State Senator Leland Yee is planning to introduce legislation into the California Legislature that will ban the use of technology to create firearms with 3-D printers.Lee’s call for action comes in the wake of news that a University of Texas law student has manufactured a completely functional firearm with 3-D-printing technology. Read More
State and local officials are joining UC San Francisco Medical Center employees today for a rally to protest against the decision to cut nearly 300 positions.
The medical center says the staff reductions are being made to prepare for costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care reform signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. Read More
Police found 26 guns, thousands of bullets and dozens of high-capacity ammunition magazines at the home of a Santa Clara man charged with threatening to kill a state lawmaker over proposed gun control legislation, according to search warrants unsealed Thursday.
Authorities also reported finding what they describe as a homemade "destructive device" at the home of Everett Basham. Read More
The man authorities say threatened to assassinate state Sen. Leland Yee is a well-connected Silicon Valley engineer with a penchant for firearms and a distrust of the government. And though Yee is no stranger to threats, this one reached a new level of sophistication, the senator said Thursday. Read More
In 2012, a secretive group out of Arizona made the largest anonymous political donation in recent California history when it funneled $11 million into an effort to defeat Proposition 30, a tax measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, also spent money trying to encourage voters to pass Proposition 32, which would have limited unions’ political fundraising. Read More
With the new year comes the new laws. Here are some of those going into effect in 2013.
While reasonable discussions about gun control have begun to occur following the tragic and senseless massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one voice that can be discarded as irrational is that of the National Rifle Association, the country’s dominant pro-gun lobby. Read More
After Friday’s tragic shootings in Connecticut, all eyes are on President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s efforts to introduce federal gun control legislation. But real action is happening on the local and state level, too. As a number of states have Democratic legislatures and governors — including Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut and, of course, California — look for them to dust off previously shelved gun control laws. Read More
Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) has opened an account to collect funds for a run to be Lieutenant Governor in 2018. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has already collected over $500,000 in contributions to run for the same position, but it’s unlikely that the Democratic Party powerhouses will run against each other. Read More
In this last of a four-part series examining the legislative accomplishments of our local elected officials, we turn to state Sen. Leland Yee.
Like his San Francisco colleagues in the statehouse, Yee was elected to state office after serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 2002, Yee joined the state Assembly and was elected to the Senate in 2006, where he has served ever since. Yee is termed-out in 2014. Read More