Addressing concern about age discrimination in Hollywood, the state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would allow actors to keep their ages from being disclosed on websites that provide employment services to the entertainment industry.
The bill sought by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists was approved on a 25-12 vote even though several Republican members said it is meaningless because actors' ages are widely available on the Internet on sites including IMDB.com.
“We’re making laws that can’t be fully enforced,” state Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) said.
With less than 90 days until voters in the San Gabriel Valley go to the polls to decide if Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernández will become a member of Congress, he has been absent from the campaign trail and his work at the state Capitol.
Hernández has been out on medical leave for unspecified reasons since the Legislature returned from summer break two weeks ago, and it is unclear if he will return before the legislative session ends Aug. 31.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge on Friday ordered both supporters and opponents of a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana to modify the official arguments they make to voters in November.
The changes dial back claims by both sides in state voter guides regarding the costs of legalizing marijuana, advertising exposure to children and potential health and public safety effects. Many of the changes modify language that says the measure “will” have a certain impact to saying that it “could” have that impact.
One of the hotly contested parts of the measure, Proposition 64, describes the extent to which children could be exposed to television advertisements promoting marijuana. As the Times has reported, the initiative opens the door to marijuana television ads, though there is currently a federal prohibition against them because the drug is illegal.
Opponents of a ballot measure to increase taxes on cigarettes by $2 a pack scored a win in court Friday when a Sacramento Superior Court judge ordered the state to more clearly describe the measure that will go before voters in November.
At issue was how much detail the state attorney general’s office needed to give voters in explaining that money from the tax increase wouldn’t count toward the state’s funding requirements under Proposition 98, the 1988 ballot measure that guarantees a major portion of state revenues for education.
The existing language said the measure "excludes these revenues from Proposition 98 funding requirements.” But opponents argued the state needed to tell voters that Proposition 98 involved school funding. Judge Michael Kenny agreed.
Of the California bills shelved Thursday amid the flurry of “suspense file” activity was legislation that would have allocated $15 million for law enforcement agencies to analyze DNA evidence and investigate cold cases.
AB 2440 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) was not his most high-profile legislative proposal in his six years in office. But as the lawmaker prepares to leave the state Capitol after his term ends this year, it did hold a meaningful personal connection for him, he said.
Gatto said that over the three years since his father was killed in his Silver Lake home, the victim of an apparent home invasion that remains unsolved, he has strived to be a voice for crime victims coping with a slow and often unwieldy justice system.
The father of Sacramento County Rep. Ami Bera should serve a year in federal prison and pay a fine of $130,200 for his role in a multi-year campaign donation scheme, according to a recommendation filed by federal prosecutors on Thursday.
Capitol Weekly this week named two members of The Times' Sacramento bureau to its "Top 100," a ranking seven years running that captures the movers, shakers, newsmakers and newsbreakers in the capital.
Columnist George Skelton, a regular on the list, is "Intelligent, insightful, frequently irascible, but always fun to read," the magazine wrote when giving him a slot in the middle.
And Bureau Chief John Myers returns to the list at spot No. 76.
The bill aims to make potential lawsuits under the state's main environmental law governing development wrap up within nine months. To qualify, a project would have to cost more than $100 million, pay high wages to construction workers and meet targets for greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy.
Four projects in Los Angeles, including two skyscrapers in Hollywood and a 38-acre park capping U.S. Highway 101 between Hollywood and Santa Monica boulevards, plan to apply for the perk should Brown sign the legislation. Proponents estimate it could cut three years off their construction timelines.