Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday to allow California businesses and public agencies to have on hand medicine designed to combat severe, emergency allergic reactions. But in signing the bill, he offered a stinging critique of a drug company's recent dramatic price hikes for the medicine.
Brown wrote in the message that Mylan, the company that sells the EpiPen, sponsored AB 1386 and similar legislation across the country to expand its use at the same time it was increasing prices 500% to more than $600 for a pack of two and boosting the annual pay of its chief executive to $19 million.
A strong majority of California voters are in favor of a November ballot measure to extend income tax hikes on the state’s highest earners, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.
The measure, Proposition 55, received 57% support among the 1,921 voters surveyed in the poll, with 35% opposed and 8% with no answer.
Under the measure, single filers earning more than $263,000 a year and joint filers reporting more than $526,000 would continue to pay higher income tax rates through 2030. It would extend rate increases first approved by voters four years ago.
More than half of voters oppose a November ballot measure that would abolish the California death penalty, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.
Proposition 62, which would replace capital punishment with life without parole, had 40% support among the 1,909 registered voters polled in September across the state. Nine percent had no answer.
It is one of two measures on the future of the death penalty that voters will weigh on Nov. 8. Both capital punishment initiatives would require current death row inmates to work and pay restitution to victims but take opposing approaches to what the measures both call a broken system.
Get ready for that number to go up by about $1 million before the month ends.
Outside groups affiliated with both parties are set to drop an additional $996,000 as the race between Republican Justin Fareed, a 28-year-old former Capitol Hill staffer, and Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal enters the home stretch.
U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez calls on her rival, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, to help hundreds of people who say they have been victimized by Herbalife’s predatory business practices. Sanchez says the company targets low-income, immigrant and minority communities.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez opened up a new line of attack against state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Thursday, criticizing her opponent in California’s U.S. Senate race for not doing enough to protect consumers from what she called the "predatory practices" of nutritional company Herbalife.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill providing more oversight to construction contractors in response to last year’s collapse of a balcony at a Berkeley apartment building that killed six students and injured seven others, many of them Irish exchange students.
The tragedy, which happened during a birthday party, was followed by news that the builder of the apartment complex had paid out $26.5 million to settle claims of construction defects on various other projects.
“This bill is an important step toward preventing another tragedy,” Brown said in a statement.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-7 Thursday to send to the Senate the nomination of U.S. District Judge Lucy Haeran Koh for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“This is a nominee with very strong, impeccable credentials, a distinguished track record as a prosecutor, private practitioner and a judge,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said before the vote. Feinstein and fellow California Sen. Barbara Boxer both support Koh's nomination.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the committee he opposes Koh’s nomination, in part because of a decision she made in a 2015 case involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.