California legislative staff get whistleblower protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislative staff members on Monday applauded the passage of a bill granting whistleblower protections to legislative staff members who say they are badly needed to ensure sexual misconduct and other misbehavior can be reported without fear of retaliation. It passed the Assembly unanimously and was quickly signed by Democratic Gov. […]

4 California lawmakers accused of misconduct; none punished

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four current California lawmakers have faced sexual misconduct complaints since 2006 but none was disciplined, according to documents released Friday by the state Legislature. Their conduct ranged from inappropriate comments about sex to unwanted touching. The lawmakers were told to watch their behavior, while 11 legislative staffers targeted by complaints were […]

California looks for ways around federal tax changes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California lawmakers are exploring ways to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on the state’s taxpayers. Federal law has long allowed people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax bill, but the tax overhaul signed last month by President Donald Trump caps that […]

California Senate hires outside firms to review harassment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the California Senate announced Monday that two outside firms will investigate allegations of sexual assault and harassment, including unwanted groping and sexual advances, and will review the chamber’s policies for responding to such misconduct. The move comes as female lobbyists, lawmakers and legislative staffers share stories of harassment […]

California leaders pledge $30M for young undocumented immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers announced Tuesday that they plan to spend $30 million helping young immigrants with legal services and college financial aid. The announcement comes in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that gives temporary protection from deportation to people brought to the […]

California affordable housing bills clear Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly approved a package of bills to address the state’s housing crunch late Thursday as lawmakers search for ways to generate more money and streamline regulations that can stifle new construction. The tense and dramatic late-night vote in the Assembly sets up a final decision on Friday in the […]

California Legislature Votes to Extend Controversial Cap and Trade Law

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a climate change initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds as a model for states and nations looking to lower carbon emissions. Brown’s signature will add another decade of life to the state’s cap-and-trade program, bolstering the Democratic governor’s quest to portray California as a leader in […]

California lawmakers to decide fate of landmark climate law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are nearing a high-stakes decision that will decide the fate of a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model to be replicated around the world to confront rising global temperatures. The vote Monday on whether to give another decade of life to California’s cap-and-trade program […]

Will a Tax Increase Make California’s Housing More Affordable?

(CBM) – State lawmakers are in the midst of trying to solve California’s ongoing housing affordability crisis. According to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, California has had historically higher rent and home prices than the rest of the nation, but the gap is widening at a worrying rate. In some areas of Los Angeles, renting […]

Over 40 African American Judges Come To Capitol To Meet With CLBC (Video)

(CBM) – 45 judges come to the State Capitol for their legislative day Monday, June 26. Judge Michael Carter from the Los Angeles region organized the statewide legislative day to bring the third branch of government to the statehouse. Judges came from almost every region of the state, and many are appointed or elected. They […]