It will be easier for California homeowners to build additional small units on their properties whether in their garages or as freestanding second structures under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The two bills, from Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), are designed to ease the state’s affordability crisis by increasing the housing supply. The measures eliminate cities’ ability to require additional parking spaces for units near public transit and limit fees charged to connect to local water and sewer systems among other efforts to make it cheaper and easier to build the secondary units, also known as granny flats.
“Removing the most egregious obstacles to building these units will help to increase the supply of affordable housing in California and allow more people to remain in the communities they call home,” Wieckowski said in a release.
Experimental drugs that do not yet have full federal approval for clinical trials could be made available to terminally ill Californians under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 1668 clears the way for those drugs to be used for life-threatening diseases for patients who have been unable to gain access to a clinical trial and who have the approval a supervising doctor.
“Terminally ill patients in our state will finally have access to potentially life-saving treatments," said Asemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) in a statement.
California no longer will be able to fund or require public employees to travel to states believed to discriminate against LGBT people under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday.
The new law will apply to states that have passed laws after June 26, 2015, that allow "discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
The California attorney general will create and publish a list of those states.
Two years after a charter bus crash killed 10 people, including five Los Angeles-area high school students, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that will improve safety regulations for such large vehicles.
Brown signed a bill that requires charter buses designed to carry 39 or more passengers and made after July 1, 2020. to be equipped with emergency lighting that would be automatically activated in the event of a collision.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation making the use of ransomware a crime in California, following increasing cyberattacks on hospitals, schools and law enforcement agencies across the state and nationwide.
The bill, authored by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), updates the state’s penal code, making it a felony to knowingly employ malware or intrusive software that is injected into a computer or network and allows a hacker to hold data hostage until money is paid.
Proponents saythe new law will help counter attacks difficult to prosecute under existing statutes that are not tailored to combat computer crime. But some question just who will get caught in the dragnet, as the incidents are tough to trace and culprits are often overseas.
Three days before the deadline, the head of a referendum drive aimed at overturning six new gun control laws announced Tuesday it will fall far short of collecting enough signatures to qualify the measures for the ballot.
San Diego-area businessman Barry Bahrami, who organized the drive, said apathy among California gun owners and difficult requirements for qualifying referenda are partly to blame for the shortfall.
“It is with disappointment that I must now report to you it appears we will not obtain the minimum signatures required to get these referenda on the ballot,” Bahrami wrote on his Facebook page in a note addressed to "Patriots.”
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez, locked in an uphill battle in California’s U.S. Senate race, has missed almost two-thirds of House roll call votes in September, according to a report by CQ Roll Call.
Sanchez missed 41 of 63 roll calls, the most of any member of the House who is running for a different office. Many of the missed votes have been on generally noncontroversial suspension bills, CQ Roll Call reported.