Friday, October 6, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a new law that will allow California prosecutors to consolidate more child sexual assault cases from different counties into a single trial, as long as all district attorneys involved agree.

Law enforcement officials say some child sexual assault prosecutions, such as those involving sex trafficking, are time-consuming and difficult to coordinate. They can span multiple jurisdictions as traffickers move victims across the state and country.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Political discourse is full of hype, obfuscation and downright lying—which is why two independent authorities play such vital roles in the state Capitol.

State Auditor Elaine Howle, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and their staffs of policy experts provide the Legislature—and, more importantly, the California public—with unvarnished information and analysis about state and local governance.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

It may soon become a lot easier for California drivers to get plugged in.

Legislation on Gov. Brown’s desk would allow city officials and private property owners to install charging stations for electric vehicles on curbsides of public streets. Brown has until Oct. 15 to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Anyone who knowingly interferes with the duties of California’s independent state auditor will be fined up to $5,000 under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Under the law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, people who obstruct a state audit “with intent to deceive or defraud” will have to pay the fine.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO — The barely legible print that briefly flashes on-screen at the end of political ads will be gone, replaced by information people can clearly read, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a closely watched bill targeting “dark money” in campaigns.

The unions, corporations or billionaires behind the money would be listed, rather than the obscure committees with misleading, feel-good names that wrote the checks.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The films, plays and public broadcasts California now funds to enlighten students and the public about the horrors of Japanese American internment camps in World War II will soon be expanded to illuminate more recent examples of persecution — including the Muslim immigrants targeted by President Trump.

The legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown is just one example of actions by California’s Democratic lawmakers and policymakers to distance themselves from Trump. Some are mostly symbolic, like resolutions calling for congressional investigation and censure of the president, while others chart an independent course for the state in protecting undocumented immigrants and combatting climate change.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Beach Cities Health District is gearing up to unveil plans for a long-envisioned revamp of its 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach.

Next month, residents of the South Bay beach cities will get a virtual, 3D glimpse of conceptual plans to make over the Prospect Avenue campus with a senior living facility with up to 400 units and much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the district’s aging four-story medical building.