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California Politics: Seeking justice for the violent attack on Paul Pelosi – Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2023
Today in a San Francisco courtroom, trial begins against David DePape, the man accused of assaulting Paul Pelosi and attempting to kidnap former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in October 2022.
Evidence against him seems overwhelming — police body-camera video showed a man hammering Paul Pelosi over the head after the attacker smashed through the windows of the couple’s San Francisco home in what he described to investigators as a plot to interrogate the Democratic lawmaker and possibly “break her kneecaps.”
U.S. District Court Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley has rejected the idea that this is a simple “open and shut” assault case, arguing that the government bears the “heavy burden” of proving that DePape intended to kidnap the former speaker when he broke into her home, and that he assaulted Paul Pelosi with the intent to interfere with the lawmaker’s official duties or retaliate against her.
The survey showed Newsom’s popularity has tumbled this year as he continues to amplify his national profile and campaign outside of the Golden State to support President Biden and attack Republican governors and their conservative political agendas, writes Times political reporter Taryn Luna.
Newsom’s approval rating was 44% in the late October poll, an 11-point slide from February when 55% of voters approved of his performance. His disapproval among California voters increased 10 percentage points from earlier this year.
“He’s kind of taking on a new persona,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley poll and a longtime California pollster. “He’s no longer just the governor of California. He’s a spokesperson for the national party and basically voters are being asked to react to that.”
Columnist George Skelton has some advice for Newsom: Focus on your day job. Be sure to read this spicy column from a legendary journalist who’s covered his share of California governors.
Another lawmaker slapped with DUI
Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, a Democrat who is running for a hotly contested seat on the Los Angeles City Council, was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing her car and testing more than twice the legal limit for being behind the wheel.
In a cellphone video obtained by Fox11 from the owner of one of the cars she allegedly hit, Carrillo told officers who responded to the crash that she lost control of her car when she sneezed.
In a statement issued by her office, Carrillo said she accepts responsibility for her actions but did not specifically acknowledge drinking. “I sincerely apologize to my family, constituents, colleagues and staff for any actions of mine that have fallen short of that expectation,” she said. “I intend to seek the necessary help and support.”
Carrillo’s arrest comes about six months after another state legislator was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. In May, state Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and released from Sacramento County jail. He is now running for Congress in a competitive Orange County district.
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The most expensive new law in years
When Newsom signed a law that set a first-in-the-nation minimum wage for healthcare workers, three words in a bill analysis foretold potential concerns about its cost: “Fiscal impact unknown.”
Now, three weeks after Newsom signed SB 525 into law — giving medical employees at least $25 an hour, including support staff such as cleaners and security guards — his administration has an estimated price tag: $4 billion in the 2024-25 fiscal year alone.
What lawmakers didn’t fully account for, as they scrambled in the final days of the session to broker a deal between unions and hospitals to support the bill, was how much it would cost the state — or what might have to be cut to pay for it.
Column: What does Ohio’s vote on abortion mean for California? Ask the next governor Columnist Anita Chabria makes the case why Ohio’s vote to protect abortion rights should cause you consternation, if not outright fear — and what you can do about that, starting with demanding that those vying to be California’s next governor in 2026 provide a strategy for protecting abortion access in the state. Because that access is far less certain than many like to think.
Free from L.A., Eric Garcetti is reinventing himself in India The job in New Delhi — where a right-wing, Hindu nationalist government has stoked anti-Muslim violence and challenged India’s secular and democratic identity — offered Eric Garcetti a path to recovery, a chance to reset his narrative. As ambassador, Garcetti negotiates with leaders of superpower nations and manages one of Washington’s most critical relationships. Biden administration officials say the rookie diplomat has handled his job masterfully.
Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas endorses Rep. Adam Schiff in California’s U.S. Senate race Speaker Rivas said he thinks Adam Schiff is best positioned to lead on addressing the high cost of living, homelessness and the climate crisis, issues that are critical to voters in his Central Coast district. The speaker praised the other top Democrats in the race, Reps. Katie Porter of Irvine and Barbara Lee of Oakland, but said he felt a special affinity for Schiff.