California billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer told House Democrats on Friday that Republican presidential candidates don't understand the severity of climate change, according to a source in the closed-door meeting.
"I listen to Marco Rubio and all of the Republican candidates say we can't afford to address this problem. They have not done their homework," he said at the group's retreat in Baltimore, according to a person in the room.
Steyer told Democrats to think about climate change as a race between human ingenuity and changes in the natural world, reminding them that 2015 was the hottest year on record.
Vice President Joe Biden will rally the party faithful next weekend, as California Democrats gather for their annual convention.
The state Democratic Party has announced Biden will speak to attendees on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the convention in San Jose.
It's worth noting that in the last open race for the White House, Biden took a pass on wooing California's Democrats. He was the only candidate in the 2008 Democratic presidential race who skipped the California party's convention in 2007.
A documentary that takes sharp aim at the use of extracting oil through hydraulic fracturing premieres tonight at showings in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the title makes it clear where the filmmakers are pointing their critique.
The documentary is called, quite simply, "Dear Governor Brown."
The 20-minute film focuses on California's oil industry, with the filmmakers making it clear that Brown and state officials haven't done enough when it comes to fracking.
Immigrants in the country illegally who study to become physicians and nurses would be able to get the same financial help from the state provided to citizens under legislation announced Thursday by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).
Lara, who has pioneered other immigrant laws, said his bill is necessary to help address a shortage of medical workers in California, especially in under-served immigrant communities.
“Despite the ability for undocumented students to apply for a professional license, these future physicians, nurses and clinical social workers and medical assistants are unable to apply for scholarships or loan repayment,” Lara said in a statement. “This bill will strengthen California’s workforce by ensuring our skilled medical professionals can complete their education and contribute to the well-being of our state.”
A former state senator who points to air pollution in his native Central Valley as a priority has been appointed to the California Air Resources Board, one of two spots on the powerful panel created through a law signed last year.
Dean Florez, a native of Kern County, was tapped on Wednesday afternoon by the Senate Rules Committee to become the newest member of the air board.
Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said in a written statement that the former Democratic legislator has "the experience to fight for kids struggling to breathe in our communities and the resolve to stand up to the oil lobby who want to keep the status quo."
A trio of state Assembly members wants to prohibit school districts from collecting students' Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.
The measure was inspired by news that 10 million public school students' records -- that include Social Security numbers and medical information -- must be turned over to a parents advocacy organization that is suing the state Department of Education.
The parents' suit contends that special needs students are not getting enough school resources.
A new wage-equality law aimed at helping women in California should be extended to also reduce disparities in pay by race, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.
Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from paying workers a wage rate less than the rate paid to employees of a different race or ethnicity for “substantially similar” work.
“No employee should be denied an equal wage for an equal day of work,” said Hall, who is chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, during a Capitol news conference. “It is an economic injustice. It is discriminatory. It is just wrong.”