Like the America of our ideals, California welcomes newcomers who arrive seeking to build new lives. Yes, the history of our state’s quest for equality, like that of our nation, is marred by mistakes and aberrations. But as President Donald Trump plays his harsh brand of politics with the children of immigrants who came here illegally, California lawmakers must take a stand by approving Senate Bill 54, legislation that would create what has come to be known as a sanctuary state.
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the Trump administration was ending DACA — the Obama-era program that protects nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation — California's response came from a trio of top Democratic leaders who are the sons of immigrants.
California Democratic leaders want their state to commit to a future of 100 percent renewable electricity, a goal approved so far by only one U.S. state—Hawaii. Top officials in both places hope their policies will serve as a model for others as the Trump administration rejects actions on climate change.
California and Hawaii offer very different models for committing their power sectors to clean electricity. They differ on everything from mandate deadlines to what's considered renewable.
The leader of California's state Senate on Wednesday sharply criticized a call from Sen. Dianne Feinstein for "patience" with President Trump, suggesting it was tantamount to being "complicit" in his behavior. The comments by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) offer a glimpse into the vastly different approaches by two leading California Democrats to Trump's first few months in office.
SACRAMENTO- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following Rules Committee Appointments:
SACRAMENTO – Legislative Leaders and the Governor have agreed to provide $30 million in assistance to Dreamers in response to President Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“We will not let one man with xenophobic tendencies undercut years of progress we have made in California to integrate these young adults into our society and economy,” said Senator President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “California is their home and they are our future.”
SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today on new amendments to SB 54, the California Values act, that are the result of negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown and clears the way for a crucial Assembly floor vote this week.
"This bill protects public safety and people who come to California to work hard and make this state a better place," said Governor Brown.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after the University of California filed a lawsuit to block the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program:
“I’m grateful that the UC is taking aggressive steps to defend the DACA students and staff members who now find themselves on uncertain terrain.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after President Trump moved today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:
“America should not be the place where dreams come to die.
“This great nation was built on the dreams of immigrants who came here looking for a better way of life and in doing so enriched us all.
A month after a bruising political battle to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, the state received a big vote of confidence in the policy’s future. Cap and trade requires oil refineries, food processors and other facilities to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and state regulators auction off the permits several times a year.
During August’s auction, every emission permit offered by the state was sold, and prices reached their highest level since the program launched five years ago.