Though most races for the California Legislature require winning tens of thousands of votes, the state's relatively new primary election rules mean candidates can earn a spot on the November ballot with far less.
In fact, the June 7 primary saw some candidates advance to the fall election with the support of fewer voters than would fill a community swimming pool.
In Los Angeles County, seven write-in candidates for legislative races qualified for the Nov. 8 general election with a combined 456 votes. Most of those candidates had only a few dozen votes, but one write-in candidate moved on to November after receiving just seven votes.
A high-profile effort to extend and expand California's decade-old climate change law may face an uncertain future next month in the state Capitol, but it has broad conceptual support in a statewide poll released Wednesday night.
About 68% of adults surveyed by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California said they supported a proposal that would require the state's greenhouse gas emissions to be 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2040.
The current law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, mandates a reduction down to the 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2020.
Half of California’s likely Republican voters and a third of independents said they wouldn't vote for either candidate in the state’s U.S. Senate race this November, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The survey found that 28% of all likely California voters said they didn’t support state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris or Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez, and 14% said they were undecided. Harris and Sanchez are Democrats.
Among those backing a candidate, 38% of likely voters supported Harris, compared with 20% for Sanchez.
A Carlsbad businessman has launched a referendum drive aimed at overturning a law signed last week that would require anyone building homemade firearms to obtain a serial number for the gun and undergo a background check.
Arthur Aguilar, one of several activists who opposed the bill, filed papers with the state attorney general's office to obtain a title and summary for a referendum petition to be circulated during the next two months. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed AB 857, a bill by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) that is aimed at allowing the state to track so-called ghost guns, those made at home without any serial number or registration.
Less than a day after starting his first stint as California's acting governor, state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson declared states of emergency on Tuesday in two counties dealt a huge blow by devastating wildfires.
The proclamations in response to the Sand fire in Los Angeles County and the Soberanes fire in Monterey County enable quicker response by state and local officials to the residents affected by the blazes.
A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing the reelection of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino, a fellow Democrat, and questioning Levya’s party loyalty.
A spokesman for Leyva shot back that the ads are "racially divisive" and "reprehensible."
The advertisements on YouTube are the latest episode in a skirmish that has divided Democrats in the state over Brown, a moderate who helped stall a provision of last year's climate change bill that would have cut petroleum use significantly in California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed a bill by the late Sen. Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) that would have allowed him to cancel an election to fill a vacancy in the Legislature if only one candidate makes the ballot. That candidate would have been declared the elected legislator, under the bill.
Runner, who died earlier this month after complications from lung disease, was seeking to streamline the process for filling a legislative vacancy to save taxpayers money.
She noted it cost counties $1.6 million to hold one recent special election. Runner was elected to the Senate in 2015 in a special election in which she was the only candidate on the ballot.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it’s unclear what Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez was trying to imply last week when asked about President Obama's endorsement of rival Kamala Harris in California's U.S. Senate race and she mentioned that that both are black.
Sanchez made the comment during a taped interview for the public affairs show "Conexión" that aired Friday on Univision 19 in Sacramento. When asked about the endorsement, the congresswoman noted that Obama and Harris have long been friends, but suggested that race was also a factor in his endorsement.
"I'm not really sure what she intended to imply," Earnest said Monday.