California politicos reflected on leadership on climate policy at a reception Wednesday to celebrate the state's landmark climate laws.
"We've proven that we don't have to choose between a healthy environment and a strong economy," Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said.
The event marked the 10th anniversary of Assembly Bill 32, which established the state's cap-and-trade program, in which companies buy permits to pollute, and set a target for reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Oct. 5, 2016, 2:13 p.m.
The market is God, and God doesn't like to be curbed.
Gov. Jerry Brown expressing his opinion on why Republicans don't typically like climate change regulations.
Oct. 5, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
We terminated them.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on oil companies that fought back against the state's climate change laws.
Oct. 5, 2016, 2:03 p.m.
How stupid must you be to say that greenhouse gas is not a pollutant?
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Sacramento event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of AB 32, the state's premier climate change law
California's iconic United Farm Workers union on Wednesday endorsed Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, saying she has been a champion for immigrant workers and the rights of unionized laborers.
The endorsement was a major blow to Harris’ rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County, who is counting on a wave of support from Latino voters and the Central Valley in her uphill battle against Harris.
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez said both Harris and Sanchez are “strong candidates” and that union leaders faced a difficult choice. Both Harris and Sanchez are Democrats.
California voters Wednesday night get their only chance to see the two Democrats running for California's first open U.S. Senate seat in 24 years go head-to-head in a debate.
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez take the stage at Cal State Los Angeles at 7 p.m. The one-hour forum will be aired live by KABC-7 TV and CSPAN, as well as webcast by the college. We'll be covering it live here on Essential Politics.
Harris remains the solid front-runner and has won endorsements from President Obama, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party.
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez on Tuesday criticized her rival in California’s U.S. Senate race, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, for drafting a “misleading” ballot summary of Proposition 57, a measure that offers a chance of early release to more prison inmates.
Sanchez said the summary of the measure makes it appear that only nonviolent felons would be eligible for early release. However, she said, eligible inmates include those convicted of raping an unconscious person, human trafficking that involves a sex act with a minor and providing guns to gang members.
“It’s irresponsible and dangerous, and it will soften our laws at a time when crime is on the rise in California,” Sanchez said at a news conference in Los Angeles, joined by opponents of Proposition 57.
A barrage of television and radio ads has been launched by the campaign for Proposition 64, arguing that the measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has restrictions to keep pot out of the hands of minors and will generate $1 billion in new tax revenue.
The campaign has reported this week that it has spent $6.8 million of the more than $14 million it has raised so far on broadcast, cable television and radio ads throughout the state.
One of the ads provides a flow chart for the initiative’s provisions, saying it “bars advertising directed at kids,” and “bars edibles that appeal to children.”