Patrick McGreevy covered the California Legislature out of the Sacramento bureau until his retirement in 2021. He joined the Los Angeles Times in 1998 and worked in the City Hall and San Fernando Valley bureaus, writing about subjects including Valley secession, LAPD reform and city government during the administrations of Mayors Richard Riordan, James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa. He is a native of San Diego and a graduate of San Jose State University.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed legislation to allow cannabis products to be advertised on freeway billboards.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has acted on bills aimed at reducing prison sentences for people convicted of drug- and gang-related crimes, despite concerns from prosecutors that the measures will hinder efforts to protect Californians.
The legislation was signed into law shortly after after Newsom survived a recall election in which those seeking to remove him from office cited problems that included long waits for unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of jobless Californians.
The aim of the legislation is to discourage vaping by minors and bring taxes on e-cigarettes more in line with levies on other tobacco products, according to state Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), who authored SB 395.
The changes include raising the minimum age for officers to 21 and allowing badges to be taken away for excessive force, dishonesty and racial bias.
Some California eviction protections end Thursday, but many of the state’s renters will qualify for other assistance programs.
Auditor Elaine Howle says delays in the rent relief program and uncertainty over federal rules raise concern that California won’t distribute $1.8 billion by Sept. 30.
Tuesday’s election will decide the fate of Gov. Gavin Newsom — for now. But with the 2022 vote on the horizon, both Democrats and Republicans are unlikely to ease off the politicking anytime soon.
On the final weekend of campaigning before Tuesday’s recall election, California gubernatorial candidates leaned into their efforts, making multiple stops in a last-minute effort to get out the vote.
Hundreds of bills passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature during the past week are headed to Newsom, who is in a final push to stay in office while facing a Republican-led recall election Tuesday.