Wednesday, February 26, 2020

California’s state auditor will investigate how the Department of Toxic Substances Control is handling cleanup at a former battery recycling site just south of Los Angeles, where thousands of properties have been contaminated with lead.

The Joint Committee on Legislative Audit voted Wednesday to probe contracts, cleanup times, and other issues at the Exide Technologies site, which closed in 2015 and is in bankruptcy.

“This is the worst environmental disaster on the West Coast,” Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D), who requested the audit, said, adding that lawmakers have many questions.

Monday, February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Following the announcement that Customs and Border Protection agents would be deployed across the country in pursuit of migrants in 'sanctuary' cities, Los Angeles leaders are reiterating to the public that California law restricts state and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with ICE.

"This is a political act to send a specialized, weaponized SWAT team from CPB, as well as ICE, to go into immigrant communities... this is tantamount to a political tantrum," former state senator Kevin DeLeon said at a Friday press conference.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

By George SkeltonCapitol Journal Columnist

SACRAMENTO — OK, I’m waiting to hear about the tax increase that will be needed to pay for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plan to solve homelessness.

A tax hike is inevitable, but the T-word was conspicuously missing from Newsom’s frequently applauded State of the State address on Wednesday to a joint session of the California Legislature, which is tightly controlled by fellow Democrats.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Paying for college can be expensive, especially when transferring to a four-year university after paying around $46 a unit at a community college and transitioning to paying close to $3,000 a semester for six or more units.

In an effort to help California community college students afford to transfer and graduate in four years, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 1862, which offers free tuition to students who have obtained an associate degree for transfer and are transferring to a California state school.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

When Pacific Gas & Electric turned the power off last October, more than half of the cell towers in Marin went out of service. In response, the Board of Supervisors last month endorsed a state bill that would mandate telecommunication providers have backup power for their cell towers in high fire-threat areas. Introduced by State Senator Mike McGuire last year, Senate Bill 431 would require the California Public Utilities Commission to develop performance standards for backup power, including a minimum operating life of 72 hours and a means to warn customers when the backup system is low.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

By Steve Lopez

They want to help.

That’s what we keep hearing from President Trump’s minions about California’s massive homelessness crisis.

Trump’s homeless czar, Robert Marbut, was in town last week, and I got a chance to sit down with him. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was also in Los Angeles last week, though not talking to me. He was reportedly working on a deal — the details of which remain a mystery — with local officials.

Monday, February 17, 2020

As of very recent, California has proposed free college tuition for community college students who transfer into four-year universities with an associates degree for transfer degree. 

As a matter of fact, California has come a long way to make education more accessible to California resident students. Skyline College was actually one of the first community colleges in California to offer a bachelor’s degree, currently the only one available is a bachelor of science degree for respiratory care.