The California Police Chiefs Assn. has decided to oppose Proposition 63, arguing the gun control measure that will be on California's ballot “fails to meet the appropriate balance between public safety and individual gun rights.”
Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, who is president of the association, wrote that his group supported legislation enacted this year that requires background checks for those buying ammunition. But Corney said Proposition 63 reverses some exemptions that allow law enforcement to continue purchasing ammunition freely for on-duty purposes. He also objected on the grounds that the initiative, which was spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, creates “a duplicative database” that will be an expensive and less effective way to monitor ammunition purchases.
“Essentially, Proposition 63 complicates current law with one that is costlier and seriously flawed,” Corney wrote.
High-profile cases have spurred several bills now before Gov. Jerry Brown that would increase repercussions for defendants in sex crimes. Supporters of the bills have said California needs to remain tough on sex offenders and railed against a justice system they said blames victims for sexual assault, fails to keep women safe and is biased toward the LGBT community.
But a growing number of lawyers and advocates worry the tough-on-crime strategies will unfairly affect communities of color in California.
Opponents of the legislation say they are not against holding sex offenders accountable. They are against proposals that continue to stack the deck against poor and minority defendants in a criminal justice system where laws are often unequally applied.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is endorsing Democrat Nanette Barragán to represent L.A.'s port communities, comparing her to a leader of her party's progressive wing, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
“Nanette Barragán will be a Warren-wing warrior in Congress," the committee's co-founder, Stephanie Taylor, said in a statement.
The race to represent California’s 44th Congressional District pits attorney Barragán against fellow Democrat and state Sen. Isadore Hall for one of the few open congressional seats in the state. It's been a nasty fight from the beginning.
The lawsuit alleges Parvizshahi gained access to the files as an intern for Honda's former fundraising consultant, and claims he continued to access donor lists and other campaign data after he joined the Khanna campaign.
In a statement four hours after the Honda campaign news conference, Khanna campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan said Parvizshahi had requested to step down as campaign manager. Sevugan also took a dig at Khanna's rival.
Addressing a shortage of parks in the area, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation creating a Lower Los Angeles River Recreation and Parks District to launch the construction, improvement and maintenance of new amenities.
A report by Los Angeles County recently identified the area around the lower river as one of the most park-poor areas in the county. The cities of Maywood and Bell have 0.3 and 0.4 acres of park per 1,000 residents respectively, while the county-wide average is 3.3 acres per 1,000 residents.
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said a lack of funding had hindered efforts to provide more parks, and the new district would be able to apply for millions of dollars that had recently been approved in bond measures and legislation.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus stood before the doors of the Department of Justice on Thursday and demanded a greater reaction from Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch to repeated instances of police shooting black men.
Their trip down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol was a response to the deadly shootings of black men by police in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) told reporters at the news conference that members decided at their caucus' lunch meeting Wednesday they couldn't go about their normal business anymore.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) has filed a lawsuit against his opponent, Democrat Ro Khanna, alleging that Khanna's campaign manager illegally obtained sensitive fundraising data and used it to contact Honda's supporters.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday morning in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, says Brian Parvizshahi had access to donor lists and other proprietary information in 2012, when he served as an intern for a fundraising consultant working for Honda at the time.
After he left the internship, the complaint alleges, Parvizshahi continued to access files related to Honda's fundraising, including after he joined the Khanna campaign in January 2014.
A national gun control group that helped write California’s Proposition 63 released a study Thursday indicating that thousands of felons disqualified from owning guns are keeping their firearms in this state and most others because of the lack of an effective enforcement mechanism.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence helped draft Proposition 63 on the Nov. 8 ballot in California, a measure that would create a new system for making sure firearms are relinquished once the owner is disqualified because he or she is convicted of a felony, is found to suffer from severe mental illness or is the target of a restraining order for domestic violence.
“A startling gap in state law continues to undermine California’s work to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those most likely to perpetrate violence,” said the report, which found 45 states lack an effective process to make sure guns are surrendered.
California’s energy regulator doesn’t guard against the appearance of improper influence from utilities when making decisions, fails to fully disclose important communications and skirts state rules when handing out contracts, according to a new state audit released Thursday.
The audit of the California Public Utilities Commission reveals at greater depth the agency’s problems in recent years as its faced significant criticism over its handling of the 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, negotiations surrounding the 2013 shutdown of San Onofre nuclear power plant and last year’s Aliso Canyon gas leak.
Auditors found two dozen cases in which CPUC didn’t follow state rules before awarding contracts without competitive bids, $2.4 million in unexplained contract spending and no evidence that the agency monitored performance in nearly a third of the 60 contracts it reviewed.