The ride-hailing firm Lyft Inc., which has enjoyed a string of legislative victories at the Capitol, has agreed to pay $6,000 in fines for repeatedly being late in disclosing its use of lobbyists to influence California state officials.
An investigation by the enforcement staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission alleged that Lyft failed to file in a timely manner five lobbyist employer reports. The firm admitted the allegations and reached an agreement with staff to pay $6,000 in administrative penalties to the state.
The commission will meet July 21 to act on the proposed agreement on fines.
State Controller Betty T. Yee, the chief fiscal officer of California, has agreed to $2,082 in fines to be paid to the state political watchdog agency to settle seven charges that her campaign committee was late in reporting contributions before the 2014 election.
To give voters more information about donors to candidates, those running for office must report contributions of $1,000 or more with 24 hours during the 90 days before the election.
Yee’s campaign for controller failed to report six batches of contributions totaling $36,500 within 24 hours. Her campaign also filed a late report for a $5,000 contribution.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Monday criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s revised policy that bans blood donation by sexually active gay and bisexual men, saying it limited needed blood donations after June’s deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Harris, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former San Francisco district attorney, said in a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Califf that the revised policy does not go far enough. She called the revised policy “functionally equivalent to a lifetime ban for the vast majority of gay and bisexual men.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has taken a side in the fight between two Democrats running to replace Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange), who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat.
In a statement Monday, Pelosi announced her endorsement of former state senator Lou Correa.
"Lou has developed a long and strong record of problem solving both as a local and state leader," Pelosi said. "We need his pragmatism, can-do mentality and his coalition building abilities representing the 46th District in Congress."
In good news for schools, California Lottery officials say it looks like they broke a record for the fiscal year that ended June 30 by taking in nearly $6.3 billion in total sales, beating the $5.5-billion record set in the previous year.
Huge Powerball jackpots, includingthe record-setting $1.6-billion pot on Jan. 13, also boosted sales, although an increase in popularity of the Scratchers game accounted for the majority of this year’s lottery revenue, totaling nearly $4.4 billion.
In approving the lottery, California voters required a share of revenue to go to the state’s schools.
Californians registered as either a Republican or a Democrat likely had few problems navigating between the presidential and statewide primary choices on June 7, but others were left confused or angry.
And elections officials weren't much happier.
This week, Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the primary results and observes wonder whether the confusion will lead to some lessons for elections to come.
All 39 Democrats in California’s House delegation now back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid after the endorsements of Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee of Oakland and Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) stripped Hernández of his Assembly committee assignments and then pulled his endorsement of his colleague's bid to take on nine-term Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.