The next president is far from the only thing California voters will be deciding when they cast their ballots. California has 17 propositions up for a vote on issues ranging from the death penalty to legalizing marijuana to requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms. Voters in L.A. will also make decisions about things like housing and transit.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Wednesday intended to help students graduate from California public colleges and universities in four years.
One bill would create programs at Cal State campuses to give students extra support from academic advisers and priority registration in classes. Students in the programs would need to take a minimum number of credits and maintain a qualifying GPA.
"Many students at the CSU want to finish in four years, but they need help in charting the path," state Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), the bill's author, said in a statement. "This bill directs resources to students who likely need the most help and will boost their chances of getting a bachelor's degree in four years."
Days before the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, supporters of a museum dedicated to Latino American history and culture are nudging House and Senate leaders to move their cause forward.
The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino issued a report to the president and Congress five years ago. It urged the creation of a museum dedicated to Latino American history and culture. In a letter released to The Times, the commissioners are now criticizing Congress for not acting.
"The fifth anniversary of the Commission’s Report is a stark reminder of the work undone, and a commitment that today remains unfulfilled. We will continue to work with our advocacy group, the Friends of the American Latino Museum to ensure another five years does not go by without moving this vision closer to a reality," the commissioners wrote in their letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed two bills aimed at overhauling operations of the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Commerce after years of political scandal and allegations of ethical lapses at the agency.
One of the measures, by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), will expand the district’s governing board from one of five elected members to four members elected by residents and three with technical expertise who would be appointed by water purveyors in the district beginning in 2022. It also imposes new ethics rules on the district.
The second measure, by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), restricts the use of sole-source contracts and requires a two-thirds vote of the board to approve changes to its ethics rules and to the compensation and benefits of board members.
Students at California public schools could face expulsion for bullying others by sharing nude photos or harassing videos under bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.
Both new laws expand the definition of cyberbullying, an expellable offense in California public schools.
One new law defines “cyber sexual bullying” as sharing nude photos or videos of others “with the purpose or effect of humiliating or harassing” a student. Another updates the definition of cyberbullying to explicitly include videos.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has widened her lead in the U.S. Senate race, with voters supporting her by more than a 2-to-1 margin over rival Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) in a new Field poll.
The survey found that 42% of likely voters in California favored Harris, compared to 20% who backed Sanchez. A quarter of voters remain undecided and 12% said they would not vote for either candidate.
Harris’ lead has grown by 7 percentage points since the last Field poll in July. Voter support for Harris increased by 3 percentage points and support for Sanchez dropped by 4 percentage points over the summer.
A prominent group advocating for LGBT rights has withdrawn its endorsement of six state Assembly members because they abstained or voted against a bill aimed at protecting gay and transgender students from discrimination at private colleges.
Equality California supported SB 1146, which requires religious universities to disclose whether they have applied for an exemption to federal discrimination laws that conflict with religious tenets. The schools would also have to report to the state when they expel a student on grounds that they are in a same-sex relationship or because they are transgender.
The schools initially fought an early version of the bill that would have subjected them to civil litigation if they discriminated based on gender preference.
Taking aim at what they call Republicans "running on the Trump ticket," California Democrats launched a new online and social media effort Tuesday to link GOP congressional candidates in close races with their party's presidential nominee.
The state Democratic Party's campaign targets seven Republicans running for Congress, four of whom are incumbents. Many are running in districts where an association with Donald Trump could be a political liability.
"Voters here are going to see Republicans' support for Trump for what it is: a sick joke," said Michael Soller, communications director for the California Democratic Party, in a written statement.
Issa, with an estimated minimum net worth of $254.7 million, is the wealthiest member of Congress. He made most of his fortune in the 1990s while leading Directed Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices.