California Treasurer John Chiang has made it official: He's running for governor in 2018.
The Democrat made the announcement in a statement Tuesday morning.
"As your next Governor, I have a blueprint for expanding and renewing the California dream through fixing our crumbling infrastructure, making retirement security our generation's call to arms, and rebuilding California's middle class through better jobs and improved educational opportunities," Chiang said.
The race to replace Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) in the 46th Congressional District could see Republicans shut out of the contest for the first time in the county's history.
California's relatively new top-two primary system is to thank — or blame. With a crowded field of Republicans expected to split dwindling GOP votes in the district and a more than 20-point voter registration advantage for Democrats, it's likely the June 7 primary will leave voters with a choice between two Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.
Both are former state legislators, and both were elected to those seats in part because of help from Sanchez. They have amassed more money than the rest of the candidates combined.
In the age of sharing all kinds of daily activities on social media, Californians who head to the polls will no doubt want to tell their friends all about it on platforms like Facebook or Snapchat.
Don't let them, a top state elections official is telling county registrars of voters.
"The secretary of state's office has historically taken the position that the use of cameras or video equipment at polling places is prohibited," wrote Jana Lean, the state's election chief, in a Monday memo to county officials.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to address affordable housing, which he unveiled during a Friday press conference on his revised budget, primarily tries to address the problem by lowering regulations for affordable development. Here’s what he said about his approach:
The general idea is if you want some assisted housing, you're going to have to reduce some of the regulatory burdens that are faced by developers. That's what the idea is.
Gov. Jerry Brown
Some context here. Yes, the governor's math was wrong. But his larger point is that housing subsidies don't deliver enough bang for the buck especially when compared to broader housing supply needs.
Indeed, an affordable housing plan from Assembly Democrats would cost $1.3 billion and produce up to 25,000 units over time. The state's housing need each year is more than 100,000 units beyond what's currently expected to be built, according to various estimates. Brown didn’t include any money in his budget to fund the programs Assembly Democrats wanted.
Republican mega-donor Charles Munger Jr.'s political organization, Spirit of Democracy America, has launched an independent expenditure campaign supporting GOP Senate candidate George "Duf" Sundheim.
Munger's organzation has spent close to $53,000 on polling, research and a slate card mailer, Federal Election Commission records show.
Munger personally has contributed more than $2.5 million to state campaigns in this election cycle alone. Just over $1 million of that went to the Hold Politicians Accountable effort, which has proposed a ballot measure to ensure that state lawmakers and the public have time to read all new legislation before it is passed and aims to eliminate backroom deals.
There is no single ideal level for reserves. However, at this point in a mature economic expansion, we think it would be prudent to pursue a target for total reserves that is at least as large as the $8.5 billion amount in the governor’s revised budget proposal.
Legislative Analyst's Office
The early number crunching also points out that there have been notable spending increases since Brown unveiled his first budget plan in January.
For much of the last two decades, a key part of state budget writing has been split down the lines of political parties.
Democrats generally believed the state should figure out its needs and then find the money to pay for them. Republicans, on the other hand, insisted that the state should only spend the money which it was already expected to receive.
Gov. Jerry Brown has upended that partisan split, usually advocating for the traditionally GOP approach. And his newly revised budget holds fast to that approach.
There is no language in state election law that suggests Friday is any kind of official deadline for measures that hope to have a place on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot.
But every campaign believes it's a real do-or-die moment, given that local elections officials have to validate all of those voter signatures in time for Secretary of State Alex Padilla to certify the list of propositions on June 30.
And after months of speculation and more than five dozen potential measures, the final list looks to be as many as 18 -- which would make this fall's ballot the longest since March 7, 2000.
A coalition of health groups including the California Medical Assn. has collected more than enough signatures to qualify an initiative for the Nov. 8 ballot that would raise the tobacco tax in California by $2 a pack, the group said Friday.
The Save Lives California Coalition plans to begin turning the signatures in to county elections officials on Monday.
California has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country, 87 cents per pack, far behind New York, where the tax is $4.35 a pack. California’s tobacco tax has not been increased since 1998.