One of the most talked-about bills in the state Capitol is done for the year.
Tuesday morning, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) pulled her effort to allow Uber, Task Rabbit and other workers in the so-called gig economy to collectively bargain for their pay and benefits. The complicated measure would forge new ground in labor law by creating a class of worker that was neither employee nor independent contractor in an effort to allow gig economy workers to better advocate for themselves while maintaining flexibility.
Gonzalez said in a statement that she will keep working on the issue and plans to take it up again in the next legislative session. As much as 20% of the state’s workforce doesn't have sufficient job protections because they’re involved in for-hire work, she said.
Leaders of the California Legislative Women's Caucus are calling on Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) to step aside from his duties in Sacramento one week after a judge issued a temporary restraining orderagainst the lawmaker amid domestic violence accusations.
"Domestic violence is an important issue that this Legislature has worked hard to address through awareness and statewide legislation," said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) in a written statement.
The two legislators want Hernandez to step down from his chairmanship of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.
The man whose political comeback began in Oakland is officially packing up and moving out.
Gov. Jerry Brown is selling his Oakland Hills home, making Sacramento his official city of residence rather than commuting back and forth.
A spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning's story in the East Bay Times that the governor and California First Lady Anne Gust Brown are putting their 4,147-square-foot home on the market this week with an asking price of $2.595 million.
On the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) urged President Obama to choose his words wisely and call the century-old massacre of 1.5 million Armenians genocide.
The U.S. is among the countries that don't formally recognize as an act of genocide the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923. The Turkish government continues to dispute that genocide took place and has poured millions into lobbying efforts to oppose official U.S. recognition.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed bills that will provide $176.6 million in loans to pay for testing and cleanup of lead contamination in neighborhoods surrounding the closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon.
The emergency allocation, to be paid back by Exide, goes toward removing toxic contamination in residential properties, schools, daycare centers and parks within a 1.7-mile radius of the plant, Brown said.
“Children should be able to play in yards free from toxics,” Brown said in a statement.. “With this funding plan, we’re doubling down on efforts to protect the community and hold Exide responsible.”
Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) and more than 100 House Democrats want to change the chamber’s rules to require a congressional hearing each time the chamber stands in silence to recognize gun violence victims.
“This is not about taking away citizens 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms,” Cardenas said at a news conference. “By changing the rules, we are setting a new standard for Congress to act.”
Cardenas said each time the House holds a moment of silence, he hears colleagues mutter their frustrations that more isn’t being done. There were at least a dozen moments of silence in the House to recognize gun violence victims last year.