State Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel was elected Tuesday as Senate Republican leader by the house’s GOP caucus, and will take over April 12 from Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield, a representative said.
Fuller must leave office next year because of term limits, but the effort to find a successor has been difficult as some prominent Republican senators said in recent weeks that they did not want the job.
The next Senate Republican leader faces a challenge of keeping her caucus relevant at a time when the Democrats enjoy two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature, giving them power to increase taxes without any votes from the minority party.
Crime victims on Tuesday urged California state lawmakers to pass legislation that attempts to expand the collection of DNA in criminal cases, calling it crucial evidence that often serves as the only lead to help solve rapes, murders and cold-case investigations.
The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), would order investigators to gather swab samples, blood specimens, palm prints and fingerprints from offenders convicted of certain misdemeanors.
Cooper says it attempts to address what law enforcement officials say is an unintended consequence of Proposition 47. The ballot measure, approved by voters in 2014, reduced some drug possession and theft crimes to misdemeanors, narrowing the list of felony crimes from which authorities are required to gather DNA evidence.
San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said Tuesday he has decided not to run for state attorney general in 2018, eliminating a prominent Republican challenge to Democratic Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.
Ramos said he will run for reelection as district attorney to finish work he has as the county prosecutor. He said one factor was the large amount of effort it takes to run a statewide campaign, something he learned after spending much of last year supporting Proposition 66, which changes death penalty procedures.
“I am a realist and I have confidence in our attorney general, Xavier Becerra,” Ramos said in an interview. Becerra was appointed this year to the job,
Workers in state-licensed care facilities for children and the elderly are not undergoing sufficient screening of criminal histories to protect their vulnerable clients, a state audit concluded Tuesday.
The state Department of Social Services licenses and oversees 70,000 community care facilities, including child care facilities, foster family homes and care facilities for seniors.
“This report concludes that Social Services does not receive all of the information it needs to protect vulnerable clients,” State Auditor Elaine Howle wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature.
The Los Angeles Times editorial board has made its pick in the crowded congressional race to replace Xavier Becerra. The Times endorsed Maria Cabildo, a longtime affordable housing developer and advocate.
In its endorsement, The Times said Cabildo is "someone who can bridge the gap between the old guard and new idealists" running for the seat, and cited her accomplished career outside of politics.
Cabildo, who has not gained as many high-profile endorsements as some of the other 23 candidates, said in an email to supporters that she is "happy and honored."
With the proposal, which is modeled on a city program he supported while mayor of San Francisco, Newsom is trying to stake a claim to an issue that may become pivotal in the contested race, especially among his biggest Democratic rivals.
Newsom told the Bee he's consulting with healthcare leaders to craft a statewide system.
Following emotional testimony and verbal clashes among members in the audience, the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to enforce federal immigration laws.
Senate Bill 54, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), moved out of the committee with a 5-2 vote. It will now be debated on the Senate floor.
Law enforcement officials are torn on whether the bill hinders or furthers public safety. But the legislation has attracted a long list of supporters who say the state must ensure tax dollars are not used to further mass deportations under the Trump administration.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) are making improbable attempts to overturn President Trump's most recent travel ban.
The measures are unlikely to get far in the Republican-led Congress, and even less likely to be approved by Trump if they get to his desk. But they are likely to fire up a base that is demanding Democrats in California and elsewhere do everything they can to counter Trump.
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Feinstein filed a bill to rescind the executive order Monday — it is backed by 37 fellow Democratic senators. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) supports the measure, her staff said. Lofgren's bill, filed late last week, would halt the order and cut off any funds to implement it. It's backed by 172 House Democrats, including 32 of her 39 California House Democratic colleagues.