Local opposition to planning and building new housing to accommodate demand from current and future residents has led to an extreme shortage of homes that is driving up prices to record levels, the report said. Developers need to roughly double the amount of new homes built every year in California — at least 100,000 more — to keep pace with demand, according to a recent report from the state housing department.
Cities and counties are primarily responsible for approving new housing, and if local attitudes don’t change, any action the state takes won’t come close to solving the problem, the legislative analyst's report said.
A bill that would raise gas taxes to chip away at California’s massive backlog of road and highway repairs passed its last of three Senate policy committees Wednesday as the clock ticks toward an April 6 deadline for acting on a transportation financing plan.
The deadline was set by Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown, who is in negotiations with lawmakers to reach an agreement on differences between their proposals and his own plan with smaller tax increases. The goal is a plan that can win the two-thirds vote needed for passage to address the state’s $136-billion backlog.
One leading option is the bill approved Wednesday by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee that would raise an additional $5.5 billion annually for road repairs and mass transit, in part by increasing the per-gallon gas tax by 12 cents in phases over three years.
Gov. Jerry Brown once knew Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson as the most difficult sheriff in the state.
But the two shook hands Tuesday as Stanislaus County became the first in California to open a new detention center with state funding allocated under realignment — a 2011 criminal justice reform effort that Brown has aggressively pushed, and Christianson once fiercely opposed.
"This facility is getting it right," Brown said at the site's dedication ceremony in Modesto. "It is more than time behind bars. It is intervention with intelligence and humanity and force."
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.”