"Connecting all 58 counties through VoteCal will help elections officials throughout the state accurately and efficiently maintain voter rolls," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a written statement.
Californians will pay a new $1 fee on lead-acid car batteries under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, with a portion of the proceeds going to the massive toxic cleanup in communities near the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.
During tonight’s presidential debate, the California Democratic Party is turning over the keys to its Twitter account to state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, state Controller Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for a lively, play-by-play tweetfest. It’s a safe bet that they’ll be in Hillary Clinton’s corner.
The long, winding journey of a proposal to boost fuel cells — an alternative energy source that promises cleaner electricity — culminated Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill to extend a vital subsidy to the industry.
The final approval of AB 1637 by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) marks the end of one of the messier exercises in Capitol sausage-making this year, with some observers pointedly noting that the main benefactor was Bloom Energy, a politically connected Silicon Valley firm.
Bloom and its allies argue the saga was a hard-fought slog against powerful adversaries including utilities and labor groups.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday received a flood of critical remarks from gun owners and others when he opened up a live Q&A session on Facebook in which he invited questions on his gun control measure, Proposition 63, and his initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Proposition 64.
The staff read questions submitted to Newsom, but ignored the most critical comments left on his Facebook page. Instead, Newsom was asked what he hopes the initiatives will achieve and how they would affect Californians.
Newsom said he is not promoting widespread marijuana use in backing Proposition 64, but added, “What I am against is prohibition, and prohibition is destroying more lives than it is saving.”
Capping a year of major gun control legislation in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a raft of bills including one addressing a series of killings involving firearms stolen from law enforcement vehicles.
Brown signed SB 869, which Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Leandro) introduced in response to an incident in which a gun stolen from the car of a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger was used to kill a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s Pier 14.
Hill noted that two months later, a gun stolen from the car of a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was used to kill a 27-year-old muralist as he worked in Oakland.
Citing the high cost of government employee pensions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed an effort to boost the death benefit paid to families of public school cafeteria workers, maintenance staff and bus drivers.
Assembly Bill 1878 would have allowed for annual increases, based on inflation, in the death benefits promised to classified school employees. Currently, the families of those workers are eligible to receive $2,000.
That payout has remained unchanged for more than a decade and a half, and trails behind the death benefit paid to the families of teachers.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed more than half a dozen bills that decriminalize prostitution and increase protections for young trafficking victims in court amid growing efforts in California to help children and young adults swept into the trade of forced sex and labor.