California’s State Budget Is Newsom’s Top Item On His Agenda

Bloomberg- California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom’s top item on his agenda after winning the race to succeed Jerry Brown Tuesday is one important to municipal investors: the state budget. “The number one priority right now is the budget,” the Democrat told reporters in San Francisco Thursday at his first news conference after the election. “I know everyone says that and they all say it. They should.” … Continue reading California’s State Budget Is Newsom’s Top Item On His Agenda

L.A. Voters Reject Measure That Would Have Let The City Create A Public Bank

Bloomberg- Los Angeles voters rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the city to establish a public bank, which would have been a first for a U.S. metropolis. About 58 percent of voters cast ballots against the charter amendment that would have started the process, with 78 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Read More Continue reading L.A. Voters Reject Measure That Would Have Let The City Create A Public Bank

Investors Are Running From PG&E Over ‘Camp Fire’

Sacramento Bee- Investors are bailing out on PG&E as the troubled utility potentially faces more financial liability from the Camp Fire in Butte County, potentially the state’s most deadly wildfire. PG&E’s stock price has fallen by one third since the utility disclosed to state regulators late Thursday that one of its transmission lines suffered an outage at about the time the Camp Fire ignited near the town … Continue reading Investors Are Running From PG&E Over ‘Camp Fire’

San Francisco Votes To Tax Businesses To Fund Homeless Services

New York Post- San Francisco residents opted on Tuesday to slap a tax on the city’s big businesses to fund services for the homeless. Voters passed a ballot measure called Proposition C which taxes the annual gross receipts of the city’s biggest companies and would generate between $250 and $300 million in revenue for the city. Read More Continue reading San Francisco Votes To Tax Businesses To Fund Homeless Services

California Lost More Residents To Other States Than It Gained Last Year

Mercury News- About 130,000 more residents left California for other states last year than came here from them, as high costs left many residents without a college degree looking for an exit, according to a Sacramento Bee review of the latest census estimates. They most often went to cheaper, nearby states — and Texas. Since 2001, about 410,000 more people have left California for Texas … Continue reading California Lost More Residents To Other States Than It Gained Last Year

Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge To California Gun Control Measure

CBS Bay Area- The Supreme Court is refusing a new invitation to rule on gun rights, leaving in place California restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in public. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Sacramento residents who argued that they were unfairly denied permits to be armed in public. Read More Continue reading Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge To California Gun Control Measure

Newsom Says He Will Build On ‘Brown’s Extraordinary Legacy’

San Francisco Chronicle- Gavin Newsom promised to “build on Gov. Jerry Brown’s extraordinary legacy” Monday night in San Francisco during the final campaign stop of his nearly decade-long quest to be California governor. Introduced by Brown — who made a rare campaign appearance — and Sen. Kamala Harris, Newsom promised 200 supporters at The Chapel, a Mission District music club, that he would emulate the … Continue reading Newsom Says He Will Build On ‘Brown’s Extraordinary Legacy’

Key California House Races Are Showing Strong Republican Turnout

San Francisco Chronicle- With the midterm elections just days away, there’s little indication that California is seeing a “blue wave” of Democratic votes, at least in the early returns of vote-by-mail ballots — and in some key races that will help determine control of the House, Republican voter response has been strong. There are still a lot more ballots to come in, cautioned Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political … Continue reading Key California House Races Are Showing Strong Republican Turnout

Watchdog Encouraging Lawmakers To Approve Independent Audit Of Motor Voter Program

Sacramento Bee- A state watchdog agency is urging California lawmakers to approve an independent audit of the state’s Motor Voter program, after the Legislature rejected one earlier this year. The Little Hoover Commission on Oct. 26 sent a list of recommendations to Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers that included a nonpartisan state audit into the Department of Motor Vehicle’s handling of Motor Voter, which … Continue reading Watchdog Encouraging Lawmakers To Approve Independent Audit Of Motor Voter Program

UN Report: San Francisco Homeless Crisis Is A Human Rights Violation

Business Insider- The Bay Area’s “cruel and inhuman” conditions for homeless residents violate a number of human rights, according to a report written by United Nations Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha. Farha revealed her findings before the UN General Assembly two weeks ago, after previously reporting that homeless residents in San Francisco and Oakland had been denied “access to water, sanitation and health services, and other basic … Continue reading UN Report: San Francisco Homeless Crisis Is A Human Rights Violation

Kamala Harris Has Top Senate Fundraising PAC

Sacramento Bee- Sen. Kamala Harris has given herself an important edge over a potentially crowded 2020 Democratic presidential candidate field: She’s raised more for Democrats running this year than any other senator. Harris raised nearly $2.4 million in her leadership PAC – more than any other senator this cycle, according to a report published Wednesday by Issue One, a nonpartisan think tank. Read More Continue reading Kamala Harris Has Top Senate Fundraising PAC

L.A. Supervisors Declares Crisis Over Homelessness

L.A. Curbed- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared a shelter crisis Tuesday to address homelessness in unincorporated areas of the county, where more than 5,000 residents lack permanent housing, according to a 2018 count. Of that total, 86 percent lack even temporary shelter. In all parts of LA County, nearly 53,000 people are homeless on a given night, and more than 39,000 are without shelter. … Continue reading L.A. Supervisors Declares Crisis Over Homelessness

‘Bipartisan’ Group Says Gas Tax Is Needed For Freeway Projects Emission Goals

Orange County Register- A bipartisan group of elected officials gathered in Diamond Bar Wednesday to argue for continuation of gas tax and vehicle license fee hikes imposed by state lawmakers last year, saying the monies from SB 1 are earmarked for key freeway and light-rail extension projects that would be left undone without the extra dollars. If voters were to approve Proposition 6, a Nov. 6 ballot … Continue reading ‘Bipartisan’ Group Says Gas Tax Is Needed For Freeway Projects Emission Goals

Newsom Doesn’t Think He’s A ‘Big Spender’

Sacramento Bee- Democrat Gavin Newsom has made clear on the campaign trail that he has grand, and expensive, ambitions if he is elected the next governor of California: Universal preschool. Health care for all. Tackling homelessness. More workforce development. But, as he sees it, that doesn’t make him a big spender. In fact, he plans to pursue his policy goals so judiciously that he’ll be able to … Continue reading Newsom Doesn’t Think He’s A ‘Big Spender’

California’s Middle Class Is Disappearing

The Hill- California made major news this month, reclaiming a valuable economic marker and surpassing Britain as the fifth largest economy in the world. Its growth after the recession has accelerated under President Trump and even turned a modest surplus. However, the Golden State remains one of the most unequal in the nation. It has both billions of dollars in Silicon Valley and rampant homelessness. Its efforts to eliminate … Continue reading California’s Middle Class Is Disappearing