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  • State government
Cannabis sprouts on display and for sale on Nov. 6, 2014.
Cannabis sprouts on display and for sale on Nov. 6, 2014. (Los Angeles Times)

California officials proposed new rules Thursday for the growing, transporting and sale of marijuana when the state begins issuing licenses in January, and industry officials said the regulations and hefty fees are a mixed bag.

The regulations, which are subject to public hearings before they are finalized, do not limit the size of cannabis farms, but require every plant to be traced from farm to sale. Security will be required at farms, trucks and pot shops, and cannabis cannot be marketed toward minors.

The license application fee for sellers and others will be $1,000 annually, but there are additional license fees of $4,000 to $72,000 charged to retailers based on how much they sell.

  • State government
  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
  • 2018 governor's race
Scott Baio gives two thumbs up during his speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.
Scott Baio gives two thumbs up during his speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Actor Scott Baio endorsed Republican John Cox for governor on Thursday, saying Democratic rule of California is destroying the state.

Baio, best known for playing Chachi on the TV show “Happy Days,” made his endorsement in a 13-minute Facebook video.

“Google him. He’s a good guy. He’s a businessman; he’s not a politician. He wants to fix this stuff,” Baio said. “We gotta fix stuff in California, folks. It’s like communism here.”

  • 2018 governor's race
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa joined former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Mickey Ibarra, former director of intergovernmental affairs for former President Bill Clinton, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Wednesday evening to read excerpts from the book “Latino Leaders Speak: Stories of Struggle and Triumph."  

Villaraigosa and Molina are contributors to the book co-edited by Ibarra, which includes 33 keynote addresses delivered as part of the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series.

In his speech, Villaraigosa reflected on losing the Los Angeles mayoral race in 2001 and said he was told he couldn’t win because the support for him wouldn’t be there. He later was elected mayor in 2005 and reelected in 2009.

Most California Republicans joined House colleagues Thursday to approve a GOP tax overhaul. Several said they supported the bill because they think the Senate will make it better.

Republican Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove and Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa joined Democrats in opposing the bill.

  Representative Party District Vote
  RepresentativeDoug LaMalfa PartyRepublican District1 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJared Huffman PartyDemocrat District2 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJohn Garamendi PartyDemocrat District3 VoteNo
  RepresentativeTom McClintock PartyRepublican District4 VoteNo
  RepresentativeMike Thompson PartyDemocrat District5 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDoris Matsui PartyDemocrat District6 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAmi Bera PartyDemocrat District7 VoteNo
  RepresentativePaul Cook PartyRepublican District8 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJerry McNerney PartyDemocrat District9 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJeffrey Denham PartyRepublican District10 VoteYes
  RepresentativeMark DeSaulnier PartyDemocrat District11 VoteNo
  RepresentativeNancy Pelosi PartyDemocrat District12 VoteNo
  RepresentativeBarbara Lee PartyDemocrat District13 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJackie Speier PartyDemocrat District14 VoteNo
  RepresentativeEric Swalwell PartyDemocrat District15 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJim Costa PartyDemocrat District16 VoteNo
  RepresentativeRo Khanna PartyDemocrat District17 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAnna Eshoo PartyDemocrat District18 VoteNo
  RepresentativeZoe Lofgren PartyDemocrat District19 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJimmy Panetta PartyDemocrat District20 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDavid Valadao PartyRepublican District21 VoteYes
  RepresentativeDevin Nunes PartyRepublican District22 VoteYes
  RepresentativeKevin McCarthy PartyRepublican District23 VoteYes
  RepresentativeSalud Carbajal PartyDemocrat District24 VoteNo
  RepresentativeSteve Knight PartyRepublican District25 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJulia Brownley PartyDemocrat District26 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJudy Chu PartyDemocrat District27 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAdam Schiff PartyDemocrat District28 VoteNo
  RepresentativeTony Cardenas PartyDemocrat District29 VoteNo
  RepresentativeBrad Sherman PartyDemocrat District30 VoteNo
  RepresentativePete Aguilar PartyDemocrat District31 VoteNo
  RepresentativeGrace Napolitano PartyDemocrat District32 VoteNo
  RepresentativeTed Lieu PartyDemocrat District33 VoteNo
  RepresentativeJimmy Gomez PartyDemocrat District34 VoteNo
  RepresentativeNorma Torres PartyDemocrat District35 VoteNo
  RepresentativeRaul Ruiz PartyDemocrat District36 VoteNo
  RepresentativeKaren Bass PartyDemocrat District37 VoteNo
  RepresentativeLinda Sanchez PartyDemocrat District38 VoteNo
  RepresentativeEdward Royce PartyRepublican District39 VoteYes
  RepresentativeLucille Roybal-Allard PartyDemocrat District40 VoteNo
  RepresentativeMark Takano PartyDemocrat District41 VoteNo
  RepresentativeKen Calvert PartyRepublican District42 VoteYes
  RepresentativeMaxine Waters PartyDemocrat District43 VoteNo
  RepresentativeNanette Barragan PartyDemocrat District44 VoteNo
  RepresentativeMimi Walters PartyRepublican District45 VoteYes
  RepresentativeLou Correa PartyDemocrat District46 VoteNo
  RepresentativeAlan Lowenthal PartyDemocrat District47 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDana Rohrabacher PartyRepublican District48 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDarrell Issa PartyRepublican District49 VoteNo
  RepresentativeDuncan Hunter PartyRepublican District50 VoteYes
  RepresentativeJuan Vargas PartyDemocrat District51 VoteNo
  RepresentativeScott Peters PartyDemocrat District52 VoteNo
  RepresentativeSusan Davis PartyDemocrat District53 VoteNo

