Ricardo De La Fuente, the son of a long-shot presidential candidate who ran as both a Democrat and an independent in 2016, says he will now run for Congress in Los Angeles' 34th Congressional District.
De La Fuente, 27, was born and raised in San Diego and says he helps run his family's real estate and business empire, which was started by his grandfather. He says he is also involved with solar energy start-up companies.
De La Fuente most recently served as campaign director for the failed presidential and U.S. Senate bids of his father, Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente, and says he will step away from the family business to run full time for Congress. He recently moved to downtown Los Angeles.
A proposed California law seeks to ensure that a person who uses false documents to conceal their citizenship status faces the same punishment as a person who uses a fake driver's license.
The legislation by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) would amend the penal code to make both crimes “wobblers," meaning prosecutors would have the discretion to charge suspects in such cases with either felony offenses or lower-level misdemeanors.
Under the proposal, the repercussions for defendants would be the same: If convicted of a misdemeanor, offenders would have to serve up to one year in county jail, while a felony conviction would mean up to 16 months in county jail, or two or three years in prison.
Gov. Jerry Brown pointedly criticized world leaders for "goofing off" instead of addressing looming problems with climate change and nuclear weapons during a radio interview on Friday.
"They’re really averting their gaze," he said. "And that is dangerous, very dangerous.”
Brown has become increasingly outspoken about issues he describes as existential threats to humanity, and the election of Donald Trump has only made him more concerned. During the interview, he spoke in sweeping terms about the need to support scientific research in the face of political denial.
As California undergoes the largest overhaul of prison parole in a generation, some lawmakers and law enforcement officials say it’s time to revisit how the state legally defines a “violent crime."
Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 57, which voters overwhelmingly approved in November, continues a statewide effort to increase rehabilitation services and decrease the prison population. Among its provisions, the initiative gives the state parole board greater latitude to consider the early release of prisoners who have served their primary sentences, and whose crimes are not designated as “violent” under the California penal code.
But since the early days of the ballot measure campaign, debate has brewed over just who the law will benefit, with prosecutors saying that short and porous list excludes certain rape crimes and other dangerous offenses. This legislative session, the discussion moves to the Capitol.
Some fear the same thing could happen with the Environmental Protection Agency. Now the advocacy organization run by environmentalist and political donor Tom Steyer is taking steps to preserve the information.
We will not allow Trump and the oil corporations to push us towards an Orwellian world full of official lies and misinformation.
Kamala Harris hadn’t even arrived in Washington to take up her job as California's spanking-new U.S. senator when the chatter began: Kamala for president!
Never mind her disavowals — “Seriously?” — or the fact that the first balloting of the 2020 race is, at a minimum, 1,000-plus days away. The soul-sapping election of Donald Trump has Democrats desperately looking far, far down the road.
“Usually the candidates start sending signals,” said Jim Demers, a longtime party strategist in New Hampshire, the state that traditionally holds the first presidential primary. “This time I’m hearing activists begging for the race to begin.”
Cities in California are gearing up for a legal fight against President Trump's plans to take away federal dollars from so-called sanctuary cities.
These cities typically are defined as those that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials for deportation purposes, and the new president wants to strip them of funding unless they start doing so.
But the language in Trump's executive order on the issue is vague, and San Francisco officials believe their city is already exempt from the mandate.