Uber drivers will be allowed to receive tips from passengers through the company's credit-card-based app through new state legislation introduced Friday.
Assembly Bill 1099 from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) would force companies, such as Uber, that accept payments with credit cards to allow users of the service to tip workers with credit cards as well. Currently, Uber only allows its drivers to receive tips in cash.
"To only accept tips by cash is tough on the driver," Gonzalez Fletcher said in an interview.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla, one of the most vocal critics of President Trump's unproved accusations of voter fraud, lost in an effort Friday to convince other elections officials to take a stand on the issue.
Padilla, attending a conference of the National Assn. of Secretaries of State, had drafted a resolution calling Trump's repeated allegations of widespread illegal voting "without merit" and urging the president to "cease his baseless allegations about voter fraud."
But he was blocked at the last minute from introducing the resolution at the Washington gathering, even though the bipartisan organization issued a statement last month disputing Trump's comments. The president's assertions, never backed up with any specific information, have included the election results certified in California.
A Bay Area lawmaker said Friday he plans to introduce new legislation to require more detailed inspections of all state-run dams in California in the wake of a crisis at the Oroville Dam that caused last week's evacuations over flood concerns.
Assembly Bill 884 from Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) will mandate annual inspections of all spillways at dams, and require the California Department of Water Resources to update all its operations manuals and procedures.The Oroville Dam has been using manuals that haven't been revised since 1970, two years after the dam's construction, and do not take into account climate change and other new information, according to Levine's office.
“Visual inspections and outdated manuals are not good enough when the potential failure put people’s lives in danger, causes the evacuation of 200,000 people and places California’s water supply at risk,” Levine said in a statement. “As California’s water infrastructure ages, the Department of Water Resources must take annual inspections of vital infrastructure seriously because people’s lives are at risk."
The mere suggestion that the President would consider ordering 100,000 members of the National Guard to go door to door checking people's document status is deeply disturbing. The National Guard's principal responsibility is to help people in distress after natural disasters and respond to rare instances of domestic unrest. Deploying them for any other purpose is a severe mismanagement of resources, an abuse of Executive Power, and conjures images of Japanese internment camps and mass deportations of Mexican immigrants under President Eisenhower. I challenge Republicans and Democrats, whether they are members of Congress or Governors, to condemn this plan and ensure it never sees the light of day.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on reports that the Trump administration is considering mobilizing National Guard troops to round up immigrants in the U.S. illegally
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) on Friday introduced a bill that would create a single-payer healthcare system in California.
Lara said that although the federal Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage, medical care is still too expensive, even for those with insurance, and the law excludes immigrants in the country illegally.
"We have reached a pivotal moment where there's a threat to healthcare," Lara said. "I felt it was important that we create a different narrative here in California."
Republicans in the state Assembly introduced a variety of bills on Thursday that they said would limit instances of voter fraud in California, weeks after President Trump's unproven accusations of widespread problems in the state and elsewhere.
The most high-profile effort is a bill to require that Californians show a photo ID card before casting a ballot at the polls.
"Any time a vote is fraudulently cast, it negates a legitimate vote by an honest citizen," said Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), the author of the bill. "This legislation is a common-sense measure to ensure that every citizen's vote is protected."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein will raise money on March 17 in Los Angeles for her 2018 reelection campaign.
Donors are being asked to contribute or raise up to $10,000 to attend the luncheon at the Hancock Park home of Jon Vein, the co-founder of a software company and a former Hollywood executive who was a member of Hillary Clinton’s national finance committee during her unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign.
Among the hosts of the fundraiser are former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor; former Reps. Mel Levine and Howard Berman; former U.S. ambassadors John Emerson and Nancy Rubin; former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Roz Wyman.
California has joined a third amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s travel ban, this time backing two Iraqi visa holders who were detained by officers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport despite having done work for the U.S. government.
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra joined the friend-of-the-court brief filed in federal court in New York supporting the lawsuit by Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi.
The two men had been threatened with violence in Iraq due to work they and their families did for the U.S. government, Becerra said. Darweesh was denied entry while holding an Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa for which he was eligible due to his work as an interpreter and engineer for the U.S. in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.
Democrats in Congress say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told them Thursday the agency plans to employ a broader brush in making immigration arrests, armed with a new executive order from President Trump.
"They said that we can and should expect many more arrests and removals this year," House Democratic Caucus vice chairwoman Linda Sanchez (D-Whittier) said Thursday. "I wish I had better news for our communities in this country, but unfortunately the administration has taken a turn from where our past commitment to immigrant communities has been."