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

Prop 6 Leader Wants To Recall AG Becerra

KUSI- A conservative San Diego radio host who has been a driving force behind an initiative to repeal recent gas tax increases says he’ll seek to recall Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra if the bid fails. The effort announced Monday by Carl DeMaio would ensure that the gas tax remains a political fight long after the voters decide Proposition 6 next week. Repealing the higher … Continue reading Prop 6 Leader Wants To Recall AG Becerra

SoCal Edison Says Its Equipment Helped Start Thomas Fire

ABC 7- Southern California Edison is publicly acknowledging that its equipment was responsible for contributing to the start of the massive Thomas Fire, which burned more than 280,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The company acknowledged in a financial filing Tuesday that its equipment was responsible for one of at least two origin points of the fire. Read More Continue reading SoCal Edison Says Its Equipment Helped Start Thomas Fire

Audit: California Paid $4B In Questionable Medi-Cal Claims

VC Star- California paid at least $4 billion over four years in questionable Medi-Cal premiums and claims because it failed to follow up on eligibility discrepancies, according to an audit released Tuesday. From 2014 through 2017, more than 450,000 people marked as eligible for Medi-Cal in the state’s system were listed as ineligible in county systems, the California auditor’s office said. Half of those discrepancies … Continue reading Audit: California Paid $4B In Questionable Medi-Cal Claims