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Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking an end to enterprise zones, which were created to provide tax breaks to companies that created jobs in underserved areas.
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Today is Monday, June 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate enterprise zones, which can provide tax breaks to companies that create jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to the Los Angeles Times. The governor has said the zones are "inefficient, opaque and loose" in handing out the tax credits.
The three Calderon brothers -- Ron, Tom and Charles -- are all raising money for 2014 campaigns, reports KPCC. Their fundraising efforts are continuing despite a recent FBI raid on Ron Calderon's Sacramento offices. Over at the Sacramento Bee, the newspaper looks at the "clout and entitlements of this local dynasty."
State Sen. Ron Calderon, left, has been raising money for a return to the Assembly in 2014. He's seen here with his brother, former Assemblyman Charles Calderon, who has a committee for a Secretary of State campaign. A third brother, Tom, may seek Ron's current Senate seat.
State Senator Ron Calderon, whose Sacramento offices were recently raided by the FBI, has been raising money for a return to the Assembly. And his two brothers, veterans of the Sacramento scene, are also raising funds for 2014 campaigns.
FBI agents searched Calderon's offices on June 4 but have not divulged the focus of their investigation. The U.S. Attorney's office has subpoenaed records from the Central Basin Municipal Water District, an agency with ties to two of the Calderons.
Ron Calderon, who will be termed out of his Senate seat next year, is planning a return to the Assembly, where he served from 2002-06 and still has two years of eligibility. Through the end of last year, his campaign committee raised more than $172,000. The campaign’s expenditures include $12,370 for a three-day fundraising event at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Dana Point, which included lodging for 20 people.
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LA Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman wants President Obama to limit pollution at power plants.
Democratic hawks on climate change are putting pressure on the White House to use executive power to cut emissions. And L.A. Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman is doing some of the pushing.
Waxman was the author of a 2009 climate change bill that passed the House, but died in the Senate. Now that he's in the minority party, he's been frustrated trying to move similar legislation. So he and fellow Democrat, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, have been meeting with top White House staffers to discuss climate strategies President Obama can use.
Waxman says the Clean Air Act allows the Environmental Protection Agency to limit pollution from new and existing power plants and oil refineries. "The administration can insist on greater efficiency in our use of energy," he says, "not just by the government itself, but in setting efficiency standards for appliances and other items."
State Senator Ron Calderon helped open the Central Basin Municipal Water District's new headquarters in 2008.
Federal authorities subpoenaed records from the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Commerce just days after the office of state Senator Ron Calderon was raided by FBI agents, the president of the water district board confirmed Friday.
The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment on the subpoenas. Calderon's brother, Tom, reportedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in consultant fees from the water district over the past decade. Together, Ron and Tom Calderon donated more than $36,000 to water district board candidates over a five-year period, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by KPCC.
Water district board member James Roybal confirmed the subpoenas. He was elected to the board last year and has led a reform effort that included terminating Tom Calderon's contract earlier this year.
State Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, second from left, discusses Gov. Jerry Brown's education plans, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Update 3:52 p.m.: Budget passes both houses of legislature
After an opening fiery partisan debate, California’s legislature approved a $96.3 billion budget bill Friday and lawmakers were zipping through more than 20 trailer bills that implement the plan.
Both houses approved AB110 on party-line votes: 28-10 in the Senate and 54-25 in the Assembly.
The budget included historic reforms to public school funding and $5 billion to repay debt the state owes, including $2 billion to public schools.
Republicans in both houses criticized the plan for failing to pay down more of the state’s debt and for keeping the state’s growing pension liabilities off the ledger.
Asm. Jeff Gorrell (R-Camarillo) said the plan relied too heavily on temporary taxes voters approved with Prop 30 and that it contains additional spending that will come back to hurt the state once the higher sales and income taxes passed by voters last fall expire.