Drivers for Uber and Lyft will only need one business license to work statewide under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
Senate Bill 182, which passed the state Senate Monday, would require a single license to drive passengers anywhere in the state, which drivers can obtain in the city where they live. Local governments don't typically enforce rules that require ride-hailing drivers to have business licenses, but in theory every city a driver passes through could charge a fee.
Uber and Lyft supported the measure, saying they wanted to prevent their drivers from having to comply with a patchwork of rules across the state. The bill’s author, Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), has said the state needs to help facilitate new ride-hailing technology.
Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Keith Ellison is headlining the Orange County Democratic Party’s biggest fundraiser of the year later this month.
Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, will speak at the Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner on Sept. 23 at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa. Individual tickets cost $190, while the top-tier ticket costs $1,000 and includes entry to a VIP reception and premium seating during the dinner.
The theme for the event is “Orange is the New Blue,” a reference to the changing politics in the one-time conservative bastion that was the home of the late President Nixon and the foundation of the late President Reagan’s political career.
A bill to provide free menstrual products in public schools with low-income students is heading to the governor's desk.
AB 10 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) would require Title I-funded schools with students in grades six through 12 to stock restrooms with feminine hygiene products. It passed the Assembly 63-0 on Monday, and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.
"We hear stories about young girls who miss school on a daily basis or extend the use of their menstrual products and get infected," Garcia said on the Assembly floor before the vote.
Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate leader Kevin de León agreed Monday to amend a "sanctuary state" bill that would limit the role of state or local law enforcement agencies in holding and questioning immigrants in the country illegally.
Senate Bill 54, which De León introduced earlier this year, would prohibit police and sheriffs from asking about a person's immigration's status, detaining people for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement "hold" requests and participating in any program that deputizes police as immigration agents.
Brown had made it clear he wanted changes to the original language of SB 54, and those negotiations have been underway at the state Capitol for several weeks.
California on Monday sued the Trump administration, challenging as unconstitutional the president’s plan to rescind a program to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally from deportation.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Monday he decided to file a separate suit because the state and its economy will be especially harmed by the president's action because it is home to a quarter of the 800,000 people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
Political parties and open primaries are the electoral equivalent of oil and water. They may coexist, but they don't mix.
So it's hardly surprising that neither California's dominant Democrats nor its fading Republicans have ever really embraced Proposition 14, the sweeping ballot measure that abolished partisan primaries six years ago.
Some, in fact, say they've seen enough. It's time to scrap it.
A package of bills to address California’s housing affordability crisis inched forward late last week ahead of a do-or-die week in the Legislature.
Lawmakers introduced or changed two bills aimed at attracting support for key parts of the housing package from wary colleagues and Gov. Jerry Brown.
SB 2 from Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would charge a $75 fee on mortgage refinances and other real estate transactions other than home sales and use the estimated $250 million raised a year to help finance low-income housing construction. But Atkins has struggled to secure the two-thirds supermajority vote of the Assembly needed. No Democrats in the Assembly can vote against the measure for it to pass.