Kevin De Leon

Calif. State Senator Kevin de Leon (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

First Latino Calif. Senate Leader In Over A Century Defends Pricey Inauguration Bash

An unusual and elaborate swearing-in ceremony for the incoming leader of the state Senate is tonight at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

10/15/2014

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (credit: CBS)

California Leader Preps For Expensive Swearing-In

Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles has invited 2,000 guests, including about 200 officeholders, to witness his swearing-in as Senate president pro tempore during a Wednesday ceremony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

10/14/2014

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State Senate Approves Lower Gift Limit For Calif. Lawmakers

The state Senate has approved reducing the gift limit for lawmakers by more than half in an effort to improve the Legislature’s image after a string of ethical lapses and criminal charges.

05/19/2014

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Vernon Trying To Attract More Residents With Energy Efficient Apartment Complex

Vernon, the smallest city in the Golden State, is trying to attract more residents with a 45-unit energy efficient apartment complex called Vernon Village Park.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/25/2014

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Calif. Bill Seeks To Regulate Homemade Guns

A state lawmaker proposed Monday that California extend its requirement that gun buyers undergo background checks and register their weapons to anyone who assembles a firearm in their home.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/13/2014

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (credit: CBS)

Agency: No Investigation Of Latino Caucus Donation

California’s political watchdog agency said Monday it has declined to open an investigation into a lawmaker whose name surfaced in an ongoing federal investigation of a state senator.

CBS2 / KCAL9–12/30/2013

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Residents Demand Closure Of Vernon Battery Recycling Plant In Heated Town Hall Meeting

Residents at a town hall meeting Tuesday called for the closure of a controversial battery recycling plant that state agencies charge has spread hazardous pollution into the air and groundwater.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/08/2013

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New Push In Calif. To Offer More Tax Incentives To Bring Back Runaway TV, Movie Production

Businessmen and politicians are urging California to get more aggressive in offering tax incentives to lure movie and television production back to the state.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/04/2013

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Deter Paparazzi

Paparazzi and others who harass the children of public figures will face tougher penalties under legislation that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/24/2013

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SoCal Senator Pushes For Ammunition Buying License

A controversial gun measure proposed by a Southern California lawmaker that would require background checks for all ammunition purchases statewide is moving forward in Sacramento.

08/13/2013

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Halle Berry Testifies For Calif. Bill That Would Limit The Paparazzi’s Ability To Photograph Celeb Kids

Halle Berry appeared at the California Capitol on Tuesday to testify for a bill that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph the children of celebrities and public figures.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/25/2013

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State Senator Gets Subpoena Days After FBI Probe On Sen. Ron Calderon

One of the state Senate’s top Democrats said Friday that he has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, days after another senator’s Capitol offices were searched by the FBI.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/07/2013

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Army Corps Of Engineers Under Fire For Plowing Wildlife Habitat

Environmental groups, along with two state senators, want to know why the public wasn’t formally notified before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plowed about 43 acres of wildlife habitat at the Sepulveda Basin.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/04/2013

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