CA Democrats say no to some police, fossil fuel money


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After delaying a vote on the matter last fall, the Board of California Democratic Party on Sunday decided not to solicit or accept contributions from a number of special interests, including the fossil fuel industry, the law enforcement supply industry and any employers who are the target of a labor-sanctioned strike.

However, there are some caveats.

Under the newly adopted guidelines, the party will continue to review input from law enforcement unions on a “case-by-case” basis. In 2020, the party accepted $1.2 million from these groups, including more than $500,000 from the California Correctional Peace Officers Associationor CCPOA, according to government records.

The party also banned contributions from fossil fuel giants such as sempra and PG&Ebut omitted a spin-off for contributions Edison from Southern California, because it produces no gas. SCE has faced multiple lawsuits from insurance companies and victims’ families for its role in the recent wildfires. Last year it agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle claims from the 2018 Woolsey fire after an investigation found Edison appliances started the fire.

“They don’t own the gas lines, they just sell electricity, and with that framework, they wouldn’t be on the list of banned contributors,” the party inspector said April Rep in a video of the meeting shared by the Progressive Caucus Chair Amar Shergil.

leader of the party Rusty hiccups called the vote an “important step forward” for California Democrats, but the moves have been described as performative and miquetoast by party activists. Shergill said it may be time for progressives to reconsider their involvement in a party that doesn’t listen to its members.

“Anyone who says Edison is not a fossil fuel company is either ignorant or intentionally telling falsehoods,” he said.

Also among the banned contributors: tobacco, guns, for-profit prisons, for-profit colleges, for-profit health insurance, and the payday loan industry.

According to the agreement passed on Sunday, the party will review the list of banned posts every two years.


potential energya nonprofit and nonpartisan coalition of creative, analytics and media agencies, is spending $1.2 million on two 30-second spots that will air on California radio, cable television and online.

The ads – “By the Time” and “Dr. Fischer World” – are aimed at Californians and convey a clear message: Climate change is here and action must be taken immediately to address it.

“Later is just too late,” Potential Energy CEO John Marshall said in a statement. “The stakes are far too high, and every corner of the world is already being affected by climate change. We cannot ignore the risks this poses for each of us. California is on the front lines of the impacts of climate change and is uniquely positioned to lead the country and the world in solving it. When it comes to climate, California needs to show the world and lead the world. Now is the time to find robust solutions.”

The group said it is focusing ad buying on California because the Golden State is vulnerable to extreme heat, droughts and wildfires. Previous efforts have been made in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


Two California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would impose a moratorium on so-called “farm farms” and prevent the construction of new or expansion of existing commercial animal feed plants or slaughterhouses.

AB2764written by Assemblyman Adrin NazarianD-Van Nuys, and co-author of Assemblyman Alex Lee, D-San Jose, would impose a penalty of $10,000 per violator per day for any surgery caught violating the ban. Businesses with annual sales of less than $100,000 would be exempt.

“These operations have a notorious track record of poor working conditions, where health and safety are sacrificed for maximum profit. While we cannot and should not replace it overnight, we can halt its expansion to make room for the development of more worker- and consumer-friendly operations. This bill is a step towards a solution,” Nazarian said in a statement.

The bill is sponsored by the animal activist group Direct action everywhere, who is no stranger to using attention-grabbing stunts to draw attention to conditions on California’s factory farms. The group has promised to actively mobilize in support of the bill, “including telephone, email and social media campaigns and in-person demonstrations,” according to a statement from the group.


“Thank you to the voters of Assembly District 49 for your trust and trust. I am deeply humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to minister to our San Gabriel Valley communities in the State Assembly. From voters needing help with government services to challenges like rising homelessness, climate change, and keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, I promise to work every day to create results for the San Gabriel Valley and be a tireless advocate for everyone people to be who lives here.”

– Newly elected MP Mike Fong in a statement.

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Andrew Sheeler reports on California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He has covered crime and politics from Interior Alaska to the North Dakota oil field to the rugged coast of Southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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