State Sen. Sharon Runner, a longtime legislator who championed a sweeping law that targeted sex offenders and then battled back into political life after failing health, died Thursday.
She was 62.
A statement from her family cited respiratory complications as the cause of death. She had been absent for much of the legislative year because of her health and was not a candidate for reelection in November.
Women have a way of leading society into its sociopolitical future, putting their livelihoods on the line for what can be seen as the greater good.
And with “Political Animals,” a documentary about California’s first openly gay legislators -- all women -- and how they set the stage for nationwide marriage equality, director Jonah Markowitz is aiming to properly contextualize the present-day LGBT movement.
Ownership of Ontario International Airport will be transferred to San Bernardino County and the city of Ontario once President Obama signs legislation that passed the Senate on Wednesday.
Congress included wording in a bill allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to continue to operate that allows some of the $2-per-passenger facility charge collected at the Ontario airport to be used at Los Angeles International Airport.
Provisions aimed at moving water around California remain in an appropriations bill after House Republicans on Wednesday rebuffed California Democrats' attempts to have it removed.
The provision, sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford), focuses on funneling more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by reducing the amount used to support endangered fish populations.
The House voted 248-181 to reject an amendment by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) and other California Democrats that would have removed the language from the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill.
Kevin Faulconer, who tamped down talk of a 2018 bid for governor during his successful reelection as mayor of San Diego, will lead the charge against the effort to revamp prison parole laws by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Faulconer appeared with prosecutors and victim rights advocates at a San Diego news conference on Wednesday morning to launch the campaign against Proposition 57.
"Prop. 57 would make it easier for criminals who have committed deplorable, violent crimes to be eligible for early release," said Faulconer in a written statement prior to the event.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday said that Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last week, would be alive today had he been white.
Harris, a candidate for U.S. Senate, made the comment to Jake Tapper on CNN.
Tapper noted that Castile had been pulled over by police on 52 separate occasions before the shooting. Tapper asked Harris if she agreed with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton that Castile's race factored into why he was shot.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday considered the nomination of U.S. District Judge Lucy Haeran Koh to serve on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
If confirmed, Koh would be the first female Korean American to serve as a federal appellate judge. The Senate is not expected to consider her nomination before leaving at the end of the week for a seven-week break.
“Lucy Koh has a very distinguished record and it’s prepared her well to serve on the 9th Circuit,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said, introducing Koh. “She represents the very best of our country.”
Next month, the big debate for Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers is expected to be the future of cap and trade, the state's key climate change program, which is facing numerous political, legal and financial hurdles.
In the meantime, the Brown administration just released a plan to keep cap and trade going past its 2020 expiration date. Should a climate change deal not materialize in August, the new plan represents an insurance policy, albeit one with weaker legal standing.
In a surprising move, the leader of the state Senate endorsed a Democratic assemblywoman Tuesday whose reelection is opposed by some of California's leading environmental groups. But the announcement also revealed fractures within the top echelons of Senate leadership.
The endorsement came from the California Senate Democratic Leadership and included the names of four other legislators - Sens. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) - all of whom hold top posts in the Senate.
The man who put Rep. Ted Lieu through what the congressman called “one of the most traumatic half hours of my life” by phoning in a fake tip to police that the then-state senator had shot his wife has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Mir Islam, 22, of New York was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty on July 6, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Washington to three federal charges related to “swatting” (calling in a fake emergency to police) and “doxing” (posting identifying information online) dozens of victims, including Lieu. He also pleaded guilty to making a false bomb threat against a university in Arizona and online harassment and cyberstalking, the Justice Department said.
In 2013, Lieu was driving home when a Torrance police officer called his cellphone and asked whether Lieu had harmed his wife. When Lieu answered no, the officer hung up without explaining, the congressman recalled in an interview.