Donald Trump may have a strained relationship with the Republican establishment, but his campaign has assembled a posse of California GOP party stalwarts and longtime elected officials to serve as his pledged delegates in this summer's national convention.
With Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out of the race last week and Trump firmly claiming the mantle of the Republican presumptive nominee, there's not much suspense left for the California presidential primary June 7.
The state Assembly voted Monday to address complaints by women and transgender residents that it is unfair to have single-user restrooms reserved for men and women.
The bill, which was passed on a 52-18 vote, would make single-user restrooms in public and government buildings “all gender,” taking down signs designating them for men or women only so that anyone can use any restroom.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said his measure would make restrooms more convenient for women and for transgender Californians who may identify as a woman and feel uncomfortable using a restroom designated for men, and vice versa.
California enforcement officials are proposing $80,000 in ethics fines against former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Camarillo).
The punishment is for allegedly aiding three supporters in disguising that they were the true source of contributions to Strickland's unsuccessful 2010 campaign for state controller.
The recommendation from the enforcement division of the state Fair Political Practices Commission comes in documents released Monday after Strickland was accused of 16 violations of campaign finance law, including political money laundering and the filing of false statements.
The Sierra Club has endorsed state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in California’s U.S. Senate race, snubbing Democratic rival Rep. Loretta Sanchez in part because of her stance on increasing the state’s water supply and her recent comment on Muslims.
The national environmental organization praised Harris for defending California’s strict environmental laws, taking legal action against companies that dump hazardous waste and protecting the health and safety of Californians threatened by environmental hazards.
“Congress desperately needs more climate champions like her,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement released Monday.
The ride-hailing firms have no such problems in California these days. Here, they have racked up a string of impressive victories at the Capitol recently, ushering through regulations they want and blocking those they don't. Uber and Lyft have benefitted from strong lobbying efforts inside and outside the Capitol, support from powerful Democratic lawmakers and a reluctant state regulator.
Voting rights activists have long complained that the process for registering to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles is too cumbersome, confusing and potentially violates federal law.
Since the 1990s, anyone who indicates on a California driver's license application that they want to register to vote has had to fill out a separate paper form — with much of the same information already logged.
Last year, a coalition of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and California Common Cause threatened to sue on behalf of voters.