Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed an effort Sunday to subsidize diapers needed by families receiving government assistance, calling the plan and several other efforts "an end run" around the annual budget process.
The veto on Assembly Bill 492 came almost two weeks after the governor vetoed a different bill aimed at reducing the cost of diapers, both efforts by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to help low-income families.
"The budget process allows all spending proposals to be weighed equally through public hearings, negotiations and, finally, approval of a balanced budget," Brown wrote. "This process is even more important when the state's budget is precariously balanced."
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation aimed at providing a greater voice on the California Coastal Commission to racially diverse, low-income communities.
Brown signed a bill by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) that requires one of the members appointed to the Coastal Commission by the governor to work directly with low-income communities in the state that are most burdened by high levels of pollution and other concerns.
AB 2616 also allows the panel to consider environmental justice issues when making important decisions.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a measure allowing Californians to break into vehicles to rescue animals if they appear to be in danger from excessive heat.
The bill by Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and others was introduced after a series of incidents in which dogs died after being left in closed cars on hot days.
"We're very excited about the lives this new law will save," Steinorth said in a statement Saturday on Facebook. "Thank you to everyone who helped us raise awareness of this serious issue and showed their support."
The state’s campaign finance watchdog agency will investigate allegations that the California Democratic Party improperly funneled contributions from the oil and energy industry to the 2014 reelection campaign of Gov. Jerry Brown, officials said Friday.
The group Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that hundreds of thousands of dollars were given by energy companies to the state party, which shortly afterward made large donations to Brown’s campaign.
“It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown administration, a slush fund of sorts, hiding big oil, utility and other dirty energy dollars in close proximity to officials’ actions,” said Jamie Court, president of the group Brown’s Dirty Hands, which made the allegations in a report.
Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) will travel to Colombia on Sunday night with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to be present at the signing of a peace agreement between the country's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC.
"This is an incredible, historic moment for peace,” Farr said in a statement. “The transition after decades of violence won’t be easy, but Colombians are ready for a new era of peace and prosperity."
Farr was a Peace Corps volunteer in Medellin, Colombia, from 1964 to 1966. He credits the experience with getting him involved in public service and for his work on Colombia.
Continuing the state’s campaign against tobacco use, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday banned smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes within 250 feet of any Little League baseball game or other youth sports event.
Brown signed the bill by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician, who said tobacco products have no place near children.
“Youth sports is about developing good and healthy habits and smoking is the exact opposite of that,” Pan said.
Women living in the Golden State soon will be able to pick up an entire year's worth of birth control pills at one time under a bill the governor signed Friday.
The new law will allow pharmacists to dispense a 12-month supply of hormonal birth control pills. It also will require healthcare plans to cover the year-at-a-time prescription. The law goes into effect Jan. 1.
State law previously barred pharmacists from dispensing more than three months' supply at once.
This year, a major proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with California's spiraling housing affordability problem went down in flames.
We hosted a lively Twitter chat Friday morning to explain why Brown's measure failed and why it's so hard to find a political solution to the state's housing problems. You can check out my Twitter feed @dillonliam or the #housingchat hashtag for the full discussion. Here are some of the best parts: