California is one of 10 states that sued the Trump administration on Tuesday to challenge its decision to suspend the 2015 Clean Water Rule aimed at protecting lakes, rivers, and streams from pollutants.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said the lawsuit alleges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted without authority in suspending the rule, did not provide a rational explanation and did not provide required notice and opportunity for public comment.
The 2015 rule provided a broader definition of waterways to be protected.
Vulnerable California Republicans’ chances of holding their seats may hinge on distancing themselves from President Trump, according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday.
The mid-January poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies found that likely voters in two of the most competitive districts in the state are unhappy with Trump’s performance and are “disinclined” to reelect their members of Congress.
About 56% of likely voters in the 25th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale, are disinclined to reelect the congressman, while 38% say they are inclined to do so.
A bill to extend whistle-blower protections to Capitol staffers that had been repeatedly shelved in previous years cleared the Legislature on Monday and is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
The legislation by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) would protect legislative employees who report legal or ethical violations, including sexual harassment, by fellow staff or lawmakers.
“No one should have to decide between keeping their job and reporting abuse,” Melendez said while presenting the measure, Assembly Bill 403, on the Assembly floor. It passed on a 74-0 vote to applause in the chamber.
A state senator from Los Angeles wants to increase taxes on legal, consulting, accounting and other service work and use the money to cut other taxes and upgrade state infrastructure.
State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has introduced versions of the legislation for years in a bid to help insulate the state from boom-and-bust cycles in revenue drawn from relying heavily on income tax payments from the wealthiest Californians.
His current proposal, Senate Bill 993, is different from prior failed attempts because the recent federal tax overhaul provides new urgency to address California’s tax structure, Hertzberg said in a press release.
A state lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground.
Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales to be allowed at its annual Art and Soul Festival this summer.
“These events support local economies and small businesses,” Quirk said in a statement.
The proposal would make a dramatic change to rules implemented by California’s landmark Proposition 13 ballot measure that capped how much property tax bills could increase. Under the new measure, the state would receive more tax dollars from commercial and industrial properties by assessing them at their current market value, an effort known as “split roll” because existing tax protections on homes would remain in place. The new revenue would go to local governments and public schools.
While the amount of tax dollars raised by the proposal would be significant, the report from the legislative analyst included warnings. The revenue would depend heavily on the health of the state’s real estate market and could therefore be volatile. Similarly, raising property taxes on businesses could cause firms to leave or choose not to relocate to California, the report said.
Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!
The tweet could be a response to the congressman’s appearance Sunday on ABC’s This Week. Schiff called the Nunes memo, which criticizes the FBI investigation into Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a “political hit job on the FBI."