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New Assembly Labor Committee Chair Faces Ongoing Worker Unrest, but Scores Some Wins
With nine months’ experience in the Assembly, Liz Ortega will lead the Labor committee after a strike-filled summer and several wins for low-wage workers.
From Sacramento Bee...
California Congressional Reps Overwhelmingly Vote to Expel Santos
Forty-eight of California’s 52 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of expelling George Santos. Of the other four members, all Republicans, Kevin McCarthy didn’t vote while three opposed Santos’ expulsion.
From Los Angeles Times...
Newsom-DeSantis Debate Could Benefit Each Man
The Nov. 30 debate between governors Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis could be a win-win for both. DeSantis’s flagging presidential campaign could get a boost, while Newsom could increase his standing in Democratic circles.
California vs. Florida: Need-to-Know Facts About the Rival States Ahead of Newsom-DeSantis Showdown
Political wonks in California, Florida and maybe a few states in between, will be glued to their screens Thursday night to watch Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Ron Desantis square off in a highly-anticipated Blue vs. Red State debate that’s been brewing since the summer.
Congressman’s Central Valley Office Gets Vandalized
Rep. David Valadao, a Republican, had his district office in Hanford vandalized. Fliers were plastered on the doors of his office with pictures of children and the words “Murdered by Israel.”
Mock Council-School Board Meeting Part of Leadership Program
The event was the finale of the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute’s all-day program on local government. Participants also heard a panel discussion featuring Supervisor Ed Scofield and councilmembers from Grass Valley and Nevada City.
From The Mercury News...
Eshoo to Not Seek Reelection
Rep. Anna Eshoo, who has served in Congress more than 30 years and represents Silicon Valley, announced that she will not seek reelection and is retiring. Eshoo, a Democrat who turns 81 on Dec. 13, said in a video that her heart is filled with gratitude.
Schwarzenegger Rules Out U.S. Senate Bid, Talks California
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met Nov. 17 with Sacramento press corps members. He ruled out a U.S. Senate bid, saying the only thing he was interested in running for was president, while acknowledging he can’t do this because he was born in Austria.
From Pleasanton Weekly...
School Board Members Who Banned Pride Flag Face Recall Campaign
Two members of the Sunol Glen Unified School District board have been served with recall notices. This came after the board approved a resolution that banned schools in the Alameda County district from flying the LGBTQ+ pride flag.
Joe Biden Touts Gavin Newsom as a Future President
During a trip to San Francisco, President Biden said that California’s governor “could have the job I’m looking for.” The remarks have fueled speculation about whether Newsom might step in to run instead of Biden in 2024.
Daughter of Farmworkers Nabs 9th Circuit Appeals Judgeship
Ana de Alba, a first-generation Mexican-American who is the daughter of farmworkers, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Alba was confirmed by a 48-43 vote.
Backlash Politics: How Conservatives Have Success Rolling Back California Progressivism
Lacking power at the state level, conservatives are leaning into local governance to protest California’s progressive politics. The fight in Huntington Beach could be a harbinger of what’s to come.
Barbara Lee’s Lagging Senate Bid Doesn’t Equal Another House Term
Longtime Rep. Barbara Lee trails fellow representative Katie Porter and former Rep. Adam Schiff in their race for U.S. Senate. Lee still expressed determination to not seek a 14th term in the House, saying she’s running for Senate.
Biden Still Far Ahead of Trump in California, But the Margin Is Closer
Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by nearly 30 points in California in the 2020 U.S. presidential race. A recent poll shows Biden now has just a 15-point lead in the Golden State over Trump, which might hint at a close national race next year.
Newsom Taking New Approach to California’s 10,000 Homeless Veterans
California’s population of homeless veterans has plateaued despite billions of dollars in state spending to create housing for former service members. Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to shift resources to focus on veterans with serious mental health conditions.
Schiff Gets Endorsement From CA Assembly Speaker in U.S. Senate Race
California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas has endorsed Rep. Adam Schiff in a crowded U.S. Senate race. Other candidates include representatives Barbara Lee and Katie Porter.
