Sacramento, California - An interview with CDFA secretary Karen Ross on organic agriculture – from the Organic Produce Network:

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released a proclamation declaring a special election for the 39th Assembly District of the State of California on June 5, 2018. The primary for this special election will be held on April 3, 2018.

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Friday called on the Trump Administration to respect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) independence. The CFPB works tirelessly to protect consumers from fraud, abuse, and unfair business practices, and has returned $12 billion to American consumers since being created in the wake of the financial crisis. It was carefully crafted by Congress to be an independent agency.

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to designate any areas of the country as having unhealthy levels of smog in excess of federal Clean Air Act requirements. These designations are critical because an area that is designated as not meeting the requirements must take active measures to improve its air quality. EPA was required to make these designations by October 1, but it failed to do so. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Stockton, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the arrest of 47 individuals; seizure of 35 firearms, and 10 of them were assault rifles; nearly $44,000 in currency; and the seizure of 34 pounds of marijuana, 2 pounds of methamphetamine, and 2 pounds of cocaine as part of a takedown of gang members in Stockton.

Sacramento, California - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of an armed and dangerous individual who is suspected of robbing several Northern California banks.