Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen clearly doesn’t think California voters are as liberal as people think.
The Huntington Beach assemblyman, spoke Thursday at a candidate event hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco where he talked about his support for expanding oil drilling off the coast, said he supports taxpayer-funded school vouchers, pushed for the repeal of the California’s so-called sanctuary state law and described President Trump as great leader.
The upbeat conservative told the audience that a “silent supermajority” of Californians, including Democrats, share his opinions and priorities, not those of the left-leaning political leaders who have controlled Sacramento for most of the past four decades.
The mayors of 10 cities including Seattle, Long Beach and San Leandro have signed a letter urging U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to reconsider his decision to roll back a federal policy that gave low priority to prosecution of marijuana offenses in states that legalized the use of the drug.
“Reversing course now is a misguided legal overreach and an attack on cities where legal, safe, and high regulated recreational sale and use occurs, and on the majority of states where the voters have made their voices heard loud and clear on this issue,” the letter said.
Instead, the federal government should focus on combating the opioid epidemic, according to the letter by mayors including Jenny A. Durkan of Seattle, Michael B. Hancock of Denver, Bill de Blasio of New York, Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Ted Wheeler of Portland, Ore., Robert Garcia of Long Beach, and Pauline Cutter of San Leandro.
Is it too difficult for victims of sexual harassment to make their case in court? California legislators wrestled with that question Thursday at a hearing examining the legal threshold for harassment cases under state and federal law.
Prompted by the high rate of sexual harassment cases dismissed by judges, lawmakers focused on the standard that victims must prove harassment was “severe or pervasive” in cases alleging a hostile workplace.
“It's important because all efforts to enforce emanate from the legal standard that exists,” said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who chaired the panel.
.@SenHannahBeth leads hearing examining legal standard for sexual harassment claims. Says she has "no foregone conclusions...the impetus for our hearing is the fact that sexual harassment seems to be able to endure despite current laws against it."
At presser, Sara Ziff, with The Model Alliance, says she started modeling at age 14. Agents — who should be the first line of defense — are often implicit in sexual harassment offenses and sometimes engage in misconduct themselves, she said. #caleg#metoopic.twitter.com/9qXezjuKXi
In the Senate hearing on sexual harassment law in California. Testimony and questions here often being drowned out by chanting from people in the adjoining hall for a rent control bill hearing. #CostaHawkins
BP Energy Co. has agreed to pay $102 million to California to settle claims that it overcharged the state for natural gas purchased over a decade ending in August 2012, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.
The settlement of a lawsuit against the firm includes substantial penalties, but Becerra would not say how much the state was actually overcharged on natural gas used by the state and local governments to heat classrooms and public offices.
“Cheating the state of California is not a good business strategy,” Becerra told reporters at his Sacramento office. “The last thing that any of us needs is to be ripped off by a company that does business with your great state and your government.”
Before taking the stage with Patt Morrison, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about California.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is, not surprisingly, a supporter of the Golden State.
“I think California sets the future. California is the future in almost everything we’ve ever done,” he said backstage Wednesday night at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Before sitting down with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison as part of the paper’s Ideas Exchange series, Biden spoke briefly about the resilience of Californians in the aftermath of wildfires and mudslides, calling it a “a heavy price to pay in such a beautiful place.”
At #DACA presser, state lawmakers congratulated state AG Xavier Becerra for the court victory but said it’s only a temporary solution. Sen. Ben Hueso, Latino Legislative Caucus chair, said failure to act would be economic blow to the state. pic.twitter.com/HIWO5DFaYO
Dreamer Fatima Diaz says she was brought to the US from Jalisco, Mexico, when she was 11 months old. She didn’t learn she did not have legal status until she was trying to enlist for the military in high school. #DACADealpic.twitter.com/jotpMTGZdL
Don’t put GOP Rep. Darrell Issa on the retirement list just yet.
Issa has been discussing possibly running for another House seat in a neighboring district, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.
The rumblings in California political circles about a district switcharoo have been rampant since the Vista Republican issued a statement Wednesday that he would “not seek reelection in California's 49th District.”