A dozen Assembly Democrats made a pitch Monday for more than $1 billion in state funding for affordable housing programs next year, a move they said would help California’s most vulnerable deal with soaring housing costs, but one that would only be a drop in the bucket in addressing the state’s housing needs.
The plan provides a mixture of tax credits, development subsidies and grants to spur homebuilding for those with the lowest incomes in the state, including farmworkers and the homeless.
“This investment will address poverty among Californians with the lowest 25% of incomes who spent two-thirds of their income on housing,” said Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), a co-author of the measure.
It will be the longest list of candidates vying for a single race since the historic recall of California's governor in 2003. And the potential for voter error -- which means invalid ballots -- is very real.
Elections officials across the state have chosen different ways to display the 34 names in the June 7 primary for U.S. Senate. Should a voter mistakenly pick more than one candidate, known as an "overvote," that ballot won't be counted.
Burbank Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said Friday morning that he was "gravely disappointed" that President Obama didn't call the century-old massacre of 1.5 million Armenians genocide.
"For a president who knows the history so well, who spoke so passionately about the genocide as a senator and presidential candidate, and who has always championed human rights, the choice of silence and complicity is all the more painfully inexplicable," Schiff said in a statement.
The White House released a statement from Obama for Armenian Remembrance Day that stopped short of calling it genocide.
For the first time, state lawmakers have appointed members to the powerful Air Resources Board, the agency responsible for implementing California's climate change goals. Before now, the board's been selected entirely by the governor.
The two new board members are representatives from low-income communities, which often are disproportionately affected by pollution.
Dean Florez, a former state senator from the San Joaquin Valley, and Diane Takvorian, a San Diego environmental health advocate, already plan to push for changes to how the agency does business, including challenging a plan to allow California polluters to offset some of their emissions by protecting rainforests in Brazil.