Gov. Jerry Brown met with President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in a rare move that catapults California’s status as a negotiator with China while the U.S. falls back on climate change.
The leaders met less than a week after President Trump pulled the U.S. from the historic Paris climate accord, with Xi spending nearly an hour talking to one of the administration’s loudest, most powerful critics on the environment.
They discussed global warming and green tech in the Great Hall of the People, a granite-columned building on Tiananmen Square reserved for high-level dignitaries, political gatherings and ceremonial occasions.
New California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has major policing issues on his plate. He has to decide how to implement a 2015 law designed to prevent racial profiling and finish civil rights investigations in Kern County and Bakersfield after years of complaints about police shootings.
In contrast to his numerous statements against the Trump administration, Becerra has been relatively silent about what he's going to do about policing. Both law enforcement groups and civil rights activists are hopeful and concerned about his tenure.
California lawmakers are weighing a proposal to prohibit the expansion of facilities to detain immigrants and require new monitoring of the treatment of immigrants under detention.
A state Senate budget subcommittee first debated the idea in May, and it remains under discussion as conferees from both houses work to mesh their budget plans together this week.
The proposal followed a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, which found that hundreds of immigrant detainees housed in Orange County’s largest detention facility were served spoiled food, given mold-covered shower facilities and offered phones that didn't work.
Bay Area Democratic organizer Kimberly Ellis, who narrowly lost the race to be the next leader of the California Democratic Party, on Monday said her campaign found evidence of hundreds of voting discrepancies, including mismatched voter signatures and “multiple” cases of delegates voting more than once.
“Based on the information contained here, the actual vote count is in question. It is believed that the wrong individual is serving as chair,” the Ellis campaign stated in a six-page memo released Monday evening.
Ellis lost the election for state party chairperson to Eric Bauman, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, by just over 60 votes during the party’s convention in Sacramento on May 20.