Politics

Reports focusing on the latest political news and trends along California's Central Coast.

California Department of Water Resources

Map showing all 21 critically overdrafted groundwater basins in California. Agencies charged with managing the basins must be created by June of next year. California Department of Water Resources / Courtesy

The state’s new groundwater management laws mean Californians no longer have unfettered use of water underground.

State law will require the creation of local agencies with sweeping powers to meter wells, tax, and penalize anyone who overuses groundwater.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

A Crocker Water truck fills underground storage tanks for a homeowner near Paso Robles whose well no longer pumps enough water.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Two years ago, California became one of the last states in the West to pass a law to manage groundwater. The political will to do so took decades. But the bigger battle may be putting the law into practice. 

Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County may be a perfect example of how hard it’s going to be. 

UPDATE: New numbers for Central Coast primary results

Jun 10, 2016
Randol White

The election offices for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara  and Ventura Counties are out with updated returns for several key California Primary races.

Randol White

One of the most closely watched political races on the Central Coast—if not California— this primary season is not yet fully decided. 

California Voters Approve Proposition 50

Jun 8, 2016
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Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 is Election Day in California as Central Coast voters head to the polls to pick their primary candidates for President of the United States, Congress and various supervisor seats in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, among other choices. 

Bernie 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders will once again focus on Central Coast voters on Tuesday following several local rallies over the past week. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The California Assembly is now considering a bill designed to bar private communications with Coastal Commissioners by outside parties.

Clinton and Sanders Neck and Neck in California Poll

May 25, 2016

As state election officials report surging voter interest in the June 7 primary, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has closed the gap against Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Casey Nichols / KAZU

A series of Central Coast events featuring candidates for President of the United States is underway, and it started Wednesday afternoon with Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton in Salinas. 

Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Yvonne Cui, a senior at San Gabriel High School, makes a call in Mandarin during a phone bank shift reminding people to vote in the upcoming primary election at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles on Monday evening, May 23, 2016. The center makes phone bank calls in 10 different languages. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

In a small downtown Los Angeles office one May evening, Helen Xiang and her teenage son Sam sat side by side, calling a list of Chinese-American registered voters. 

About 2.5 million union members call California home. With election season upon us, the two Democrats fighting for their party’s presidential nomination see union support as critical to getting out the vote.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave unions a shoutout at a recent rally in Oakland.

“We need strong unions, and I will stand up for that basic American right,” she told a cheering crowd.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is beginning to turn her attention to the general election, but both she and Bernie Sanders consider California key to finally closing the book on the primary race.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned throughout California on his wife’s behalf over the weekend and yesterday. At a rally of about a 1,000 people at Sacramento State, he laid out the stakes.

Brown Endorses Harris For U.S. Senate

May 23, 2016
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Attorney General Kamala Harris (left) for California's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, May 23, 2016, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has won the endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown in the campaign for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat – just two weeks before the June 7th primary.

You might have noticed a different look to the California Secretary of State’s official voter information guide this election cycle: For the first time in eight years, it’s in color!

Red and blue join the usual black on the recycled gray paper booklet that’s mailed to every household with a registered California voter.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla acknowledges there’s an extra cost to taxpayers – 2.6 cents per guide, which comes to approximately $320,000.

Former California Senators Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Rod Wright.

AP / File

California’s November ballot will be jammed with statewide propositions, but there’s just one measure in the June primary. Prop 50, which stems from scandals that hit the state Senate, would allow the state Legislature to suspend lawmakers without pay.

The story behind Proposition 50 starts in 2013, when the FBI raided the office of Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon.

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