California has a new gun safety law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday. Assembly Bill 1591, written by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), will require that courts promptly submit reports of "armed prohibited persons" to the Department of Justice. Someone is considered "armed and prohibited" if they're determined to be a threat to themselves or others, due to a mental disorder or illness. "AB1591 is critical to improving gun safety in California," Achadjian said.
Richard Martinez, the father of San Luis Obispo High School graduate and Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Martinez is hoping to influence the upcoming November mid-term elections. His goal is to shift the make-up of congress toward sensible gun reform.
The man behind a current effort to break up California into six different states says he has collected the necessary number of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 statewide ballot.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper and supporters of the Six California's campaign plan to submit the first batch of signatures Tuesday morning at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 10:00 a.m.
The effort's website indicates the exact borders of the six states is still under consideration, asking for suggestions from visitors.
This November, California voters will decide who will serve in the state’s top offices, including Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State, among others.
California State Senator Alex Padilla is the current front-runner for the Secretary of State race, coming in first place among a crowded field in the June primary, filled primarily with Democrats. He too is a Democrat who currently represents the state's 20th Senate District, which includes much of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.
A gun bill introduced in the California legislature by Assemblymembers Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday in Sacramento.
It now heads to the appropriations committee where a vote is expected before mid August. If it passes that hurdle too, it would then move to the Senate floor for a vote.
It's been nearly a month since the mass shooting in Isla Vista that left seven dead, including the killer. Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Martinez was killed, has been speaking out since the incident, to put a stop to mass shootings.
"He was very active in sports and academics. His life touched a lot of people. He's really going to be missed. He was a great kid," Richard Martinez said.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is holding a special session Friday in Santa Maria to consider options for a ban on certain forms of oil drilling.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m.
The Santa Barbara County Water Guardians gathered enough signatures to get an initiative on the ballot which, if passed, would ban land uses related to fracking, acidizing, and other high-intensity gas and oil operations within the county's unincorporated areas.
There are two new bills being considered in Sacramento to address gun violence in California. They were introduced Wednesday by State Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).
SB 505 would require law enforcement to search a database for gun purchases prior to conducting a welfare check on somebody who may be a danger to themselves or others. Also SB 580, which would provide additional funding to enforce existing gun laws.
A trio of top California politicians, including Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps, brought new legislation Thursday to both the U-S House and Senate aimed at reducing gun violence.
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Pause for Safety Act in the Senate, while Representative Capps (D-Santa Barbara) took the bill to the House. The legislation is designed to help ensure that family members can go to a court to seek a "gun violence prevention order."