Democratic challenger Katie Hill narrowly out-raised Republican Rep. Steve Knight in the last three months of 2017, with another Democrat close on her heels in fundraising for the Antelope Valley area district.
Hill reported raising $252,351 in the final months of the year, positioning her to start 2018 with $382,848 in the bank.
Second-term lawmaker Knight, of Palmdale, lagged slightly behind, raising $240,244. He has an existing war chest from previous campaigns and still holds a fairly large lead with $794,748 in cash on hand.
Democratic candidate for California governor Gavin Newsom leads the field in campaign fundraising — by a wide margin.
The lieutenant governor started the year with more than $16 million socked away in his campaign war chest, compared to just under $6 million each for his top two Democratic rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang.
Those figures were made public on Wednesday when state candidates were required to file their campaign reports for the second half of 2017.
More than $1 million was spent lobbying last year on failed legislation that would have fast-tracked construction of a new Clippers arena in Inglewood, according to state lobbying disclosures released this week.
Madison Square Garden Co., which owns Inglewood's Forum and would compete with the new Clippers arena, spent more than $750,000 to lobby against the bill. Lobbyist Mercury Public Affairs and law firm Latham & Watkins were the largest recipients of the money. SB 789 stalled in an Assembly committee a week after it was introduced in September.
Republican Rep. David Valadao of Hanford, Calif., raised 10 times as much as his Democratic opponent last quarter, despite representing a district that backed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, and where Democrats have a voter registration advantage.
Cars and trucks are the largest source of California’s greenhouse gas emissions. Essential to meeting the state’s ambitious climate change goals, academics and other researchers have said, is to reduce the number of cars on the road by building new homes in already populated areas near jobs and transit.
Environmental groups have different perspectives on linking the cause of climate change to housing. On this week’s “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod,” we dig deep into the intersections between environmentalism and development and focus on reaction to a proposal from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).
Wiener’s legislation, Senate Bill 827, would allow for a dramatic increase in housing development near major transit stops. But the Sierra Club California opposes the measure, arguing, among other reasons, that it would make it harder to build new transit and increase displacement of low-income residents. Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at the UC Berkeley School of Law, joins the podcast and argues against the Sierra Club’s position and talks broadly about the environmental effects of growth.
Fresno County Deputy Dist. Atty. Andrew Janz, a Democrat, said that as of Wednesday night he had brought in a little over $65,000 over the last seven days while the memo has been in the news. That $65,000 is more than half as much as Janz reported raising in the previous three months.
“Congressman Nunes has given me the best gift a first-time candidate with almost no name recognition can receive, he has made himself the poster boy for what’s wrong with Congress and put a national target on his back,” Janz said in a statement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says fellow Californian Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) should lose the chairmanship of the powerful House Intelligence Committee over his handling of the Russia investigation and a memo Republicans say discredits the FBI’s role in a separate investigation.
California taxpayers are on the hook for more than $91.5 billion to provide health and dental benefits to state government workers when they retire, according to a report issued Wednesday by the state controller’s office.
That’s a substantial increase from last year’s estimate, a result of changes in the way the total debt is calculated and changes in the projected cost of healthcare in the coming decades.
Last year’s report put the total liability at just under $77 billion. The estimates are a reflection of what the benefits to state government workers— which are in addition to cash from pensions — would cost in present-day dollars. The debt, Controller Betty Yee said in a statement, will “remain a paramount fiscal challenge over the next three decades.”