San Francisco political veteran Alex Tourk has joined Villaraigosa’s “Building Bridges, Not Walls” committee as campaign manager, said committee spokesman Roger Salazar, a Democratic campaign consultant.
Tourk happens to be a former campaign manager for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, whom Villaraigosa would be challenging should he jump into California’s 2018 race for governor.
Proposition 62, California Death Penalty Repeal, would repeal the state death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death.
Gov. Jerry Brown will lead the California delegation to the Democratic National Convention starting July 25, the state Democratic Party announced Thursday.
California’s delegation will be the largest of any state headed to the festivities in Philadelphia, with 475 delegates pledged to a candidate and 76 unpledged delegates.
"California is showing what the Democratic Party can do when it's unified and bold," Brown said in a statement. "We can combat climate change, fix our broken immigration system and face up to the growing nuclear danger. And later this month, we will bring this message to Philadelphia."
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.
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.
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.
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.