California would become the first state in the nation to fully allow 17-year-olds to vote in elections under a proposal introduced on Tuesday in the Legislature.
"We want to expand the opportunity," said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), author of the constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by a statewide vote in 2018.
Although other states allow 17-year-old citizens to vote in a primary as long as they will be 18 by the time of the general election, the proposal introduced by Low and a bipartisan group of young legislators would empower younger voters to cast ballots.
Anthony C. Beilenson, a veteran Democratic politician from Southern California who advocated for abortion rights, environmental protection and gun control as a state legislator and 10-term congressman, has died. He was 84.
Beilenson had been recovering from a heart attack last month and died Sunday at his home in Westwood, according to his son, Adam Beilenson.
Over his 20 years representing congressional districts that included the San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, Beilenson championed affordable healthcare, environmental safeguards like the Clean Air Act, and cuts to defense spending.
The state Senate on Monday adopted a resolution calling on President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to honor a 2011 policy that prohibits federal agents from enforcing immigration laws at "sensitive locations," such as schools, hospitals, churches and marches.
On the Senate floor, Senate leader Kevin de León said he introduced the proposal to support refugees and immigrants in the U.S. illegally who are living in communities wracked by fear as the Trump administration has expanded the number of people it seeks to remove from the country.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra issued a statement Monday saying President Trump’s decision to rescind a travel ban bogged down in court challenges “confirms what we all knew: the travel ban was unconstitutional and un-American.”
Becerra said his legal team will closely examine the new travel order issued Monday by Trump that reduces the targeted countries from seven to six and does not affect those who have been issued visas.
“We will do everything in our power to make sure the revised ban respects our Constitution and our way of life,” Becerra said in a statement. “No one will or should soon forget the Trump Administration’s multiple, public promises to ban Muslims from the country.”
The show of support for Republican state Sen. Janet Nguyen from California's Vietnamese American community continued Monday in a Capitol rally that drew a crowd of hundreds who traveled from Orange County, San Jose and the Bay Area.
Nguyen, who represents Garden Grove, has seen her political profile sharply rise since she was removed from the Senate floor less than two weeks ago after she attempted to critique the anti-Vietnam War activism of the late Democratic legislator Tom Hayden.
"This is our time to shine," Nguyen told the crowd on Monday, as she was flanked by fellow GOP lawmakers and leaders of Vietnamese American community groups and Vietnam War veterans. "Free speech needs to be protected everywhere in the United States."
County sheriffs on Monday slammed a Senate bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement, saying it would cause their departments to lose federal funding and allow violent offenders to go free.
At a press conference led by Republican lawmakers, the sheriffs said they did not want to enforce immigration laws or target hardworking families and students in the country illegally. But they argued the pending legislation would restrict collaboration between law enforcement agencies at different levels of government when going after crime suspects.
"If SB 54 passes, it will allow dangerous, violent career criminals to slip through the cracks and be released back into our communities," Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters.
It's going to take a lot more than millions of new electric cars for California to meet its ambitious new goals to severely curb greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, state climate officials warn.
To get people off the road at the rate needed to reach the state's targets and accommodate a growing population, cities across California will need to boost housing density — perhaps at a level not seen across the United States since at least the 1940s, according to climate officials and planning experts.
Initial efforts to plan to build dense housing in alignment with climate goals in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego have struggled.