Sen. Kamala Harris will donate the $5,000 in contributions that she received from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to charity.
In light of news reported Thursday by the New York Times outlining decades of alleged sexual harassment by Weinstein, some Democrats are giving away donations they received from the Hollywood mogul. Those who have not have been criticized by the Republican National Committee.
"If Democrats and the [Democratic National Committee] truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning the dirty money should be a no-brainer," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday threatened legal action against the Trump administration over its decision to limit an Obama-era rule that requires employers to provide for contraceptives in their health plans.
The Trump decision would give an exemption to employers who object to the rule based on religious or moral grounds.
In a conference call with representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, Becerra told reporters that the federal action unlawfully discriminates against women.
Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a new law that will allow California prosecutors to consolidate more child sexual assault cases from different counties into a single trial, as long as all district attorneys involved agree.
Law enforcement officials say some child sexual assault prosecutions, such as those involving sex trafficking, are time-consuming and difficult to coordinate. They can span multiple jurisdictions as traffickers move victims across the state and country.
But until this week, state law allowed prosecutors to combine certain child sex assault cases only if a victim was between 13 and 10 years old. With the addition of the new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, they will be able to combine such child sex assault, domestic violence and trafficking prosecutions for all children under 14.
Another member of Rep. Duncan Hunter's party has stepped up to challenge him for his inland San Diego County congressional seat.
Shamroze "Shamus" Sayed, 40, announced Friday that he's joining the growing list of people hoping to unseat the five-term Republican, who's facing ongoing investigations into whether he misused campaign funds for personal expenses.
Sayed is chief operating officer of Interpreters Unlimited, a translation services company, and lives in San Diego, outside the district.
Reacting to what they deemed “political threats” from a coalition of business and civic groups, 11 of the 14 Republican members of Congress from California said in a letter Thursday that they support the repeal of recent increases to the state’s gas taxes and vehicle fees.
The group of lawmakers, led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), was responding to a recent letter from Fix Our Roads, a coalition of businesses and civic organizations that support the gas tax increases in Senate Bill 1. The group, which includes the League of California Cities and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, warned lawmakers of a “robust and powerful” campaign against any initiative to repeal the increases. It added that such an effort would become a distraction for Republican incumbents seeking reelection.
In their letter supporting the law's repeal, Republican lawmakers wrote: “We agree that we need to take significant steps to improve transportation in California; however, we object to the policy contained in SB 1 as well as the process in which it was enacted.”
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Thursday to expand workplace protections for employees who came to the U.S. illegally, part of the state’s response to the Trump administration's call for greater immigration enforcement.
The bill by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) prohibits employers from allowing federal immigration agents on private business property without a judicial warrant. It also requires business owners to give their employees public notice — within 72 hours — of federal immigration inspections of employee records.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to prevent landlords from threatening immigrant tenants with deportation, measures he said were part of broader efforts by his administration "to bolster resources and support for the immigrant community."
One proposal by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would bar landlords from disclosing information about immigration status in order to intimidate, harass or evict tenants without following proper procedures. It also would allow immigrant tenants to file civil claims against their landlords if they do.
Another bill by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) would ensure that no state office or entity in California could compel a landlord to obtain and disclose information on a tenant's immigration status.
In an interview to air on C-SPAN this weekend, the Whittier Democrat also touched on gun safety laws, immigration reform and the prospective tax overhaul. But the most striking moment came near the end of the discussion when Sanchez was asked if Democrats should keep their current leaders after the 2018 election.
The Times' Sarah D. Wire and the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe conducted the interview with Sanchez for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers," which airs Sunday at 7 a.m. PST and 3 p.m. PST.