Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) will be released from a Washington hospital Friday after she was involved in a car crash earlier this week that caused internal bleeding and bruised ribs, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Matsui, 72, was being driven from her Washington home to Dulles International Airport for a flight to Sacramento on Tuesday when her vehicle was struck by another car.
Neither driver was injured, but Matsui, who was sitting in the back seat, was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. She had surgery to stop internal bleeding in her abdomen.
Billionaire Tom Steyer is featured in the latest television advertisement in favor of Proposition 56, a $2-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax.
The spot, which will begin appearing on televisions across the state on Friday, argues that the new tax will reduce youth smoking, and highlights increased spending on healthcare that would come with the new revenue.
“If you don’t use tobacco, you don’t pay,” Steyer says to the camera. “Smokers pay their fair share of the $3 billion in healthcare costs all taxpayers are paying now.”
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other elected leaders on Thursday called on California voters to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, saying the current laws are unfairly entangling minorities more than white users.
“What we have is a system that disproportionately targets people of color,’’ Newsom said during a news conference in Los Angeles. “The folks that are being arrested don’t look like me.”
Proposition 64 on the Nov. 8 ballot would allow those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana and would implement a 15% excise tax.
U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein on Thursday endorsed state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, cementing Harris as the chosen candidate among California’s top Democrats and dealing another stinging blow to the campaign of rival Rep. Loretta Sanchez.
The two senators join a coveted list of popular Democrats who have thrown their support behind Harris in the race between two Democratic opponents, rejecting the Orange County congresswoman.
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Jerry Brown have all backed Harris. The California Democratic Party has spent more than $560,000 on Harris’ Senate campaign, but not offered a penny to help Sanchez.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and hip-hop artist will.i.am on Wednesday joined efforts to support a California ballot measure that would abolish the state death penalty.
At a campaign event in San Francisco, Branson urged voters to vote yes on Proposition 62, saying the United States should lead by example.
"You might ask why an English man is here talking about the death penalty," he said. "About 45 years ago the last person was executed in England and that person turned out to be innocent. And I think everyone in Britain hung their head in shame."