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 […]

Governor proposes ballot measure on criminal sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative unveiled Wednesday that aims to free certain felons earlier and have fewer juveniles tried as adults. If California voters approve it in November, the measure would increase sentencing credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs, the […]

Governor warns of economic downturn as Black leaders advocate for more spending

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Gov. Jerry Brown expressed caution when looking at the state of California in his State of the State address to lawmakers last Thursday in Sacramento. While some African American legislative leaders are advocating to restore dollars for programs cut in past years, Brown is asking lawmakers to focus on current liabilities and […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Urges Fiscal Caution in State of the State Address

(AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown urged fiscal caution Thursday in his State of the State address, calling for lawmakers to beef up California’s rainy day fund and pay for long-delayed infrastructure repairs instead of pursuing expensive new programs. As he did in his budget proposal last week, Brown sought funding for health care and transportation […]

Calif. Budget Plan Boosts Spending but Democrats Seek More

SACRAMENTO (AP) – On its face, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $122.6 billion California budget plan would seem to please Democratic interests by pumping billions of new dollars into public schools, health care for the poor and public infrastructure, even as it bolsters the state’s rainy day fund. Brown touted his income tax credit for the […]

California voters to be automatically registered at DMV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to make California the second state in the nation to begin automatically registering eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver’s licenses. AB1461 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, aims to boost California’s voter rolls by registering visitors to the Department of Motor Vehicles […]

California to enact tough equal pay law to address wage gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Female workers in California are getting new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Democrat announced Tuesday he has signed legislation that supporters say enacts the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. The legislation by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara lets female […]

Gov. Brown signs California assisted suicide measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a rare personal message, California’s 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice. Gov. Jerry Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, […]

Activists praise signing of racial profiling bill. Law Enforcement, not so much

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to change California’s definition of racial profiling and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data on the people they stop, his office announced Saturday. The law would give the public and police data to further gauge reports of racial profiling that have become […]

Governor’s highway plan includes $65 driver fee and higher fuel taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — More than two months after calling a special session to address California’s transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for it, including a $65 annual fee for drivers and increases in the diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation. A one-page […]