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 […]

With budget done, California lawmakers turn to other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After approving a $125 billion budget last week, California lawmakers are turning their attention to other matters for the last three months of the annual legislative session. Aside from a controversial increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in April, no major legislation has yet […]

California Has Banned Disposable Plastic Bags, Straws Could Be Next On the List

BERKELEY (CBM) – California has a reputation as a green state on the cutting-edge of environmental laws. State Bill 270 banned the use of disposable plastic bags, changing the way Californians shop, and disposable straws could be next on the chopping block. The Berkeley City Council has launched an initiative to ban the use of […]

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday. Much of the cost would be offset by existing state, federal and private spending on health coverage, the analysis […]