Wealthy Westwood investor Joseph Sanberg on Monday announced he would form a new political action committee to support progressive congressional candidates he said will prioritize the needs of working-class and poor Californians over wealthy corporations.
Sanberg, speaking to the Sacramento Press Club, was coy about how much of his own money he will pour into the “Working Hero” political action committee or which candidates it will support, saying it would back those who support “creating a California where every single person can afford life’s basic needs.”
That would mean, he said, passing a universal healthcare law, or “Medicare for all,” as well as expanding the earned income tax credit and increasing the minimum wage above $15, the level it will reach in 2022.
California might soon have an official state horse under new legislation from a San Diego assemblyman.
The California Vaquero was introduced in the state at least as early as 1769 during the establishment of Spanish missions, and Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) said that fewer than 100 of them remain worldwide.
“While I look forward to working on legislation to improve the future of our state, it's important to also strengthen the legacy of our past,” Voepel said in a statement.
Mark Leno, once one of California’s most seasoned and powerful state lawmakers, officially launched his campaign Monday to become mayor of San Francisco.
The Democratic politician filed the paperwork for a race he’s been preparing for since leaving the state Senate due to term limits in 2016.
Leno, 66, served in both the Assembly and Senate and before that on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In Sacramento, he was a key architect of most state budgets over the last decade. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Leno was tops in a recent poll of potential candidates.
Democratic Assemblymen Richard Bloom of Santa Monica and Al Muratsuchi of Torrance have agreed to pay fines for violating state campaign finance disclosure laws, according to documents released Monday.
Bloom has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose 11 contributions made and received by his 2014 campaign within 24 hours of the donations, a requirement during the last days before an election.
The contributions not disclosed on time totaled $80,420 and included checks from Paramount Pictures, Anheuser Busch Companies and the Assn. of California Life & Health Insurance Companies PAC.
San Francisco billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer said Monday he’s not going to run for Senate or the governor’s office in California this year.
“I'm not going to run for office in 2018; that's not where I can make the biggest difference,” Steyer said at a news conference he called in Washington, D.C. “My fight is not just in California, my fight is in removing Donald Trump from office and from power.”
The former hedge fund manager said he will instead pour tens of millions of dollars into Democratic efforts to retake the House.