In the wake of intensifying criticism over the growing number of automated “bot” accounts on social media, a California assemblyman wants the state to require these accounts be easily identified and ultimately linked to a human user.
The bill introduced on Monday by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) would require a disclaimer to be displayed for automated accounts on sites such as Facebook or Twitter.
"From Big Tech to social media startups, it's clear that self-regulation is failing society and damaging our democracy," Levine said in a statement.
Californian among Trump and First Lady guests at SOTU:
David Dahlberg works as a fire prevention technician at Pine Canyon Fire Station in Santa Lucia Ranger District. In July 2017, he saved 62 children and staff members from a raging wildfire that had encircled their camp.
Actually, two Californians to join First Lady's box Tuesday night at SOTU.
Preston Sharp was visiting his veteran grandfather’s grave in 2015 when he noticed other local veterans’ graves not being honored with American flags or flowers. He started the Flag and Flower Challenge.
After saying last June he wouldn’t make a third run against Rep. Jeff Denham, Central Valley beekeeper Michael Eggman will enter the race for the 10th Congressional District race on Monday.
Eggman, of Turlock, said in a news release that people asked him to reconsider his decision not to run.
"I received countless calls from local Democratic Party officials, local labor representatives and Central Valley working people who told me I was the only candidate who could beat an entrenched incumbent like Jeff Denham,” he said.
Within a span of less than eight hours last week, Californians saw the current governor deliver an early closing statement on his time in office and a fiery exchange between the leading candidates to replace him in 2019.
Under investigation for harassment allegations, state Sen. Tony Mendoza failed to get required 70% of votes at Dems pre-endorsement caucus today for party endorsement, must seek vote at state party convention next month. Won 58% of votes of delegates.
A bid to help Californians dodge the effects of President Trump’s tax plan has gotten a little less generous.
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has changed his bill allowing those who donate to a new state-run nonprofit to receive relief on both their state and federal taxes. In the new version of the bill, those who give to the nonprofit will reduce their state income taxes by 85% of the donation plus receive a federal charitable deduction.
Previously, De León was aiming to provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction in state taxes for those who donated. But tax law experts working on the bill with De León worried that amount could cause the federal Internal Revenue Service to crack down on the plan, and advised that a lower percentage was more legally defensible.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor on Friday citing his championing of gun control efforts.
Newsom was the force behind 2016’s Proposition 63, which outlaws the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, requires background checks for people buying bullets, makes it a crime not to report lost or stolen guns and provides a process for taking guns from people convicted of a felony.
Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in 2011. She and Kelly have become ardent gun control activists since her recovery. The couple was introduced by Aqeela Sherrills, an activist who works to curb gang violence and whose his son, Terrell Sherrills, 18, was killed in 2004.
California’s secretary of state assigned numbers Friday to the four propositions on the June primary ballot, proposals crafted by state lawmakers last year. The list includes issues such as borrowing for drought, parks projects and restrictions on raiding new fuel tax revenues.
In contrast, the four propositions voters will consider in June were the result of legislative negotiations on a variety of topics. Two of them encompass side deals on 2017’s biggest legislative debates: a new $52-billion transportation plan funded by taxes and fees and a reauthorization of California’s landmark cap-and-trade climate law.