Is Honking Free Speech? U.S. Supreme Court to Review CA Woman’s Case
One of the few areas the Supreme Court has agreed on in recent years is free speech. Now, the high court will decide if protections extend to a woman who sued after being cited in 2017 for honking 14 times as she drove by a political protest.
From The Sacramento Bee...
State Demands Compliance After Voting Rights Groups Warn About Shasta County Election
California’s Secretary of State has told the Shasta County Board of Supervisors that it cannot hand-count ballots in its Nov. 7 special election. In a letter, Secretary of State Shirley Weber said the county must comply with new legislation that bars the hand-counting of ballots.
Voting Rights Groups Urge Shasta County Elections to be Monitored Due to ‘Misinformation’
A nonpartisan coalition of voting rights advocates has asked the California Secretary of State’s office to monitor upcoming elections in Shasta County because of concerns about safety and the spread of misinformation.
Program Focuses on Depolarizing Political Conversations
Learning to speak with respect and civility with people we disagree with is the goal of a special program, “De-Polarizing Political Conversations,” scheduled for Nov. 16th at Sierra College and presented by the Nevada County League of Women Voters with other local groups.
Despite Newsom Veto, State Takes Steps to Ban Artificial Turf Due to ‘Forever Chemicals’
California cities can ban synthetic turf under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed. He rejected a bill to ban PFAS in fake lawns.
Grass Valley City Council Declares Fiscal Emergency
By a unanimous vote, the Grass Valley City Council declared a fiscal emergency “due to the lack of necessary funding for fire personnel and land management required to combat wildfires and extreme weather conditions.” This was a necessary step to place a general sales tax measure on the March 5, 2024 ballot.
He Bashes Republicans for ‘Rights Regression,’ but in Recent Decisions, Newsom Neglects Protections for Marginalized Californians
Gov. Newsom vetoed bills to outlaw caste discrimination and to consider gender affirmation in child custody cases. Advocates wonder if he’s thinking about his national political profile.
With Merger Layoffs on the Horizon, Newsom Vetoes Bill to Pay Severance to Laid-Off Grocery Store Workers
The governor signed two other bills that strengthen protections for grocery workers during grocery store mergers and acquisitions.
From Mountain Democrat...
Sen. Alvarado-Gil Opens New EDH Office
Marie Alvarado-Gil and her team recently celebrated the grand opening of the state senator’s El Dorado Hills district office. Events included an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Laphonza Butler’s Career Was Born in the Labor Movement. Will Unions Back Her Senate Bid?
If California’s new U.S. senator runs in the 2024 election, she would likely have to court labor unions’ support, quickly. But with three other labor-friendly Democrats already winning union backing, time and resources are running out.
Cal State Student Workers to Vote on Joining Union
Student workers at the 23-campus system say their pay is low, their hours are restricted and they get no sick pay. They are hoping to join the employees union to fix that.
How Laphonza Butler Reshapes California’s Political Landscape
Gov. Newsom's pick to replace the late Dianne Feinstein is set to be sworn in Tuesday as California's U.S. senator. She isn't saying whether she will run next year, but if she does, it would change the dynamics of the U.S. Senate race.
Labor Leaders Despair But Keep Pushing for Striker Unemployment After Newsom Veto
Newsom rejected Senate Bill 799, which would have paid striking workers California unemployment benefits after two weeks, and SB 686, which would have extended workplace safety protections to domestic workers, such as housekeepers and nannies.
Will California Republicans Liberalize Platform on Abortion, Trans Rights? This Weekend May Tell
GOP leaders and activists will hear Friday from Donald Trump and other presidential candidates before deciding whether to change the party platform on abortion and same-sex marriage.
Robb Tucker Announces Campaign for Nevada County Supervisor
The Grass Valley native says his priorities if elected will be housing, public safety and emergency preparedness, maintaining the high quality of life through well-planned growth and agriculture, and supporting small businesses and economic development.
How California Lawmakers Embraced Hot Labor Summer
Unions won major victories this session on pay for fast food and health care workers, benefits for strikers and bargaining rights. Business groups say that labor has too much power at the Capitol.
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