Parents who said their sons and daughters had mental health problems or committed suicide after using marijuana rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol against Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of cannabis.
Speakers included Lori Robinson, whose son, Shane, committed suicide at age 25 after bouts of psychosis she said occurred when he smoked marijuana.
“These kids don’t realize that marijuana has been linked to triggering psychiatric harm for some brains,” said Robinson, who lives in Thousand Oaks.
Tom Steyer, whose political activism on national and state Democratic causes continues to expand beyond environmental issues, on Tuesday endorsed Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot measure to revamp prison parole rules.
"Proposition 57 is a common sense measure that will reduce the burden on California taxpayers and will implement proven methods of rehabilitation that reduce the likelihood of reoffending," Steyer said in a written statement.
Prop. 57 would allow some prisoners serving time for a nonviolent crime to be considered for early release, expanding their ability to earn credits for good behavior and educational programs. Critics, led by the California District Attorneys Assn., argue that some of those who would be eligible for parole are not nonviolent felons.
U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, trailing in the polls behind front-runner Kamala Harris, brought in a new campaign manager for the final stretch of the campaign.
The Orange County congresswoman hired organizer Maria Unzueta to replace Millie Herrera, who served as Sanchez’s campaign manager through the June 7 primary election.
"We are excited to have two seasoned campaign veterans join the Loretta Sanchez team for the final push of the Senate campaign," campaign spokesman Luis Vizcaino said. "Maria Unzueta is serving as campaign manager, and Hilda Delgado has been appointed to communications director."
The Truman National Security Project endorsed Democratic California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday morning in the U.S. Senate race.
“Kamala Harris' experience combating security threats on the international stage and her thoughtful engagement on national security issues show that she is the forward-thinking leader Californians deserve in the U.S. Senate,” Truman Project President Michael Breen said in a statement provided first to The Times.
The Truman Project is focused on developing foreign policy in line with Democratic Party leanings. Several foreign policy officials from the Clinton and Obama administrations sit on its board.
Democratic congressional candidate Michael Eggman and House Democrats' campaign arm will begin airing ads Tuesday aimed at connecting Central Valley Republican Rep. Jeff Denham to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ad focuses on how Denham (R-Turlock) helped Trump get local and federal approval to build a luxurious new hotel in the Old Post Office building blocks from the White House.
The historic building had been only partially in use and Denham has long worked to sell off surplus federal property.
California Democratic Reps. Janice Hahn of San Pedro and Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey on Monday ripped into the leadership of the California Democratic Party for being willing to launch a negative campaign against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez.
The party has spent more than $560,000 to support Sanchez’s rival in the Senate race, Democrat state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. A top party strategist told the Los Angeles Times that a negative attack against Sanchez, who has represented Orange County in Congress for two decades, has not been ruled out.
“It is outrageous that the California Democratic Party has spent over half a million dollars to defeat Democrat Loretta Sanchez and is planning to spend more in the next few weeks when there are contested races against Republicans across the state,” Hahn and Roybal-Allard said in joint statement released by the Sanchez campaign Monday afternoon.
The newest inductees into the California's Hall of Fame have traveled warp speed, knocked it out of the park and rocked a generation to earn their spots in the history books.
Eight men and women on Monday were announced by the California Museum as the newest inductees. They will be honored at a Nov. 30 event hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown in Sacramento.
The honorees include actors Harrison Ford and George Takei, former San Diego Padres slugger Tony Gwynn, author Isabel Allende, former U.S. secretary of Defense William Perry, Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and artist Corita Kent.