California had planned to issue bonds to match the federal grants it’s receiving for high speed rail. But legal challenges have put the bond money on hold. And until the case is resolved, Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson wants a prohibition on spending any more federal money. He’s introduced new legislation to that effect.
“Now that we’re spending federal money without a clear way of making the match work, now we’re starting to risk, perhaps, the General Fund of the state," Patterson says.
But the governor’s department of finance points out the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeal has agreed to an expedited hearing in the bond case.
Additionally, Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to spend $250 million in cap-and-trade moneyon the rail project. The California Department of Finance says that would cover the state’s matching obligation until the case is resolved. As of March 2014, the project has spent and received $271 million in federal funds.
Fair Political Practices Commission chairperson Jodi Remke announced Tuesday that she will step down on Friday. It follows months of acrimony with other commissioners.
California Senator Tony Mendoza Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation, But Says He'll Run For Re-ElectionThursday, February 22, 2018
His resignation followed an outside investigation, which found that Mendoza likely engaged in "flirtatious or sexually suggestive" behavior with six different women, including former staffers and fellows. The allegations date back to 2007.
Report: California Senator Tony Mendoza ‘More Likely Than Not’ Made Sexual Advances Toward Six WomenTuesday, February 20, 2018
A summary of the Senate’s outside investigation comes after the chamber’s Rules Committee met in closed session to discuss Mendoza’s fate for the second weekday in a row.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.