Violent incidents videotaped or streamed live on sites such as Facebook by attackers or accomplices could result in tougher punishment in California under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 1542 provides that a judge will be able to consider additional penalties for anyone involved in a violent crime who “willfully recorded a video” while the attack was happening. But the new law doesn’t require a judge to hand down the tougher sentence, and applies only to the 23 existing crimes in California identified as “violent” felonies.
Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), the proposal’s author, said that there have been an increasing number of attacks motivated by the ability to instantly share footage on social media.
The Times' Sarah D. Wire wrote in June about how Nunes' statements on handing over leadership of the House investigation were interpreted as a full recusal by Democrats. But Nunes has since made it clear that's not what he intended, and that he won't be shy about staying involved in certain aspects of the investigation.
A day after announcing she would seek a sixth term in office, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Tuesday fundraiser that she had considered retiring but decided that she just couldn’t because of President Trump.
"Let me be very candid with you. I thought about not doing this," Feinstein said at the evening gathering of some of Los Angeles' top civic leaders and philanthropists. "I thought, well, maybe I've been there long enough. Maybe I should just walk away. I could actually have a pretty good life, and I’ve worked all my life. Maybe it's time."
But the 84-year-old Democrat – first elected in 1992 and one of the wealthiest members of Congress -- said the actions of Trump, from his statements about North Korea and Iran to his controversial tweets, persuaded her to seek another term because she believes her relationships and knowledge of the inner workings of the nation's capital are critical for Democrats as they try to negotiate this president's tenure.
A group of voters filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were defrauded when they were convinced to sign petitions to recall Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton based on claims that the petitions would repeal an increase in the state gas tax.
The latest of a handful of lawsuits involving the recall drive was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against the California Republican Party, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. and some of the petition circulators.
Republicans collected more than 66,000 valid signatures to seek a ballot measure that would recall Newman for voting in April with the Democratic majority in favor of increasing the state gas taxes and vehicle fees. Having won election by one of the slimmest margins of any Democratic senator, Newman was seen as vulnerable for recall, which would deprive the Democrats of their two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate.
The Northern California wildfires this week have destroyed at least seven marijuana farms just months before the state begins licensing legal sales of cannabis, making it the “worst year on record” for loss of crops, an industry leader said Tuesday.
Many growers lost their homes and farms in the Redwood Complex fire in Mendocino County, the Atlas fire in Napa County and the Stubbs and Nuns fires in Sonoma County, according to Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Assn.
“The October 2017 firestorm is having an extremely severe impact on our communities,” Allen said. “It is the worst year on record, and the worst year I can remember, in terms of farms lost. We have been able to confirm seven farms lost, but we expect the number to be much higher as more information comes in.”
Eighteen years after lawmakers agreed that California high school students should prove their skills on a final exam before earning diplomas, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to permanently repeal the requirement.
The move comes two years after Brown and lawmakers imposed a three-year suspension of the law, which would have expired next spring. It marks the final chapter of a law that was originally promised to ensure students should be able to prove a series of basic reading and math skills before graduating.
But the exam was suspended in 2015, after state officials said it wasn’t aligned with recently adopted Common Core education standards. The suspension, approved later that year, allowed some 32,000 students who failed to pass the test as far back as 2004 to receive diplomas, as long as they had completed their other coursework.
California lawmakers keep passing bills to ease the burden of environmental lawsuits against big developments. And they keep ignoring the fact that the deadline they set for the end of the litigation is never met.
Starting in 2011, state legislators have allowed projects with a price tag of at least $100 million that meet a host of environmental and labor standards to get speedier trials under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, the state’s primary law governing development. Under the law, which was renewed for the third time this year, any CEQA litigation against such projects is supposed to be wrapped up within nine months. Lawmakers supporting the measures have argued that these developments are too important to the state’s economy to wait.
But one project is now waiting longer than it should: a Frank Gehry-designed, mixed-use development at 8150 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. Neighborhood activists sued over the project, arguing that its environmental review was insufficient and questioning plans to demolish a Midcentury Modern bankbuilding on the site.
Kimberlin Brown, an actress best known for her roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and other soap operas, became the first challenger to announce a run against Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert on Tuesday.
“For the first time in the history of our great country, we are not leaving something better behind for the next generation,” Brown, a Republican, said in a statement. She criticized Ruiz, saying he hasn't passed any "meaningful" legislation. She promised to work across the aisle and with President Trump to get things done.