot box.
Proposition 66 intends to expedite executions by changing how and how often death row inmates can appeal their sentences. If voters approve the measure on Nov. 8, it also would exempt prison officials from the Administrative Procedure Act, which sets the regulations all state agencies must follow when establishing new guidelines.
Supporters say the move would remove unneeded bureaucratic layers that bog the system down. Opponents counter it would harm transparency.
It’s not easy to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Congress can’t do it alone, and unless the court reverses itself, the only other avenue is changing the Constitution.
For national groups hoping to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision that altered how much corporations can spend on politics, they know it’ll be a slow, state-by-state slog they hope passes through California when voters consider Proposition 59 on Tuesday.
They’re working to get measures like the proposition, which asks Californians whether they want their members of Congress to work on a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. It would have no binding power, and because it has no legal force, opponents say passing it is a waste of time.
Opponents of an initiative to allow recreational marijuana use in California said Wednesday that its extensive licensing requirements would not include websites, including Weedmaps, that provide guides to cannabis stores, varieties and doctors without handling the product.
A spokesman for the Proposition 64 campaign called the complaint “silly and desperate” and noted that existing laws regulate such websites.
The issue was looked at by the Office of Legislative Counsel, the nonpartisan public agency that prepares legal opinions, at the request of state Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), an outspoken opponent of Proposition 64.
A federal judge has denied the ACLU’s request for California voters to be allowed to take and share “ballot selfies” when they go to the polls Tuesday.
Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court of Northern California said he was denying the ACLU’s request because of the “lateness of the request” and to avoid the risk of confusing voters.
The civil rights group filed the suit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Monday, saying it was concerned about the “chilling effect” the ban could have on voters’ free speech. A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year will repeal California’s ban on sharing photos of marked ballots, but it doesn’t take effect until January 1.