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.
Before California’s primary, more than 17.9 million Californians were registered to vote. It was the largest number of voters ever headed into a primary, but despite high hopes, just more than 8.5 million voted. Not exactly record-breaking.
If you want to make your voice heard in this election, you’ve got until Oct. 24 to register to vote in the Golden State. Here’s how:
California typically goes blue for presidential elections. But 2016 is anything but predictable. A Los Angeles Times/USC Dornsife poll has shown that in California, support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump is nearly neck-in-neck.
The state campaign watchdog agency will investigate allegations that a Washington, D.C., group failed to properly disclose how it is funding a campaign against Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana in California, according to a letter released Monday.
The Fair Political Practices Commission sent the letter to attorneys for the pro-ballot measure campaign who had filed a complaint that the group SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Action Inc. was late in disclosing contributions it received and failed to account for spending at least $149,850.
“Failure to act could result in voters being denied critical information in advance of the election,” the Proposition 64 campaign said in its complaint.
The last few days have seen the release of an enormous amount of polling data on some of the most high-profile state propositions this election season. And in many cases, the early reviews from voters are good.
On this week's podcast episode, we take a closer look at the polling data and the race still to come on proposals to legalize marijuana, raise taxes and more.
The race for an open Assembly seat representing Simi Valley and Santa Clarita is getting punchier as Democrat Christy Smith is lobbing new attacks at Republican Dante Acosta's business.
Those attacks are now part of Smith's first ad of the general election, which seeks to link Acosta, a Santa Clarita councilman and financial services professional, to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The ad cites three customer complaints made against Acosta and filed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Two investigations were denied, but a third complaint alleging negligence ended with a settlement of $35,000, according to records.
Senate Bill 139, introduced by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Assn., adds a number of specified drugs and chemicals to the existing list of prohibited synthetic cannabinoids.
It is already a crime to sell those drugs. But the urgency measure, which was requested by the California Narcotics Officers Assn., would make a first offense of possession of specified synthetic cannabinoids or stimulants an infraction. A second or third offense could be a misdemeanor.
An effort to further defray local emergency costs connected to the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015 was blocked by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, with the governor citing the "precedent" the special help would create.
Senate Bill 1385 would have allowed local law enforcement agencies to have more of their costs reimbursed from the deadly Dec. 2, 2015, shooting. Fourteen people were killed in the attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, with 22 others seriously injured.
Law enforcement officers said the killers, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, had been inspired by Islamic terrorists but had no direct ties to them.