Mai Khanh Tran came to the U.S. as a child refugee, worked as a janitor to put herself through Harvard University and is a two-time breast cancer survivor. But she describes the months-long process of deciding to run for Congress as an "agonizing" time.
“I am leaving a very nice, private life that I’ve worked very hard to build and to be at a position where I can now take it easy and enjoy my family," said Tran, a pediatrician who lives in Yorba Linda and has announced a run against Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton). “It’s going to be a year and a half of work that’s not in my comfort zone.”
This is Nguyen's first time running for office — she’s one of more than two dozen candidates who have never run for office before but have announced bids in California’s 13 most competitive congressional races.
Now, more than a month later, single-payer advocates have taken the first formal step to follow through on their threat, giving Rendon's office this week notice of intent to circulate a recall petition.
Rendon's move to stop the single-payer bill — which he called "woefully incomplete," noting it passed the state Senate without a method to pay for it — was the catalyst for the outcry.
After losing a close race last year for the state Senate, former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang said Friday that she plans a rematch against Democratic Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton if pending petitions qualify a recall measure for the ballot.
Chang, a Diamond Bar resident, lost to Newman by less than 1% of the vote last year, and said she thinks he is vulnerable because of the recall drive by Republicans critical of his vote for a gas-tax increase.
Chang noted that she voted to stop tax increases during her two years in the Assembly.
Organizers of Politicon downplayed the cancelation, pointing to several other guests, including Chelsea Handler and Ann Coulter, who are still scheduled to appear, and poked fun at Scaramucci’s recent tirade.
Lots of California politicians, business leaders, housing activists and others want 4,400 new homes built on 640 acres right outside the city of San Francisco.
But none of them gets to decide what happens on the land. Instead, it's under the control of the city of Brisbane, whose residents are wary of a project that could triple the city's population from its current 4,700. Beyond that, California's tax system ensures the city would earn a lot more revenue if it rejected housing and instead approved more commercial or hotel development on the site.
These reasons, state officials say, show why California is struggling to meet its vast housing affordability problems.
Members of California's Board of Equalization objected Thursday to a broad interpretation of a new state law requiring that they disclose their private meetings with taxpayers who are engaged in appeals.
A state attorney said ex parte communications must be disclosed on currently pending matters — even if they occurred before the enactment of the new law on July 1. Tax board members said they did not track who they and their staff talked to before the law took effect.
“No one is prepared to go back,” said Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane Harkey. “We want to make sure we have no liability here. This is an impossible situation.”