Rep. Jackie Speier of Hillsborough and other members of Congress are rallying colleagues to wear black to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to recognize sexual harassment and assault, similar to the visual statement actors and musicians have made at award shows this year.
"This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it," Speier told NBC News.
Staff for at least a half-dozen California members say lawmakers will join Speier and the Democratic Women’s Working Group in wearing black to the speech in solidarity with women in multiple industries standing up to sexual harassment. It is meant to mirror the actresses and others in the Hollywood anti-harassment group Time’s Up, who wore black to the Golden Globes.
California is on pace to exceed its goal of 1.5 million electric cars on the streets by 2025, according to a new report from public policy think tank Next 10.
Nearly 350,000 electric vehicles have been sold in the state, and 2017’s growth rate in sales was almost 30% higher than 2016’s rate, the report found. Researchers credited reduced battery costs, lowering the overall price tag of the vehicles, and strong demand worldwide as key drivers of the increase in sales.
“The movement around the globe to move away from gas-powered vehicles is very significant and California is at the center of that,” said F. Noel Perry, a venture capitalist and Next 10’s founder.
Montebello Mayor Vanessa Delgado, a Democrat, took out candidacy paperwork Monday to become the first challenger to state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), who is under investigation over allegations of sexual harassment.
Delgado, a commercial developer, could not be reached for comment late Monday. She sought the papers from the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters two days after Mendoza failed to win 70% of the vote in a pre-endorsement meeting of local activists for the state Democratic Party.
Mendoza won 58% of the pre-endorsement meeting vote, which means he can seek an endorsement from delegates at the state Democratic Party convention next month.
The state Senate on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit federal immigration agents from entering schools, courthouses and state buildings to arrest or question people without a warrant.
Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 183 as part of a broader move by Democrats to counter President Trump’s calls for increased immigration enforcement and deportations.
On the Senate floor Monday, Lara said his legislation would help assuage the fears of hardworking immigrant parents dropping off their children at school, serving as court witnesses or paying their traffic tickets.
Folk singer Joan Baez shows up for recognition on Assembly floor, on hand for recognition of 70th anniversary of plane crash near Coalinga that killed 32 people, most of them Mexican farm laborers. pic.twitter.com/XHDvpcGhG9
Lots of excitement from members on the Assembly floor: @joancbaez is here to commemorate a 1948 plane crash that killed dozens of migrant farm workers as they were being deported to Mexico. https://t.co/k8L5bs8LHH
In the wake of intensifying criticism over the growing number of automated “bot” accounts on social media, a California assemblyman wants the state to require these accounts be easily identified and ultimately linked to a human user.
The bill introduced on Monday by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) would require a disclaimer to be displayed for automated accounts on sites such as Facebook or Twitter.
"From Big Tech to social media startups, it's clear that self-regulation is failing society and damaging our democracy," Levine said in a statement.
Californian among Trump and First Lady guests at SOTU:
David Dahlberg works as a fire prevention technician at Pine Canyon Fire Station in Santa Lucia Ranger District. In July 2017, he saved 62 children and staff members from a raging wildfire that had encircled their camp.
Actually, two Californians to join First Lady's box Tuesday night at SOTU.
Preston Sharp was visiting his veteran grandfather’s grave in 2015 when he noticed other local veterans’ graves not being honored with American flags or flowers. He started the Flag and Flower Challenge.
After saying last June he wouldn’t make a third run against Rep. Jeff Denham, Central Valley beekeeper Michael Eggman will enter the race for the 10th Congressional District race on Monday.
Eggman, of Turlock, said in a news release that people asked him to reconsider his decision not to run.
"I received countless calls from local Democratic Party officials, local labor representatives and Central Valley working people who told me I was the only candidate who could beat an entrenched incumbent like Jeff Denham,” he said.
Within a span of less than eight hours last week, Californians saw the current governor deliver an early closing statement on his time in office and a fiery exchange between the leading candidates to replace him in 2019.