State senators upped the ante in negotiations over affordable housing Wednesday by approving a $3-billion bond designed to build and rehabilitate housing for low-income residents, the homeless and farmworkers.
The measure from state Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) would pay for new housing construction — specifically for development near transit and in high-density urban areas — and provide housing for farmworkers and mortgage assistance to address California’s severe housing shortage.
“The state needs to take bold action to add to the housing stock,” Beall said.
The country’s only lesbian political action committee, LPAC, has endorsed California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate.
"I'm so grateful to have the support of LPAC in this race. There is so much more work to be done across the country in order to ensure equality and equal rights for all people," Harris said in a statement.
LPAC has also endorsed the state Senate bids of former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Democrat Katherine Perez-Estolano, who is running to succeed Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge).
Amid outrage over the number of out-of-state students taking spots in the University of California system, the Assembly on Wednesday voted to approve a 10% cap on nonresident enrollment phased in over the next six years.
The measure by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) would require that resident undergraduate enrollment be increased by 5,000 students per year through 2023, and that nonresident enrollment decreased by 1,700 annually during that period.
Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) told her colleagues that her granddaughter had a 4.0 grade point average but was told to not bother to apply to the UC system because she would not get in.
The state Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that would end the statute of limitations for rape and several other sex crimes in California.
The measure by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) would allow the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation and sexual penetration.
Currently, prosecution of rape must take place within 10 years, unless DNA evidence is discovered afterward.
Citing the improved economy and healthy state budget, a state panel on Wednesday approved 4% pay raises for the governor, legislators and other elected state officials.
California legislators already receive the highest base salary of any state legislators in the nation, but the action by the Citizens Compensation Commission boosts legislators' salaries from $100,111 to $104,115.
The second highest pay goes to legislators in Pennsylvania, where the base pay is $85,338.