The smiling, little boy in the photo is Nicolas — not Nicolás, as his father, Pablo Espinoza, wanted to name him when he was born in May at a Los Angeles hospital.
"We thought it was an issue of the keyboard," said Espinoza, special projects media consultant for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Instead, it was a result of state law.
Due to Proposition 63, which voters approved in 1986, English became the official language of California. Since then, legislative analysts say, the Department of Public Health has interpreted the rule to mean that diacritical marks, such accents (è or á), umlauts (ö or ü) and tildes (ñ or ã), on vital records are unacceptable.
After losing a race for Congress in November, former state Sen. Isadore Hall was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He will earn an annual salary of $142,095.
Hall, 45, was appointed the same day that board Chairman William B. Gould IV announced his resignation, accusing the state bureaucracy of stalling a proposal to allow the board to demand access to farms to educate workers about their rights. Board member Genevieve Shiroma took over as chair Friday.
Since his election loss, Hall, a Democrat from Compton, has served as interim executive director of the Mervyn Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute, a public policy center at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The accuracy of revenue predictions promises to be a key part of this year's budget debate at the state Capitol, as the Legislature's independent analyst said Friday that there could be "considerably more" in total tax collections than estimated by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The early review of the governor's budget plan by the Legislative Analyst's Office was that personal income tax revenues could grow by more than the $2.7 billion estimated by Brown.
"The weak growth that the governor envisions" for income tax revenues, said the new report, "seems inconsistent with parts of the administration's own economic outlook."
California taxpayers will soon fund the steepest rise in public employee pension contributions since 2014, and Gov. Jerry Brown suggested this week that the long-term costs will continue to be an important — but controversial — topic.
Brown's proposed budget includes a combined $8.1 billion for payments to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). Public-sector pensions are financed through a combination of employee contributions, taxpayer dollars and profits earned by pension fund investments.
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) on Friday is up for a confirmation vote in the state Assembly, which is expected to approve his appointment to become California's attorney general.
Becerra would still face a similar vote in the state Senate as early as next week before he can take office.
An Assembly panel on Tuesday recommended his confirmation after the nominee pledged to aggressively defend state policies on immigration and healthcare against potential negative actions by President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.
After years of advocating from California lawmakers, President Obama on Thursday expanded the California Coastal National Monument.
The California Coastal National Monument, which runs along the entire California coast, was expanded by 6,230 acres and includes protection of six new sites: Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area in San Luis Obispo County; Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County; Lost Coast Headlands, Lighthouse Ranch and Trinidad Head in Humboldt County; and Orange County Rocks off the coast of Southern California.
Retired Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), retired Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and other members of the California congressional delegation have pushed for years to protect the sites.
A group of lawmakers, including some who have been skeptical of global warming regulations, introduced legislation on Thursday to ensure that California's cap-and-trade emissions control program remains a permanent part of the state's climate policy.
The measure, AB 151, is only one paragraph long right now, but it represents an opening bid in the brewing battle over the future of the state's program for requiring companies to buy pollution permits in order to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants a supermajority vote in both houses of the Legislature to safeguard cap-and-trade from legal uncertainty, stemming in part from a lawsuit over whether the program represents an unconstitutional tax. There also remain questions about whether current law requires the program to expire in 2020.