California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state’s landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of […]

Voice Message Escalates Concerns over Education Bill in Black Faith Community

SACRAMENTO – A colorful voicemail left on the cell phone of a Southern California pastor by an experienced state Capitol staffer has brought more attention to a bill making the rounds in Sacramento and brought into question how political staff members and constituents should interact. Pastor Marc T. Little of Faithful Central Bible Church in […]

Talks stall on $400 million in California affordable housing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Assembly speaker conceded defeat Thursday on negotiations over a plan to inject $400 million into affordable housing projects, a deal that was included in the $122 billion budget compromise legislative leaders negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown this spring. The funding was contingent on lawmakers approving Brown’s controversial “by right” housing […]

Lawmakers Question Effectiveness of Cap-And-Trade Program

(CBM) – California’s cap-and-trade program is under scrutiny from state lawmakers who are concerned revenue collected from the program isn’t finding its way to disadvantaged communities. The program, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 as part of California s landmark environmental bill AB 32, is supposed to help lower harmful greenhouse gas […]

California budget deal approved, eliminates contentious welfare policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a state budget Wednesday that gives liberal Democrats long-sought increases to safety net programs while socking away billions to prepare for a recession. The $122.5 billion spending plan, negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, earned a rebuke from Republicans, who said it sets the […]

California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to […]

Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments. The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist […]

California lawmakers OK $15/hour minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who […]

California’s $15/hour wage could help workers, cost jobs

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A political deal to raise California’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour could help some workers cope with the state’s crushing cost of living but also deprive other low-wage earners of jobs altogether, economists said as Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders touted what would be a landmark agreement. California’s […]

Deal reached to take California minimum wage to $15 an hour

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. “This is not a done deal,” Sen. Mark Leno, […]