Source: ProPublica's Represent API

  • California in Congress
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Eleven California Republicans joined their House colleagues Thursday to approve a tax overhaul expected to have broad negative effects on Californians' taxes. Several said they supported the bill because they think the Senate will make it better.

Three Republicans — Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove and Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa — joined California's Democrats in opposing the bill.

After a closed-door meeting with President Trump, the House voted 227 to 205 to approve the tax bill. The Senate is considering a different plan, and the two would need to be reconciled before a bill is sent to the president’s desk.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
Sara Jacobs, 28, worked in the State Department under President Obama.
Sara Jacobs, 28, worked in the State Department under President Obama. (Sara Jacobs for Congress)

Democrat Doug Applegate came within 1,621 votes of defeating Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) in last year's general election. Now, Applegate will have to battle at least three other Democrats for a shot at trying again. 

Sara Jacobs, 28, became the newest Democrat to challenge Issa on Thursday. Jacobs, granddaughter of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, grew up in Del Mar and worked in the State Department under President Obama. She also served as a policy advisor on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and most recently as chief executive officer of Project Connect, a New York-based educational nonprofit organization founded in January.

In a statement announcing her run, Jacobs said that while "regular people are falling behind faster and faster," Issa and President Trump are "enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else."

  • California in Congress

McClintock (R-Elk Grove) was undecided on Wednesday night, and Knight (R-Palmdale) had said he was leaning toward yes. Several other California Republicans remain undecided as the tax bill is expected to pass on Thursday.

  • California in Congress
Rep. Tom McClintock of Elk Grove is urging fellow Republicans to revise the tax overhaul to “leave no taxpayer behind.”
Rep. Tom McClintock of Elk Grove is urging fellow Republicans to revise the tax overhaul to “leave no taxpayer behind.” (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

Failure or success for the House GOP tax bill in Thursday’s expected vote could hinge on a handful of undecided California Republicans.

Eight of the state’s Republicans plan to vote for the bill, and one is leaning toward voting yes. Four others are undecided, and only Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) has said he will oppose the bill. About a dozen Republican lawmakers from across the country have expressed reservations, and about a dozen others plan to vote no, meaning the vote could be close.

The bill tightens state, local and mortgage interest tax breaks, which are popular with Californians, and the state delegation has been bombarded with pressure from all sides: fellow Republicans desperate for a legislative win, constituents, real estate lobbyists and Democratic officials in California, including Gov. Jerry Brown.

Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his 2017 state budget plan.
Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his 2017 state budget plan. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers could have a net budget windfall of some $7.5 billion by the summer of 2019 under a new analysis that attributes most of the cash to capital gains income earned by California's most wealthy taxpayers.

The analysis released Wednesday by the independent Legislative Analyst's Office also projects unexpected revenues will significantly boost public school spending over the next two academic years, some $3.2 billion above projections used in the most recent state budget.

But it's the broader windfall that, if it materializes, is likely to be the focus of intense debate next year in the state Capitol. While some may argue for boosting spending on state services, other will no doubt insist the money should be used to pay down existing debt or be placed into rainy-day reserves.