Antonio Villaraigosa called on gubernatorial rival Gavin Newsom on Friday to drop a lawsuit challenging the right of San Francisco voters to set height limits on new buildings along the city’s scenic waterfront.
Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco, chairs the State Lands Commission, which filed the complaint.
The lawsuit seeks to nullify the Sierra Club’s Proposition B, passed by 59% of the city’s voters in 2014. It requires voter approval for any new waterfront building that exceeds the city’s height limit.
Peace Officers Research Assn. of California has endorsed former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor, according to his campaign. The assn. is the largest law enforcement org in the state, with 70,000 members. Assn. cites drop in crime in LA while Villaraigosa was mayor.
"I am 100% running for reelection and with continued support from those in my district and the full endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego County,” Hunter (R-Alpine) said in a statement. “I have run every race with full effort because my constituents deserve no less and this time is no different.”
Washington publication The Hill reported that Issa (R-Vista), who said Wednesday he would not run for reelection in his district, was considering running in Hunter’s district instead if the San Diego-area congressman bows out.
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.”