California Attorney General Updates

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January 17, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govRIVERSIDE – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez today announced the arrest of 15 individuals; the seizure of 14 firearms, including 2 assault weapons, and the seizure of illegal drugs including methamphetamine and cocaine, as part of a takedown of gang members in Riverside, California. This operation targeted criminal activities by the Casa Blanca Gangster Crips criminal street gang located in the neighborhood of Casa Blanca in south Riverside. The gang has a violent criminal history and has committed a variety of crimes to enhance their status as a criminal street [...]
Fri, Jan 17, 2020
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 17, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to open up more than one million acres of public lands in Central California to oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that BLM's environmental review of the project failed to fully evaluate the [...]
Fri, Jan 17, 2020
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 16, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govAmici include organizations representing patients, healthcare professionals, hospitals, insurers, and more California leads a coalition of 20 states and D.C. in defense of the ACA SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that a diverse group of bipartisan economists, patient groups, hospitals, healthcare providers, healthcare insurance companies, and others filed amicus briefs defending the Affordable Care Act. The diverse coalition of amici supports California's state coalition in its fight to protect the Affordable Care Act. The amici urge the Supreme Court to grant review of California's case and argue that it is necessary to [...]
Thu, Jan 16, 2020
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY
January 16, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed comments today criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its inadequate risk assessment of the pesticide flonicamid despite evidence that the pesticide would cause significant harm to pollinators, such as bees. Flonicamid, manufactured by the Japanese corporation ISK Biosciences (ISK), is currently undergoing regulatory review by the EPA. In its ecological risk assessment, the EPA utilized new studies to determine that flonicamid poses a higher risk to pollinators than previously understood. However, the EPA failed to collect data from required follow-up studies, and now proposes to [...]
Thu, Jan 16, 2020
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January 16, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govNearly 700,000 people could lose food assistance nationwide SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general and the City of New York in a lawsuit challenging a Trump Administration rule that would significantly limit access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for people in need. In the complaint, the coalition argues that the rule places arbitrary and capricious restrictions on the ability of states to administer food assistance programs for able-bodied adults without dependents and disproportionately harms people of color. In the first year alone, it is estimated [...]
Thu, Jan 16, 2020
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January 15, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement today on closing arguments in the states' challenge to the proposed megamerger of telecommunications giants Sprint and T-Mobile: “There should be no question now: this attempted megamerger would thwart competition in the telecom market and harm consumers from California to New York, and everywhere in between,” said Attorney General Becerra. “At trial, we have repeatedly demonstrated the dramatically increased market concentration that would result if T-Mobile and Sprint were to merge. Right now, Sprint and T-Mobile compete intensely with each other on price, features and quality. [...]
Wed, Jan 15, 2020
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January 14, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in partnership with California Governor Gavin Newsom, today announced filing to intervene in San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation v. City of San Mateo to protect the state's ability to address housing availability and affordability. At issue in this case is whether the state can regulate housing policy in charter cities, which cover 58 percent of the state's population, just as it does in other cities under the Housing Accountability Act. Specifically, the Housing Accountability Act limits cities' ability to reject proposals for housing developments that otherwise satisfy [...]
Tue, Jan 14, 2020
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January 13, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govSACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today, as part of a coalition of 16 attorneys general, filed a comment letter opposing a proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to allow the nationwide transport of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, by rail for the first time ever. Liquefied natural gas is flammable, odorless, and highly hazardous. Accidents or derailments of trains transporting liquefied natural gas can cause high intensity fires and violent explosions. The proposed rule would allow these trains, with up to 100 rail cars operated [...]
Mon, Jan 13, 2020
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January 13, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.govOne in Five Asylum Cases Pending Review Are in California SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal today led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing a comment letter opposing a Trump Administration proposal that would significantly limit timely access to work permits for asylum-seekers. The proposed rule would arbitrarily extend waiting periods, needlessly introduce uncertainty into the process, and eliminate access to work permits entirely for a large proportion of asylum-seekers. The Trump Administration's proposal, which would directly harm [...]
Mon, Jan 13, 2020
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January 10, 2020Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov World Logistics Center project expected to increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons each year SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) today filed an amicus brief with the Fourth District Court of Appeal, challenging the Moreno Valley Community Services District (Moreno Valley) for disregarding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in its analysis of the World Logistics Center warehouse project. The construction of the World Logistics Center in the South Coast Air Basin —which already suffers from some of the worst air pollution [...]
Fri, Jan 10, 2020
Source: California State Attorney News Category: CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY