A state Assembly member wants to ensure that no state office or entity in California would be able to compel a landlord to obtain and disclose information on a tenant's immigration status.
Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) has filed a bill that would prohibit any public entity from requiring landlords, rental property owners and managers to compile, disclose or report information on tenants' or prospective tenants' immigration or citizenship status.
Current law bars cities and counties from requiring rental property owners to collect that information. Calderon's legislation would expand the provisions to state entities, including the California State University system and any state bureau or division, board or public utility.
Closing time might get a little later at your favorite drinking spot thanks to a state senator who has proposed legislation to allow cities to decide how late alcohol can be served.
The Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act, which was proposed Tuesday, would allow municipalities to set their own last-call times. Currently, last call is at 2 a.m. across the state. Under the bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), urban centers with active bar scenes could move last call back as late as 4 a.m., while less nightlife-heavy areas could keep things the way they are.
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday he is concerned about federal immigration agents detaining a 23-year-old man in Washington state who came to the U.S. illegally as a 7-year-old and later received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Becerra made his comments to reporters at the Sutter Club in Sacramento after he spoke to 5th Annual California Business Roundtable's Business Leaders Luncheon.
The attorney general’s office is trying to gather the facts of the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was arrested at his father's home south of Seattle on Friday, Becerra said when asked about the case.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with some local adoptable dogs for members of Congress and their staff to play with, and possibly take home. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey) was among the members who jumped at the chance for a snuggle.
A state Senate panel recommended confirmation of Lori Ajax as California’s chief of marijuana regulation on Wednesday after she promised equal opportunity in making licenses available.
The move came after Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, initially opposed the appointment of Ajax based on concerns that the strict rules she is developing might disproportionately exclude people of color from getting licenses to legally grow and sell pot.
But Huffman said she and Ajax met and agreed to work together to address the concerns.
Rough weather this winter has taken a toll on California's vast network of roads and highways, and state officials calculated the cost Wednesday at $401 million.
"Our roadways have been pounded this winter by the severe weather conditions," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a written statement.
A number of simultaneous hits have taken place in Northern California over the last few weeks. Last weekend, portions of both main routes into Nevada — Interstate 80 and Highway 50 — were closed due to mudslides.
The Republicans have named their top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, and three Californians are among them.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added Reps. David Valadao of Hanford, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Darrell Issa of Vista to its list of "patriots," or those believed to be most vulnerable to Democratic challenges in 2018.
In a statement, NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers called those on the list "battle-tested members" who are "ready to win once again."
Rohrabacher said in a statement that his longtime district director, Kathleen Staunton, fell and hit her head when a protester yanked open the office door as she was leaving. She lost consciousness and had to be hospitalized, he said.
"Deliberate or not, the incident came as part of a mob action that not only intimidates but coerces. Though the protesters think of themselves as idealists, they engaged in political thuggery, pure and simple," he said.
Seeking to stem the growing opioid abuse crisis, a California state senator is proposing to prohibit prescriptions of the painkiller oxycodone for anyone under the age of 21.
Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) said his measure, SB 419, would stop younger people from getting early exposure to the highly addictive pain drug, commonly known by its brand name, OxyContin.
“The abuse of this drug is a national epidemic and we need to protect our children from being prescribed this highly addictive substance," Portantino said in a statement. "Lawmakers, regulators and medical professionals have been wrestling with how best to control this synthetic heroin and I’m saying, while we’re looking for solutions, let’s make sure we keep it away from our most vulnerable population."