With little fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed historic legislation that would expand overtime pay for California farmworkers.
Assembly Bill 1066, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena S. Gonzalez (D-San Diego), calls for a phase-in of new overtime rules over four years beginning in 2019.
It would lower the current 10-hour-day threshold for overtime by half an hour each year until it reaches the standard eight-hour day by 2022. It also would phase in a 40-hour standard workweek for the first time. The governor would be able to suspend any part of the process for a year depending on economic conditions.
Six officers who responded to the San Bernardino shooting massacre in December were among those awarded the Medal of Valor on Monday.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris presented the medals, the highest honor California awards to public safety officials, to eight officers in a ceremony at the Capitol.
“You and your families give so much to your state and your country,” Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate, told the officers at the ceremony. “Through their sacrifice, their courage and their bravery, [the officers] did everything that was important and needed to be done for homeland security."
California's Senate leader is leading a group of 13 state legislators on a weeklong trip to Mexico City to discuss the economy, environmental issues and more.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and the group of lawmakers plan to meet with top Mexican officials over the next six days, the second consecutive year for the trip.
Lawmakers, who wrapped up their work in Sacramento for the year at the end of last month, also plan to participate in a symposium with the University of California to encourage study abroad opportunities between students in Mexico and California.
A bumper crop of U.S. Senate candidates and the resulting challenge in designing ballots may be why more than 235,000 California voters had their selections for the race rejected in June.
"Our research shows a clear problem with complicated ballot designs," said Philip Muller, an election data analyst whose firm creates online voter guides.
Muller and partner Davit Avagyan sorted through election results from all but six California counties to see how many "over-votes" were cast in the U.S. Senate race -- ballots on which voters chose two or more candidates.
Lawmakers hoping to add land to the California Coastal National Monument will host the director of the federal Bureau of Land Management next week as he visits proposed additions and meets with locals about the idea.
Sen. Barbara Boxer and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will shepherd the director, Neil Kornze, around the sites on Sept. 16. Kornze plans to meet with locals at 2 p.m. at Cambria Veterans Hall in Cambria.
The members introduced the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act earlier this year. It would add five coastal sites: 440 acres at Lost Coast Headlands, 13 acres at Trinidad Head, 8 acres at Lighthouse Ranch in Humboldt County, 5,780 acres from the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County and 20 acres from Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County. It also would include some small rocks and islands off the coast of Orange County.
The date on the calendar may have changed, but polling suggests that the status of the U.S. Senate race in California remains where it was when the summer began: Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is in the driver's seat.
On this week's podcast, we discuss the race and the challenges for Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez.
We also discuss three of the Nov. 8 ballot propositions: One to extend income tax rates on the state's high-income earners, and two related to the fate of the death penalty in California.
In a sign that California’s pot initiative is getting national attention, a Pennsylvania millionaire has contributed $1.3 million to a nonprofit group that is raising money to oppose Proposition 64 on the November ballot.
The initiative would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults in California.
The contribution by retiree Julie Schauer was provided in April, May, June and July to the Smart Approaches to Marijuana ACTION, INC./NO ON PROP 64 committee.