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.”