Saying that "it is time to stop ignoring the transportation needs of our state," a coalition of more than four dozen economic and local government groups urged state lawmakers on Wednesday to restart talks on a transportation funding agreement before the end of November.
"Everyone in California seems to recognize that our transportation system is in terrible shape and the cost of repairs are going up each year," said the letter, signed by 64 representatives of business, labor and government groups.
"Leaders in both parties and the governor must work together to develop a consensus approach that will provide additional funding, protect and dedicate those dollars for transportation improvements and include appropriate reforms so the money is spent in an accountable and efficient manner."
The new rules, to be phased in over the next four years starting in 2019, will eventually allow employees on farms and ranches across the state to earn overtime compensation after eight hours of work in a day or 40 in a week.
Leaders of the United Farm Workers of America have hailed Brown’s decision as a victory in a 80-year quest to establish broad workplace rights and protections for a vulnerable workforce made up largely of Latino immigrants. But farmers and ranchers say the measures will backfire on workers, as farming businesses adjust schedules and cut employee hours to avoid the additional costs.
American Latinos aren't reflected in the country's most well known museums, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said Tuesday. He's trying to change that.
Becerra (D-Los Angeles), joined by Rep. Ileana Ros-Leighten (R-Fla.), reintroduced a bill Tuesday — they've now sponsored it three times — to create a National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sponsored the Senate version.
"It's bad enough that we're missing from television, we're missing from the books that we read in school, that in so many ways we're missing from the things that people in America see day to day," Becerra said. "The more that we give people a chance to see the full depth and dimension of what it means to be an American, I think the better off we all are."
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will outlaw orca breeding and captivity programs like the one formerly run by SeaWorld theme parks.
California parks will also be banned from featuring the marine mammals, known as killer whales, in performances for entertainment purposes. Starting in June next year, orcas in captivity can be used for "educational presentations" only.
The law, authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), makes exceptions for scientific and educational institutions holding orcas for research or rehabilitation.
Very pleased to announce that my law protecting #orca from captive breeding in California was signed by @JerryBrownGov today
After traveling to North Dakota to see how a proposed oil pipeline might affect a local Sioux tribe, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) is asking for a congressional hearing to determine whether the Standing Rock Sioux were properly consulted before the Army Corps of Engineers approved permits for the project.
“If this pipeline was too much of a contamination risk for clean waters in the northern route, why would they consider it OK now to put it near Native Americans and their waterways?” Ruiz said in an interview at the Capitol on Tuesday.
Jon and Linda Grant of Foster City joined Rep. Jackie Speier at the Tanzanian Embassy to protest the Ambassador's refusal to meet with them about their arrest in the country last winter.
Foster City residents Jon and Linda Grant stood outside the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington on Tuesday, warning others of their experience in the country and pleading with the Tanzanian ambassador to meet with them.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and a handful of staffers joined the Grants, waving signs and speaking to passersby.
Their plight began with the purchase of an unusual souvenir at a game reserve in South Africa last winter, an etched giraffe bone. They were assured it was legal to purchase and had no trouble entering the next country on their trip, Tanzania.
This year, governors in states including Illinois and New York signed legislation to repeal sales taxes on tampons through a nationwide campaign that has argued the tax penalizes women because other necessities are tax-free.
Democrat Douglas Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine colonel challenging Rep. Darrell Issa’s reelection bid, was accused of harassing and threatening his ex-wife during their divorce proceedings and child custody battle more than 10 years ago, court records show.
An Orange County Superior Court judge granted Applegate's ex-wife, Priscilla Greco, two temporary restraining orders against her ex-husband in 2002 and 2004.
Court records show Greco testified that while she and Applegate were separated, he once looked in at her through her window when she was getting dressed. She also accused him of stalking and verbally abusing her.